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.

Themes

  • Heritage
  • Landscape

Highlights

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

Places to Stay

Amankora Punakha

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.

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COMO Uma Punakha

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.

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Dhensa Boutique Resort

Style: Boutique

High above in the heart of the lush Punakha Valley, is Dhensa, a Boutique property situated a 5-hours drive from…

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Khuru Resort

Style: Resort

Khuru Resort, located within walking distance from the main town of Punakha, offers you a comfortable and peaceful stay.

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Trekking in Punakha

Style: Camp

Trekking through picturesque trails meandering through serene forests and ancient villages.

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Activities in Punakha

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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