PUNAKHA DRUPCHEN

The Punakha Drubchen is the annual festival of Punakha District in Western Bhutan. It is a unique festival because it hosts a dramatic recreation of the scene from the 17th century battle with Tibetan army. Their victory found internal peace and stability.

Punakha has has been one of the important since the time of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel in 17th century. Punakha is winter residence of Je Khenpo, the Chief Abbot of Bhutan. Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal (the unifier of Bhutan as a nation state) and who gave Bhutanese people the distinct cultural identity that identified Bhutan from the rest of the world.

During 17th century Bhutan was invaded several times by Tibetan forces trying to get very precious relic, the Ranjung Kharsapani.  Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal led the Bhutanese to victory over the Tibetans. To commemorate the Victory he introduced the Punakha Drubchen.

 Events date:21st-24th Febuary,2018