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.
Visit Punakha Dzong, one of the most beautiful fortresses of Bhutan, strategically nestled 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. Take a short walk on the suspension bridge nearby – it’s the largest of its kind in Bhutan! Afterwards, visit the Zomlay Thang Stupa, a rare, newly-built Nepalese style stupa on the banks of the Mo Chhu River. Walk along the riverbank while you observe local people gathered here, either for a day’s picnic or even for archery practice done far away from the crowds. Later, drive on to the Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup nunnery set amid picturesque pines on a hilltop. This learning and meditation centre for nuns is also a photographer’s delight for offering exquisite views over the Punakha Valley. If you are visiting on a Saturday, don’t miss the weekend market where local produce is bought and sold. (Full Day; Private Activity & Transfers; Please note that Punakha Dzong is open between 1100 to 1300 hrs and 1500 to 1700 hrs in winter. Visit to the market is possible only on Saturdays.)