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A unique location in a unique country

Located in an enchanting river valley, Punakha promises an authentic Bhutanese experience that will leave you with a deep appreciation for the country's rich traditions and stunning landscapes.

As the ancient capital of Bhutan, Punakha is a destination of both historical significance and breathtaking natural beauty. Found in a fertile valley at the confluence of two rivers, the Pho Chhu (father river) and Mo Chhu (mother river), Punakha offers a unique holiday experience in Bhutan.

Punakha is steeped in history, and a visit here allows you to step back in time. The Punakha Dzong, also known as the Pungthang Dewachen Phodrang Dzong (Palace of Great Happiness), is an architectural masterpiece that once served as the winter capital of Bhutan. The dzong, a stunning blend of Bhutanese and Tibetan architectural styles, is a living testament to Bhutan's heritage and religion. You can explore its intricately decorated courtyards and pay your respects at the temple inside.

Around the town is a lush paradise that boasts rice paddies, orchards, and verdant fields, offering a stark contrast to the rugged mountains that surround it. This makes it a haven for nature lovers. The nearby Dochula Pass, with its panoramic views of the Himalayas and the 108 memorial chortens, is a popular spot for taking in the stunning mountain vistas.

Punakha is where the Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu rivers merge, making it a prime destination for white-water rafting and kayaking. The pristine rivers and stunning landscapes create the perfect backdrop for an adventurous holiday. You can embark on exhilarating river adventures through the lush Punakha Valley.

Beyond rafting, Punakha offers opportunities for hiking and trekking. The Limbukha to Gasa Trek, in particular, is a scenic journey through the heart of Punakha, allowing you to explore its beautiful countryside and visit remote villages.

Punakha hosts various cultural events and festivals. The Punakha Tshechu is a vibrant celebration that showcases Bhutanese traditions, with colorful mask dances and religious ceremonies. Participating in or witnessing one of these festivals can be a profound cultural experience.

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