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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  • sitting right on the union of 2 rivers this a very beautiful place . The color of flowers here -Purple adds to beauty of this palace. Do ask your guide about history of this place. Our first prime min...  more »
  • Bhutan had many Dzongs or Fortresses, but Punakha located between two rivers make this one the one to see. Come in April like we did and the jacaranda trees with all their bright purple flowers create...  more »
  • I think of a Bhutan tour you do not will find this Dzong. Also when you get a little tired after a few days if the many dzongs, to this beautiful Dzong is so excited with all its glory and to see size. You can understand that all Coronation take place
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  • The inside and out were stunning! Take your time while exploring this beautiful structure and learn the history! Would go back and spend more time if I got the chance!
  • A lovely fortress with beautiful architecture. However the official guide from the fortress gave us very sketchy details about the place. He did not say anything about the paintings on the wall inside the hall where the royal weddings take place.
  • The highlight of the visit to Bhutan. It is the country’s most beautiful dzong. Built at the confluence of two rivers. Simply beautiful Fortress with a rich history. Was once the seat of power of Bhutan. Not to miss experience.
  • A beautiful palace, a must visit place in punakha. The colors of flowers outside palace is just amazing. I think this is national flower. Very beautiful place situated at the junction of 2 rivers. Do spend some time here.
  • Beautiful indoor and outdoor place. Flowers in outdoor garden are best. River on other side is showing elephant ear shape..
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