Punakha Drubchen Festival Tour

Immersive journey into Bhutan's culture, history, and natural beauty

Duration Duration 6 Days
Meals Meals
  • 5 Lunch
  • 5 Dinner
  • 5 Breakfast
Accommodation Accommodation

Paro – Bhutan mandala
Thimphu – Hotel Amodhara
Punakha – Hotel Pema Karl

Activites Activities
  • Festival Observation
  • Sightseeing
  • Scenic Drive
Price Reduced US$ 3450 Price Starts From US$ 2950
Destination Destination
Difficulty Difficulty
Max. Altitude Max. Altitude
3120 Meter
Activities Activity
Start and Point Start/End Point
Best Season Best Season
Group Size Group Size
Minimum 1
Transportation Transportation
Private Car
Activity Per Day Activity Per Day
5-6 hour sightseeing

Overview of Punakha Drubchen Festival Tour

Discover the heart of Bhutan with our “Punakha Drubchen Festival Tour,” a journey that weaves through the vibrant tapestry of Bhutanese culture, history, and natural beauty. This six-day adventure is a carefully crafted experience, starting from the serene Paro, weaving through the bustling streets of Thimphu, and culminating in the historic town of Punakha for the illustrious Punakha Drubchen Festival. This festival, a centerpiece of the tour, brings Bhutan’s rich history to life through colorful re-enactments and spiritual ceremonies.

The tour begins with your arrival in Paro, setting the stage for a journey through Bhutan’s mystical landscapes. A scenic drive leads you to Thimphu, Bhutan’s capital, where modernity and tradition coexist. Here, explore landmarks that embody the nation’s soul, such as the National Memorial Chorten and the towering Buddha Dordenma Statue. Next, a picturesque drive over the Dochula Pass, with its awe-inspiring Himalayan views, takes you to Punakha. This ancient capital hosts the vibrant Punakha Drubchen Festival, a living tableau of Bhutanese culture and history.

The Punakha Drubchen is a multi-day festival that commemorates the defense of Bhutan against Tibetan invaders in the 17th century AD and honors the noble deeds of Guru Rinpoche.

The Punakha Drubchen is a multi-day festival that commemorates the defense of Bhutan against Tibetan invaders in the 17th century AD and honors the noble deeds of Guru Rinpoche.

In Punakha, witness the grandeur of the Punakha Dzong and delve into the essence of Bhutanese spirituality and community life. The festival itself is a profound cultural immersion, where the past and present of Bhutan unfold in an exhilarating display. After soaking in the festival’s sights and sounds, the journey circles back to Paro. Here, the tour offers a blend of cultural exploration and natural escapades. A highlight is the hike to the iconic Taksang Monastery, an experience that embodies Trekking in Bhutan. Perched dramatically on a cliffside, this sacred site offers spiritual solace and breathtaking views of the surrounding valleys.

Tour Highlights

  • Experience the colorful Punakha Drubchen Festival, a vivid display of Bhutan’s historical battles and traditions.
  • Traverse the scenic Dochula Pass, offering spectacular Himalayan views and a mesmerizing drive.
  • Trek to the Taksang Monastery, an iconic cliffside sanctuary, for breathtaking scenery and spiritual serenity.
  • Explore Thimphu and Paro’s rich culture by visiting landmarks like the National Memorial Chorten and Paro Rinpung Dzong.
  • Visit Punakha Dzong, a stunning fortress that showcases Bhutan’s architectural beauty and historical significance.

As the tour concludes, leaving Paro becomes a moment of reflection, cherishing the memories and connections made in this mystical land. This Punakha Drubchen Festival Tour is more than a holiday; it’s a deep dive into the heart of Bhutan, leaving you with a profound appreciation of a culture that harmoniously blends its past with the present.

Punakha Drubchen Festival Tour Detail Itinerary

  • Day 1: Paro Arrival and Drive to Thimphu

    Our journey begins as we touch down at Paro International Airport, where the crisp mountain air greets us with a sense of anticipation. Paro, with its picturesque surroundings, is the perfect introduction to Bhutan. Our guests are welcomed with open arms and smiling faces, setting the tone for the exceptional hospitality that Bhutan is renowned for.

    After our arrival, we started a scenic drive to Thimphu, Bhutan’s capital city. The journey is a visual treat, with winding roads offering glimpses of lush valleys, terraced fields, and distant snow-capped peaks. Along the way, prayer flags flutter in the breeze, a constant reminder of the spiritual essence that permeates every corner of Bhutan.

    Meals: Dinner
    Accommodation: Hotel Amodhara or a similar 3-star hotel

  • Day 2: Thimphu Sightseeing and Drive to Punakha

    On our second day in Bhutan, we dedicate our time to exploring Thimphu’s cultural and historical riches. The day begins with a visit to the National Memorial Chorten, a magnificent stupa that serves as a place of worship and a memorial to Bhutan’s third king. As we circumambulate the chorten, the gentle hum of prayer wheels fills the air, creating a serene atmosphere.

    Next, we encounter the colossal Buddha Dordenma Statue, a towering symbol of peace and prosperity. This impressive bronze statue demands attention and provides sweeping vistas of the city and the encompassing valley.

    We bid farewell to Thimphu in the afternoon and started on a picturesque drive towards Punakha. En route, we ascend the Dochula Pass, a high mountain pass feast for the eyes. The Himalayan range graces us on a clear day with its majestic presence. Prayer flags flutter in the wind at Dochula, creating a vivid tapestry of colors against the backdrop of snow-covered peaks.

    Finally, we reach Punakha, the old capital of Bhutan, where our comfortable accommodations await us. As we settle in for the night, the anticipation of the Punakha Drubchen Festival, which lies ahead, fills the air.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
    Accommodation: Hotel Pema Karl or a similar 3-star hotel

  • Day 3: Punakha Durbchen Festival Observation

    The third day of our journey is the highlight of our tour—the Punakha Drubchen Festival. This festival is a living tableau of Bhutanese history, a vibrant tapestry that weaves spirituality, culture, and community together.

    The Punakha Drubchen Festival is held annually in the Punakha Dzong, an architectural marvel situated at the confluence of two rivers. This fortress has held a pivotal significance in Bhutan’s historical narrative and continues to function as a hub for religious and administrative affairs.
    The festival re-enacts the 17th-century battle against Tibetan forces, a pivotal moment in Bhutan’s history. The elaborate costumes, traditional masks, and dramatic performances transport us back in time, allowing us to witness the bravery of Bhutanese soldiers.

    Monks and locals participate in these re-enactments, infusing them with spiritual significance. The festival is not merely a historical re-creation; it’s a profoundly spiritual event that celebrates Bhutan’s identity and the triumph of good over evil.

    Punakha Drubchen Festival Bhutan

    While we observed the festival, traditional music and chants filled the air. The vibrant colors of the costumes and the intricate details of the masks captivate our senses. It’s a sensory overload that leaves a lasting impression.

    Amidst the festivities, there’s a chance to discover the Punakha Dzong itself—a remarkable showcase of Bhutanese architectural brilliance. Its whitewashed walls, ornate woodwork, and serene courtyards offer a glimpse into the country’s cultural and artistic prowess.

    The Punakha Drubchen Festival is more than a visual spectacle; it’s an emotional and spiritual journey. It’s a moment when the past and present come together, enveloping attendees in the core of Bhutanese culture. It’s a celebration of community, history, and spirituality—an experience that lingers in the heart long after it’s over.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
    Accommodation: Hotel Pema Karl or a similar 3-star hotel

  • Day 4: Explore Punakha and Drive to Paro

    After the exhilaration of the Punakha Drubchen Festival, we set out to explore the picturesque town of Punakha. The serene surroundings, with rice paddies and lush vegetation, create a tranquil atmosphere that invites us to unwind and reflect.

    Our initial destination is the Chimi Lhakhang, a sacred temple devoted to the revered “Divine Madman,” Lama Drukpa Kunley. The temple is famous for representing phallic symbols, which are believed to impart fertility blessings. The walk to the temple is pleasant, with views of the countryside.

    Next, we visit the Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Lhakhang Nunnery, a serene haven perched on a hill. The nunnery offers panoramic views of the Punakha Valley and the surrounding mountains, making it an ideal spot for reflection and meditation.

    We bid farewell to Punakha in the afternoon and start a scenic drive back to Paro. The journey retraces our steps through Dochula Pass, offering a different perspective of the stunning mountain scenery.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
    Accommodation: Hotel Bhutan Mandala or a similar 3-star hotel

  • Day 5: Paro Sightseeing and Taksang Monastery Hike

    Our fifth day in Bhutan is a day of exploration in Paro, a town with a rich history and natural beauty. Our journey commences with exploring the Ta Dzong, an age-old watchtower repurposed to house the National Museum of Bhutan. The museum’s exhibits offer insights into Bhutan’s cultural and natural heritage, providing a deeper understanding of the country.

    Our next destination is the Rinpung Dzong, a magnificent fortress-monastery that overlooks the Paro Valley. Its intricate woodwork and stunning architecture make it a testament to Bhutanese craftsmanship. We also have the opportunity to walk across the traditional cantilever bridge that leads to the dzong, providing breathtaking views of the Paro River.

    In the afternoon, we start an iconic hike to Taksang Monastery, known as the “Tiger’s Nest.” This sacred monastery is perched precariously on the edge of a cliff, and the hike offers a physical challenge and a profound spiritual experience. As we ascend the trail, the panoramic views become increasingly breathtaking, and the sight of Taksang Monastery is nothing short of awe-inspiring.

    Reaching the monastery is a moment of triumph, and the sense of accomplishment is profound. Inside the monastery, we witness the spiritual devotion of monks and pilgrims, adding depth to our understanding of Bhutanese Buddhism.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
    Accommodation: Hotel Bhutan Mandala or a similar 3-star hotel

  • Day 6: Departure from Paro

    As our six-day journey through Bhutan ends, we bid farewell to this enchanting land. The memories of the Punakha Drubchen Festival, Thimphu’s cultural richness, Punakha’s serenity, and the spiritual ascent to Taksang Monastery will stay with us forever.

    Our departure from Paro International Airport is not a goodbye but a “Tashi Delek”—a wish of good fortune. With its unspoiled beauty and vibrant culture, Bhutan has left an indelible mark on our hearts. The Punakha Drubchen Festival Tour has been a journey of discovery, spirituality, and cultural immersion—a journey that has enriched our souls and expanded our horizons.

    In closing, the Punakha Drubchen Festival Tour is more than a vacation; it’s an odyssey into the heart and soul of Bhutan. It’s an opportunity to connect with a country that cherishes its traditions, values its natural beauty, and welcomes visitors with open arms. It’s an invitation to explore the Land of the Thunder Dragon, where every moment is a brushstroke on the canvas of an unforgettable adventure.

    Meals: Breakfast


What's included

  • Bhutan Visa
  • 3-star hotel accommodation in Paro, Thimphu, and Punakha
  • Daily breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • English Speaking Tour Guide
  • Sightseeing Entrance Fees
  • All land transportation
  • Applicable Taxes

What is excluded

  • International Airfare and Bhutan Travel Insurance (Travel insurance mandatory)
  • Personal Expenses like internet, bar bills, beverages, tipping, etc


Paro – Bhutan Mandala or Similar 3-Star Hotel

In Paro, guests will be accommodated in Bhutan Mandala or a similar quality 3-star hotel, offering a blend of traditional Bhutanese hospitality and modern comforts. These hotels are known for their warm and welcoming ambiance, providing a peaceful retreat after a day of exploration. Rooms typically feature Bhutanese decor, with comfortable bedding, en-suite bathrooms, and essential amenities. Many of these hotels also offer beautiful views of the surrounding landscapes, ensuring a serene start and end to each day in Paro.

Thimphu – Hotel Amodhara or Similar 3-Star Hotel

While in Thimphu, guests will stay in Hotel Amodhara or a hotel of similar standing. These 3-star hotels are chosen for their excellent location, allowing easy access to the city’s main attractions. The hotels provide comfortable and well-appointed rooms with modern amenities to guarantee a pleasant and relaxing stay. The friendly staff and a cozy atmosphere make these hotels an ideal base for exploring the vibrant capital of Bhutan.

Punakha – Hotel Pema Karl or Similar 3-Star Hotel

In Punakha, the stay will be at Hotel Pema Karl, a reputable 3-star hotel. These hotels are selected for their excellent service and comfortable accommodations, ensuring a restful experience. The design of the rooms blends traditional charm with contemporary convenience. Guests can expect clean, comfortable rooms equipped with standard amenities, and the hotels often feature beautiful views of the Punakha Valley, adding to the overall experience of staying in this historic town.

World-Class Hospitality

Bhutan is renowned for its world-class hospitality, and the hotels selected for this tour package reflect this reputation. Guests will experience attentive service, comfort, and a genuine taste of Bhutanese warmth and friendliness throughout their stay.


This tour package includes all meals. Guests will enjoy a variety of cuisines, with a focus on delicious Bhutanese dishes. We carefully prepare breakfasts, lunches, and dinners to take you on a culinary journey through Bhutan’s rich gastronomic culture. The package covers the cost of these meals, ensuring a hassle-free dining experience. However, personal expenses such as bar and beverage costs, internet and phone calls, laundry services, and tipping are not included and will need to be covered by the guests.

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    15 Days – US$ 30
    30 Days – US$ 50
    90 Days – US$ 125

    To confirm the trek/tour package, we want a deposit of at least 20% of the total tour/trek fee. The remaining balance must be paid when you arrive in Nepal. We take Visa, Maestro, MasterCard, American Express, and other major credit cards. The total cost of a Bhutan and Tibet tour must be paid in full at the time of booking.

    We strongly advise you to purchase a SIM card for reliable internet access throughout Nepal. Nepal Telecom (owned by the government) and NCELL (owned by the private sector) are the two main SIM card providers in Nepal. It is preferable to get a SIM card at an airport, where staff will assist with activation and data plan purchases. If you have a SIM card, it will be easier for you to contact us and locate our airport agent.

    You can charge your electrical devices at hotels and lodges because there are no power outages. In the Himalayan region, however, hotel owners may levy a nominal fee.

    Essential Information

    Transportation Arrangements

    Transportation is critical to our tour package, ensuring seamless and comfortable travel throughout your journey in Bhutan. Upon your arrival at Paro Airport, our team of professional and amiable staff members will extend a warm welcome to you. We provide private airport transfers to your hotel, offering a personalized welcome to Bhutan.

    We will arrange transportation to various destinations and events during your stay, including the Punakha Drubchen Festival Tour. Our vehicles are well-maintained and comfortable, suitable for the mountainous terrain of Bhutan. Each vehicle is driven by an experienced and knowledgeable driver, ensuring safe and efficient travel across different regions. Whether traveling from Paro to Thimphu, Thimphu to Punakha, or attending any sightseeing excursions, rest assured that all your transportation needs are meticulously taken care of. This includes the journey to the festival and any additional travel for sightseeing or other activities included in the itinerary.

    Cultural Insights: Punakha Drubchen Festival Tour

    The Punakha Drubchen is a vibrant and historic festival significant in Bhutanese culture. It is a re-enactment of the 17th-century battle between Bhutan and Tibetan forces, celebrating Bhutan’s victory and the courage of its soldiers. This festival is held annually in Punakha, the old capital of Bhutan, and is known for its grandeur and spiritual importance.

    The festival takes place in and around the stunning Punakha Dzong, a fortress that has played a pivotal role in Bhutanese history. Attendees can expect to see elaborate and colorful costumes, traditional masks, and a series of dramatic re-enactments. These performances are entertaining and deeply symbolic, representing the victory of good over evil and the strength of the Bhutanese spirit.

    Punakha Drubchen Festival Day

    Monks and locals participate in the re-enactments, showcasing scenes from the historic battle, accompanied by traditional music and chants. The festival also includes religious rituals and prayers, adding a spiritual dimension to the celebrations. It’s an excellent opportunity for visitors to immerse themselves in Bhutanese history and culture, witnessing a unique blend of religion, history, and community life.

    Attending the Punakha Drubchen Festival is a profound cultural experience, offering insights into Bhutan’s traditions, values, and historical legacy. It’s an event that brings together the past and present, showcasing the Bhutanese people’s enduring spirit and cultural richness.

    Guided Tours

    Our package includes comprehensive guided tours to enhance your experience and understanding of Bhutan’s rich cultural heritage. Knowledgeable and experienced local guides lead these tours, fluent in English and well-versed in Bhutan’s history, culture, and traditions. They provide insightful commentary and are adept at bringing the stories and history of Bhutan to life.

    During the Punakha Drubchen Festival, our guides offer remarkable insights into the significance of the festival’s events and rituals. They facilitate access to optimal spots for viewing and participating in the festival, ensuring you get all of the highlights. Additionally, the guided tours extend to historical sites like the Punakha Dzong, Taksang Monastery, and various cultural landmarks in Thimphu and Paro. The guides also personalize your experience, cater to your interests, and address any queries about Bhutan and its culture.

    Health and Safety Information

    The health and safety of our guests are of utmost importance. We strictly adhere to comprehensive health and safety protocols for a comfortable and secure stay. We recommend all travelers have travel insurance for their trip to Bhutan. This insurance should cover medical emergencies, accidents, and any unforeseen circumstances.

    For those who do not have travel insurance, we offer an additional service for USD 50, which provides coverage for the duration of the tour. This ensures peace of mind, allowing you to enjoy your journey without worrying about the unexpected.

    Cancellation and Refund Policy

    We understand that plans can change, and we have an apparent cancellation and refund policy. If you need to cancel your trip, please notify us immediately. The following conditions apply to cancellations:

    Cancellations made more than 30 days before the tour’s start date will receive a full refund, minus any transaction fees and 20% of the initial deposit amount.

    Cancellations made 15-30 days before the tour’s start date will incur a 50% cancellation fee.

    Cancellations made less than 15 days before the tour’s start date, or in the case of a no-show, will not be eligible for a refund.

    It’s important to note that certain circumstances, such as force majeure events, may affect this policy. We will work with you to find the most suitable solution. Please read the terms and conditions carefully and contact us with any questions or concerns about the cancellation and refund policy.

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    5 Star Rating

    Based on 5 Reviews

    George J. Walton
    Raleigh, NC
    5 Star Rating


    Amazing Trip!

    Our trip to Bhutan with the Punakha Drubchen Festival Tour was beyond amazing! From the moment we landed in Paro, the hospitality and organization were top-notch. The guided tours in Thimphu and Paro were enlightening, and our guide’s knowledge of Bhutanese history was impressive. The highlight, of course, was the Punakha Drubchen Festival – it was like stepping into a vibrant painting of Bhutan’s past. The accommodations were comfortable, and the food was a delightful journey through Bhutanese cuisine. This tour was the perfect blend of culture, adventure, and relaxation. Can’t wait to return to Bhutan!

    Catherine M. Manske
    Cincinnati, OH
    5 Star Rating


    Unforgettable journey of Bhutan

    I recently experienced the Punakha Drubchen Festival Tour, and it was an unforgettable journey. The attention to detail in every aspect of the tour was commendable. The scenic drive through Dochula Pass was breathtaking, and the hike to Taksang Monastery was both challenging and rewarding. The festival in Punakha was a cultural spectacle that I’ll cherish forever. The accommodations were cozy and provided a true taste of Bhutanese hospitality. Moreover, the meals were a culinary delight. This tour not only met but exceeded my expectations, and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for an authentic Bhutanese experience.

    Alice D. Smith
    Walla Walla, WA
    5 Star Rating


    New and exciting Bhutan experience with Peregrine

    This tour was a dream come true! The Punakha Drubchen Festival Tour offered a unique window into the heart of Bhutanese culture. Each day was filled with new and exciting experiences, from exploring ancient dzongs to witnessing the magnificent Punakha Festival. The guides were incredibly friendly and knowledgeable, making every aspect of the tour educational and fun. The accommodations were excellent, striking the perfect balance between comfort and traditional charm. The highlight for me was the trek to the Taksang Monastery, a once-in-a-lifetime experience. I left Bhutan feeling enriched and inspired. This tour is a must-do for anyone interested in exploring Bhutan’s rich heritage and stunning landscapes.

    Charlie Leonard
    5 Star Rating


    Splendid Tour of Bhutan

    Our journey with the Punakha Drubchen Festival Tour was absolutely splendid! From the moment we touched down in Paro, the level of hospitality was exceptional. The guided tours in Thimphu and Paro were truly enlightening, with our guide’s extensive knowledge of Bhutanese history. The Punakha Drubchen Festival was a spectacular immersion into Bhutanese culture. Our accommodations were comfortable, and the food was a delightful exploration of Bhutanese cuisine. This tour perfectly balanced culture, adventure, and relaxation. I eagerly look forward to returning to Bhutan!

    Charlie Mitchell
    5 Star Rating


    Authentic Bhutanese experience

    I recently had the pleasure of experiencing the Punakha Drubchen Festival Tour, and it was an unforgettable adventure. The attention to detail in every aspect of the tour was commendable. The scenic drive through Dochula Pass was breathtaking, and the hike to Taksang Monastery provided both challenge and reward. The festival in Punakha was a cultural spectacle that will stay with me forever. The accommodations were cosy and offered a true taste of Bhutanese hospitality. The meals were a culinary delight. This tour exceeded my expectations and is highly recommended for those seeking an authentic Bhutanese experience.

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