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Punakha served as the winter capital of Bhutan until 1955. The first hereditary Monarch, King Ugyen Wangchuck was enthroned in Punakha on December 17th, 1907.  Punakha has many religious sites manifested with monasteries, temples and chortens with significant historical values.

Major sights

  • Chimi Lhakhang
  • Chorten Ningpo
  • Khamsum Yule Namgyel Chorten
  • Nalanda Buddhist College
  • Nobgang Village
  • Punakha Dzong
  • Talo Village

Hotels - Standard

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  • Drubchhu Resort
  • Hotel Vara
  • Hotel Lobesa
  • Meri Puensum Resort
  • Hotel Zangto Pelri
  • Damchen Resort

Hotels - Luxury

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  • RKPO Green Resort
  • Dhensa Boutique Resort
  • Uma Como Punakha
  • Kunzang Zhing Resort
  • Amankora Punakha


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  • Kuenga Hotel
  • Babee Restaurant
  • Specific hotel restaurant
  • Chimi Lhakhang Cafeteria