Places to visit in Punakha
Punakha is the winter capital of the nation and the mind clergy of all Bhutan spends the winter at this hot Dzong. The Punakha Dzong is located on the 1,200 meters and with this elevation nobody suffers from height illness or oxygen deficit, so if you’re contemplating trekking, then you are able to aim for the greater location for example Paro Taktsang or tiger’s nest and it is a really perfect location for beginners.
7 Best Places to Visit in Punakha
- Chimi Lhakhang.
- Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten.
- Nalanda Buddhist College.
- Punakha Dzong.
- Punakha suspension bridge.
- Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Lhakhang Nunnery.
- Talo Village.
1. Chimi Lhakhang
It is located 10 KM from Punakha in the elevation of 1,200 metres above the sea level. We have to walk approximately 20-30 minutes from the nearby village called Sopsokha through the muddy and dusty paddy field. We can see all the house’s wall are painted with the pictures of phallus, thus this day this village is locally known as “City of Phallus”. Best time to visit is Spring & Autumn.
2. Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten.
Khamsum Yulley Namgel Chorten is located on hill top of Punakha valley from where we can have a spectacular view of Punakha valley. It was built by H.M. the Queen mother Ashi Tshering Yangdon Wangchuk in 1999.
It take 30 minutes’ drive from Punakha town & than have to hike uphill from the footbridge in Yapaisa village through paddy field for 45 minutes’.
3. Nalanda Buddhist College.
Nalanda Buddhist College is settled on a precarious mountain in Punakha. The head khenpo warmly invites visitors who are keen on religious life and honing English with his ministers. You will appreciate the pleasant view from the religious community, the peaceful area and delightful engineering of the sanctuary. This place is particularly intriguing to visit in the event that you are Buddhist or really keen on Buddhism.
Nalanda Buddhist College, Locals call this place ‘Dalayna’ while the monks refer it as ‘Nalanda Buddhist College’. Drive here in the afternoon and enjoy your evening tea supplemented by the ravishing view in front, along with interaction with local monks.
4. Punakha Dzong
Punakha Dzong is the 2nd biggest Dzong in Bhutan(The Property of Thunderbolt) and is popularly well known for its brilliant architecture. One of the greatest tourist spots in Bhutan, the dzong speaks volumes concerning the gorgeous tales and customs of the Buddhist tradition. Do not miss this in your Bhutan holiday excursion.
Until 1955, Punakha Dzong was served as Capital of Bhutan, than it was shifted to present location i.e. Thimphu. It houses the very important relics of Drukpa Kagyu School and Rangjung Kharsapani. Also the Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel & Terton Pema Lingpa scared remains there today’s.
It was damage several times by fire and flood. In the year 1957, 1960 & 1994 it was damaged by flash flood and in the year 1987 Dzong was partially destroy by fire.
It’s 72 KM from Thimphu, which take around 3 hours’ drive and best time to visit Punakha Dzong is Mid-May because one can see the blossom of Jacaranda trees.
5. Punakha Suspension Bridge
Punakha Suspension Bridge is longest suspension bridge of Bhutan, spanning 161 metres long and it’s over the high above the fast flowing river known as Pho Chhu. It is located at Punakha distric at the elevation of 1,242 metres above the sea level. Its 1 KM drive from main Punakha town and its 15 minutes’ drive from Punakha Dzong. After that we have to walk about 10-15 minutes crossing the past king palace & cremation ground.
This suspension bridge connect dzong’s area with the village on other side of the Pho Chhu River.
6. Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Lhakhang Nunnery.
Perched on a ridge amid pine trees and overlooking valleys of Punakha and Wangduephodrang, gleams the magnificent structures of Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Lhakhang (Temple). The temple complex also houses a permanent higher learning and meditation center for nuns where, apart from religious training, it provides life skill training such as tailoring, embroidery, statue making and Thangka painting.
7. Talo Village.
The village of Talo (alt. 2,800 m) which is scattered along the hill slopes, known for its cleanliness and hygiene among Punakha villages. Talo Sangnacholing is built on a plateau and has majestic view of surrounding villages. The beautiful farm houses of the village have its own flower gardens and on the hill slope corns and sweet peas are grown in abundance. The women of Talo are particular known for their beauty.