Punakha Dzong, Punakha

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Admire the elaborate traditional architecture at Punakha Dzong, Bhutan's second-largest and second-oldest dzong. Today the district's administrative center, the fortress-complex dates from 1638 and houses many sacred artifacts belonging to the Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism's Drukpa lineage. The six-story structure stands at an elevation of 1,200 (3,900 ft) near the junction of two rivers, surrounded by serene mountains and forests. Inspect the ornate interior, which includes hundreds of religious images, artistic treasures, and wooden, masonry, and metal crafts. Cover your knees and shoulders during your visit. Make Punakha Dzong a centerpiece of your Punakha vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Punakha day trip planning tool .
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  • The Punahka Dzong (Fortress) is amazing and situated at the confluence of the "male" and "female" rivers, it probably commanded a superior position as a Fortress guarding the area in the 15th/16th cen...  more »
  • Punakha Dzong its a must. Located at the juncture of two amazing rivers; Punakha Dzong is an incredible place with a lot of history and still gathers a significant importance for Buddhists in Bhutan.  more »
  • Apparently the most beautiful fortress in Bhutan it is certainly very attractive, positioned between the mother and the father rivers. We took photographs from the outside in the morning and returned ...  more »
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  • One of the Big and beautiful Dzong in Bhutan. Near River valley adds more beauty to the Dzong overview and we can see lot of traditional paintings inside the Dzong. Those who visit Bhutan don't miss this beautiful and traditional place (Palace). 😎
  • Loved this place. Really calm with a touch of beauty. Best place refresh and gain knowledge about the history of Bhutan.
  • One of the beautiful place in Bhutan ....It's a huge and must visit
  • Lovely place. Picturesque. Calm and quiet. Pls note it is closed between 1pm to 2pm.
  • The Largest and the oldest dzong in Bhutan. When You go to the main temple, inside, you will see three statues and one royal portrait of the greatest King of Thailand 💛🇹🇭

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Where to stay in Punakha

Though a handful of hotels and resorts exist in Punakha, many visitors choose to stay in national capital Thimphu or a nearby town or village. Thimphu has the widest selection of accommodations, but you may want to consider one of the cozy spots tucked in the valley, just a 20- to 25-minute drive from Punakha. If you're having trouble finding lodging in Punakha, take a look at the nearby towns of Wolakha, Sopsokha, and Lobesa.
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