Punakha is the administrative centre of Punakha dzongkhag, one of the 20 districts of Bhutan. Punakha was the capital of Bhutan and the seat of government until 1955, when the capital was moved to Thimphu. It is about 72 km away from Thimphu and it takes about 3 hours by car from the capital Thimphu. Unlike Thimphu it is quite warm in winter and hot in summer. It is located at an elevation of 1,200 metres above sea level and rice is grown as the main crop along the river valleys of two main rivers of Bhutan, the Pho Chu and Mo Chu. Dzongkha is widely spoken in this district.

Location: Western Bhutan, east of Thimphu
Distance from Thimphu: 72km (2hrs 30mins)
Elevation: 1,350m (4,050ft)


      PUNAKHA DZONG: It is breath-taking example of traditional architect with four intricately embossed entrance pillars crafted from cypress and decorated in gold and silver. Annual festival is also celebrated in this Punakha Dzong.

      CHHIMI MONASTERY: It is also known as the Monastery of fertility. Temple of Lam Drukpa Kuenly

      HOME STAY/ fARM HOUSE: One can opt for a farm house visit (optional)

Other attraction: Hot springs in Gasa,(3 hrs drive), Sinchula trek, river rafting and kayaking, biking, etc