Make your Bhutan trip amazing by visiting the oldest city to awake the ultimate nature lover in you!

Visit the most scenic destinations of Punakha:

The long-lost ancient capital of Bhutan, Punakha sits at the intersection of the two rivers of Po Chhu and Mo Chhu. It is one of the most prosperous and beautiful districts of Bhutan.

The beautiful region of Punakha offers the most captivating views of the Himalayas whose elegance serves at the end of the horizon. The bright blue sky and the greenery of the valley attract tourists more!

Before visiting some information to gather about Punakha!!

  • Location: Punakha, Bhutan
  • Distance: 70 kilometers from Thimphu
  • Average elevation: 1200 meters
  • Average temperature: 20 degree Celsius

If this is not enough, then let us take you on a tour to Punakha with Bhutan tour package from Siliguri, for an exciting sightseeing!

So, here are few places to attract you in Punakha:

1.Punakha Dzong- Celebrate unity in the Dzong!

Built back in 1637, Punakha Dzong has served as an enduring symbol of a united Bhutan. This is the largest Dzong in Bhutan and one of the most spiritual places to visit in Punakha. The beautiful architecture is a treat for the visitors coming here.

  • Best time to visit: Mid-May
  • Must see: The remains of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and artifact of Ranjung Karsapani

2.Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten- Bow in front of the temple!

A Buddhist temple which was completed in 2004. It was built to remove away all the evil spirits and promote peace and harmony in the world. It is one of the most excellent examples of Bhutanese traditions. Also, the most popular tourist place in Punakha. The hiking is the enjoyable part of visiting this temple!

  • Timings: Morning to Evening
  • Must see: The statue of Vajrakilaya
  • Entry Fee: Free

3.Chimi Lhakhang-Soak in the history!

Chimi Lhakhang is counted amongst the most important things to visit in Punakha. According to the legend, the Buddhist monk defeated Drukpa Kunley here. So, do not get afraid if you find phallus symbol drawn on the walls of the houses! It is just to ward off evil spirits.

  • Best time to visit: Spring and Autumn
  • Timings: 9 am to 5 pm
  • Entry Fee: Free

4.Jigme Dorji National Park-Spend time with the animals!

Are you a lover of wildlife then visit Jigme Dorji National Park! It is the second largest national park in Bhutan and is the list of World Heritage Sites for a long time. It houses an incredibly varied biodiversity and is indeed the best place to see in Bhutan.

  • Must see: Himalayan Black Bear, Snow leopard, etc and variety of birds
  • The area covered: 1400-1700 meters
  • Best time to visit: March to October
  • Entry Fee: Free

5.Ritsha- Explore the rural life of Bhutan!

If you love villages then travel to Ritsha, a small Bhutanese village! This village will give you the experience of rural life in Bhutan. It is a famous village just a few moments away from Punakha city. It is very popular for its rice growing techniques and beautiful architectures.

  • Best time to visit: All throughout the year
  • Must see: The age-old monastery of the village

6.Punakha Suspension Bridge- Get a closer view of nature!

Amidst the beautiful natural setting of Punakha lies the second largest Punakha Suspension Bridge. This arched wooden bridge connects Punakha Dzong with Punakha city. A visit to this bridge might test your thrill and adrenaline rush in your body!

  • Best time to visit: In the morning
  • Timings: 9 am
  • Entry Fee: Free

7.Koma Tsachu: Soak in the hot water this winter!

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Want to soak in the hot water springs? Koma Tsachu is the place for this. This water spring is located inside the Jigme Dorji National Park. The bathing pools have four different rooms and these hot water springs are supposed to have therapeutic value. You can enjoy hiking too!

  • Best time to visit: In winters
  • Entry fee: Free

Punakha is an essential part of any tour when you plan to travel to Bhutan. So plan your Bhutan vacation to visit Punakha and experience the joys of the Himalayan kingdom now!