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Reviews of Punakha Dzong • 6
This is a riverside 'Palace of Happiness' which was built in the 17th century. Built on the banks of the Punakha Chhu, this is the hotspot for all tourists. The Dzong will give you opportunity to observe Bhutanese architecture and Buddhism, in case you're interested.
In the afternoon, visit the majestic Punakha Dzong, located at the confluence of the Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu rivers. Punakha Dzong is the second oldest and second largest dzong in Bhutan. One of the most picturesque ancient fortresses, it was constructed in 1637-38 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and was the seat of Bhutan's government until Thimphu was established as the new capital in 1955.Request A Call BackNote: The Punakha Dzong is closed in winter months when the monk's body is in Punakha. All visits to Dzong and Monasteries are limited till the courtyard only. Overnight in Punakha (B)You can stay at-
A stroll by the river, have your breakfast and head for Punakha Dzong, the second oldest and second largest dzong in Bhutan, is also the administrative center of Punakha. This dzong also enjoys a brilliant location, which is at the confluence of 2 rivers - a male river Pho Chhu and the female river, Mo Chhu.Precisely, the confluence of the 2 rivers aspect attracted me to this place and I included Punakha in my Bhutan itinerary.
The most famous attraction at the small & sleepy town of Punakha (though it used to be seat of ancient kings of Bhutan) is the Pungtang Dechen Photrang Dzong (meaning "the palace of great happiness or bliss), also called as Punakha Dzong, which houses the administrative buildings of the entire Punakha Dzongkha (Bhutanese for districts or provinces). Located on the confluence of Pochhu (father) river and Mochhu (mother) river , it is one of the oldest and largest Dzong in Bhutan which was originally established in 1637 and thereafter, renovated several times to preserve its architectural splendour and majesty. After spending a lion's share of the time at the Dzong in personal photoshoots and capturing the landscapes around the structure, we visited a 14th century built monastery dedicated to a Buddhist saint Drupka kunley (also regarded as divine madman), called as Chimi Lhakhang. The monastery is quite modest and is marked by a Black Stupa where the divine madman had subdued a powerful demon. The monastery also famous for several penis like structures of Drupka kunley, which if worshipped, brings fertility among aspiring mothers. Then, at the end of the day we checked in a local inn for the night stay before moving to our next destination via. Thimphu the next day.
Punakha Dzongkhag has been inextricably linked with momentous occasions in Bhutanese history. It served as the capital of the country from 1637 to 1907 and the first national assembly was hosted here in 1953. It is the second oldest and second largest dzong in Bhutan and one of the most majestic structures in the country. Two major rivers in Bhutan the Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu converge in this valley. Punakha Dzong is built at the confluence of these two rivers and is an especially beautiful sight on sunny days with sunlight reflecting off the water onto its white-washed walls. In addition to its structural beauty, Punakha Dzong is notable for containing the preserved remains of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the unifer of Bhutan as well as a sacred relic known as the Ranjung Karsapani. This relic is a self-created image of Avalokiteswara that miraculously emerged from the vertebrae of Tsangpa Gyarey the founder of the Drukpa School when he was cremated.
In this leg of the trip I visited the Punakha dzong which is one of the most well-preserved and stunning dzongs in Bhutan.