Popularly known as the Punakha Dzong, Punthang Dechen Phodrang (The Palace of Great Bliss) was built in 1637 by the Zhabdrung. The gigantic Dzong was damaged 6 times by fire, once by flood and once by an earthquake.
A highlight of the 15-day annual Punakha drubchen, popularly called as Punakha dromchoe, is the last 5 days, when Gups (local leaders) may be seen wearing monk’s robes.
Punakha Drubchen is from the 3 – 5 of March, followed by the Punakha Tshechu from 6 – 8 of March, 2009. These important historical and religious festivals are held every year around this time of the year in the Punakha Dzong. Check out the links below for some useful information on these two festivals.
Three days of traditional Bhutanese food cooked by local villagers, traditional spear and boomerang throwing, ‘human bull’ fights, a traditional hike and more were the highlights of the first folk festival, described by many as a “festival with a difference.”
Bhutan Folk Festival is a unique festival organised by ABTO to showcase the rich traditional heritage of Bhutan. It will take place in Punakha from the 13 – 15 December, 2008.
The Bhutan Folk Festival is organised to commemorate the 100 years of monarchy and to celebrate the coronation of His Majesty the 5th King. The event offers visitors a chance to experience and discover the living tradition and cultural heritage of Bhutan, the last Himalayan Buddhist kingdom.