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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. To visit Punakha Dzong and other attractions in Punakha, use our Punakha vacation planner.
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  • A great place to visit, probably the best Fortress we saw. It just so happened they were renacting a 16th century battle on the day we went. The locals were dressed in period costumes and carried repl...  more »
  • This gorgeous Dzong, the winter capital of Bhutan, is gorgeous both inside and out. A combination civic government building and Buddhist monastery, the dzong is also a fortress which has helped keep B...  more »
  • A picture that will be etched in your mind forever. Jaw drop guaranteed at the sight of this majestic Dzong!  more »
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  • If you come to Bhutan you must visit this iconic Dzong. It was built in the 17th century and still used for administrative offices. It also has several monasteries inside.
  • nice place, you will find internal peace with yourself if you stay there.
  • At the confluence of the Po Chu and Mo Chu, Punakha Dzong is the most architecturally beautiful Dzong in Bhutan. A must-visit.
  • One of best architectural highlights in bhutan. Must visit in bhutan. Night view is awesome.
  • One of the Beautiful Dzong of Bhutan. Location near the river makes it pretty. If you plan to visit April onwards you will be rewarded with flowering Jacaranda trees which beautifies this place.