The former capital of Bhutan has great link and connections to some of the most momentous events in Bhutanese history. Today Punakha stands as a symbol of unified Bhutan that is blessed with suitable temperature and climate. With natural drainage from Pho Chhu (male) and Mo Chhu (female) rivers, the Punakha Valley produces abundant crops and fruits. One can enjoy splendid views of the distant Himalayas at Dochula Pass on Thimpu- Punakha road, which also lays a perfect platform for indulging in a Bhutan Mountain Biking experience.
Punakha has a serene atmosphere with regal past and home to one of the country’s most beautiful dzong- Punakha Dzong. Constructed in 1637, this dzong is now the winter residence of Bhutan’s Central Monastic Body. It is believed that Punakha Dzong was the site of coronation for the first Bhutan King and contains many precious relics. The Khamsum Yuley Temple in Punakha was built by the Queen Mother of 5th Bhutan King to bring universal peace in this world. By visiting this temple, you can witness many beautiful paintings and murals.
In summer, the Punakha Valley dresses up in lush green and come alive with enchanting hues of gold & bronze at the time of autumn.
- Punakha Dzong
- Chimi Lhakhang
- Khasum Yulley Namgyal Chorten
- Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Lhakhang Nunnery
- Punakha Ritsha Village