Punakha Dzong

Punakha Dzong

Punakha Dzong
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Ugyen
Noida, India286 contributions
The Punakha Dzong, also known as Pungthang Dewa chhenbi Phodrang is the administrative centre of Punakha District in Punakha, Bhutan
Built by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1637–38, and it is the second oldest and second-largest dzong in Bhutan.
Punakha Dzong was the administrative center and the seat of the Govt. Of until 1955 when the capital was moved to now Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan.
Written 27 May 2022
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Global Wanderfound
Atlanta, GA32 contributions
First up, I was here in May 2017, but Tripadvisor 's review timeline didn't allow me to list that far back. I didn't know about Punakha until I mentioned my Paro-Thimphu trip to a friend in India, just a few days before leaving. She advised me to not skip this town and its famed dzong amidst jacaranda trees. I opted not to go for a tour with a Bhutanese company. I had an Asian passport and didn't need to follow the government's rules for other foreigners. So I hired a car and drive from the hotel concierge for 1,500 INR for a 12-hour trip. To get to Punakaha one needs a permit. This was very easy to get the day before and took about 15 minutes. I was the only solo traveler who got a permit that day. Everyone else was part of a group from various countries. The permit was inexpensive. The drive takes a couple of scenic hours but on the way back we also went to Chimi Lhakhang which is a Buddhist monastery near Lobesa. At the dzong, the place is overflowing with tourist guides and their narration that even if you hadn't researched the place, there was information floating in the air. Make time to visit other interesting spots in the area. I've described some in my pics. Take snacks and water because good restaurants are hard to find on the way unless you are with a tour group that has arranged for meals. There was still light when I got back and the drive is so scenic and some times precarious that you probably won't doze off on the way. I was back before 6 pm though with time to indulge in the most amazing massage at the hotel spa. And drink some local plum wine.
Written 2 April 2022
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AZCasualTraveler
Mesa, AZ1,831 contributions
Everything about the Punakha Dzong (fortress) is beautiful and stunning. The Punakha Dzong is said to have been built in 1637 and served as the location of the Bhutan government administrative location before being moved to the current capital city of Thimphu in the 1950's.
Upon entering the Dzong, you can sense the size of this facility - it is BIG! This Dzong has three (3) separate courtyard (dochey) areas, and the main (central) tower building is six (6) stories tall.
In addition to the beautiful architectural design of the Punakha Dzong, the location of this Dzong at the banks of the confluence of two (2) rivers - Mochhu River and Pochhu River - what a stunning location! Very picturesque spot.
The Punakha Dzong is in my opinion is a definite must visit place in Bhutan, 2nd only to the Tiger's Nest Temple.
Written 22 May 2020
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Harish D
Bengaluru, India64 contributions
The Punakha Dzong is located in a serene surroundings. You have to cross the Punakha river on a swinging bridge to reach the fort which houses the monastery and the royal living quarters. The whole place is very majestic and decorative. It is quite a large space and it takes almost an hour to do even a quick tour tour of the place. The doors, windows and the courtyard are all so ornate and colourful. The prayer area is very colourful and the statues are large sized and realistic.
Written 22 March 2020
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Tales of Bhutan Tour
Thimphu, Bhutan39 contributions
Friends
Punakha Dzong is beautifully covered with the purple bloom of jacaranda flowers in the spring. It has the most intricate Buddhist carving among the other fortress in Bhutan. It is built in between the two cristal clear river. Simply amazing, you can feel inner peace once stepped in.
Written 12 March 2020
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RainhillBen
St Helens, UK20 contributions
This Dzong is on an island and can only be reached by a wooden footbridge. The fish beneath there bridge, numbering thousands, were very well fed. The Dzong itself was beautiful, with incredible murals, and traditional architecture. As an active centre of government and national religion this made it more impressive. Views from different angles confirm how impressive it is. It was the most impressive Dzong in Bhutan that we visited.
Written 9 March 2020
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Malcolm
Jerusalem, Israel1,254 contributions
Friends
The most beautiful Dzong we saw in Bahutan. We were also lucky and on the Dzong they had the Chicho festival which was so coulerfull and meaningfull to understand the way this country is educating its citizens on there history and calture. Do not miss it.
Written 7 March 2020
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merp23
Warangal, India523 contributions
Family
17 century structure now serves as a monastery and part govt offices, with some amazing architecture, gorgeous views of the Sirius rivers and hills, should not be missed.
Written 26 February 2020
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523Rema
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia27 contributions
I would have given this historical fort-monastery a five-star rating if not for the gross condition of its toilets. First the good part. Wow, what impressive architecture. Its scenic location at the confluence of the Po and Mo Chhu (river) is another huge plus point. This Dzong is huge and beautiful. Definitely worth a visit.
Now the bad part. After all that walking and snapping photos, it was time for me to visit the toilet. The guide showed the direction. I went into the toilet and almost passed out... I have never ever seen a filthier toilet in my life. Hey, this is a premier tourist destination and they can't even provide decent toilets to visitors? What is more, the Bhutanese govt collects a hefty tourism tax from each visitor. By the way, the guide told me the "faecal deposits" belonged to the resident monks!!! Now don't get me started on the Cleanliness is next to Godliness bit.
Written 11 February 2020
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Dee255
Utrecht, The Netherlands151 contributions
Solo
One of the most impressive Dzongs in Bhutan. Located at the confluence of Po and Mo chhu (river). Lovely architecture and the walk to the suspension bridge passing by the monk school is also beautiful.
Written 19 January 2020
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