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Punakha

Trip Planner Asia  /  Bhutan  /  Punakha District  /  Punakha
(4.7/5 based on 1,100+ reviews for 7 attractions)
Things to do: religious sites, sightseeing, adventure
The imperial past feels present in Punakha, where an impressive fortress testifies to the heyday of this former capital of Bhutan. The small town acted as the seat of the government until the 1950s and all of Bhutan's kings have been crowned here. The famous citadel, known as a dzong, remains the winter home of the country's official monk body, making it the main attraction in Punakha. Other treats on a trip to Punakha include the warm winter, hearing the local language Dzongkha spoken, and visits to cultural and natural sights. Plan how to spend your time in Punakha and other destinations in Bhutan using our Bhutan vacation route planner.
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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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