Punakha Dzong, Punakha

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Admire the elaborate traditional architecture at Punakha Dzong, Bhutan's second-largest and second-oldest dzong. Today the district's administrative center, the fortress-complex dates from 1638 and houses many sacred artifacts belonging to the Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism's Drukpa lineage. The six-story structure stands at an elevation of 1,200 (3,900 ft) near the junction of two rivers, surrounded by serene mountains and forests. Inspect the ornate interior, which includes hundreds of religious images, artistic treasures, and wooden, masonry, and metal crafts. Cover your knees and shoulders during your visit. Make Punakha Dzong a centerpiece of your Punakha vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Punakha day trip planning tool .
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  • Visited during the Festival in February and had a great day. The masked dances were so colorful it was almost impossible to take a bad photo. The interior of the Dzong is impressive as was the bridge.  more »
  • After a beautiful picturesque journey by road from Thimphu via Dachula you reach this important landmark of Bhutan and the main attraction of Punakha. The Dzongs are unique to Bhutan’s very religious ...  more »
  • While you are crossing the bridge try to spot the fishes in the water below. Its a good walk inside the Dzong. Ensure that you go behind the main temple (further ahead of the washrooms) from where you...  more »
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  • This fortress is pretty huge and beautiful. It locates on a river bank. Best place to visit while you stay in Punakha. Other than this fortress , i guess there is nothing else to visit here
  • The entry ticket to Punakha Dzong is Nu. 500. Student passes avail discount. I suggest you to visit the Dzong with a guide. You can click some nice pictures over here. From the bridge you can also watch people rafting on the river and it is a good sight.
  • Mystic and magical place. The most impressive Dzong in Bhutan and a must-see for all visitors of this beautiful and peaceful country
  • Sound of the river flowing below the connecting bridge, nice ambience and soothing weather...that’s what you get when you are about to enter Punakha Dzong. We also did the water rafting with level 2 rapids. Overall Punakha has an amazing atmosphere with the finest set of Bhutanese people around you. Just one caution, keep mosquito killer aerosols for night and personal insect repellents (creams/lotions) when you go outdoor at night.
  • Amazing architecture and a nice and calm place. You gotta pay for entry but is worth it. Timings: summer 9am -5pm; winters 11am-1pm and 3pm-5pm
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