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Attractions in Punakha

Punakha district was the ancient capital of Bhutan from 1637 – 1907 and the valley played a very significant role in safeguarding the nation during the time of great stress. It is a fertile valley with pleasant weather conditions which has led to the prosperity of the farmers around the valley. Because of its favorable weather condition, it cultivates two rice crops in a year. It is famous in the country for its large production of rice both red and white and this brings detailed information on attractions in Punakha.

The attractions in Punakha include home to one of the most impressive fortresses of Bhutan, Punakha Dzong. The country was ruled from inside this fortress for almost 270 years from 1637 – 1907 and Bhutan’s first national assembly was held here at Punakha inside the fortress in 1953. It is the second oldest and the second largest fortress in Bhutan. The popular annual mask dance festival called Punakha Drubchen is held in the courtyard inside this stunning fortress.

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

Passing the several beautiful villages and walking to the chorten in the summer and autumn will be lovely, gardens filled with healthy

Perched on a ridge amid pine trees and overlooking the valleys of Punakha and Wangduephodrang, gleams the magnificent structures

Drive towards Punakha Dzong and later walk across the suspension bridge (about 200m long) through a fresh breeze and fascinating

Bhutan’s Punakha valley is famous for rice farming where both red and white rice are grown along the river valleys of Pho and Mo Chhu