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Punakha is the home to the palace of great happiness and it has 20 dzongkhags or districts of Bhutan that are bordered by some districts namely, Gasa, Wangdue Phodrang and Thimphu, located at an elevation of 1200 m above the sea and surrounded by the peaks of the Himalayan peaks.


Punakha has a rich geography with the binding of two mighty rivers namely, Po Chhu and Mo Chhu that converge in the Punakha Valley at a 72 km distance from Thimphu. Punakha was the former capital of Bhutan before Thimphu until 1955 and the place proves its best in being the best in the adventurous activities namely, mountain biking and trekking, river rafting and so on.

What is the best time to visit Punakha?

The best time to pay a visit to Punakha is around in the months from March to May which is the spring and early summer season with the temperature suiting the tourism. The best adventurous activities are performed here namely, rafting and trekking along with the enjoying of the beautiful flora life blooming.

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Some major locations that you can visit in Punakha include:

  • Punakha Dzong
  • Punakha Suspension Bridge 
  • Chimi Lhakhang
  • Jigme Dorji National Park
  • Dochula Pass
  • Khansum Yulley Namgyal Chorten
  • Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Nunnery 
  • Ritsha village 

Sightseeing Places in Punakha