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 Royal Queen Mothers of Bhutan (the four sisters) hail from the Talo region.
Perched on a hilltop overlooking the beautiful Punakha and Wangduephodrang valley.
30 minutes drive from Punakha town is the idyllic Khamsum Yuley Namgay Chorten, built on a ride in the countryside of Punakha valley.
Rafting experience in Punakha on the Mo Chu and Pho Chu river.

Popular Hotels & Accommodations in Punakha