Punakha Valley – The Undisputed Address of Mother Nature
Panoramic view of mountains, wide-stretched serenity and awesome climate – all these describe the beauty of Punakha Valley. The erstwhile capital of Bhutan, Punakha introduces tourists to the lovely warmer fertile valley – Punakha Valley. The Dzong is the main attraction of this small pleasant town. Punakha Valley is popular for rice farming. It is one of the most beautiful valleys in Bhutan located at a height of about 1350 mt. Blessed with a temperate climate, the valley attracts over thousands of tourists each year.
Best Time to Visit Punakha Valley
Punakha Valleyhas a moderate climate. The town can be visited throughout the year. However winter (December to February) is the best time to explore the Punakha Valley.
Highlights of Punakha Valley
Punakha Valley is decked with several attractions that are worth paying a visit. Listed below are the few important sites.
- Chimi Lhakhang – Built in 1499, Chimi Lhakhang is popularly known as ‘Temple of Fertility.’ The temple is believed to bless childless couples with a child. It takes nearly half an hour by foot from the main road to reach this temple.
- Punakha Dzong – Dubbed as the ‘Palace of Happiness,’ Punakha Dzong is regarded to the second Dzong constructed in Bhutan. Stationed between the Mochu and the Pochu rivers, the Dzong describes the glorious history of Bhutan.
- Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten – Standing as the symbol of peace in the country, Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten was constructed to eliminate negative forces from Bhutan. A hike of about 45 minutes from the road introduces tourists to this structure.
- Nalanda Buddhist College – Dubbed as ‘Dalayna’ by locals, the college gives visitors an opportunity to interact with the monks and witness the enrapturing view of Mother Nature.
- Punakha Ritsha Village – The typical village is dotted with colourful houses made of mud with stone foundations. The two storey houses in the village are embellished with gardens and rice fields. A tour of the surrounding gardens gives a wonderful view of fruit bearing plants and organic vegetables.
The Koma Hot Springs and Guru Rinpoche Caves are the two most interesting spots located about 12 km. from Punakha Valley.
Activities to Try at Punakha Valley
Punakha Valley boasts plethora of adventurous activities. One can enjoy hiking to Chimi Lhakhang and Khamsum Yulley Namgyal. Riverside campaigns and mountain biking must be tried for more fun and adventure.
Festival of Punakha Valley
Punakha Valley celebrates Punakha Tshechu each year generally during the spring time. Being a special historical and religious event, the festival is celebrated with great enthusiasm in the town. The festival is organized in the honour of Guru Rimpoche. Masked dances by monks in colourful attire are the highlight of the festival.
Explore the natural surroundings and cultural beauty of Punakha Valley.