Punakha Festival

Punakha Festival

The Punakha tsechu is one of the most popular tsechus in the country. It is held right after the popular Punakha Drubchen. The unfurling of the thongdrol (a large tapestry) of Guru Rinpoche is the main attraction of the festival. It is believed that a mere sight of the thongdrol liberates an onlooker and cleanses him of his sins.

Tshechu is a religious festival meaning & tenth days held annually in various temples, monasteries and dzongs throughout the country.

The Tshechu is a religious event celebrated on tenth day of a month of the lunar calendar corresponding to the birthday of Guru Rimpoche (Guru Padmasambhava). However the exact month of the Tshechu varies from place to place and temple to temple.

Tshechus are grand events where entire communities come together to witness religious mask dances, receive blessings and socialize. In addition to the mask dances, tshechus also include colorful Bhutanese dances and other forms of entertainment.

It is believed that everyone must attend a Tshechu and witness the mask dances at least once to in order to receive blessings and wash away their sins. Every mask dance performed during a Tshechu has a special meaning or a story behind it and many are based on stories and incidents from as long ago as the 8th century, during the life of Guru Padmasambhava. In monasteries, the mask dances are performed by monks and in remote villages, they are  performed jointly by monks and village men.

Outline Itinerary (7Days/ 6Nights)

  • Day 01| Arrival in Paro– Thimphu (1.5 Hrs)
  • Day 02| Thimphu Sightseeing
  • Day 03| Thimphu – Punakha (3 Hrs)
  • Day 04| Punakha Festival
  • Day 05| Punakha – Paro (3 Hrs)
  • Day 06| Paro Sightseeing
  • Day 07| Departure

*Reversed itinerary possible as per flight seat and hotel availability;


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  • For any festival bookings it is best advised to book and confirm your tour before 8-10 Months prior to your travel date for the reason flight seats and hotel rooms gets sold out like hotcakes. However, we can still try to shuffle the itineraries and help in making your trip possible if in- case you are delayed for booking.
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