Punakha is a picturesque valley situated at the confluence of two rivers – Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu. The city, which served as the country's capital from 1637 to 1907, is now the winter seat of Je Khenpo – the Chief Abbot of Bhutan. This aesthetically pleasing city houses the nation's second largest dzong, which boasts of impressive architecture. Besides, the city features several ancient fortresses that speak volumes about its rich history. This age-old district further epitomises the cultural richness of Bhutan through its annual festivals, which play a significant role in preserving Buddhist teachings. With mountainous surroundings and splendid monasteries, Punakha is certainly a must-visit for globetrotters.
Attractions in Punakha
One of the oldest monuments of the country, Punakha Dzong is located at a place where the two rivers- Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu meet. This beautiful structure stores the remains of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, who was the unifier of Bhutan.
Dho Jha Gha Lama Temple
Dho Jha Gha Lama Temple is a place with a large rock that appears to have been split open with a knife. Believed to be the birthplace of a great master's mother, this temple offers an interesting view to visitors.
The 108 Chortens are beautiful structures that were built by the Queen Mother to honour the Bhutanese soldiers, who were killed in the year 2003 while fighting the Indian rebels
Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Lhakhang Nunnery
Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Lhakhang Nunnery is a temple, which now acts as a learning and meditation centre for nuns. Its highlight is the 14-feet bronze statue of Avalokiteshvara, besides those of Guru Padmasambawa, Gautama Buddha, Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and Tsela Namsum.
Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten
Built for promoting World Peace and the well-being of the kingdom, the Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten is a classic example of Bhutanese architecture. This revered shrine was built by Queen Mother and currently showcases paintings and artworks of Buddhists.
Popularly known as the Temple of Fertility, Chimi Lhakhang is an ancient Buddhist shrine dedicated to Lama Drukpa Kuenley. It is believed that childless couples who offer prayers at this temple are soon blessed with the gift of parenthood.
Our Recommended Hotels in Punakha
Hotel Zangtho Pelri
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Hotel Zangtho Pelri is a contemporary property that is situated in a serene location in Punakha. A wide range of services is offered at the hotel, including foreign exchange, 24-hour front desk, laundry, parking, taxi hire and free WI-Fi. Some other facilities available here for the relaxation of guests are swimming pool, spa and fitness centre.
The multi-cuisine restaurant present in the hotel has the option of a la carte and buffet dining. Delicious dishes from Continental, Chinese, Indian and traditional Bhutanese cuisines are served here. The bar offers a wide variety of drinks, both local and international. There are total 45 accommodation units in the hotel that are classified into Standard Rooms, Deluxe Rooms, Cottages and Suites. Attached bathroom, balcony, cable TV, hairdryer, phone and wake-up calls are the main conveniences provided in most of these.
Situated in Punakha's pristine locales, Damchen Resort is an ideal accommodation for people coming on a holiday retreat. The interiors and exteriors of this resort feature a blend of traditional designs and contemporary elements. A long list of guest facilities and services is offered here, such as airport transfer, foreign currency exchange, 24-hour front desk, laundry, luggage storage, parking, taxi hire and free Wi-Fi in public areas. The resort has a gift shop, and apt arrangements for conferences and events.
There is a multi-cuisine restaurant in the resort that offers a wide selection of cuisines, such as Bhutanese, Indian, Chinese and Continental. Guests can unwind at the on-site, well-stocked bar after a tiring day of excursion or meeting. The resort offers 34 well-furnished and heated guestrooms in three categories. Some of these have spacious balconies with beautiful views of the scenic surroundings. Attached bathroom, cable TV, complimentary bottled water, hairdryer, mini fridge and phone are present across most of the rooms.
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Pema Karpo is a plush property that lies in Wangdue dzongkhag, somewhere in the outer bounds of Punakha. For the convenience of its guests, the hotel offers an array of modern facilities and services like airport transfer, foreign currency exchange, front desk, laundry, luggage service, parking, safety deposit, taxi service and Wi-Fi. In addition, the hotel has establishments like well-equipped business centre, spa, fitness facilities and swimming pool.
Guests staying here during their holiday can relish dishes from Bhutanese, Indian and Continental cuisines at the on-site restaurant. Different exotic spirits can be tasted at the bar present in the hotel premises. There are 35 guestrooms in the hotel that have been categorised as Standard, Deluxe and Suite for providing guests with multiple options to choose from. Complimentary bottled water, cable TV, DVD player, hairdryer, mini fridge, phone, tea/coffee maker and Wi-Fi are the amenities present in most of the rooms here.
Meri Puensum Resort
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Meri Puensum Resort is a home-style accommodation that was established in the year 1999 by a native family in Punakha. Nestled in a serene location, this resort offers a number of modern conveniences like airport transfers, event management, 24-hour front desk, laundry, luggage storage, parking, safety deposit box, taxi service. For those coming for business purpose, conference facilities and well-equipped business centre are also present on site.
The restaurant of this resort offers a la carte and buffet dining in a pleasing ambience. Bhutanese, Indian, Chinese and Continental cuisines are the specialities of this on-site restaurant. There is also a well-stocked bar in the property that can be visited to unwind and enjoy various drinks. Accommodation here is provided in the 34 well-appointed rooms, which are heated properly and feature en suite bathrooms with necessary toiletries. Cable TV, DVD player, complimentary bottled water, hairdryer, phone, tea/coffee maker and high-speed Wi-Fi can be found across all rooms.
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