Punakha is a beautiful valley, north of Thimpu, and is the winter home of the Central Monk Body.
The Punakha Dzong, is a majestic fortress built at the confluence of two rivers, the clear blue “female” river Mo Chu and the white “male” river Pho Chu.
A bridge across the river takes you into this historical site where the 1st king of Bhutan was coronated. Inside the Dzong, you will see large courtyards, with temples and doors made of wood and iron. Check for the numerous apple orchards along the edge of the road all the way from Thimpu to Punakha.