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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  • sitting right on the union of 2 rivers this a very beautiful place . The color of flowers here -Purple adds to beauty of this palace. Do ask your guide about history of this place. Our first prime min...  more »
  • Bhutan had many Dzongs or Fortresses, but Punakha located between two rivers make this one the one to see. Come in April like we did and the jacaranda trees with all their bright purple flowers create...  more »
  • I think of a Bhutan tour you do not will find this Dzong. Also when you get a little tired after a few days if the many dzongs, to this beautiful Dzong is so excited with all its glory and to see size. You can understand that all Coronation take place
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  • This fortress is pretty huge and beautiful. It locates on a river bank. Best place to visit while you stay in Punakha. Other than this fortress , i guess there is nothing else to visit here
  • The entry ticket to Punakha Dzong is Nu. 500. Student passes avail discount. I suggest you to visit the Dzong with a guide. You can click some nice pictures over here. From the bridge you can also watch people rafting on the river and it is a good sight.
  • Mystic and magical place. The most impressive Dzong in Bhutan and a must-see for all visitors of this beautiful and peaceful country
  • Sound of the river flowing below the connecting bridge, nice ambience and soothing weather...that’s what you get when you are about to enter Punakha Dzong. We also did the water rafting with level 2 rapids. Overall Punakha has an amazing atmosphere with the finest set of Bhutanese people around you. Just one caution, keep mosquito killer aerosols for night and personal insect repellents (creams/lotions) when you go outdoor at night.
  • Amazing architecture and a nice and calm place. You gotta pay for entry but is worth it. Timings: summer 9am -5pm; winters 11am-1pm and 3pm-5pm
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