Punakha Dzong
Punakha Dzong
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  • ankur kandoi
    Siliguri, India804 contributions
    great view !!
    Bhutan is renowned for its marvellous ancient architecture scattered throughout the country. Punakha Dzong is one such beautiful architecture and offers a stunning sight !!! This place was once the Main palace of the King of Bhutan... a river flows in front of it and it looks beautiful..it looks more stunning during the night when all the lights of the palace are lit !!!
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 March 2023
  • Girish D
    Hyderabad, India235 contributions
    Rich tradition & historical place, well maintained.
    600 years old Dzong well maintained & beautiful architecture. The temple is amazing with tall Budha statue. Very well maintained temple with reach tradition & history. Located at middle of two rivers gives security to the fortress. At night the fortress is lightened which gives wonderful experience.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 May 2023
  • Suresh Kumar
    Bengaluru, India2,125 contributions
    MAGNIFICENT PALACE WITH WORLD-CLASS ARCHITECTURE
     Second oldest dzong in Bhutan.  Six storey tall tower. Courtyard with a Bodhi tree and a stupa.  At the south end is the renowned 100 pillar assembly hall.  Made with timber, stones, and rammed earth, no NAILS !  At the confluence of 2 rivers.  To enter one must pass the lovely Bazam bridge.  This Dzong was the administrative centre and the seat of the Government of Bhutan until 1955, when the capital was moved to Thimphu.  A walk within the walls of this fortress is a dream come true !  North of the dzong is a cremation ground, marked by a large chorten, and to the east is the marvelous royal palace.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 28 October 2023
  • Peter R
    Dartford, United Kingdom1,228 contributions
    Breathtaking and Beautiful
    The Dzong has been built at the confluence of two rivers the Pho chhu (male river) and mo chhu (female river), and was a fortification guarding the area. You enter the fortress via a covered wooden cantilever bridge and once having climbed the steeps steps you are inside the first of three courtyards. The place is amazing with beautiful wood carvings and colourful paintings and wall decorations. There are many monks that still live in the Dzong. At night it is lit up and we got some amazing pictures from our hotel overlooking the Dzong.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 October 2023
  • Charles_and_Susan
    Nottingham, United Kingdom5,867 contributions
    Impressive large Dzong
    Impressive large Dzong built between two rivers. Originally built in the 17th century it has suffered six fires, two floods and two earthquakes - it's been restored after each. It has an iconic wooden bridge across the river to it.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 December 2023
  • BHUTAN TOURISM INFORMATIONS
    Thimphu, Bhutan15 contributions
    Most beautiful Dzong in Bhutan
    "Punakha Dzong, also known as Pungthang Dewachen Phodrang (meaning 'The Palace of Great Happiness'), is one of the most significant and majestic dzongs (fortresses) in Bhutan. It holds immense historical, cultural, and religious importance in the country. I fully recommend visiting it; it's worth experiencing firsthand."
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 31 January 2024
  • AKT
    Mumbai, India190 contributions
    The best Dzong we visited!
    One of the best places we visited in Bhutan. If you are not too much into touristy stuff and would still like to visit one place in punakha- strongly recommend this one. The Buddha idol is mesmerising!!
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 6 February 2024
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Namgay Adventure Travels
Thimphu, Bhutan134 contributions
Feb 2024 • Friends
Punakha Dzong - it's amazing! The big walls, the pretty wood, and the sound of monks chanting prayers – old feel, like the stones and the wood have been here forever. Gets me thinking 🤔 about all the ancient Bhutanese people who have been here hundreds of years ago. Being here makes me feel like I'm a part of something really special, like I'm connected to the past in a big way.
Written 24 February 2024
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AKT
Mumbai, India190 contributions
Jan 2024 • Friends
One of the best places we visited in Bhutan. If you are not too much into touristy stuff and would still like to visit one place in punakha- strongly recommend this one. The Buddha idol is mesmerising!!
Written 6 February 2024
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BHUTAN TOURISM INFORMATIONS
Thimphu, Bhutan15 contributions
Dec 2023 • Family
"Punakha Dzong, also known as Pungthang Dewachen Phodrang (meaning 'The Palace of Great Happiness'), is one of the most significant and majestic dzongs (fortresses) in Bhutan. It holds immense historical, cultural, and religious importance in the country. I fully recommend visiting it; it's worth experiencing firsthand."
Written 31 January 2024
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Charles_and_Susan
Nottingham, UK5,867 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
Impressive large Dzong built between two rivers. Originally built in the 17th century it has suffered six fires, two floods and two earthquakes - it's been restored after each.
It has an iconic wooden bridge across the river to it.
Written 30 December 2023
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Toh Tsha
Bangkok, Thailand6 contributions
Oct 2023 • Friends
Punakha Dzong is a majestic fortress nestled between the confluence of rivers, seamlessly blending Bhutanese architecture with stunning natural surroundings, making it a captivating cultural and historical gem.
Written 26 November 2023
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Holger B
Manado, Indonesia204 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
Perhaps the most beautiful Zhong in Bhutan, very grand temple side. Impressive architecture, and steep steps.
Written 3 November 2023
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Peter R
Dartford, UK1,228 contributions
Sept 2023 • Couples
The Dzong has been built at the confluence of two rivers the Pho chhu (male river) and mo chhu (female river), and was a fortification guarding the area. You enter the fortress via a covered wooden cantilever bridge and once having climbed the steeps steps you are inside the first of three courtyards. The place is amazing with beautiful wood carvings and colourful paintings and wall decorations. There are many monks that still live in the Dzong. At night it is lit up and we got some amazing pictures from our hotel overlooking the Dzong.
Written 30 October 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Suresh Kumar
Bengaluru, India2,125 contributions
Sept 2023 • Family
 Second oldest dzong in Bhutan.
 Six storey tall tower. Courtyard with a Bodhi tree and a stupa.
 At the south end is the renowned 100 pillar assembly hall.
 Made with timber, stones, and rammed earth, no NAILS !
 At the confluence of 2 rivers.
 To enter one must pass the lovely Bazam bridge.
 This Dzong was the administrative centre and the seat of the Government of Bhutan until 1955, when the capital was moved to Thimphu.
 A walk within the walls of this fortress is a dream come true !
 North of the dzong is a cremation ground, marked by a large chorten, and to the east is the marvelous royal palace.
Written 28 October 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Ron S
New York City, NY5,471 contributions
Sept 2023 • Couples
The view of Punakha Dzong from the river bank is as captivating as iconic as that of the Tiger's Nest. Visit the smaller temple on the right hand as walk to the dzong.
Written 13 October 2023
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Ady
Arlington, VA379 contributions
Oct 2023 • Friends
We have seen many, MANY, beautiful places in Bhutan - but this one takes the cake. Absolutely exceptional. Do not miss it!!
Written 1 October 2023
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