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Punakha

Punakha

Elevation: 1,242 m, 4,075ft

Location: Central part of the country

Area: 1,110 sq. km

Distance from Paro: 115.1 km (3 hr 9 mins)

Population: 6,262

Punakha Dzongkhag has been inextricably linked with momentous occasions in Bhutanese history. It served as the capital of the country from 1637 to 1907 and the first national assembly was hosted here in 1953. It is the second oldest and second largest dzong in Bhutan and one of the most majestic structures in the country.

On October 13, 2011, the wedding of the King of Bhutan, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, and his fiancé, Jetsun Pema, was held at the Punakha Dzong.

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Popular Attractions in Punakha

Perched between the massive Phochu and Mochu rivers, it is the second of Bhutan’s dzongs. For many years until the time of the 2nd king

A beautiful hike takes you to the regal Khamsum Yulley Namgyel Chorten, which was built to remove negative forces and promote peace

The temple would be a great place to take up a short trip and have a picnic lunch. A day tour to Talo and visiting the Nobgang village on the way 

Chanting up with monks in English adds the charm to visiting the Buddhist College called Daley Goenpa or Dalida by the locals

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Popular Hotels & Accommodations in Punakha

Denisa Boutique Resorts sits in the heart of the verdant Valley. Flanked by thick pine forests, it overlooks the Punatshangchu River

The most well known pass in Bhutan, Dochula ECO Resort is located about 30 km away from the capital of Bhutan, Thimphu. The resort has 13 double rooms

Drubchhu resort is located in Lobesa, rated as a luxury three-star hotel. It has professionalized services with well-equipped facilities

Kunzang Zhing Resort in Punakha valley wears a contemporary and elegant look alongside traditional architecture where traditions