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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Punakha Dzong Reviews
Everything about the Punakha Dzong (fortress) is beautiful and stunning. The Punakha Dzong is said to have been built in 1637 and served as the location of the Bhutan government administrative... more »
The Punakha Dzong is located in a serene surroundings. You have to cross the Punakha river on a swinging bridge to reach the fort which houses the monastery and the royal living quarters. The whole... more »
Beautiful place. Spend more time here. Its better to get inside the Dzong as soon as one reach so that you will have enough time to capture the beauty of this Dzong.
Of all the Dzong and picturesque locations, Punakha stood out for me as a personal favorite. Located at the confluence of two rivers this architectural marvel seems at peace with the surroundings.
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