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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  • One of the most impressive Dzongs in Bhutan. Located at the confluence of Po and Mo chhu (river). Lovely architecture and the walk to the suspension bridge passing by the monk school is also...  more »
  • This is the religious and administrative headquarters of Punakha province. Very well maintained and clean. Very well organised vist.  more »
  • Bhutan is a beautiful country and Punakha is one of the beautiful places to visit. All the Dzongs we visited in Bhutan, I liked this the most because of the river nearby and the bridge that gives it a stunning look.
  • Marvelous construction of stone and wood that has withstood the vagaries of natural and human destruction. It has a rich culture and heritage that is being spread through the Dzong. Very well maintained and clean. Very calm and peaceful. Very scenic too.
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