Punakha Festival March 2nd to 7th, 2020

8 Days, 7 Nights

The annual festival in Punakha will be celebrated from March 2 to 7, 2020. This is one of the most important Tshechu events in Bhutan, in honor of Guru Rinpoche, the saint who brought Buddhism to Bhutan. Thousands of residents gather to enjoy the unique masked dances of the monks in colorful costumes and masks, re-enacting ancient Buddhist legends. It is believed that every Bhutanese must take a break from their daily work to receive blessings and to gather with friends.

Day 1: Arrival Paro. Night in Paro

Day 2 Paro to Punakha by Dochula pass and visit Chimi Lhakhang, the Divine Madman Temple. Night in Punakha

Day 3: Punakha Tshechu Dance festival. Night in Punakha

Day 4: Morning rafting, then back to the second day Tshechu festival. Night To Thimphu

Day 5: Thimphu sightseeing: Buddha point, Textile museum, School of traditional arts, Farmers’ market and Tashichö Dzong. Night in Thimphu.

Day 6: Morning visit to Simtokha Dzong (First dzong built in Bhutan) and to Paro. Visit Ta Dzong and Kitchu Lhakhang. Night in Paro

Day 7: Hike to Taktsang, Tigers nest

Day 8: Final Departure

At the climax of the Punakha Tshechu is the unfolding of a huge cloth thangka, portraying Guru Rinpoche and his angelic pantheon.

Punakha Dzong is one of the most ornate monasteries in Bhutan. It holds the original Buddhist texts, the remains of Rinpoche Zhabdrung, the father of Bhutan, and has seen many miracles.