Mountain rapture An erstwhile capital, it now makes for a magical stay with splendid views of the distant, heavenly Himalayas at Dorchula Pass with a soothing climate and relaxing ambience.

Highlights

  • Punakha Valley
  • Dzong
  • Temple of Fertility
  • Rice Fields

 Places to stay

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Amankora Punakha

Hotel Style: Resort

Accessible by crossing a suspension bridge over the Mo Chhu (Mother River), this Amankora property is located east of the Dochu La Pass.  See Hotel

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COMO Uma Punakha

Hotel Style: Resort

Newly opened in September 2012, Uma Punakha is COMO's second hotel (5hr drive from Uma Paro) in the heart of the rugged wilderness of the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan, located on a river-bend with amazing elevated views over a lush terraced valley and the glacial Mo Chu river.  See Hotel

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Damchen Resort

Hotel Style: Guest house

The Damchen Resort is a charming new property located on the banks of the Punakha river, below the township of Punakha.  See Hotel

 Things to do

City Highlights of Punakha

After breakfast enjoy a beautiful hike to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten, built to remove negative forces and promote peace, stability and harmony in the changing world. Dominating upper Punakha Valley, the chorten affords commanding views of Mo Chhu and the mountainous peaks of Gasa. Visit Punakha Dzong, strategically built at the confluence of Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu rivers. Damaged by four catastrophic fires and an earthquake, the Dzong has been fully restored by the present King. In the afternoon, visit Chimi Lakhang, situated on a hillock and dedicated to Lama Drukpa Kuenley or the ‘Divine Madman’. Also known as the temple of fertility, barren couples wishing to have children pray here, as it is believed they are usually blessed with a child soon after. Walk across rice fields to the tiny settlement of Pana meaning ‘field’. Visit Limbukha, famous for Bhutan’s infamous medicinal red rice. Enjoy trekking, kayaking and inner-tubing on Mo Chhu and Po Chhu rivers.

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