Punakha is one of the 20 districts located in Bhutan. This place was the previous capital of Bhutan up until 1955 after which the capital was changed to Thimpu. This place is in a close proximity to Thimpu and one can easily reach here by means of car. This place is usually warmer in winter and colder in summer. Located at the height of 1200 m this place is known for its extensive rice cultivation.

History and Culture

Punakha was the capital of Bhutan from the year 1637 to 1907.This place is known to be the second oldest dzong in the whole of Bhutan and is also known as one of the most magnificent structures in the country. One can get clear as well as amazing view of the Himalayas from this location. Two major rivers of Bhutan namely Pho Chu and Mo Chhu converge here in the Punakha valley. This place has been beautifully designed and one can easily spot the architectural brilliance showcased in the construction of dzong.


It's noticeably warmer in Punakha than in Thimphu or Paro, making it a good early season destination. October to December is the ideal time to visit Punakha as the air is clear and fresh with sunny skies. January and February are colder, but from then until April the climate remains dry and pleasant and in late spring the famous rhododendrons bloom spectacularly, flooding the valleys with colour. 

Best Time
  • October - December

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