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Punakha Dzongkhag has been inextricably linked with momentous occasions in Bhutanese history. It served as the capital of the country from 1637 to 1907 and the first national assembly was hosted here in 1953. Punakha Dzong is not only the second oldest and second largest dzong but it also has one of the most majestic structures in the country.

October 13, 2011 marked an unforgettable wedding of the King of Bhutan, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck to Jetsun Pema which was held at Punakha Dzong. Punakha Dzong was built at the confluence of two major rivers in Bhutan, the Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu, which converge in this valley. It is an especially beautiful sight on sunny days with sunlight reflecting off the water onto its white-washed walls.

In addition to its structural beauty, Punakha Dzong is notable for containing the preserved remains of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the unifier of Bhutan as well as a sacred relic known as the Ranjung Karsapani. This relic is a self-created image of Avalokiteswara that miraculously emerged from the vertebrae of Tsangpa Gyarey, the founder of the Drukpa School when he was cremated.

Attractions in Punakha

Hotels in Punakha

Name Category Ratings
Amankora luxury
Dhensa Boutique Resort luxury
Kuenzangzhing Resort luxury
RKPO Green resort standard
Uma Resort luxury
Damchen resort standard
Dhumra Farm Resort standard
Dragon’s Nest resort standard
Drubchhu resort standard
Hotel Lobesa standard
Hotel Vara standard
Hotel Zangtopelri standard
Khuru Resort standard
Meri Puensum Resort standard
Puna Tsangchu cottages standard
Wangdue Eco Lodge standard
Zhingkham Resort standard

Restaurants Punakha

Local Restaurant Food
Chimi Lhakhang Cafeteria
Babee restaurant
Kuenga Hotel