Punakha, Bhutan

Discover Punakha

Punakha, about 15.5 miles (25 kilometres) east of Thimphu, is where visitors get their first real flavour of rural Bhutan. Its dzong (fortress) is one of the country’s most famous monasteries, built in 1638 and located at the confluence of two rivers. It is a truly authentic showcase of Bhutanese artistry, with an especially magnificent assembly hall filled with beautiful clay figures and detailed murals.

The dzong is also famous for the Punakha Tshechu festival which takes place each February or March. During the event, an enormous and exquisitely appliquéd thondrol (sacred flag) is unfurled to bestow merit on those who behold it.

Things to do in Punakha

Some of the great things you can enjoy in Punakha include:

  • Explore the dzong (fortress), one of the country’s most famous monasteries
  • Time your visit for the Punakha Tshechu festival in February or March
  • Get a flavour of rural Bhutan

The best way to see Punakha

If you would like to visit Punakha, why not take a look at one of our wonderful ATOL and ABTA protected holidays?  Please remember all our private tours are designed to meet your exact requirements, and the tours mentioned are just examples to help inspire you.

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