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 ambiance.


  • Heritage
  • Landscape


  • 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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Twin room at Lobesa Hotel in Punakha, Bhutan
Hotel Lobesa

Style: Lodge

Overlooking the gorgeous Punakha valley, Hotel Lobesa is a charming, family-owned boutique hotel, north of Thimpu in Bhutan.

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Punakha in Bhutan
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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Zhingkham Resort

Style: Resort

Zhingkham Resort is an elegant retreat perched on an idyllic hillside at Punakha in Bhutan. Enjoy excellent vantages of the Punakha Dzong, the confluence, and the town beyond, from across the property.

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Activities in Punakha

City Highlights of Punakha

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.)


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