Punakha Tshechu



Day1.Arrival at Paro/Sightseeing

Day2.Drive to Thimphu

Day3. Drive to Punakha

Day4.Attend Full day at Festival

Day5.Attend Full day at Festival

Day6.Drive back to Paro

Day7.Hike to Taktshang(tiger’s Nest)


Punakha is located in the western part of Bhutan and it is the winter home of the Chief Abbot of Bhutan, the Je Khenpo. Punakha played great importance in the history of Bhutan during the time of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel in 17th century. Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal is known as the unifier of Bhutan, who brought all of Bhutan under one rule and gave Bhutan and its people the cultural identity as an independent nation.


In the 17th century, Bhutan was invaded several times by the Tibetan forces to seize a very precious relic, the Ranjung Kharsapani. To commemorate the victory over the defeat of the Tibetan invaders, Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal introduced the Punakha Drubchen. Since then Punakha Drubchen aka Puna Drubchen became the annual festival of Punakha district. In 2005 Punakha Tshechu was introduced by the 70th Je Khenpo Trulku Jigme Choedra and the then Home Minister His Excellency Lyonpo Jigme Yoedzer Thinley upon request from the people of Punakha to hounor Zhabdrung Rimpochhe.


Punakha Drubchen is a unique festival due to a dramatic recreation of the scene from the 17th century battle against the Tibetan army. The ‘pazaps’ or local warlords, dressed in battle amour enact a battle scene. The Tibetan forces were expelled with the help of men who from the eight Tshogchens or eight great village blocks of Thimphu, and peace was restored in the country.


Punakha Drubchen and Tshechu not only play an important role in preserving Bhutan’s rich cultural and tradition but it is also an event where devout Buddhists come to pray and on pilgrimage.


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