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Begin your explorations of Punakha valley with a visit to Punakha Dzong, located between two rivers. The Dzong remained the national capital until 1966. It also serves as the winter residence for the central monastic . .
Country: Bhutan
City: Punakha
Duration: 1 Day(s) - 0 Night(s)
Tour Category: Full Day Tours
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Begin your explorations of Punakha valley with a visit to Punakha Dzong, located between two rivers. The Dzong remained the national capital until 1966. It also serves as the winter residence for the central monastic body in Thimphu, as the area provides more comfortable temperatures. The Punakha Dzong contains the body remains of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and is considered one of the holiest of the dzongs in the country.

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Punakha is a town in the Himalayas of Bhutan. It's known for the Punakha Dzong, a 17th-century fortress at the juncture of the Pho and Mo Chhu rivers. The fortress hosts the Punakha Tshechu, a religious festival featuring masked dances and music. In the surrounding Punakha Valley, temples include the fertility-focused Chimi Lhakhang and the hilltop Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten, which has river and mountain views.

Best Sightseeing in Punakha:

Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Nunnery

The magnificent and tranquil Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Nunnery sits atop a hill and commands the view of the gorgeous Punakha valley and Wangduephodrang valley. Standing amidst the lush pine trees, this structure is a beautiful demonstration of the fine architecture and tradition of Bhutan.

The gleaming white-washed walls are complemented by the richly carved woods painted in black, red, and golden color and decorated with illustrious designs. The temple is home to a colossal 14 feet bronze statue of Avalokiteshvara. There are several other statues inside the temple. Inside the complex, there is a meditation center of nuns.

Timing: 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Punakha Winter Trek

Having an altitude of 3400 meters this is one of the easiest and the most popular trekking journey among amateur trekkers through the ancient capital of Bhutan, Punakha. The trekking trail commences from Thimphu and concludes in the beautiful Punakha valley. Being a short trek, the gradual slopes on the trekking trail does not seem to be too much concern for the hikers.

The old foot trail snakes through luscious valleys, green landscapes, dense forestlands, and golden rice fields. The trail crosses through Phajoding Monastery and the beautiful Sinchula Pass. Due to low altitude and a much warmer climate, the trek is often preferred during winters.

Khansum Yulley Namgyal Chorten

Standing regally on the hill above the Punakha valley, Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten is a classic example of the beautiful traditions and architecture of Bhutan. The temple was built by Her Majesty the Queen Mother for warding off the negative forces and bringing peace and harmony for all the living beings. The thing that sets this Chorten apart is that it was built on the principles described in the Holy Scriptures rather than modern engineering manuals. The golden spire and intricate wall patterns are fine examples of the art and tradition of Bhutan.

Punakha Suspension Bridge

The Punakha valley of Bhutan offers a mesmerizing view of natural beauty to the beholder. Amidst this natural setting lies the second-longest suspension bridge of the country. Built high on the river Po Chu, this arched wooden bridge connects the Punakha Dzong with Punakha City and the smaller villages scattered in the valley. A visit to this Bridge is a must if you are seeking a bit of thrill and adrenaline pump in your body while surrounded by natural beauty.

Punakha Dzong

Bhutan is renowned for its marvelous ancient architecture scattered throughout the land. Punakha Dzong is one such beautiful architecture and offers a stunning sight of the luminous aura of the white-washed walls on a bright sunny day. Golden, red, and black painted woods add to the charisma of this striking architecture.

Torsa Strict Nature Reserve

Torsa is one of the most famous tourist attractions for it is the only Nature Reserve in the world that has not been destroyed by human inhabitation. It is adorned with beautiful alpine and broad leaves tree forests, making it a favored trekking route in Bhutan. The name came to existence from the River Toorsa which penetrates from Tibet.

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