Delve into Bhutan’s rich history and cultural heritage as Punakha Dzong stands tall, guarding the sacred relic ‘Rangjung Kharsapani’ and commemorating the victorious defense led by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel against Tibetan forces. Join the annual Punakha Drubchen and Tshechu celebrations, where vibrant reenactments and Buddhist rituals unfold amidst the serene landscapes of Gangtey Valley, offering visitors an immersive experience in Bhutan’s spiritual and historical tapestry.
Punakha Dzong houses Bhutan’s most sacred relic ‘Rangjung Kharsapani’ a self-created image of the Bodhisattva of compassion. As per the historical accounts, Tibetan forces invaded the valley to seize the relic but Bhutanese “pazaps” (local militia men) led by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel successfully defended the relic and emerged victorious.
To commemorate the victory, Zhabdrung introduced the Punakha Drubchen. The Drubchen is celebrated as an annual festival. Visitors from the Gasa and Laya join the locals in Punakha to celebrate the festival.
The highlight of the Drubchen features a reenactment of the 17th century battle scene to honor Zhabdrung and the great men. Subsequently Punakha Tshechu was also introduced to preserve and promote Buddhism.
Tour Highlights Punakha Drubchen Idyllic Gangtey Valley Hike to Paro Taktsang The Tallest Sitting Buddha on a mountain top Tashichodzong – 17th century Fort
Drive from Paro Airport to Thimphu (1 hour) and sightseeing in Thimphu . The only capital city in the world without streetlights and an airport of its own, this small city is home to some 100,000 local residents including the Royal Family of the Kingdom of Bhutan. Like any other capital city, it is the political and economic center for the country.
The city has a 17th century fortress that houses the Office of His Majesty the King and The House of Parliament stands on the eastern bank of the Thimphu River opposite to the fortress.
Places and attractions: Memorial Chorten, Buddha Dordenama, Centenary Farmers Market, Post office , Tashi Chhodzong , Craft Market.
Explore Bhutan's victorious history at Punakha Dzong, where the sacred relic 'Rangjung Kharsapani' stands witness to Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel's defense against Tibetan forces. Immerse yourself in vibrant celebrations like Punakha Drubchen and Tshechu, weaving together reenactments and Buddhist rituals amidst the serene Gangtey Valley.
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Air to Bhutan is a travel company based in Thimphu Bhutan. Although it’s a new company, we work towards catering friendly and exclusive services to our guests. Bhutan is often regarded as an exclusive travel destination, the kingdom enjoys a reputation for authenticity, serenity and a well-preserved cultural heritage and protected natural environment.
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