Punakha was the capital of Bhutan and the seat of government until 1955, when the capital was moved to Thimphu. Blessed with a temperate climate and fed by the Pho Chu (male) and Mo Chu (female) rivers which form the Sankosh, Punakha is the most fertile valley in the country.



Punakha Dzong

The Punakha Dzong is set on a spit of land just above the junction of the Pho Chu and Mo Chu Rivers. Punakha Dzong is the home to the Central Monk Body and the Je Khenpo (the spiritual leader) during the winter months. It is one of the most interesting Dzong to visit in Bhutan. In this Dzong, has been shot a part of the movie "Little Buddha" in 1993.

Chime Lhakhang

Chime Lhakhang is a very popular and revered temple that lies on the periphery of the valley of Punakha. Being dedicated to Lama Drukpa Kuenley, the Divine Madman, the temple is popularly considered to be a temple of fertility and is a pilgrimage site for childless couples.

Dochu-la Pass

The view over the Himalayas at Dochu-la Pass (3050m) on the Thimphu - Punakha road, is one of the most spectacular in all Bhutan. Here, 108 chortens have been built.


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