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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  • This spectacular building generally features in most of the travel books on Bhutan and with good reason It is a photographer's dream from the wooden entrance bridge throughout the superbly decorated b...  more »
  • This was one of the highlights during our trip. The drive from Punakha to the fort / temple is fantastic. We spent around one hour there and it was very interesting. Don’t miss it  more »
  • It's imposing from outside. The view of the place is almost surreal from the distance. It is a must visit if you are in Bhutan as it's a 3 hour drive from Thimphu and one can have a day trip. From inside, it is better than Thimphu fortress but essentially the statues and paintings are the same. I'll prefer this one over the Thimphu fortress.
  • mind blowing place. nature was too good & environment too calm. A man search for inner peace here. it's a question how they build a long time? everyone should visit here once in a life time ..
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