April 25-30, Punakha: The 4th Royal Bhutan Flower Exhibition (RBFE) held at Thangzona, next to the Punakha Dzong attracted over 34 thousands of visitors including locals from within and nearby Dzongkhags, students and tourists .
The backdrop of the exhibition was the historic and beautiful Punakha Dzong which is also called the Pungtang Dewa Chhenbi Phodrang or the Palace of Great Happiness located on the confluence of the Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu in Punakha valley.
The exhibition included Bhutanese as well as international participants such as Thailand and Indian Embassy in Bhutan. The Zhung Dratshang and a school, Punakha Central School also participated for the first time. Sixteen themed gardens were developed by various agencies from the government, armed forces and private nurseries featuring a number of beautiful floral and plant displays besides other attractions. Various sale stalls for souvenirs, medical checkup booth, traditional medicines and plants were available for visitors to explore. Few more activities including displays of village life, food stalls, horse riding and children’s play area were added this year.
A senior citizen from Kabisa geog shared that being a farmer, he never had an opportunity to visit such a flower show and appreciate the beauty of nature. Many locals who have missed out the earlier exhibitions were also delighted about the exhibition being held in Punakha this year. Among the kids and students, horse riding and children’s play area was popular.
To enhance the beauty of the historic place, the exhibition contributed to the area by developing permanent features such as native garden, bamboo grove, Punakha Central School garden and rock garden with waterfall.
The exhibition is a popular annual event which has previously been held twice at Paro and once in Thimphu. The Ministry of Agriculture and Forests and the Punakha Dzongkhag Administration organised the 4th RBFE. The next exhibition is expected to be held in the east.
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