1. Khamsum Yulley Temple- Punakha
  2. Bhutan – Spiritual and Wellness
  3. Adventure in Bhutan
  4. Paro
  5. Punakha
  6. Dochula Pass
  7. Eastern Bhutan
  8. Central Bhutan
  9. What is Thongdrel?
  10. Western Bhutan
  11. KUZU ZANGPO LA!
  12. Why I love my King
  13. Reasons Why You Should Visit Bhutan
  14. I lie close to the earth
  15. Pring which I enjoy
  16. Mirror of my soul
  17. Would I could describe
  18. Heaven and earth seem from it would
  19. Presence of the Almighty
  20. However a small line roasted parts
  21. Was it possible to quietly
  22. The day signs man image
  23. About the blind texts almost era
  24. Irmament itself vernicari
  25. There’s still some hope
  26. Lesser without forth seed
  27. Image abundantly spirit
  28. It is a paradisematic country
  29. Upon have of were
  30. Night sixth beginning
  31. Lesser whose made
  32. Be created subdue
  33. The coast of the Semantics
  34. So after spirit divided abundantly
  35. I must explain to you
  36. Supplies it with the necessary
  37. Our power of choice
  38. She hasn’t been rewritten
  39. Dragged her into their agency
  40. Where they abused her
  41. Nothing the copy said could
  42. Heaven it in so upon
  43. To take a trivial example
  44. Said could convince her and
  45. Around and return to its own
  46. Regulari quam li existent
  47. Plants are noticed by me
  48. Simple and regular than
  49. Came from it would have been
  50. It va esser tam simplic quam
  51. Pityful a rethoric ques
  52. If several languages coalesce
  53. Where they abused her for their projects
  54. When I hear the buzz
  55. Temporibus autem quibusdam
  56. The new common language
  57. One together forth
  58. Beginning forth created
  59. Li nov lingua franca va esser
  60. Abundantly after together
  61. Pronunciation more common
  62. She reached the first hills
  63. To achieve this would
  64. I neglect my talents
  65. At solmen va esser necessi
  66. It va esser tam simplic
  67. His saying herb heaven
  68. Made our you may
  69. She packed her seven versalia
  70. The headline of Alphabet Village
  71. Form itself creepeth
  72. Heaven and earth seem
  73. Gathering one fish moveth
  74. Midst darkness creeping
  75. The blind texts it is an almost
  76. Donec mollis hendrerit
  77. I should be incapable
  78. It showed a lady fitted
  79. Place and supplies the necessary
  80. I must explain to you
  81. Plants are noticed by me
  82. Hath were you beast
  83. Their pronunciation and their most
  84. Dominion winged good
  85. Expound the actual teachings
  86. Unknown plants are noticed
  87. Grammar resulting language
  88. It is a paradisematic country
  89. Nullam accumsan lorem
  90. Land you’re beast
  91. Then they are still using her
  92. Ut enim ad minima veniam
  93. Could refuse to pay expensive
  94. Multiply signs female
  95. Fusce ac felis sit
  96. Maecenas vestibulum mollis
  97. Could impress upon paper
  98. Set let dominion which
  99. Second thing male living
  100. Deep isn’t saw you
  101. Night earth good
  102. The office assistant
  103. Her for their projects again
  104. Heaven and earth seem
  105. Where it came from it
  106. A small river named Duden flows
  107. Lor separat existentie
  108. When darkness overspreads
  109. Then she continued her way
  110. From signs light great
  111. My soul is the mirror
  112. It is a paradisematic country
  113. He must have tried
  114. Into the belt and made
  115. Cum soluta nobis est eligendi
  116. The breath of that universal love
  117. I’ve got the money
  1. Khamsum Yulley Temple- Punakha
  2. Bhutan – Spiritual and Wellness
  3. Adventure in Bhutan
  4. Paro
  5. Punakha
  6. Dochula Pass
  7. Eastern Bhutan
  8. Central Bhutan
  9. What is Thongdrel?
  10. Western Bhutan
  11. KUZU ZANGPO LA!
  12. Why I love my King
  13. Reasons Why You Should Visit Bhutan
  14. I lie close to the earth
  15. Pring which I enjoy
  16. Mirror of my soul
  17. Would I could describe
  18. Heaven and earth seem from it would
  19. Presence of the Almighty
  20. However a small line roasted parts
  21. Was it possible to quietly
  22. The day signs man image
  23. About the blind texts almost era
  24. Irmament itself vernicari
  25. There’s still some hope
  26. Lesser without forth seed
  27. Image abundantly spirit
  28. It is a paradisematic country
  29. Upon have of were
  30. Night sixth beginning
  31. Lesser whose made
  32. Be created subdue
  33. The coast of the Semantics
  34. So after spirit divided abundantly
  35. I must explain to you
  36. Supplies it with the necessary
  37. Our power of choice
  38. She hasn’t been rewritten
  39. Dragged her into their agency
  40. Where they abused her
  41. Nothing the copy said could
  42. Heaven it in so upon
  43. To take a trivial example
  44. Said could convince her and
  45. Around and return to its own
  46. Regulari quam li existent
  47. Plants are noticed by me
  48. Simple and regular than
  49. Came from it would have been
  50. It va esser tam simplic quam
  51. Pityful a rethoric ques
  52. If several languages coalesce
  53. Where they abused her for their projects
  54. When I hear the buzz
  55. Temporibus autem quibusdam
  56. The new common language
  57. One together forth
  58. Beginning forth created
  59. Li nov lingua franca va esser
  60. Abundantly after together
  61. Pronunciation more common
  62. She reached the first hills
  63. To achieve this would
  64. I neglect my talents
  65. At solmen va esser necessi
  66. It va esser tam simplic
  67. His saying herb heaven
  68. Made our you may
  69. She packed her seven versalia
  70. The headline of Alphabet Village
  71. Form itself creepeth
  72. Heaven and earth seem
  73. Gathering one fish moveth
  74. Midst darkness creeping
  75. The blind texts it is an almost
  76. Donec mollis hendrerit
  77. I should be incapable
  78. It showed a lady fitted
  79. Place and supplies the necessary
  80. I must explain to you
  81. Plants are noticed by me
  82. Hath were you beast
  83. Their pronunciation and their most
  84. Dominion winged good
  85. Expound the actual teachings
  86. Unknown plants are noticed
  87. Grammar resulting language
  88. It is a paradisematic country
  89. Nullam accumsan lorem
  90. Land you’re beast
  91. Then they are still using her
  92. Ut enim ad minima veniam
  93. Could refuse to pay expensive
  94. Multiply signs female
  95. Fusce ac felis sit
  96. Maecenas vestibulum mollis
  97. Could impress upon paper
  98. Set let dominion which
  99. Second thing male living
  100. Deep isn’t saw you
  101. Night earth good
  102. The office assistant
  103. Her for their projects again
  104. Heaven and earth seem
  105. Where it came from it
  106. A small river named Duden flows
  107. Lor separat existentie
  108. When darkness overspreads
  109. Then she continued her way
  110. From signs light great
  111. My soul is the mirror
  112. It is a paradisematic country
  113. He must have tried
  114. Into the belt and made
  115. Cum soluta nobis est eligendi
  116. The breath of that universal love
  117. I’ve got the money

Punakha Fortress built in 1637

Punakha Dzongkhag has been inextricably linked with momentous occasions in Bhutanese history. It served as the capital of the country from 1637 to 1907 and the first national assembly was hosted here in 1953. It is the second oldest and second largest dzong in Bhutan and one of the most majestic structures in the country.

Wedding ceremony of 5th King and Queen Jetsun Pema

On October 13, 2011, the wedding of the King of Bhutan, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, and his fiancé, Jetsun Pema, was held at the Punakha Dzong.

Punakha valley has a pleasant climate with warm winters and hot summers. It is located at an average elevation of 1200 meters above sea level. Owing to the favorable climatic conditions, rice grows very well in this region and is the main cash crop cultivated here.

Guest enjoying the view of Punakha valley from KhamsumYuling Temple

Two major rivers in Bhutan the Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu converge in this valley. Punakha Dzong is built at the confluence of these two rivers and is an especially beautiful sight on sunny days with sunlight reflecting off the water onto its white-washed walls. In addition to its structural beauty, Punakha Dzong is notable for containing the preserved remains of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the unifer of Bhutan as well as a sacred relic known as the Ranjung Karsapani. This relic is a self-created image of Avalokiteswara that miraculously emerged from the vertebrae of Tsangpa Gyarey the founder of the Drukpa School when he was cremated.

PUNAKHA TSHECHU AND DRUBCHEN

Punakha is located in the western part of Bhutan is the winter home of the Je Khenpo, the Chief Abbot of Bhutan. Punakha has been of critical importance since the time of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel in 17th century.

Thongdrel display at the last day of Tsechu

Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal is known as the unifier of Bhutan as a nation state and he was the one who gave Bhutan and its 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 seeking to seize a very precious relic, the Ranjung Kharsapani.  Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal led the Bhutanese to victory over the Tibetans and to commemorate the triumph he introduced the Punakha Drubchen. Since then Punakha Drubchen (also known as Puna Drubchen) became the annual festival of Punakha Dzongkhag.

The Punakha Drubchen is a unique festival because it hosts a dramatic recreation of the scene from the 17th century battle with Tibetan army. The ‘pazaps’ or local militia men, dress in traditional battle gear and reenact the ancient battle scene. This reenactment harkens back to the time when in the absence of a standing army, men from the eight Tshogchens or great village blocks of Thimphu came forward and managed to expel the invading forces from the country. Their victory ushered in a period of new-found internal peace and stability.

Mask dancer at the Tshechu festival

In 2005 another festival known as Punakha Tshechu was introduced by the 70th Je Khenpo Trulku Jigme Choedra and the then Home Minister His Excellency Lyonpo Jigme Yoedzer Thinley. The Tshechu was introduced in response to the requests made by Punakha District Administration and local peopleto host a Tshechu in order to better preserve Buddhist teachings and keep alive the noble deeds of Zhabdrung Rimpoche.

These two festivals not only play an important role in preserving Bhutan’s rich culture and traditions but also provide devout Buddhists with an opportunity for prayer and pilgrimage. They reflect the richness of the Bhutanese cultural heritage and are very special in the eyes and hearts of both Bhutanese and tourists who visit Bhutan.

 

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