The Punakha Dzong, also known as Pungthang Dewa chhenbi, is the administrative centre of Punakha District in Punakha. In the native language Pungtang Dewa Chhenbi Phodrang means the “the palace of great happiness or bliss”. It is the most grandiose and historic dzong in Punakha Valley. The dzong houses the sacred relics of the southern Drukpa Lineage of the Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism, including the Rangjung Kharsapani and the sacred remains of Ngawang Namgyal and the tertön Pema Lingpa.
Punakha Dzong is situated along the banks of Mo Chuu and Po Chuu on the outskirts of the main town of Punakha Valley. Built in 1637-38 It is also the 2nd oldest and 2nd largest Dzong in Bhutan. Overlooking the scenic gorge, With its grandiose structure this dzonghas been a must visit places in Punakha Valley.
Built strategically at the junction of Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu streams in 1637, by Shabdrung Ngawang . Punakha Dzong has played a significant role in Bhutan’s history. Harmed by four disastrous flames and a quake, the Dzong has been completely reestablished by the current King.
In view of the healthy climate in the region, Punakha is the winter capital of Bhutan. The head of the clergy of Bhutan with his entourage of monks spend the winter in this dzong. Jacaranda trees grow around the dzong, blooming with mauve flowers in the spring.
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Timing to Visit Punakha Dzong
Winter Timing : From November to May , 11 am to 1 pm & 3 pm to 5 pm
Summer Timing : From May to October 9 am to 5 pm
This monastery remain close during few holiday in Bhutan. Please check here for the holiday list of Bhutan.
Map Of Punakha Dzong
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