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Punakha district is a significant place in Bhutanese history and it is still given the importance it deserves. One of the most beautiful valleys in Bhutan it attracts many tourists.

Punakha Location Map

Punakha on Bhutan Map

The town which is 77 kilometers away from Thimphu, takes about three hours to reach. It was once the capital of Bhutanfrom 1637 till 1955 and the first National Assembly Bhutan was held in this district. The whole area is spread over 1,096 square kilometers, with 1,891 households and a population of around 21,674 people.

Punakha is relatively warmer compared to many other places in Bhutan. In Punakha, the temperature varies from 35 degree Celsius during summer to negative 4 degree Celsius during winters.

Punakha is the winter residence of the central monk body, the summer residence being Thimphu. With Phochhu (male) and Mochhu (female) rivers flowing through the valley,  the fertile land of Punakha is popular for growing organic vegetables, fruits and rice.

Khuruthang is the main town of Punakha which is about four kilometers from the dzong.

Attractions in Punakha

Chimi Lhakhang

The fertility temple is visited by couples who have problem conceiving and they have been blessed miraculously with children. Couples are blessed by a replication of the iron bow and arrow of Drukpa Kuenley, his scriptures and the phallus. Some … View details

Khamsum Yueling Monastery

Khamsum Yueling Monastery

The temple was built by the Queen Mother to promote world peace and for the sound health and long life of the King. It is elaborately built and contains some of the finest spiritual artworks painted on the inner walls. The temple exhibits … View details

Punakha Dzong

Punakha Dzong Fortress in Bhutan

Built at the junction of Phochhu and Mochhu by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, it stands as the symbol for a unified Bhutan. It was built in 1637 to serve as the religious and administrative seat of the region. Presently it serves as the winter … View details

Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Lhakhang (Nunnery)

Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Lhakhang   The Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Lhakhang is a temple plus nunnery perched on a ridge overlooking Toebesa, Punakha and Wangduephodrang valleys. The lhakhang comprises a double storied temple, a chorten … View details