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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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  • So much to love anout this Dzong. Continuing our drive to Punakha...It is on the river with stunning panoramic views. The design and architecture has lasted centuries and is still standing beautifully...  more »
  • Firstly I would like to say I visited Thimphu, Paro, Punakha and Phuntsholing..Saying that since I visited these cities I also visited all the Monasteries and Dzongs in each of these cities..And among...  more »
  • Punakha Dzong is a must visit when you are in Bhutan, cant afford missing it by any excuses, simply because its the most beautiful Dzong in Bhutan, both in terms of history, location, architecture and...  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.