Punakha was the ancient capital of Bhutan. It is home to the breathtaking and glorious Punakha Dzong, which stands on an island formed by the rivers Pho-chu and Mo-chu. Punakha boasts many religious sites with significant historical values.
From 1637 to 1907 Punakha served as the capital of Bhutan, and is therefore closely linked to many important events in the country’s history. The most recent just happened in October 2011, when King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck married his Queen in a fairytale wedding.
The breathtakingly beautiful Punakha Dzong bears historical significance, as it stands as a symbol for unified Bhutan. Since it was built in 1637, the Dzong was damaged by four fires and an earthquake, but stands fully restored now and with the highest standards of woodwork to marvel at.
Khamsum Yuley temple is the most elaborate in the country. On the inner walls you can find fascinating spiritual paintings and study symbolic meanings of frescos. The temple was built with the wish to bring universal peace.
If you wondered about the popularity of phallic symbols in Bhutan, you should visit Chhimi Lhakhang. There you will find a statue of Drukpa Kinley, the Divine Madman, who is associated with their abundance. But bear in mind: some tourist couples who visited this temple were miraculously blessed with children!
Punakha treks and tours
Contact us now