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Punakha Festival

Festival dates: 22nd – 24th Feb. 2021

One of the famous annual festivals is held in Punakha. Punakha festival is preceded by Punakha Drubchen which is held inside the Dzong for three days. This Punakha festival is different from the other regular ones and the performers dramatize the scenes of the Shabdrung Era. On the last day of the festival, a large Tapestry (Throngdroel) of Guru Rimpoche unfurled which is the main attraction of the festival. The local populace and the people from other places come to witness the festival and get blessed by the Throngdroel. The people believe that the mere sights of the throngdroel can liberate them from their sins and bad karmic cycles.

Sketch Itinerary for Punakha Festival:

Day 01. Arrive Paro – Thimphu (Distance: 54 km, 1 hr. drive):

Tamchog-Lhakhang

Tamchog Lhakhang.

Meet and Greet at the Airport and drive to Thimphu.

On the way, visit to:

  • Tamchog Monastery built by Thangthong Gyalpo (1385 – 1464) in the 15th

In the afternoon, visit to:

  • National Postal Museum where you can print your photos on the official stamps of Bhutan.
  • Craft Bazaar.

In the evening, visit to:

  • Tashichho Dzong, the Royal Secretariat and the office of the King.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 02. Thimphu Sightseeing:

Tallest-statue-of-Sitting-Buddha

Tallest statue of Sitting Buddha.

In the morning, visit to:

  • National Memorial Chorten built in honor of Late His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck.
  • Tallest Statue of Buddha in the world (51.5m)
  • Changangkha Lhakhang, the oldest temple of Thimphu valley.
  • Takin Preserve center.
  • BBS tower view point.
  • Dupthop Lhakhang, one of the few surviving nunneries in Bhutan.

Lunch at Simply Bhutan Museum where you can have typical Bhutanese dishes, witness folk dances, practice archery, visit to the folk Heritage museum and many more.

  • The Painting school.

In the evening, witness the Archery match at Changlimithang.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 03. Thimphu – Gangtey (128 km. 3 ½ hour drive):

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Dochu La pass (3100 m).

In the morning, drive to the beautiful valley of Gangtey.

On the way, visit to:

  • Beautiful Dochu La Pass with its 108 stupas and explore the area.
  • Wangdiphodrang Dzong built in 1638 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal.

Lunch will be served on the way.

While in Gangtey, visit to:

  • The Famous Gangtey Monastery.

NOTE: The Upper part of the valley is called Gangtey and lower part is called Phobjikha.

  • Visit to the Crane information center.

Explore the beautiful Phobjikha valley famous for the rare Black necked cranes.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 04. Gangtey – Punakha (75 km, 1 ½ hr. drive) witness the festival:

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Punakha Festival.

In the morning, drive to Punakha.

  • Visit Chimi Lhakhang, which was built by Lama Drukpa Kuenley, (Popularly known as “The Divine Madman”,in the year 1499. The Temple is also known as “the Temple of Fertility”.

After lunch, witness the festival at the Punakha Dzong. This Dzong was built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal.

In the evening, walk across the Longest Suspension bridge in Bhutan (160 meters).

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 05. Punakha (Witness the festival):

The whole day at the Festival.

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Pazaps at Punakha Festival.

Later in the evening, hike to the beautiful Khamsung Yulley Namgyal Choling Monastery.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 06. Punakha Festival & Sightseeing:

After breakfast, witness the festival.

In the afternoon, drive to the beautiful Talo village and visit the monastery.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 07. Punakha – Thimphu (76 kms, 2 hours drive):

After breakfast, drive to Thimphu.

In the afternoon, hike to Cheri Monastery.

Free to stroll in the town for shopping and photography.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 08. Thimphu – Paro sightseeing (Distance 54 km, Driving Time: 1 hour):

Tiger’s-Nest-(Taktsang)-Monastery

Tiger’s Nest (Taktsang) Monastery.

In the morning, hike to the Iconic Tiger’s Nest monastery.

After lunch, visit to:

  • Drukgyal Dzong built in 1647 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. The dzong was destroyed by accidental fire and is under repair.
  • Kichu Lhakhang, built in 659 A.D by the Tibetan King, Srongsen Gampo.

In the evening, free to stroll in the town.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 09. Paro – Excursion to Chela la pass (3988 m):

In the morning, visit to:

  • Paro Dzong built in 1944 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal.
Rinpung-Dzong

Rinpung Dzong.

Ta Dzong built in 1649, an ancient watch which now houses the National Museum of Bhutan. In the afternoon, excursion to the Chele la Pass (3988 meters).

You can see the beautiful view of the Himalayan ranges bordering Tibet including Mt. Jumolhari.

On the way back, visit to the Kila Gompa nunnery.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 10. Departure:

After breakfast, drive to the airport and farewell.