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Punakha (1200-5400m)

Punakha is deeply associated with the rich cultural heritage and the history of Bhutan. It served as the capital of Bhutan until 1955. Punakha has a temperate climate and is a rich and fertile valley is fed by the Pho Chu and Mo Chu rivers. Rafting on the Punakha Mo Chhu River provides the tourist with a unique opportunity to enjoy the valley from a different perspective. Besides its temples and monasteries, Punakha is also famous for its hot spring and gentle terraces. The part of Jigme Dorji National Park falls under the boundaries of Punakha.

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Top 10 Interesting Facts about Punakha

  1. It was the  ancient capital of Bhutan
  2. It is the place where the first king of Bhutan was unanimously elected
  3. Punakha Dzong is not only the second oldest and second-largest Dzong but it also has one of the most majestic structures in the country.
  4. An unforgettable wedding of the King of Bhutan, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck to Jetsun Pema  was held at Punakha Dzong, Punakha
  5. It is the winter abbot of Chief Abbot (Je Khenpo) of Bhutan
  6. Rafting on the Punakha’s Mo Chhu River provides tourists a unique opportunity to enjoy the valley from a different perspective
  7. Punakha homes lot of beautiful villages
  8. Legend of Punakha Dzong is popular around the world
  9. Punakha festivals feature masked dance and music
  10. Punakha also have the longest suspension bridge

Here, check out the most famous tourist spots in Punakha, Bhutan