Travelling to Punakha is like getting in a time machine and going back to the 17th century. Punakha offers tourists a unique medieval experience. The region still holds many traditional houses built decades ago with people leading a simple farming lifestyle. The valley is especially beautiful during spring and autumn adorned by the produce in the paddy fields. Did you know that Punakha was a former capital of Bhutan? Much of Bhutan’s significant history from fighting against the Tibetan invasion to the institution of first monarch to the signing of the treaty of Punakha with the British Indian Empire which shaped Bhutan’s future significantly were all witnessed in this region.

Getting to Punakha

Punakha valley is 70 kilometers away from Thimphu. It takes 2 hour drive to reach Punakha valley.


The temperature in Punakha ranges from 4 degree Celsius in winter to 30 degree Celsius in summer.

Punakha Elevation: 1200 meters

Popular Attractions in Punakha

The longest suspension bridge in Bhutan, spanning the Pho Chu river in Punakha.
The Royal Queen Mothers of Bhutan (the four sisters) hail from the Talo region.
Rafting experience in Punakha on the Mo Chu and Pho Chu river.
The popular Punakha Dzong is built on the confluence of the Pho Chu and Mo Chu river.

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