Punakha is a historical town of Bhutan. Aside from being a notable town Punakha with its dreamlike scene has been considered as one of the most pictorial spots to visit in this town. perched at an altitude of 1200mt , It situated along the banks of Pho Chuu and Mo Chuu river and is honored with rich alluvial soil making it the rice bowl of Bhutan. Punakha holds a historical importance for Bhutan since it filled in as the capital of the nation during 1637-1907. The primary national get together of the nation was held here in 1953, after which Thimphu was reported the national capital of Bhutan and remained so till today.
It is about 72 km away from Thimphu, and it takes about 3 hours by car from the capital, Thimphu. Unlike Thimphu, it is quite warm in winter and hot in summer.
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Top Attractions of Punakha
Punakha Dzong : It is also known as Pungthang Dewa chhenbi is the administrative center of Punakha District . It is the most impressive and historic dzong . Built in 1637-38 the dzong is also the 2nd oldest and 2nd largest Dzong in Bhutan.. Read more about punakha-Dzong
Suspension Bridge : Punakha Suspension Bridge is one of the oldest and longest suspension bridge in Bhutan, spanning 160 -180m and perched high above the very swift river of Po Chhu. Draped with prayer flags……. Read more about Punakha Suspension Bridge
Chimi Lhakhang : Chimi Lhakhang, also known as Chime Lhakhang or Monastery or temple, is a Buddhist monastery . Located near Lobesa, it stands on a round hillock and was built in 1499 by the 14th Drukpa hierarch, Ngawang Choegyel, after the site was blessed by the “Divine Madman” the maverick saint Drukpa Kunley who built a chorten on the site. This temple is also known as the temple of fertility. Read more about Chimi Lhakhang Temple
Dochula Pass : High on top of a mountain pass on the road from Thimphu to Punaka, overlooking the Himalayas, is a concentration of 108 chortens (stupas) built in memory of Bhutanese soldiers killed in the 2003 war against insurgents from India. The Queen Mother, Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck, commissioned the monument after King Jigme Singye Wangchuck was victorious in the struggle to dislodge the rebels who were using Bhutan as a base to raid India…. Read More about Dochula Pass ………
Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup nunnery : The Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Nunnery is perched on a hilltop overlooking the beautiful Punakha valley and Wangduephodrang valley. This Nunnery boasts traditional architecture, including a golden-tipped, large white stupa. Look for the 4.2 m (14 ft) bronze statue of Avalokiteshvara and depictions of notable lamas from the Drukpa Kagyu lineage . . . . . . Read More about Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup nunnery..
Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten : This Chorten was built to remove negative forces and promote peace, stability and harmony in the changing world. The Chorten dominates the upper Punakha Valley with commanding views across the Mo Chhu and up towards the mountainous peaks of Gasa and beyond. Read more about Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten
Jigme Dorji National Park : The Jigme Dorji National Park named after the late Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, is the second-largest National Park of Bhutan. It occupies almost the entire Gasa District, as well as the northern areas of Thimphu District, Paro District, Punakha, and Wangdue Phodrang Districts. It was established in 1974 and stretches over an area of 4316 km². Read more about Jigme Dorji National Park
Rista Village : Surrounded with paddy fields, gurgling rivers and daunting hills, Ritsha Village has been one of the must visit places in Punakha Valley. Ritsha Village, a quaint and sleepy hamlet that parades its captivating magnificence along the banks of both the spouting streams, this picturesque town is known for its lavish greeneries, untouched appeal, peaceful viewpoint, and quiet vibe. . Read more about Rista Village..
Talo Monastery :Talo monastery with a backdrop view of daunting enormous Mountains sits majestically on a mountain ridge atop the plateau above Punakha Valley. Perched at an altitude of 9186 ft, Talo is famous for being one of the cleanest and pictorial villages in Bhutan. Surrounded with dense forest of tree and conifer, Talo has become one of the must visit places in Bhutan and a favored sightseeing place … Read more about Talo Monastery
Where to stay in Punakha
Being one of the most important city of bhutan, punakha has a lot of staying options . Guest can choose form 5 star resort to budget hotel . There is very nice property available to stay .
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Best Time to visit Punakha
April-June: During this time of the year, this place is adorned with the colorful vista of blooming flowers. The pleasant weather is an added charm of visiting Punakha Bhutan in spring season.
July-September: During this time of the year, Punakha receives an average rainfall and occasional thunder storm. Due to the sudden weather change the road leading to valley becomes prone to road block due to landslides.
October-March : Winter season is the best an ideal opportunity to visit Punakha. During this season, the sky remains for the most part clear which guarantee the all surrounding viewpoint on mountains and glades encasing Punakha.
How to Reach Punakha
From ThImphu to Punakha, the distance is 86 km and the cab fare is 1207 NU while from Paro the distance is 126 km and the cab fare is 1980 NU. From the Southern border town of Gelephu to Punakha, the distance is 194 km and the cab rate is 3723 NU. From Trongsa to Punakha, the distance is 138 km and the cab fare is 2400 NU. The distance between Bumthang and Punakha is 217 km and the taxi fare is 3988 NU .