Punakha Dzong, Punakha

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Admire the elaborate traditional architecture at Punakha Dzong, Bhutan's second-largest and second-oldest dzong. Today the district's administrative center, the fortress-complex dates from 1638 and houses many sacred artifacts belonging to the Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism's Drukpa lineage. The six-story structure stands at an elevation of 1,200 (3,900 ft) near the junction of two rivers, surrounded by serene mountains and forests. Inspect the ornate interior, which includes hundreds of religious images, artistic treasures, and wooden, masonry, and metal crafts. Cover your knees and shoulders during your visit. Make Punakha Dzong a centerpiece of your Punakha vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Punakha day trip planning tool .
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  • This is the governing place of first Bhutan capital. Nice story behind this. So you should get know the all story. Otherwise you can't get the real taste of it Request to visualize details in English  more »
  • We visited this dzong in May. The weather was quite nice. The dzong remains open till 5 pm. You must spare at least 2-3 hours to visit this place. The dzong is located between the two rivers. The view...  more »
  • It's imposing from outside. The view of the place is almost surreal from the distance. It is a must visit if you are in Bhutan as it's a 3 hour drive from Thimphu and one can have a day trip. From inside, it is better than Thimphu fortress but essentially the statues and paintings are the same. I'll prefer this one over the Thimphu fortress.
  • mind blowing place. nature was too good & environment too calm. A man search for inner peace here. it's a question how they build a long time? everyone should visit here once in a life time ..
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