Did you know-The hill atop which the Punakha Dzong is built resembles the trunk of an elephant?

Palace of Great Bliss!!

Perched at an elevation of 1,200 meters, Punakha Dzong is most awe-inspiring places in Punakha. It takes pride as the second oldest as well as the second largest Dzong in the country. It is located on a stretch of land where the Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu meet.

Overlooking the picturesque gorge, Punakha Dzong with its grandiose structure is must visit place in Bhutan!

How to reach Punakha Dzong?

  • You can reach Punakha either by taking a flight from your town to Paro International Airport. Then, you can go for hired taxies to reach Punakha Dzong

Distance from Paro to Punakha Dzong- 114 km

  • Or, you can also opt for the rail-track by reaching to the nearest railhead, i.e. New Jalpaiguri Railway Station. At the station, you can rent a car or a taxi to reach Punakha Dzong via Phuentsholing.

We would recommend you to book Bhutan tour package from Siliguri for your hassle-free trip.

The Exciting History behind It!!

Punakha Dzong was built in 1637 by Zhabdrung Namgyel. According to a legend, Guru Padmasambhava had foretold about an event where a person, Namgyel will arrive at a hill that resembled an elephant. Since the time of its establishment, Punakha Dzong has been damaged by 6 times by fire, earthquake, & flood. But it still stands strong.

Isn’t it interesting? Yes, it is & tour to this Dzong will give you something more!

Reasons behind its formation!!

  • Previously Punakha Dzong served as the central location for the Government of Bhutan.
  • Later, it served as the Administrative Center housing a several religious relics.
  • Moreover, it also served as the venue for the wedding.

The Spectacular Beauty of Punakha Dzong!!

‘Punakha Dzong’s 3 Docheys structure makes it unique than others!’

Let’s have a look its unique architecture-

  • The 1st Dochey contains a big Chorten and a sacred Bodhi tree.
  • The 2nd holds quarters of the monks and the ceremonial rooms.
  • The 3rd one courtyard has the sacred remains of Pema Lingpa and Zhabdrung Namgyal.
  • Furthermore, its central tower stands six stories high.
  • A huge assembly hall along with 54 pillars.
  • There are beautiful Murals which are intricately designed with gold panels.
  • The inner sanctums have magnificent colorful wood carvings.

So beautiful, no? Yes, it is so amusing to explore!

Note: You have to enter in this place from the 2nd Dochey.

Punakha Dzong Timings- 9 am to 5 pm (summer)

11 am to 1 pm and 3 pm to 5 pm (winter)

Punakha Dzong Entry Fees- There is no need for any entry fee for visiting this Dzong.

If you want to witness the beauty of Thimphu, you should not to worry; you will get several rental cars to form Punakha Dzong to Thimphu!

Popular FAQs

#Q. Which are the nearby hotels to Punakha Dzong?

#A. The most comfortable nearby hotels to Punakha Dzong are Dekiling Hotel, Amankora Hotel, Hotel Lobesa etc.

#Q. Which are the best months to Visit Punakha Dzong?

#A. March to May and November to February are the best months to explore the beauty of Punakha Dzong.