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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  • August 16, 2017
    Punakha Dzong is located in the western part of Bhutan is the winter home of the Je Khenpo, the Chief Abbot of Bhutan. Punakha has been of critical importance since the time of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgy...  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    since i found no other way to contact you, am sending my query here. I had written a detailed review after my visit to Bhutan on the Zingham resort and uploaded it. but it has not appeared till now? w...  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    Located is Punakha it should definitely be on the list of must visit places in Bhutan...the architecture of the place is amazing...just a few meters away from the dzong is a hanging bridge...visit it....  more »
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  • June 15, 2017
    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). 😎
  • May 21, 2017
    Loved this place. Really calm with a touch of beauty. Best place refresh and gain knowledge about the history of Bhutan.
  • July 11, 2017
    One of the beautiful place in Bhutan ....It's a huge and must visit
  • May 22, 2017
    Lovely place. Picturesque. Calm and quiet. Pls note it is closed between 1pm to 2pm.
  • April 6, 2017
    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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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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