Punakha- ‘the Rice Bowl of Bhutan’ once served as the former capital of the kingdom and which is today an important cultural center contributing to the nation`s heritage. It is one of the most gratifying and noble places of Bhutan where the Royals are still crowned and locals still continue to pride themselves on their esteem tradition. Truly Punakha is like no other place in the little kingdom which fascinates the travelers allowing them to enjoy an exhilarating experience with loads of interesting things to do.
1. Visit Punakha Dzong, ‘The Palace of Great Happiness’
Bhutan attractions and sightseeing is perhaps incomplete without exploring the ever appealing and charming dzong of the country. Originally named as Pungtang Dewa Chhenbi Phodrang, Punakha Dzong is the second oldest and largest dzong standing of Bhutan standing spectacularly at the ‘convergence’ of rivers Po Chu and Mo Chu. This is a place everyone must see.
2. Pay a humble devout to Chimi Lhakhang Monastery
Since you are at Punakha where nature, mankind, and spirituality come together and mysteries/folklores enliven you, you should definitely visit this popular sightseeing in Punakha, Bhutan “The Chimi Lhakhang Monastery” which is also most popularly known as the ‘Fertility Temple’. This truly extraordinary temple is devoted to a revered Buddhist saint Lama Drukpa Kunley who was known for his crazy wisdom.
3. Indulge in the popular Punakha festivals
If you want to get a deep insight of Bhutanese culture and tradition then remember, festivals are the best part of the enchanting Dragon kingdom. This is exactly where you can see the real Bhutan, study their ancient living cultures and their reverence for religion. The spectacular Punakha Tshechu festival is generally held in the ground of the magnificent Punakha Dong; large communities of people come together to be part of the grand celebration and get indulged in the festive mood.
4. Make a stroll around the shopping hubs in Punakha
Go to anywhere in the world but your holiday trip seems lacking unless you opt for shopping. Whilst in Punakha, make your trip worthwhile by exploring the quirky shops and markets, buying gifts and souvenirs for your families, friends and at the same time finding out what makes this part of the country so famous.
5. Find some peace at Talo
Spend some time on the serene hamlet of Talo. It is that part of Bhutan profoundly blessed with natural allure, authentic farmlands and fabled villages. Just above this unique settlement is a monastery called Talo Monastery which is a perfect place to meditate in the tranquil and spiritual ambiance of holy chants resonating from inside.
6. Challenge your adventure skills
Love adventure? you`ve chosen the right place; Punakha offers a plethora of thrilling adventure opportunities like mountain biking along the rugged trails behind Punakha Dong, white-water rafting against the strong rapids of River Po Chu & Mo Chu, and lastly, hiking up to the country`s most picturesque valley.
So, what are you waiting for? Get hold of the nearest tour operator and book a customized travel package to Punakha, Bhutan.