Talo- A Rare Gem of Punakha Valley


The Royal Queen Mothers of Bhutan (the four sisters) hail from the Talo region.

Experience the pristine Talo village

Talo is located on an altitude of 2,800m above the sea level. The village enclosed with traditional houses scattered along the ridge is a stunning sight. Every household in this region has maintained a flower garden of their own adding to the beauty of the village. Apart from cleanliness and hygiene of the village, Talo is known for its beautiful women. The Royal Queen Mothers, four sister queens of the fourth King of Bhutan belongs to the Talo region.

Talo Sangnacholing Dzong

Talo Sangnacholing Dzong is built on a small plateau and has majestic view of Punakha valley with a backdrop view of daunting enormous Mountains. The architecture of the Dzong, both exterior and interior illustrates the remarkable skills of Bhutanese traditional arts and crafts. Talo Dzong holds a three-day festival every year. The festival has been held each year for over 300 years. People from all over the country congregate at the courtyard of the Dzong to see the masked dances expressed at the festival. The festival besides its religious significance is an opportunity for villagers and families to come together as a community to uphold traditional values and celebrate togetherness.

Hiking the Traditional Way

Travelers can choose to hike up the natural trail through the verdant alpine forest leading towards Talo Dzong. Trekking through the mesmerizing valley surrounded by the lush alpine trees towards the picturesque Talo Dzong can be an amazing experience. Talo Dzong was used as summer residence for the monastic body back in 1616. In summer the monks ascend up to Talo and in winter they descend back to Punakha Dzong. Hikers follow the ancient trail used by the monks to get to the Dzong. On a clear day hikers can enjoy a panoramic view of the Punakha valley and surrounding villages and the high mountains beyond Wangduephodrang which marks the gateway to central Bhutan from the courtyard of Talo Dzong.