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Punakha Dzong

Punakha Dzong or Pungthang Dewachen Phodrang (Place of great Happiness) is also the country’s mostgorgeous and majestic Dzong. Punakha is accessible from a 3 hours drive east of the capital Thimphu, and after crossing a pass in the mountains; the place is a breathtaking and glorious sight on the first glimpse from the road.

Punakha Dzongis one of the best tourist places in Bhutan, the Dzong speaks volumes about the beautiful stories and traditions of the Buddhist culture. The most interesting fact is that the building has no usage of nails. Do not miss this on your Bhutan sightseeing tour.

It is built strategically at the junction of Pho Chhu (Male) and Mo Chhu (Female) rivers in 1637 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel, Punakha Dzong is the main attraction in Punakha. This is the biggest and second largest dzong built by the Zhabdrung in 1637.It is the old capital of Bhutan. Today it houses the administration offices of the Punakha district and serves as a winter residence of the Je Khenpo(Chief Abbot) and the monastic body who migrate from Thimphuevery winter. Punakha Dzong is one of the most beautiful fortresses in Bhutan. Punakha Dzong joined to the mainland by an arched wooden bridge and contains many precious relics from the days when successive kings reigned the kingdom over this valley. Furthermore, it is blessed with a temperate climate, and lovely lilac colored jacaranda trees grow around the Dzong during the spring season.

Punakha Suspension Bridge

Apart from Punakha Dzong, what makes Punakha a popular tourist attraction is the Punakha suspension bridge. It is built over the Po Chhu River. It is one of the longest suspension bridges in Bhutan, spanning 160 m. It connects Punakha town with Punakha Dzong. Draped with prayer flags, it is a delight for photographers. Walking on it will by far be one of your most adventurous experiences. Make sure to stop by here.

Location: 10 minutes away from Punakha Dzong, Punakha