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Himalayan Splendor (6 Nights/7 Days)
Thimphu- Bhutan
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7 Days
4 Persons
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Brief

Culture & Religion • Meet local people • Learn about meditation Paro Taktshang the Tiger's Nest Tashichho Dzong Buddha Dordenma Punakha Dzong

Tour Detail

DAY I: ARRIVE AT PARO – THIMPHU

  • On arrival at Paro International Airport, you will be warmly received by our friendly, traditionally dressed Chen-Ray Travel & Tour’s representative with a white welcome scarf (called Khadhar) with eight auspicious symbols printed on it.
  • Drive to Thimphu which is about 1 hour drive from airport with sightseeing en route. Check in to your hotel and relax with a cup of welcome tea.
  • After lunch, drive to Kuenselphodrang now popularly known as Buddha point since the construction of the world’s tallest Buddha (Dhordenma) Statue (169 feet) started. You can also enjoy the spectacular view of Thimphu valley below.
  • This Chorten (stupa) was built (1974) in honor of the late 3rd King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk “The Father of Modern Bhutan”. Built in a typical Tibetan style outside and with three shrines inside represents the mainspritual themes of the Nyingma School. The paintings inside depict tantric Buddhismin all its complexity. The complex is visited by people from all walks throughout the day and is one of the most public religious places in the capital.
  • Evening free
  • Overnight at your hotel in Thimphu.

 DAY II: THIMPHU

  • Changangkha Lhakhang,  one of the oldest temples of Thimphu dating back to 15th century. It was built by a descendant of Lama Phajo Drugom Shigpo. The new born babies of residents of Thimphu valley are taken to receive their first blessings from a High Lama (Monk).
  • Visit the Takin (the National animal of Bhutan) enclosure at Motithang.  
  • Drive to BBS tower to view the Thimphu city opposite to Kuenselphodrang.
  • Drive back down hill to the view point of Tashichho Dzong, the impressive fortress which houses the secretariat building, the throne room of His Majesty the King and various government offices.
  • Visit craft bazaar where one can find all kinds of authentic handmade Bhutanese handicrafts including the national dress of Bhutan, Gho and Kira. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.
  • Tashichho Dzong: The present form this Dzong was consecrated as late as 1969 and it is a visual delight. The history of this Dzong dates back to thirteenth century but the original dzong was not at the present site that offers no defensive merit. The old one was built in 1216 or so by the founder of the Lhapa School and was located on a spur to the North-East of the present one. This Dzong was badly damaged during a subsequent struggle with the drukpas and later became the property of Zhabdrung Nawang Namgyal in the 1630s. In 1641 he rebuilt the Dzong christening it Tashichhoe (the Fortress of Glorious Religion). This became the summer residence of the Zhabdrung and the clergy and Punakha the winter retreat. A fire in 1772 resulted in severe damage and the Desi and Je khempo of that time decided to rebuild it at the bottom of the valley where it now stands. After the capital was moved to Thimphu, it was renovated and expanded in 1962.
  • Overnight at your hotel in Thimphu.

  DAY III: THIMPHU-PUNAKHA

  • Drive to Punakha. Before reaching Punakha (about 22km from Thimphu) you will pass through a mountain pass “Dochu La” at 3100m above sea level. On a clear day, the view of the Eastern Himalayas from this pass is one of the best in the country. There are a hundred and nine chortens (stupas) in three tiers of forty five, thirty six and twenty seven circumscribing a single larger chorten at the top. This chortens are called Druk Wangyal Chortens or ‘Stupas of Victory’. The building of these chortens was initiated by Queen Mother Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck when her husband the fourth King, travelled to the South-East of the country in December 2003 leading his army against the insurgents from India.Besides these magnificent chortens in an amazing setting you will be able enjoy the view of some of the great Himalayan peaks starting from the left with Masangang (7165m), which dominates the district of Laya. The next is Tshendagang ((7100m) and the following peaks are Tserigang (7300m), Jejegangphugang, Kangphugang, the Table top mountain’ Zongaphugang (7100m) and finally the highest peak of Gangkar Puensum at a towering height of 7541m.
  • Lhakhang: This Lhakhang dates back to 1499 which was built by Lama Drukpa Kinley who is till this day known as a Divine Madman. Located beautifully on a hilltop, it is about 30 to 40 minute walk passing through a charming village set in lush terraced fields. Lama Drukpa Kinley is beleived to have subdued a demoness residing in Dochu La with his ‘magic thunderbolt of wisdom’ and a wooden effigy of this is preserved within. There are also statues of him along with those of Lama Zhabdrung, Sakyamuni and Avalokiteswara. Devotees receive blessings from his wooden phallus and iron Bow and arrow that lie here and childless women are said to have their wish fulfilled after visiting this Lhakhang.
  • Evening free
  • Overnight at your hotel in Punakha

 DAY IV: PUNAKHA

  • Punakha Dzong: The Dzong straddles the confluence of two rivers- Phochu (Male River) and Mochu (Female River) is the most beautiful fortress in Bhutan. It was named as ‘Pungthang Dechen Phodrang’ or ‘Palace of Great happiness’. This impressive fortress was built in 1637. It was the second of the mighty dzongs built by Zhabdrung Nawang Namgyel (person who unified Bhutan) and was the seat of government till the end of the reign of the second King.The site of the Dzong is believed to have received the blessings of Guru Padmasambhava (the Great Buddhist teacher who introduced Buddhism in Bhutan). In the eighth century he is believed to have prophesied: “…on the edge of the hill that looks like an elephant’s trunk, a man named Namgyal will come and build a fortress…”

The most recent historic event the wedding ceremony of the present King His Majesty Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema’s was held inside this Dzong.

  • Khamsum Yuelley Namgyel Chorten: About 7km drive from Punakha Dzong and about 40 to 50 minutes hike from the road point is Khamsum Yuelly Namgyal Chorten which was completed in the year 1999 after eight years of construction. Located atop a hill commands a very beautiful view of the valley below.
  • Pho Chhu Suspension Bridge – The 160 meters long Bridge is known for the longest suspension bridge in Bhutan, which gives you spectacular views of Punakha Dzong and the Pho Chhu Valley.
  • Overnight at your Hotel in Punakha.

 DAY V: PUNAKHA-PARO

  • Drive towards Paro.
  • Ta Dzong : Built in 1656 as a watchtower for Rinpung Dzong is now used as the National Museum which is a repository of not only precious works of art but also costumes, Armour and other hand crafted objects of daily life that provide a good snapshot of the rich cultural traditions of the country.It opens 7 days a week except on National Holidays.

Rinpung Dzong: Built in 1646 by Lama Zhabdrung Nawang Namgyal and strategically located to thwart Tibetan incursions into the rest of the country, this Dzong became one of Bhutan’s strongest and most important fortresses.

  • Overnight at your Hotel in Paro.

 DAY VI: PARO TAKTSHANG HIKE

  • The hike to Taktshang Monastery perched on a cliff at 2950m/9700ft takes anywhere from 4 to 6 hours as per your hiking ability. It is an uphill hike to the Monastery. The trail climbs through beautiful pine forest, many of the trees festooned with Spanish moss, and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags. There is a cafeteria (Taktsang Jakhang) on the half way.Legend has it that Guru Padmasambhava (the great Buddhist master) with his magical powers came to Taktshang in the eighth century, flying from the east of the country on the back of a tigress (a form that one of his consorts is believed to have taken). He is said to have meditated for about three months in a cave on the cliff and subdued the evil spirits. The primary Lhakhang was built around Guru Rimpoche’s meditation cave in the 1692 by the fourth Desi Tenzin Rabgay. This incredible monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900 meters into the valley below.
  • Kyichu Lhakhang: It was built in 659 by the Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo. The temple fell into disrepair but was superbly restored in 1839 by the 25th Je Khempo (Chief Abbot). He also contributed the outstanding statue of Avalokiteshwara, with eleven heads and thousand arms, which is located in the sanctuary.
  • Evening free for shopping.
  • Overnight at your hotel in Paro.

 DAY VII: DEPART PARO

  •  End of your travel to Bhutan. Our team will drive you to the Airport and bid farewell.

Price Detail
Cancellation Policy

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100% refund if cancel 7 days before tour starts.

80% refund if cancel within 6 days before tour starts.

50% refund if cancel within 5 days before tour starts.

NO refund if cancel within 3 days before tour starts.

You will be refunded for all costs EXCEPT Processing Fees.

Guests can get full refunds at any time of cancellation prior to the actual date of the tour if that cancellation is due to a Force Major reason. Force Major reasons include but are not limited to war, civil insurrection, strikes, volcanoes, extreme weather, earthquake, and natural disasters.

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Reviews

Bhaumik S

2019-12-03 06:12:28

"Wonderful place" The location is amazing! Inside view is also beautiful. Wonderful architecture and inspiring place for someone interested in history and culture.

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Discovernortheast

2019-11-30 08:14:26

"Beautiful place" After visiting the Male female river aka the Pho Chu Mochu river, You may visit this place. The entry to the main Dzong has a ticket for Rs. 300 for India, Bhutan and Nepal only. Don't forget to...

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ro1655

2019-11-21 20:17:13

"Beautiful!" The Dzong is just as beautiful in person as it is on the pix. One can spend about an hour here. Dress code with long pants and shoulders are not to be exposed are strictly enforced. Shawl or scarf...

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Lumos586

2019-09-30 15:30:09

"Fabulous Punakha Dzong" One of the best Dzong (Forts) I have seen on this trip. Colourful and clearly important to the people in Bhutan. It sits at the convergence of the Mo (female) and Po (male) rivers. The whole fertile...

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Robin G

2019-09-29 11:48:26

"Punakha Dzong (Fort); One of the most high light place to visit in Bhutan and this fort is very important in the" Punakha Dzong (Fort); One of the most high light place to visit in Bhutan and this fort is very important in the history of Bhutan. It is also the finest example of Bhutanese architecture and also...

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kipgun

2019-09-25 10:02:04

"Picturesque Punakha" Punakha is on my must visit list in Bhutan now. This picturesque town houses one of the most beautiful dzongs. It costs 300 bucks to enter - which is worth. Might be good to have a guide or someone...

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Ganapati R

2019-09-23 21:42:01

"A majestic palatial place." The Dzong of the place of worship is an unique creation atop a hill. The entry ticket for foreign tourist is priced at Rs 300/-. The steps atop the are quite high and at places it is cumbersome for...

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sudeshi2016

2019-09-16 08:28:52

"Historical" This is the governing place of first Bhutan capital. Nice story behind this. So you should get know the all story. Otherwise you can't get the real taste of it Request to visualize details in...

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Nishakaush

2019-09-04 22:29:18

"Pure charm" We visited this dzong in May. The weather was quite nice. The dzong remains open till 5 pm. You must spare at least 2-3 hours to visit this place. The dzong is located between the two rivers. The...

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Susan E

2019-08-23 16:01:50

"Visit different times of day for great photographs" Visit to this Dzong was part of a photography tour. The monks were nice enough to let us take their photographs as we toured this ancient building. This structure is huge and made for some...

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tsthostel

2019-08-21 21:28:10

"Worth to visit " While our guide was talking about Punakha and mentioned we have to drive 2-3 hours we were hesitating but while we are there and explore the Dzong we felt so blessed . Thanks to Indra our guide for...

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RoyStormer

2019-08-19 01:08:20

"Amazing Dzong!" This is the best Dzong in Bhutan that I have seen! Betwixt a fork in the river it sits amongst natural splendor. It is very impressive and all the carvings are a sight to behold. We were there in...

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Hedgiebunny

2019-08-10 06:50:13

"The most beautiful dhzong in Bhutan" A must visit if in Punakha. The ceremonial hall is Bigger than the dhzong in Thimphu. Do take the side trip on foot beyond the fortress grounds to the longest suspension bridge in Bhutan.

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PoojaS2318

2019-08-09 18:43:38

"Beautiful dzong " This dzong is beautiful inside out. The flowers blooming in front and the flowing river adds an admirable touch to it.

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kakoliD18

2019-08-07 22:54:28

"After TajMahal, the second place which made me awestruck!" A building nestled between two rivers..Pho Chu and Mo Chu ( male and Female) , the first Glimpse of Punakha Dzong will leave you gaping. Its the most preferred place of tourist interest for wich you...

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Fairytale S

2019-07-31 04:13:49

"The majestic fortress of Punakha" The Punakha dzong is located on a land at the confluence of 2 rivers - Mo Chhu and Po Chhu. The whitewashed building looks wonderful with red and golden roof. We visited Punakha dzong in May and it...

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Mainaaya

2019-07-30 21:23:04

"Punakha Dzong" The location of this fort is excellent on the bank of river. The entry ticket includes the services of the Guide as well who explains the history in details. The upper floor is occupied for office...

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U9888VOmatthews

2019-07-29 07:55:44

"beautiful palace and temple" Extensive administrative complex, across a bridge from the city side of the river. Climb the tower for a great view over the rivers. Temple balcony affords views of the rest of the castle

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BurdettP

2019-07-13 09:50:49

"Beautiful historic piece of a cultural tour" If you visit Bhutan, be sure to include this beautiful dzong. We visited in May when flowering trees around the walls added to the beauty. The location on the junction of two rivers makes the...

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Amanda P

2019-07-11 05:14:28

"Quiet Impressive" stopped near here after water rafting. It is a impressive building and definitely worth going to if you are in the area.

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PriyankaS357

2019-07-11 02:59:08

"Beautiful Dzong (one of the best in Bhutan) " This dzong is also the administrative office for Punakha district. The monastry is old in architecture and well maintained. The paintings inside the monastry are ancient and beautiful. Must visit..

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Nunngo

2019-06-17 10:17:41

"Magnificent" Truly magnificent. Spectacular. Impressive. Outstanding. Mind blowing. Not sure what else to say to express the absolute amazement we experienced when we set our eyes on this incredible landmark...

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himalayan_son

2019-06-16 18:41:20

"‘A place where peace and serenity meets’" Hello People. Bhutan is all about happiness, mountains, high passes, valleys and monasteries. Every Place in Bhutan has it’s own significance and cultural importance. Punakha is a town in the...

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SanjayNepal801

2019-06-13 21:04:01

"Probably the most beautiful Dzong in Bhutan!" Situated by a river and accessed by a traditional Bhutanese bridge,this Dzong is a feast for the eyes. It is well maintained and has an amazing main assembly hall with Buddha's life painted on the...

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Sajan E

2019-06-02 22:36:43

"wonderful,eyecatching" one of the excellent views from the opposite of riverside,finest architecture of bhutan on the riverside.

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Mangal2015

2019-06-01 20:52:09

"Beautiful Dzong" Punakha Dzong is a very beautiful place and a must see during a Bhutan visit. It is on the Bank of 2 rivers and it is very nice inside.

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AlwaysTripsavvy

2019-06-01 01:32:00

"Beautiful Dzong" The entire structure is mostly made of wood, the cravings are very beautiful. The design of these dzongs are usually consistent at most places. This place has a lot of significance - the Kings gets...

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henghown

2019-05-19 15:39:10

"Winter fortess" The fortess is devided into 3 court yards by the central tower - for the administration, monastery and long bear man. The chief abbot will be residing here during the winter (6 months) and return to...

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Vayu43

2019-05-18 06:43:28

"Very Good" Worth spending an hour - well laid out and historical . Good Ambience . . Easily reachable ,good approach roads

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longsuyin

2019-05-17 18:02:26

"Most gorgeous dzong in Bhutan" Punakha Dzong is situated at the confluence of the Mo Chu and Po Chu rivers and with blooming jacaranda trees in spring, makes for a beautiful picture. Inside the Dzong, you can see fine examples of...

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drsandip11

2019-05-15 04:21:28

"Simple Awesome.." Ancient architecture, peaceful atmosphere, lush green forest covered hills, awesomely calming sound of river.. fantastic place

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mmkokje

2019-05-13 06:48:33

"Worth to Visit" It's worth to Visit Punakha Dzong. It was sunny day when we visited. Enjoy Photography. We travel from Thimpu to Punakha and get back same day. It's possible. On the way dochula pass can visit. This...

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sohamj2019

2019-05-11 20:37:14

"Punakha Dzong" One of most prominent tourist attraction of Bhutan. This fort will help you to understand Bhutan's culture, origin and administration. Very colourful paintings with stunning location. A place adore...

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manjusampat

2019-05-10 08:22:10

"Simply awesome!" This Dzong in Punakha is beautifully located on an island flanked by the Mo Chu and Po Chu rivers. Built in 1637 as a fortress, it now houses government offices and a monastery. A lovely old bridge...

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GO_Tripn

2019-05-04 04:57:07

"A must visit in Bhutan" The Punakha Dzong (fortress) was built in the 16 th century, this Dzong is a must on every itinerary that leads to Bhutan A calm and serene air filled with divinity and positive energy engulfs this...

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Seemagoves

2019-05-04 04:39:04

"Dzong by the river side" It is very beautiful though there are few steps which are very steep to climb - hardly 15 numbers . The atmosphere is serene and beautiful. Do check on timings of any Dzong before going .

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123GYPSY

2019-04-28 03:13:19

"Dzong by the river" It was a beautiful site and perfect for photography. The Dzong is open for visit from 11-1 PM and 3-5 PM, hence timings have to be managed while visiting the place. It is similar to any other Dzong...

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P_Raj_BLR

2019-04-28 01:09:59

"Best In Bhutan" I will rate this even better than the Tiger's Nest in terms of magnificence. Take note of the timing - it is shut between 1PM and 3PM. Bring a Dzong, full sleeves and formal looking dress are a must...

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yuyu418

2019-04-26 21:27:12

"Most beautiful Dzong in Bhutan" This is a magnificent Dzong. It's very beautiful and the sacred atmosphere is amazing. You'll be already very impressed when just approaching the Dzong in a vehicle. Once you enter, it's even more...

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Anil K

2019-04-19 11:12:10

"Anil Kelkar" Great place. A fort at the confluence of two rivers.Attached to it is the monastery. The fort is connected across the river by a wooden bridge. Near by is a suspension Here when you buy tickets you...

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smilintraveler

2019-04-17 06:08:39

"Stunning " Absolutely beautiful, this is the administrative center in Punakha and the second oldest dzong in Bhutan. Wonderful to explore and should not be missed!

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Hockeydad900

2019-04-17 03:10:56

"A must see in Punakha" The Punakha dzong (fortress) is reputed to be the most beautiful in Bhutan. The interior is beautifully decorated and it is alive with government and religious activity. Visiting hours are in the...

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Garima Y

2019-04-13 09:47:34

"Amazing" Very beautiful and scenic Dzong. Surroundings were so amazing. The rivers flowing adjacent to it made it even more beautiful.

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BasuSanj

2019-04-05 00:41:43

"History Heritage preserved superbly" Massive Dzong or fort in the Himalayas, scientifically designed, well preserved. A must see for all, the paintings and teachings of Lord Buddha.The Architectural design is awesome.

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Adventurers049

2019-04-02 17:07:30

"Fantastic visit" What an amazing setting at the confluence of two rivers. The bridge access is amazing and the inside of the fort fantastic. Not to be missed!

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Over60Countries

2019-03-31 12:24:15

"Beautiful dzong" This is the most beautiful dzong I visited on my 8 day trip to Bhutan.The location right on the river is perfect and it's fun to explore.

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AishFly

2019-03-27 00:02:46

"Serene, Calm and absolute beauty! " It’s absolute beauty. A place for total calmness and serenity. You are only allowed in the inner sanctum of the dzong. So avoid roaming here and there. The dzong is open for public from 11:00am to...

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bhutansocietyadv

2019-03-26 02:32:28

"Festival " Experience the spectacular Punakha Tsechu (Festival), held in the grounds of the magnificent Punakha Dzong. A Tsechu is a Buddhist festival in honour of Guru Rimpoche, the saint who brought Buddhism...

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One_of_the_BOFs

2019-03-25 13:41:52

"Another impressive fortress/temple" This impressive Dzong in Punakha proved to be the equal of the one that we’d seen earlier in Thimpu, with ornate intricate carving and artwork. An absolute must visit on your trip to Bhutan.

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francislS7910GQ

2019-03-17 07:23:15

"Possibly the most beautiful Dzong in Bhutan" This Dzong is possibly the mot beautiful in Bhutan. Get spectacular views of the Dzong when you travel down the river in a raft.

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Sumith D

2019-03-12 03:22:05

"It's a sight to behold. Of grandeur..." Supposed to be amongst the most famous ritual place connected with the King. The coronation etc are known to take place here. It's a magnificent sight. The wooden bridge, the lake, the tall steps at...

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Penwyllt

2019-03-01 23:07:24

"Punakha Tsechu" We were fortunate to experience Punakha Dzong at festival time and really loved the experience and throng of local people

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Ria1104

2019-02-28 11:18:43

"One of the Most Beautiful Monuments in Bhutan" In one word it is huge......it was earlier used as the fort, government office headquarter and a religious and cultural centre. Our guide explained to us that this fort has played a highly...

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filmg

2019-02-25 01:43:29

"Best Dzong in Bhutan" The largest Dzong in the Kingdom, you walk there via a wooden bridge. Be sure to look down to the river, as rainbow trout congregate under it in huge numbers. The Dzong itself has 3 large courtyards...

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hatbhutan

2019-02-21 00:49:18

"The most impressive Dzong" The Dzong is situated between two rivers, Pho-chu (male) and Mochu (female) Rivers and it is the most impressive Dzong in the Kingdom.

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Uma-910

2019-02-20 05:32:09

"Punakha Dzong" Punakga Dzong is the most beautiful and biggest dzong in bhutan.The structure is most attractive.It is very scenic location.It is near the river phochu and mochu.We recently visited it during our...

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anshul a

2019-02-19 03:02:28

"Lovely place" Any shared taxi will drop you outside the Dzong. There are not many options to stay here. You'll find the road to the Hanging bridge from the back alley of Dzong

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Nishgop

2019-02-12 12:02:49

"Top places to visit" Great place to visit after dochula pass. The dzong is great both inside and outside with nice opportunities to take good pictures with the river. The night view of dzong is stunning with the whole...

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Sidswat

2019-02-11 14:24:55

"Amazing" One of the oldest Dzongs. The structure was amazing. Guide was quite helpful as the history and intricacies were narrated. We spent around 2 hours in the dzong. Main attraction of Punakha, a must...

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KTofNH

2019-02-09 18:25:24

"Coolest Dzong in Bhutan" Not only old but also majestic. Take a few minutes to listen to the monks reciting sutras in the prayer hall.

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ohiowanderer

2019-02-03 14:05:38

"A Must See in Bhutan" The Dzong is stunning in its setting at the confluence of two rivers. You will want to take lots of photos. The dzong has a long and fascinating history and has been reconstructed. To enter the...

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lauremmm

2019-02-01 13:46:49

"of all the dzongs in bhutan, it is the most beautiful" there are many dzongs in bhutan and one may say that they start looking alike and it is not the case. Each one is different and impressive in its own way but this one is truly beautiful; a must if...

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LuluLifestyle

2019-01-28 14:26:42

"Very regal." The Punakha Dzong is wonderful. Perfect position on the junction of two rivers. The first time I visited the jacarandas were out, stunning purple along side the monastery. The other thing I noticed...

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npn2000

2019-01-17 23:23:05

"Excellent" Punakha Dzong is great Dzong to explore on river side and worth visiting in early morning to enjoy the nature along with .

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Venkat K

2019-01-13 03:35:03

"Punakha Dzong" Great experience. Walk across the river into the Dzong. The atmosphere is sublime and relaxing to the mind. The temple inside is very nicely built. You could easily spend about an hour in the quiet...

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bvipul16

2019-01-12 04:25:01

"B.E.A. utiful" The Punakha Dzong is a beauty in itself. The river, the open lawns and the big temple invite you in with open arms. The temple is a sprawling mansion like structure which now houses the courts, and...

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buddhdevharsh

2019-01-09 04:34:15

"Winter residence for the monks!" Dzong is beautifully located, with a cantilever bridge in the entrance. You would be atleast spending 1 to 1.5 hours at this place, do check the open and close timings before you go there.

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Anuesha

2019-01-07 19:29:13

"Magnificent architecture of fortress" Dzong in Bhutanese means fortress, this structure is a fortress in a traditional Bhutanese architecture.inside there are monasteries and a sanctum sanatorium containing the deities of Bhutanese...

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Sankar S

2019-01-06 15:00:13

"Fort woth visit" excellent fort overlooking the river. lots of history unrelieved. well maintained and worth visit The bridge is awsome.

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Marf13669

2019-01-05 11:57:56

"This is a classic historic Dzong" This is the best Dzong (fortress) in all of Bhutan. It's a vast complex with both administrative offices and monastic spaces, including temples that tell the story of Buddha's life. Pilgrims lined...

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duckweedflower

2018-12-31 17:06:56

"Beautiful and unforgettable" Basked in sunshine even in winter, this is one of the most beautiful fortresses in Bhutan. We enjoy the walk from the bridge to the Dzong, the majestic pine trees along the way, and the beautiful...

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Rose R

2018-12-30 20:12:25

"Divine tranquility" This is a beautiful place and one of the best temples I saw in Bhutan in terms of grandeur. In terms of spirituality I liked Bumthang more.

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Swapnilg146

2018-12-29 06:17:51

"Magnificent beauty" I visited recently the fortess and it's is one of the most scenic place I have seen. Situated in the mid of two rivers make it more mesmerizing..

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Christopher_SNZ

2018-12-26 18:29:48

"Perfectly picturesque" This is hands down the most beautiful Dzong we visited in our trip to Bhutan - nestled in the fork of a river, your guide and driver will bring you to the best location fr a picture (plenty over...

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BillyK1980

2018-12-26 02:23:40

"Number 1 sight in Bhutan " This is clearly the number 1 sight in Bhutan! We spent close to 2 hours here with the final camber being the best! The wall painting takes you on a journey of Buddha which was really fascinating

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skhanppsd

2018-12-24 03:11:41

"A family Visit to Punakha Dong" Punakha Dzong means the palace of bliss or great happiness & was built in 1637.The auspicious fortress remains the Punakha’s District Administrative Center housing a several religious relics where...

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Happytouring_10

2018-12-18 13:45:00

"Interesting history" Had a fantastic guide from Takin Trails.....thanks Tashi.....who explained a lot about the history of the Dzong and Bhudism without it being a preaching or boring encounter.....also there at the...

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PamelaSS888

2018-12-17 16:17:27

"A must see on your visit to Bhutan" When you visit Bhutan, make sure the Punakha Dzong is on your list of things to see. From the capital Thimpu at 2,334 metres, you will drive over the Dochula Pass at 3,100 metres on a well made wide...

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Harshshah1212

2018-12-16 06:22:39

"Best dzong of Bhutan" Architecturally, it is the best dzong of Bhutan. A bridge connects it to the main road. The dzong is very picturesque. Guide is compulsory to know it's details. There is a confluence of Mo Chu and...

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GuptaBharat

2018-12-11 16:48:55

"Castle monastery court administration office " A castle by the river there is a entry fee of ₹300 rich in heritage and culture. A castle with a monastery and a lot of history a definite visit.

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spaniel12

2018-12-11 03:37:38

"sacred...stunning...majestic place" Punaka dzong stands majestically by the river. Its white tall walls and colorful roof are stunning. Ones feel humble when wander inside to admire the beautiful architecture and arts. Monks do their...

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yeonghaur

2018-12-11 00:00:49

"Beautiful Dzong by the river" Beautiful Dzong by the river. Coming from Thimphu, there is a spot (guide should know) before the car park that offers the classic view by the dzong by its side along the river. Simply beautiful. If...

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RGoel123

2018-11-29 08:36:44

"A must visit place...the.most important place in Bhutan, politically and religiously" Punakha Dzong or district office is a must visit place in Punakha. Spare a couple odd hours, at least an hour, for it. This is one ₹300 per head ticket that is justified. The guide appointed for...

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Vidit73

2018-11-27 16:48:15

"Huge place" This was the largest Dzong to visit. It’s very beautiful but make sure to ask for a guide at the entrance when u make the payment. It’s no point to visit inside without the guide giving a perfect...

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JpnExr

2018-11-25 17:44:56

"The most beautiful dzong ( castle ) in Bhutan." It locates right on the merging area of 2 rivers, the male and female river. The castle is so beautiful. When you leave the castle, on the way looking for a spot near the river bank to take photos...

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Roslyn G

2018-11-17 12:26:57

"Gorgeous building and setting" Most beautiful dzong in Bhutan. Usual courtyards, administrative and religious. Lots of stairs to navigate. Give yourself lots of time here.

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bansalludhiana

2018-11-16 04:43:29

"Great place" It is a great place to visit , though all the dzongs in Bhutan are similar. However, this a place where king's marriage ceremony had taken place. Must see

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Swapna J

2018-11-15 23:26:17

"One of the best Monastery ever visited ..." Along with amazingly beautiful architecture this Dzong is significant because it is the place or home where Bhutan''s spiritual head lives for 6 months in winter whereas in summer he lives in the...

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sonia r

2018-11-14 08:50:09

"Bhutanese hate indians" I was at this underground club went to visit a washroom where I realised Bhutanese hate indians... And they corely do...they are not fond of indians at all...

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Anirban S

2018-11-14 02:05:37

"Very impressive place, best place to visit in Punakha !!" Undoubtedly, this is the best place to visit in Punakha and visitors from far and wide come to Punakha mostly to visit this place. The structure and the design is undoubtedly the best of all in...

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Filiform

2018-11-13 01:09:43

"Impressive and well kept" Of the half a dozen dzongs I saw in Bhutan, this was by far the most impressive one. The tour guide who is included with the entry ticket did a sincere job. The approach road to the dzong itself has...

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Veerensha

2018-11-09 23:05:45

"" The Fortress Dzong !!! "" This is the main & Oldest Dzong of Punakha District...Its a must see attraction during Bhutan Trip... This Dzong is constructed on the confluence of the two main rivers named Ma Chu...

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KrispyPlymouth

2018-11-07 06:38:15

"Look out for birds and fish" The fortress is positioned at the confluence of 2 rivers, one male, one female. I’m not sure which is which. Inside there are lots of amazing paintings. Not just on the walls, look at the door and...

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Kath K

2018-11-03 18:58:56

"Stunning by day and night" Stunningly located at the convergence of 2 rivers, this is considered to be the most beautiful of Bhutan's Dzongs and with good reason. By both day when you can walk through it and by night when it...

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Mahabub S

2018-11-03 09:03:16

"Wonderful Punakha" Last year i visited Punakha. The Punakha is the winter capital district of Bhutan. There is Dzong called Punakha Dzong is one of most holiest place of Bhutan. In Punakha, the largest suspension...

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Jia Q

2018-10-30 05:30:00

"This is a must go!" Probably the most beautiful Dzong here in Bhutan. According to our guide, this used to be the home of the king back when Punakha was the capital of Bhutan. Be fascinated by the intricate designs on...

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kedar2015

2018-10-29 21:53:31

"Most beautiful attraction of Bhutan !" This place cant be skipped. and you must follow their rules about clothes and everything. very sacred place for them. Located in between 2 rivers.... must visit place along with a guide

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Alsa96

2018-10-28 10:15:49

"Our favourite Dzong" The setting of this Dzong is simply stunning. Very beautiful inside too. This was our favourite Dzong to visit - lots of lovely architecture inside.

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Imtiyaz A

2018-10-20 05:59:06

"Punakha Dzong - Great Place" The Punakha Dzong is the best Dzong in Bhutan with a great location at the convergence of the two rivers and a great history preserved within its walls. A must visit place.

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shekhar2u

2018-10-18 02:57:27

"See, else what you would do in Punakha" Good to take some Pictures from outside this Fort or at confluence of the Rivers Pho Chu and Mo Chu. Unless you are a historian or a Buddhist, I can bet, you won't remember a word from the long...

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bucketlisttravellers

2018-10-17 13:49:15

"Historical fortress in scenic area" This is a very important building in Bhutan, being the administrative centre of the country. Important ceremonies such as the wedding of the King occur here. The building is set on the water and you...

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Rajan B

2018-10-16 07:56:09

"Punakha dzong" Very well preserved fort with interesting architecture.The bridge enables you to stand over the river and enjoy the soothing harmony of the flowing water.

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Jennifer R

2018-10-12 02:28:58

"Best in Bhutan " An extraordinarily beautiful Dzong. Really worth having s guide as the explanations are really interesting The Bhutanese have to wear full national dress to visit so this is interesting too Not to...

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Sumant S

2018-10-11 23:07:08

"Excellent !!!" The Dzong is located at the confluence of the Pho Chhu (father) and Mo Chhu (mother) rivers in the Punakha–Wangdue valley.. As per local folk story this dzong was made in one year only.. Its one of...

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ebehura

2018-10-11 09:35:03

"Beauty at its best!!!" We had been to the thimpu dzong, so we were not very excited about visiting another dzong. But thank god, we did!! As soon as you enter the little bridge and a view of the dzong will mesmerize...

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HimalayaV3

2018-10-04 23:53:52

"Punakha Dzong - A Palace of Great Happiness" This great palace is known as Pungtang Dewa chhenbi Phodrang, located at the confluence of Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu rivers in Punakha–Wangdue valley in Punakha, Bhutan. Punakha Dzong is built by Ngawang...

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boseashish

2018-10-04 08:36:30

"Royal encounter" One of the most beautiful architecture of the world. With a good guide that is included in the entry fees, one can explore the history of the Buddhist dynasty & the basic teachings of Buddhism. The...

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Kazi Rashidul H

2018-10-03 22:21:38

"Best Dzong of Bhutan" Punakha Dzong seems to me the most beautiful & attractive Dzong of Bhutan from the aspect of both landscape view as well as administrative importance. The river side Dzong is so amazing for tourists

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750londontraveller

2018-09-17 07:57:42

"One of the most beautiful buildings in the world?" Of the many Dzongs in Bhutan, this one is special. Perfectly located where two rivers (male and female meet) in the stunning and lush Punakha valley. Impressive paintings and Tibetan Chinese features...

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Anand K

2018-09-17 01:03:57

"Punakha Dzong --- The old capital of Bhutan" My wife and I decided to visit Bhutan, this Summar, to see for ourselves, the country with the " Highest Happiness Index " in the world ! On 13th May 2018, we landed in Paro, the small picturesque...

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fourapproahestou2018

2018-09-16 09:25:03

"Beautiful Dzong" It is one of the most beautiful Dzong in Bhutan. Is is build in between confluence of Pho chhu(male river) and Mo Chhu (female river).

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ChachaStephane14

2018-09-11 12:22:47

"great Monastery - temple" I was very fortunate to be just on time to follow the prayers, Monks with huge drums and trumpets are always impressive. The Dzong is very well restored and it make it one of the finest of east...

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supinya n

2018-09-03 20:48:03

"There's the rich welcome of energy at my first step." There's history here. The rich energy came from the place once my first step. The guide was not surprise for this feeling I discovered. I saw some tourists taking photo with no respect. It's not...

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Andiell

2018-09-01 22:41:37

"A must see" The Punakha Dzong is a fabulous site. Rich with history and beauty. There is a great deal of activity going on there so we got to see many things in addition to the temple. We spent about an hour...

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Ehsaanur R

2018-09-01 10:59:53

"Beautiful " This place is around 2 hours from thimpu through car. I didn't enter into the zhong. In bhutan you should mostly travel during day time to watch it's beauty. You will enjoy the valley , green and...

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Shouvik G

2018-08-26 22:48:00

"One of the oldest dzongs & 2nd largest" Beautiful structure, with lot of historical & cultural significance. Loved the location of the Dzong too.

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yukoyh

2018-08-26 10:47:59

"The Most Impressive Dzong We Have Visited" If you can visit only one Dzong in Bhutan, this is it. Not only the actual Dzong being magnificent, the surroundings are also very good as the Dzong stands between two rivers and very picturesque.

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Lian Tiong G

2018-08-23 03:34:12

"Magnificient Dzong" Punakha Dzong - located at the confluence of the Pho Chhu (father) and Mo Chuu (mother) rivers second largest dzong in Bhutan. Magnificient and majestic traditional Bhutanese architectures. A huge...

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Saurabh R

2018-08-22 21:30:45

"Impressive" Very impressive structure. No need visiting from the inside. The outside, flanked by 2 rivers is the best part!

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kapildeepti

2018-08-22 05:32:29

"beautiful" must visit place in punakha.beautiful location and informative museaum.its a king palace converted into museaum.

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Kejaroko P

2018-08-12 12:33:18

"The Most Beautiful Monastery in Bhutan" Punakha Dzong is of the most beautiful monastery in Bhutan, Its not far from Thimphu, the beautiful river and the fishes sailing below the huge wooden bridge under clean waters is a beautiful thing...

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Marco P

2018-08-11 16:07:05

"Maybe one of the best thing to see" Majority of the pictures took are from this place. It is beautiful from outside and inside. It full of energy and really incredible. Still cannot be seen fully.

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Drukpaman

2018-08-09 03:53:34

"Awesome" its a must visit place if your in Bhutan as you will be amazed the way it was build and the architecture.

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delhiwalaNewDelhi

2018-07-23 01:53:24

"The biggest Dzong in Punakha" This Dzong is appx. 5'kms from the main Punakha town on the bank of Po-Chu river. It is biggst Dzong in Punakha. There is an entry ticket of appx.300 Bhutani or Indian currency. They dont accept...

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iamface

2018-07-14 02:55:44

"good for reserve time for visit" good for reserve time for visit as that is beautiful inside also good for across river to take a outlook of it. i took almost 3 hours here including Suspension bridge. that is quite enjoy pace for me.

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Lisa P

2018-07-10 03:16:47

"The best of Bhutanese architecture " Most beautiful dzong in Bhutan, surrounded by rivers and breathtaking mountain views! Phenomenal example of Bhutanese architecture and a must visit during a trip to the Kingdom.

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Vishal D

2018-07-07 23:40:34

"Great experience" It's a beautiful place which provide an insight to the traditional Bhutan and it's history. It is the most beautiful dzong of Bhutan .

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guddu1954

2018-07-01 01:28:43

"One of the monasteries in Bhutan" This is another Budhist monastery of Bhutan and like many others has monks staying here in hundreds,worshipping and praying.

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Sudhirkol

2018-07-01 01:00:27

"Stunning, especially when the Jakaranda is in bloom" The Punakha dzong is a beautiful structure,right on the banks of the river Punakha. The purple jakaranda flowers blooming here in the months of April end and may add hugely to its beauty-i would...

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Padmini D

2018-06-29 08:27:48

"Wonderful place" This place is simply amazing. A late night drive to this place is just needed for the breath taking views. Also an early morning walk to see the sleepy town is totally wonderful. It's a must see in...

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Merlin M

2018-06-29 01:12:15

"The best Dzong in Bhutan" This is surely one of the best Dzong's in Bhutan in terms of Architecture build in the 1600's. The Dzong is located on the banks of the Pho Chhu river. This fortress is a must see on a visit to...

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nirali_shah98

2018-06-25 08:01:55

"Punakha Dzong" After a beautiful picturesque journey by road from Thimphu to Punakha via Dachula, we reached there. This is important landmark of Bhutan and main attraction of Bhutan. Here we visited Punakha Dzong...

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Nandita N

2018-05-29 23:20:01

"Beautiful " Beautiful place... this is a must visit place.... the moneastry inside was awesum... the scenary around was lovely....

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Anirudh_Anand

2018-05-29 00:15:02

"One of the most charming Dzongs in all of Bhutan!" Punakha Dzong is one of the most impressive structures in Bhutan, especially since it is located in the confluence of two rivers, accessed by a wooden foot over bridge, surrounded by jacaranda trees...

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the_moleMumbai

2018-05-26 09:59:23

"Only dzong you need to see" This is the only dzong that you need see on your trip to Bhutan. It’s setting among lavender trees is magical almost reminiscent of being in Japan during cherry blossom season only purple instead of...

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LinhVu

2018-05-17 16:05:38

"if you not visit Punakha Dzong you not visit Bhutan" anyone who comes to Bhutan either as in group tour or solo travelers will definitely find your way here. Punakha Dzong is one out of two must-visit destinations in the country (another one is Tiger’s...

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HemeshSheth1

2018-05-17 01:22:26

"Wow, what a scenic location and sacred place " I simply loved this place, PURPLE trees, river flowing besides the beautiful architecture, wooden carvings and just a little bit ahead from this place, you get to experience merging of two rivers...

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drpragneshmv

2018-05-15 07:19:35

"What a palace: a must visit place in Punakha" sitting right on the union of 2 rivers this a very beautiful place . The color of flowers here -Purple adds to beauty of this palace. Do ask your guide about history of this place. Our first prime...

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Thilak_Ramanna

2018-05-07 06:15:41

"Very beautiful !" This is the one of those very well maintained Dzong's in Bhutan. Very beautiful. One of the few places to visit in Punakha.

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Wendy M

2018-05-06 12:25:54

"A feast for the eyes" A very beautiful Dzong It is situated between two rivers, at their confluence, so the setting alone is awesome but the dzong itself is beautifully proportioned and with a wealth of beautiful...

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jayanth13

2018-05-05 05:59:52

"Picturesque Dzong (Fortress) in a Beautiful, Serene Location" This is a beautiful Dzong, that was the primary seat of power for the Bhutanese royal family till it was shifted to Thimphu. However there is a weight of significance and history here that you cannot...

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SurabheeGupta

2018-04-28 23:46:24

"Breath taking" An awesome and historical monastery which shld not be missed when visiting Bhutan... The monastery like all of them is divided in two parts.. one for adminstrative purpose and second for the...

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pilgrim_gsa

2018-04-23 19:50:14

"Historical ..not to be missed" The location as also the importance of this ancient Dzong ( Fortress) is very alluring .It was the centre of Bhutanese culture in it's hey days with all major ceremonies , including coronation...

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Kenlong C

2018-04-23 16:04:26

"Beautiful" Situated between two rivers.Lovely Dzong to visit and browse through...Some parts are forbidden to enter because the monks are at prayer and some sections are prohibited .one of the best Dzongs in...

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krzys1970

2018-04-17 06:26:52

"A big wow!!!" Most probably the most beautiful dzong we have seen in Bhutan. Located on an island between two rivers, it touches all senses of the visitors. Must to see!

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foodie2828

2018-04-17 01:44:43

"Very nice" This is one of the nicest Dzongs we went to. It is also the Dzong where the current King got married. Definitely worth a visit. Very well maintained.

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prpa

2018-04-16 00:45:40

"Picture perfect" The Dzong is located at the confluence of the Phochhu & Mochhu Rivers. This gives it a picture perfect setting. The Dzong serves as the administrative center of the district & the winter residence of...

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Luxury6

2018-03-29 23:51:39

"Must see in Bhutan" Arguably the most outstanding religous and cultural monument in Punakha or even Buthan. Very serene place either in the palace or the beautiful surroundings. I loved the location on an island between...

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praspul

2018-03-29 01:06:24

"BEST DZONG IN BHUTAN" The Punakha Dzong is the oldest but renovated... it is administration builidng where departments are functioning and also a seat for monks...worth to see the main temple and its archtecture.

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annesophie001

2018-03-27 07:00:18

"A spectacular dzong between the rivers" This is a beautiful dzong with a most interesting history. The most special rooms are only for the king and prime minister to visit. But you can see the hall for coronation. The wall paintings are...

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Lee_family_219053

2018-03-09 03:31:20

"Time of our life and we saw the King and the Prince" We adjusted our itinerary to fit in the Punakha Tshechu festival and we caught the last day in our best Gho and Kira. We arrived before 8am and got the front row seat oin the tourist section. As we...

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Monica S

2018-03-07 08:22:15

"Pretty, crowded and buzzing" Went there at the time of a local festival. Saw the mask dance and a variety of ceremonies performed by priests and locals. The bustle was enjoyable and the disciplined relaxation of the locals...

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Thanittha

2018-03-06 00:05:01

"Best of the Best" Punakha Dzong is best of the best of Bhutan. It's my favorite because of not only ceature but all culture and natural surronding. I mostly enjoy every moment in this charming and fasinated place...

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Kustubh

2018-03-05 21:26:03

"Beautiful Architecture" We were told by our guides that the Punakha Dzong is the best Dzong to visit in Bhutan and all that hype did not disappoint us once we visited the Dzong. Visiting the Dzong gave us a good idea of how...

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fhartigan

2018-03-02 01:06:14

"Good spot to see a queen" Correct, we saw several members of the Royal family at this spot. A huge complex combining government offices with a large male monastery. Beautiful and worth visiting for several hours.

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SubashMisra

2018-03-02 00:10:41

"Visit to Punakha Dzong" A beautiful fort between two rivers. One must visit this fort to get an idea about the Dzongs in Bhutan. The entry ticket is Rs 300 per head and they do not accept Rs 500 notes. The Dzong houses...

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Antony S

2018-02-22 03:29:07

"History connect with nature!!!" If you stand and watch this dzonga might be suspect live in a 19th era..history connect with the nature.

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Nokie W

2018-02-14 17:41:36

"Very beautiful and peaceful" Punakha Dzong is perhaps the most beautiful place I visited in Bhutan. The structure is pretty much the same as other Dzongs but none can beat its location. Rivers at the back and front and the Dzong...

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sulabh2020

2018-02-13 20:05:46

"Oldest Dzong but everything is closed for visitors" I visited this place during my visit in Feb 2018, before visit here i was very excited as i read lots of positive review about this place but after my visit all positive turns to negative. Instead...

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Sukrit B

2018-02-12 21:46:45

"A must visit.." Pungtang Dechen Photrang Dzong - the palace of great bliss. It is second oldest and second largest Dzong in Bhutan, build in 1637 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel who unified the Kingdom. Located on the...

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gentryfunk

2018-01-28 08:07:32

"PUnakha Dzong" One of the most spectacular structures in Bhutan. The shrine room is among the most remarkable in the world.

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Bhutan T

2018-01-22 07:04:52

"Engineering marvels of Bhutan. " The great Punakha Dzong was built in 1637 and I was wondering how can one think of building such a massive structure on the confluence of two rivers and that also in 1637.Just check the population of...

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emailswarup

2018-01-18 03:19:50

"Magnificent monastery " A magnificent Monastery of Bhutan that has long history and even linked to foundation of Bhutan. Nice colour wooden carvings and paintings are everywhere. It's really beautiful inside the monastery...

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2012sunilmumbai

2018-01-05 19:27:56

"Dzong after dzong, each gets better and better. This is the best" We could see the temple of the Thimpu dzong only and then the beautifully lit walls from the outside. Here, we spent over three hours seeing every single aspect of this outstanding dzong. Its

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Amaresh1988

2018-01-03 18:34:16

"Punakha-Staying is must atleast for a night" It is highly recommended to stay at Punakha atleast for a night to enjoy the beauty of Mochu river.River rafting can be arranged by the hotel mnager itself

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sudipt01971

2018-01-01 04:35:02

"Good place to view" This is quite a good and exciting structure to see in Punakha. The view from a far away place is nice. The history is also fascinating. Guide is a must else one can not enjoy. Since it remains open...

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cagatravel

2017-12-18 20:58:32

"The most picturesque Dzong" The Punakha Dzong is so picturesque of all the Dzongs we have seen. It is surrounded by rivers either side, left the calm 'female ' and right turbulent 'male '. There is a beautiful bridge that...

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Priscilla P

2017-12-15 09:32:43

"Beautiful glimpse of Bhutan culture and life" Few tourists - many locals. Definite place to visit to gain understanding of Bhuddist culture in Bhutan.

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Ankit K

2017-12-14 12:08:24

"Absolute Beauty " Without any doubt the Punakha Dzong is the most beautiful Dzong among all in Bhutan. The temple inside is pure divine and beautiful and if there is a guide accompanying you, it definitely adds on to...

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Geminican

2017-12-01 14:43:54

"The most beautiful temple in Bhutan" In my view this temple is far more scenic and beautiful than the famous Tiger's Nest, it's the most beautiful temple in Bhutan. This is also where the royal family got married. Definitely a must...

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Swapan43

2017-11-29 15:40:44

"Historical and magical Punakha Dzong set near beautiful confluence of the two rivers. Must visit while in Bhutan" Historical and Magical. We reached in the morning of 10th November from Thimphu passing through Dochula Pass (Review submitted). While approaching the famous Punakha Dzong we could see the...

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Deryn H

2017-11-29 08:57:11

"A wonderful Palace with lots of history" We visited here with friends as part of our tour of the country. It is known as the Palace of Great Happiness. It used to be a fort and is laid out in the same manner with the administrative side...

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Chimi R

2017-11-26 03:58:31

"PUNAKHA " Punakha Dzong is arguably the most beautiful dzong in the country, especially in spring when the lilac-coloured jacaranda trees bring a lush sensuality to the dzong's characteristically towering...

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Mark W

2017-11-26 01:30:46

"Most beautiful fort in Bhutan" This was one of the main reasons for the 2.5 hour drive to Punakha and it was well worth it. The fort is one of the most beautiful in Bhutan and is the most important spiritually.

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lolly616

2017-11-25 08:38:19

"Fabulous Dzong" Extremely interesting and very well maintained. Very historical and a must if you are visiting Punakha

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EarlyRetirementAbroa

2017-11-02 21:11:13

"What a view!" One of the best dzongs in Bhutan. The place where two rivers meet is so beautiful, so peaceful. We also stayed at the hotel that we saw the dzong from our windows and from the balcony. The view at...

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Romario1257

2017-11-02 19:21:25

"One of the best Dzong in Bhutan" Visiting Bhutan is exotic by definition and dzongs (their fortresses) are something you have to see when there. I visited few in Paro and Thimphu but from my opinion, this one is the best looking out...

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JAD_888

2017-10-29 04:32:48

"Stunning Dzong" Definitely my favourite and most picturesque. Great location, lots of history and fun to watch the rafting as they come past the Dzong through the "rapids". A guide is essential to tell you the...

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Pritchp

2017-10-28 21:39:41

"Amazing building" Stunning building and location. The only detraction for me was the amount of stray dogs, some of which looked so thin and hungry. Make sure to take some dog biscuits for them. They are very gentle.

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ianf22

2017-10-27 20:32:14

"Amazing....must see when in Bhutan" Highly recommended to fit this in during a Bhutan tour. It was definitely the best architectural site that we saw and is well worth putting an extra day into your tour. The scenery is also amazing...

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hercules20002

2017-10-22 07:25:13

"Not the only place to visit in Punakha." The Dzong is mesmerizing and certainly worth a visit. We drove in straight from Paro and it was very late; it was closing time when we left this dzong. We spent a very short time inside; the beauty...

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AbhijitKhatu

2017-10-21 21:07:21

"Best maintained and the Largest Dzong" Stepped in history and is clearly one of the most important Dzong in Bhutan. Take a walk and enjoy the architecture and the suspension bridge to reach the same.

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akarshbn

2017-10-20 18:29:16

"Viewed from outside" We could not go in since it was closed by the time we reached. This dzong is on the bank of the river. View from outside itself was fabulous. I wish we visited earlier so that we could go inside.

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airydreamer

2017-10-05 19:21:03

"If you only need to visit 1 Dzong" If you are here on a limited time and can only visit limited Dzongs..go for this one...the landscape around it is immensely breathtaking. sitting at the spilt of 2 rivers. Most Dzong pretty much look...

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Jim L

2017-10-04 16:43:28

"Definitely worth a viait" This is perhaps the most spectacular building in Bhutan. It's imposing presence at the confluence if two rivers makes for some great photos! It's definitely worth a visit.

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regi g

2017-10-03 07:00:59

"Really great" If you your Bhutan, you cannot miss this. Amazing structure arising at the junction of 2 Rivers, was the ancient capital of Bhutan, it maintains it's dignity and pride

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estefanite

2017-10-03 02:58:57

"Magnificent" The location of the place, the verticality of the castle and the lovely decorations on the woodframe make this the most impressive Dzong I've seen in Bhutan. We visited in the afternoon between four...

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GlobeTrotter10101

2017-09-29 11:20:16

"I went in may and all the purple flowers bloomed" May is a great season to travel because the purple flowers on the trees in front of the Dzong bloomed. Against the white back drop of the walls it was just beautiful. Stunning. No words can describe...

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Vijays

2017-09-29 05:00:33

"You cant miss this...." We have been seeing the dzongs (in Bhutan) and this is by far the biggest we have come across..it has 3 stages inside and it's surrounded by 2 rivers (one from glaciers called make river and second...

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Olga5511

2017-09-28 04:12:27

"Must see in Bhutan" This is a must see place for any visitors to Bhutan (Punakha). This dzong is located by the Punakha river and has historical importance.

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Tarek K

2017-08-28 07:44:07

"What a Beauty...what a creation..." Spending time here was one of the most remarkable moment of my Bhutan tour. This is the most beautiful Dzong in Bhutan no doubt. Standing between "moo chu" & "Poo chu" this Dzong has a lot of myth...

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RaKs24

2017-08-26 09:41:37

"The Most Beautiful Fortress In Bhutan" There are many fortresses in Bhutan, but I have to say the fortress in Punakha is the most beautiful . The entrance of the fortress is over a river and with beautiful purple leaves trees at the...

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Luca N

2017-08-23 18:28:22

"Very nice" It is in part an historical fort and in part a Buddhist monastery, both of them they are very interesting.

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Lalbahadur

2017-08-21 06:10:24

"AWESOME in one word" The two things i liked about bhutan most is - tiger nest monastery and punakha dzong. This place is just wonderful. Full of colours. Beautiful sight, a fort on river side. Beautiful architecture...

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Varitant

2017-08-21 03:26:11

"Most beautiful place in the region" Punakha Dzong is undoubtedly the most serene place in the region. This place houses stories of Bhutan's historical culture and houses administrative blocks as well as a monastery inside. The guides...

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Book Bhutan T

2017-08-16 21:52:34

"Most beautiful Place" Punakha Dzong is located in the western part of Bhutan is the winter home of the Je Khenpo, the Chief Abbot of Bhutan. Punakha has been of critical importance since the time of Zhabdrung Ngawang...

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Saurabh G

2017-07-30 03:25:39

"Must visit" One of the biggest monasteries in bhutan. Artwork and view was hypnotic. Did meditation in the balcony. Very peaceful and soothing. Do visit

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SanjayBijlani

2017-07-28 10:22:08

"Majestic Dzong Picturesque Location" One of the biggest attraction of Punakha is its majestic Punakha Dzong. Strategically located across the river it is accessible by a covered walkway across the river. Tight security will frisk you...

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GPMutsuddy

2017-07-19 03:19:16

"Punakha Dzong" The most scenic Dzong in Bhutan. One must see attraction in Punakha. Open from 9 am to 5 pm. The monastery is nice.

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ggillian912

2017-07-16 16:51:25

"The palace of great Happiness" Located at the confluence of the Punakha rivers, this Dzong is a mesmerising sight..... Awesome, picture perfect..... The courtyards inside are impressive......the wood carvings and painting depict...

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MC Brigitte S

2017-07-16 07:13:16

"most amazing dzong" its the most beautiful dzong i have seen in bhutan. its built between two rivers, they call the female and the male river. the dzong was built by shabtrung rinpoche 400 years ago. his body is...

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Himalayan Splendor (6 Nights/7 Days)
Thimphu, Bhutan
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7 Days
4 Persons
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Brief

Culture & Religion • Meet local people • Learn about meditation Paro Taktshang the Tiger's Nest Tashichho Dzong Buddha Dordenma Punakha Dzong

Tour Detail

DAY I: ARRIVE AT PARO – THIMPHU

  • On arrival at Paro International Airport, you will be warmly received by our friendly, traditionally dressed Chen-Ray Travel & Tour’s representative with a white welcome scarf (called Khadhar) with eight auspicious symbols printed on it.
  • Drive to Thimphu which is about 1 hour drive from airport with sightseeing en route. Check in to your hotel and relax with a cup of welcome tea.
  • After lunch, drive to Kuenselphodrang now popularly known as Buddha point since the construction of the world’s tallest Buddha (Dhordenma) Statue (169 feet) started. You can also enjoy the spectacular view of Thimphu valley below.
  • This Chorten (stupa) was built (1974) in honor of the late 3rd King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk “The Father of Modern Bhutan”. Built in a typical Tibetan style outside and with three shrines inside represents the mainspritual themes of the Nyingma School. The paintings inside depict tantric Buddhismin all its complexity. The complex is visited by people from all walks throughout the day and is one of the most public religious places in the capital.
  • Evening free
  • Overnight at your hotel in Thimphu.

 DAY II: THIMPHU

  • Changangkha Lhakhang,  one of the oldest temples of Thimphu dating back to 15th century. It was built by a descendant of Lama Phajo Drugom Shigpo. The new born babies of residents of Thimphu valley are taken to receive their first blessings from a High Lama (Monk).
  • Visit the Takin (the National animal of Bhutan) enclosure at Motithang.  
  • Drive to BBS tower to view the Thimphu city opposite to Kuenselphodrang.
  • Drive back down hill to the view point of Tashichho Dzong, the impressive fortress which houses the secretariat building, the throne room of His Majesty the King and various government offices.
  • Visit craft bazaar where one can find all kinds of authentic handmade Bhutanese handicrafts including the national dress of Bhutan, Gho and Kira. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.
  • Tashichho Dzong: The present form this Dzong was consecrated as late as 1969 and it is a visual delight. The history of this Dzong dates back to thirteenth century but the original dzong was not at the present site that offers no defensive merit. The old one was built in 1216 or so by the founder of the Lhapa School and was located on a spur to the North-East of the present one. This Dzong was badly damaged during a subsequent struggle with the drukpas and later became the property of Zhabdrung Nawang Namgyal in the 1630s. In 1641 he rebuilt the Dzong christening it Tashichhoe (the Fortress of Glorious Religion). This became the summer residence of the Zhabdrung and the clergy and Punakha the winter retreat. A fire in 1772 resulted in severe damage and the Desi and Je khempo of that time decided to rebuild it at the bottom of the valley where it now stands. After the capital was moved to Thimphu, it was renovated and expanded in 1962.
  • Overnight at your hotel in Thimphu.

  DAY III: THIMPHU-PUNAKHA

  • Drive to Punakha. Before reaching Punakha (about 22km from Thimphu) you will pass through a mountain pass “Dochu La” at 3100m above sea level. On a clear day, the view of the Eastern Himalayas from this pass is one of the best in the country. There are a hundred and nine chortens (stupas) in three tiers of forty five, thirty six and twenty seven circumscribing a single larger chorten at the top. This chortens are called Druk Wangyal Chortens or ‘Stupas of Victory’. The building of these chortens was initiated by Queen Mother Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck when her husband the fourth King, travelled to the South-East of the country in December 2003 leading his army against the insurgents from India.Besides these magnificent chortens in an amazing setting you will be able enjoy the view of some of the great Himalayan peaks starting from the left with Masangang (7165m), which dominates the district of Laya. The next is Tshendagang ((7100m) and the following peaks are Tserigang (7300m), Jejegangphugang, Kangphugang, the Table top mountain’ Zongaphugang (7100m) and finally the highest peak of Gangkar Puensum at a towering height of 7541m.
  • Lhakhang: This Lhakhang dates back to 1499 which was built by Lama Drukpa Kinley who is till this day known as a Divine Madman. Located beautifully on a hilltop, it is about 30 to 40 minute walk passing through a charming village set in lush terraced fields. Lama Drukpa Kinley is beleived to have subdued a demoness residing in Dochu La with his ‘magic thunderbolt of wisdom’ and a wooden effigy of this is preserved within. There are also statues of him along with those of Lama Zhabdrung, Sakyamuni and Avalokiteswara. Devotees receive blessings from his wooden phallus and iron Bow and arrow that lie here and childless women are said to have their wish fulfilled after visiting this Lhakhang.
  • Evening free
  • Overnight at your hotel in Punakha

 DAY IV: PUNAKHA

  • Punakha Dzong: The Dzong straddles the confluence of two rivers- Phochu (Male River) and Mochu (Female River) is the most beautiful fortress in Bhutan. It was named as ‘Pungthang Dechen Phodrang’ or ‘Palace of Great happiness’. This impressive fortress was built in 1637. It was the second of the mighty dzongs built by Zhabdrung Nawang Namgyel (person who unified Bhutan) and was the seat of government till the end of the reign of the second King.The site of the Dzong is believed to have received the blessings of Guru Padmasambhava (the Great Buddhist teacher who introduced Buddhism in Bhutan). In the eighth century he is believed to have prophesied: “…on the edge of the hill that looks like an elephant’s trunk, a man named Namgyal will come and build a fortress…”

The most recent historic event the wedding ceremony of the present King His Majesty Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema’s was held inside this Dzong.

  • Khamsum Yuelley Namgyel Chorten: About 7km drive from Punakha Dzong and about 40 to 50 minutes hike from the road point is Khamsum Yuelly Namgyal Chorten which was completed in the year 1999 after eight years of construction. Located atop a hill commands a very beautiful view of the valley below.
  • Pho Chhu Suspension Bridge – The 160 meters long Bridge is known for the longest suspension bridge in Bhutan, which gives you spectacular views of Punakha Dzong and the Pho Chhu Valley.
  • Overnight at your Hotel in Punakha.

 DAY V: PUNAKHA-PARO

  • Drive towards Paro.
  • Ta Dzong : Built in 1656 as a watchtower for Rinpung Dzong is now used as the National Museum which is a repository of not only precious works of art but also costumes, Armour and other hand crafted objects of daily life that provide a good snapshot of the rich cultural traditions of the country.It opens 7 days a week except on National Holidays.

Rinpung Dzong: Built in 1646 by Lama Zhabdrung Nawang Namgyal and strategically located to thwart Tibetan incursions into the rest of the country, this Dzong became one of Bhutan’s strongest and most important fortresses.

  • Overnight at your Hotel in Paro.

 DAY VI: PARO TAKTSHANG HIKE

  • The hike to Taktshang Monastery perched on a cliff at 2950m/9700ft takes anywhere from 4 to 6 hours as per your hiking ability. It is an uphill hike to the Monastery. The trail climbs through beautiful pine forest, many of the trees festooned with Spanish moss, and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags. There is a cafeteria (Taktsang Jakhang) on the half way.Legend has it that Guru Padmasambhava (the great Buddhist master) with his magical powers came to Taktshang in the eighth century, flying from the east of the country on the back of a tigress (a form that one of his consorts is believed to have taken). He is said to have meditated for about three months in a cave on the cliff and subdued the evil spirits. The primary Lhakhang was built around Guru Rimpoche’s meditation cave in the 1692 by the fourth Desi Tenzin Rabgay. This incredible monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900 meters into the valley below.
  • Kyichu Lhakhang: It was built in 659 by the Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo. The temple fell into disrepair but was superbly restored in 1839 by the 25th Je Khempo (Chief Abbot). He also contributed the outstanding statue of Avalokiteshwara, with eleven heads and thousand arms, which is located in the sanctuary.
  • Evening free for shopping.
  • Overnight at your hotel in Paro.

 DAY VII: DEPART PARO

  •  End of your travel to Bhutan. Our team will drive you to the Airport and bid farewell.

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Reviews

Bhaumik S

2019-12-03 06:12:28

"Wonderful place" The location is amazing! Inside view is also beautiful. Wonderful architecture and inspiring place for someone interested in history and culture.

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Discovernortheast

2019-11-30 08:14:26

"Beautiful place" After visiting the Male female river aka the Pho Chu Mochu river, You may visit this place. The entry to the main Dzong has a ticket for Rs. 300 for India, Bhutan and Nepal only. Don't forget to...

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ro1655

2019-11-21 20:17:13

"Beautiful!" The Dzong is just as beautiful in person as it is on the pix. One can spend about an hour here. Dress code with long pants and shoulders are not to be exposed are strictly enforced. Shawl or scarf...

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Lumos586

2019-09-30 15:30:09

"Fabulous Punakha Dzong" One of the best Dzong (Forts) I have seen on this trip. Colourful and clearly important to the people in Bhutan. It sits at the convergence of the Mo (female) and Po (male) rivers. The whole fertile...

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Robin G

2019-09-29 11:48:26

"Punakha Dzong (Fort); One of the most high light place to visit in Bhutan and this fort is very important in the" Punakha Dzong (Fort); One of the most high light place to visit in Bhutan and this fort is very important in the history of Bhutan. It is also the finest example of Bhutanese architecture and also...

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kipgun

2019-09-25 10:02:04

"Picturesque Punakha" Punakha is on my must visit list in Bhutan now. This picturesque town houses one of the most beautiful dzongs. It costs 300 bucks to enter - which is worth. Might be good to have a guide or someone...

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Ganapati R

2019-09-23 21:42:01

"A majestic palatial place." The Dzong of the place of worship is an unique creation atop a hill. The entry ticket for foreign tourist is priced at Rs 300/-. The steps atop the are quite high and at places it is cumbersome for...

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sudeshi2016

2019-09-16 08:28:52

"Historical" This is the governing place of first Bhutan capital. Nice story behind this. So you should get know the all story. Otherwise you can't get the real taste of it Request to visualize details in...

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Nishakaush

2019-09-04 22:29:18

"Pure charm" We visited this dzong in May. The weather was quite nice. The dzong remains open till 5 pm. You must spare at least 2-3 hours to visit this place. The dzong is located between the two rivers. The...

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Susan E

2019-08-23 16:01:50

"Visit different times of day for great photographs" Visit to this Dzong was part of a photography tour. The monks were nice enough to let us take their photographs as we toured this ancient building. This structure is huge and made for some...

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tsthostel

2019-08-21 21:28:10

"Worth to visit " While our guide was talking about Punakha and mentioned we have to drive 2-3 hours we were hesitating but while we are there and explore the Dzong we felt so blessed . Thanks to Indra our guide for...

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RoyStormer

2019-08-19 01:08:20

"Amazing Dzong!" This is the best Dzong in Bhutan that I have seen! Betwixt a fork in the river it sits amongst natural splendor. It is very impressive and all the carvings are a sight to behold. We were there in...

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Hedgiebunny

2019-08-10 06:50:13

"The most beautiful dhzong in Bhutan" A must visit if in Punakha. The ceremonial hall is Bigger than the dhzong in Thimphu. Do take the side trip on foot beyond the fortress grounds to the longest suspension bridge in Bhutan.

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PoojaS2318

2019-08-09 18:43:38

"Beautiful dzong " This dzong is beautiful inside out. The flowers blooming in front and the flowing river adds an admirable touch to it.

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kakoliD18

2019-08-07 22:54:28

"After TajMahal, the second place which made me awestruck!" A building nestled between two rivers..Pho Chu and Mo Chu ( male and Female) , the first Glimpse of Punakha Dzong will leave you gaping. Its the most preferred place of tourist interest for wich you...

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Fairytale S

2019-07-31 04:13:49

"The majestic fortress of Punakha" The Punakha dzong is located on a land at the confluence of 2 rivers - Mo Chhu and Po Chhu. The whitewashed building looks wonderful with red and golden roof. We visited Punakha dzong in May and it...

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Mainaaya

2019-07-30 21:23:04

"Punakha Dzong" The location of this fort is excellent on the bank of river. The entry ticket includes the services of the Guide as well who explains the history in details. The upper floor is occupied for office...

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U9888VOmatthews

2019-07-29 07:55:44

"beautiful palace and temple" Extensive administrative complex, across a bridge from the city side of the river. Climb the tower for a great view over the rivers. Temple balcony affords views of the rest of the castle

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BurdettP

2019-07-13 09:50:49

"Beautiful historic piece of a cultural tour" If you visit Bhutan, be sure to include this beautiful dzong. We visited in May when flowering trees around the walls added to the beauty. The location on the junction of two rivers makes the...

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Amanda P

2019-07-11 05:14:28

"Quiet Impressive" stopped near here after water rafting. It is a impressive building and definitely worth going to if you are in the area.

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PriyankaS357

2019-07-11 02:59:08

"Beautiful Dzong (one of the best in Bhutan) " This dzong is also the administrative office for Punakha district. The monastry is old in architecture and well maintained. The paintings inside the monastry are ancient and beautiful. Must visit..

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Nunngo

2019-06-17 10:17:41

"Magnificent" Truly magnificent. Spectacular. Impressive. Outstanding. Mind blowing. Not sure what else to say to express the absolute amazement we experienced when we set our eyes on this incredible landmark...

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himalayan_son

2019-06-16 18:41:20

"‘A place where peace and serenity meets’" Hello People. Bhutan is all about happiness, mountains, high passes, valleys and monasteries. Every Place in Bhutan has it’s own significance and cultural importance. Punakha is a town in the...

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SanjayNepal801

2019-06-13 21:04:01

"Probably the most beautiful Dzong in Bhutan!" Situated by a river and accessed by a traditional Bhutanese bridge,this Dzong is a feast for the eyes. It is well maintained and has an amazing main assembly hall with Buddha's life painted on the...

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Sajan E

2019-06-02 22:36:43

"wonderful,eyecatching" one of the excellent views from the opposite of riverside,finest architecture of bhutan on the riverside.

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Mangal2015

2019-06-01 20:52:09

"Beautiful Dzong" Punakha Dzong is a very beautiful place and a must see during a Bhutan visit. It is on the Bank of 2 rivers and it is very nice inside.

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AlwaysTripsavvy

2019-06-01 01:32:00

"Beautiful Dzong" The entire structure is mostly made of wood, the cravings are very beautiful. The design of these dzongs are usually consistent at most places. This place has a lot of significance - the Kings gets...

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henghown

2019-05-19 15:39:10

"Winter fortess" The fortess is devided into 3 court yards by the central tower - for the administration, monastery and long bear man. The chief abbot will be residing here during the winter (6 months) and return to...

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Vayu43

2019-05-18 06:43:28

"Very Good" Worth spending an hour - well laid out and historical . Good Ambience . . Easily reachable ,good approach roads

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longsuyin

2019-05-17 18:02:26

"Most gorgeous dzong in Bhutan" Punakha Dzong is situated at the confluence of the Mo Chu and Po Chu rivers and with blooming jacaranda trees in spring, makes for a beautiful picture. Inside the Dzong, you can see fine examples of...

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drsandip11

2019-05-15 04:21:28

"Simple Awesome.." Ancient architecture, peaceful atmosphere, lush green forest covered hills, awesomely calming sound of river.. fantastic place

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mmkokje

2019-05-13 06:48:33

"Worth to Visit" It's worth to Visit Punakha Dzong. It was sunny day when we visited. Enjoy Photography. We travel from Thimpu to Punakha and get back same day. It's possible. On the way dochula pass can visit. This...

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sohamj2019

2019-05-11 20:37:14

"Punakha Dzong" One of most prominent tourist attraction of Bhutan. This fort will help you to understand Bhutan's culture, origin and administration. Very colourful paintings with stunning location. A place adore...

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manjusampat

2019-05-10 08:22:10

"Simply awesome!" This Dzong in Punakha is beautifully located on an island flanked by the Mo Chu and Po Chu rivers. Built in 1637 as a fortress, it now houses government offices and a monastery. A lovely old bridge...

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GO_Tripn

2019-05-04 04:57:07

"A must visit in Bhutan" The Punakha Dzong (fortress) was built in the 16 th century, this Dzong is a must on every itinerary that leads to Bhutan A calm and serene air filled with divinity and positive energy engulfs this...

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Seemagoves

2019-05-04 04:39:04

"Dzong by the river side" It is very beautiful though there are few steps which are very steep to climb - hardly 15 numbers . The atmosphere is serene and beautiful. Do check on timings of any Dzong before going .

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123GYPSY

2019-04-28 03:13:19

"Dzong by the river" It was a beautiful site and perfect for photography. The Dzong is open for visit from 11-1 PM and 3-5 PM, hence timings have to be managed while visiting the place. It is similar to any other Dzong...

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P_Raj_BLR

2019-04-28 01:09:59

"Best In Bhutan" I will rate this even better than the Tiger's Nest in terms of magnificence. Take note of the timing - it is shut between 1PM and 3PM. Bring a Dzong, full sleeves and formal looking dress are a must...

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yuyu418

2019-04-26 21:27:12

"Most beautiful Dzong in Bhutan" This is a magnificent Dzong. It's very beautiful and the sacred atmosphere is amazing. You'll be already very impressed when just approaching the Dzong in a vehicle. Once you enter, it's even more...

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Anil K

2019-04-19 11:12:10

"Anil Kelkar" Great place. A fort at the confluence of two rivers.Attached to it is the monastery. The fort is connected across the river by a wooden bridge. Near by is a suspension Here when you buy tickets you...

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smilintraveler

2019-04-17 06:08:39

"Stunning " Absolutely beautiful, this is the administrative center in Punakha and the second oldest dzong in Bhutan. Wonderful to explore and should not be missed!

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Hockeydad900

2019-04-17 03:10:56

"A must see in Punakha" The Punakha dzong (fortress) is reputed to be the most beautiful in Bhutan. The interior is beautifully decorated and it is alive with government and religious activity. Visiting hours are in the...

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Garima Y

2019-04-13 09:47:34

"Amazing" Very beautiful and scenic Dzong. Surroundings were so amazing. The rivers flowing adjacent to it made it even more beautiful.

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BasuSanj

2019-04-05 00:41:43

"History Heritage preserved superbly" Massive Dzong or fort in the Himalayas, scientifically designed, well preserved. A must see for all, the paintings and teachings of Lord Buddha.The Architectural design is awesome.

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Adventurers049

2019-04-02 17:07:30

"Fantastic visit" What an amazing setting at the confluence of two rivers. The bridge access is amazing and the inside of the fort fantastic. Not to be missed!

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Over60Countries

2019-03-31 12:24:15

"Beautiful dzong" This is the most beautiful dzong I visited on my 8 day trip to Bhutan.The location right on the river is perfect and it's fun to explore.

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AishFly

2019-03-27 00:02:46

"Serene, Calm and absolute beauty! " It’s absolute beauty. A place for total calmness and serenity. You are only allowed in the inner sanctum of the dzong. So avoid roaming here and there. The dzong is open for public from 11:00am to...

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bhutansocietyadv

2019-03-26 02:32:28

"Festival " Experience the spectacular Punakha Tsechu (Festival), held in the grounds of the magnificent Punakha Dzong. A Tsechu is a Buddhist festival in honour of Guru Rimpoche, the saint who brought Buddhism...

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One_of_the_BOFs

2019-03-25 13:41:52

"Another impressive fortress/temple" This impressive Dzong in Punakha proved to be the equal of the one that we’d seen earlier in Thimpu, with ornate intricate carving and artwork. An absolute must visit on your trip to Bhutan.

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francislS7910GQ

2019-03-17 07:23:15

"Possibly the most beautiful Dzong in Bhutan" This Dzong is possibly the mot beautiful in Bhutan. Get spectacular views of the Dzong when you travel down the river in a raft.

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Sumith D

2019-03-12 03:22:05

"It's a sight to behold. Of grandeur..." Supposed to be amongst the most famous ritual place connected with the King. The coronation etc are known to take place here. It's a magnificent sight. The wooden bridge, the lake, the tall steps at...

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Penwyllt

2019-03-01 23:07:24

"Punakha Tsechu" We were fortunate to experience Punakha Dzong at festival time and really loved the experience and throng of local people

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Ria1104

2019-02-28 11:18:43

"One of the Most Beautiful Monuments in Bhutan" In one word it is huge......it was earlier used as the fort, government office headquarter and a religious and cultural centre. Our guide explained to us that this fort has played a highly...

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filmg

2019-02-25 01:43:29

"Best Dzong in Bhutan" The largest Dzong in the Kingdom, you walk there via a wooden bridge. Be sure to look down to the river, as rainbow trout congregate under it in huge numbers. The Dzong itself has 3 large courtyards...

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hatbhutan

2019-02-21 00:49:18

"The most impressive Dzong" The Dzong is situated between two rivers, Pho-chu (male) and Mochu (female) Rivers and it is the most impressive Dzong in the Kingdom.

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Uma-910

2019-02-20 05:32:09

"Punakha Dzong" Punakga Dzong is the most beautiful and biggest dzong in bhutan.The structure is most attractive.It is very scenic location.It is near the river phochu and mochu.We recently visited it during our...

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anshul a

2019-02-19 03:02:28

"Lovely place" Any shared taxi will drop you outside the Dzong. There are not many options to stay here. You'll find the road to the Hanging bridge from the back alley of Dzong

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Nishgop

2019-02-12 12:02:49

"Top places to visit" Great place to visit after dochula pass. The dzong is great both inside and outside with nice opportunities to take good pictures with the river. The night view of dzong is stunning with the whole...

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Sidswat

2019-02-11 14:24:55

"Amazing" One of the oldest Dzongs. The structure was amazing. Guide was quite helpful as the history and intricacies were narrated. We spent around 2 hours in the dzong. Main attraction of Punakha, a must...

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KTofNH

2019-02-09 18:25:24

"Coolest Dzong in Bhutan" Not only old but also majestic. Take a few minutes to listen to the monks reciting sutras in the prayer hall.

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ohiowanderer

2019-02-03 14:05:38

"A Must See in Bhutan" The Dzong is stunning in its setting at the confluence of two rivers. You will want to take lots of photos. The dzong has a long and fascinating history and has been reconstructed. To enter the...

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lauremmm

2019-02-01 13:46:49

"of all the dzongs in bhutan, it is the most beautiful" there are many dzongs in bhutan and one may say that they start looking alike and it is not the case. Each one is different and impressive in its own way but this one is truly beautiful; a must if...

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LuluLifestyle

2019-01-28 14:26:42

"Very regal." The Punakha Dzong is wonderful. Perfect position on the junction of two rivers. The first time I visited the jacarandas were out, stunning purple along side the monastery. The other thing I noticed...

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npn2000

2019-01-17 23:23:05

"Excellent" Punakha Dzong is great Dzong to explore on river side and worth visiting in early morning to enjoy the nature along with .

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Venkat K

2019-01-13 03:35:03

"Punakha Dzong" Great experience. Walk across the river into the Dzong. The atmosphere is sublime and relaxing to the mind. The temple inside is very nicely built. You could easily spend about an hour in the quiet...

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bvipul16

2019-01-12 04:25:01

"B.E.A. utiful" The Punakha Dzong is a beauty in itself. The river, the open lawns and the big temple invite you in with open arms. The temple is a sprawling mansion like structure which now houses the courts, and...

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buddhdevharsh

2019-01-09 04:34:15

"Winter residence for the monks!" Dzong is beautifully located, with a cantilever bridge in the entrance. You would be atleast spending 1 to 1.5 hours at this place, do check the open and close timings before you go there.

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Anuesha

2019-01-07 19:29:13

"Magnificent architecture of fortress" Dzong in Bhutanese means fortress, this structure is a fortress in a traditional Bhutanese architecture.inside there are monasteries and a sanctum sanatorium containing the deities of Bhutanese...

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Sankar S

2019-01-06 15:00:13

"Fort woth visit" excellent fort overlooking the river. lots of history unrelieved. well maintained and worth visit The bridge is awsome.

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Marf13669

2019-01-05 11:57:56

"This is a classic historic Dzong" This is the best Dzong (fortress) in all of Bhutan. It's a vast complex with both administrative offices and monastic spaces, including temples that tell the story of Buddha's life. Pilgrims lined...

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duckweedflower

2018-12-31 17:06:56

"Beautiful and unforgettable" Basked in sunshine even in winter, this is one of the most beautiful fortresses in Bhutan. We enjoy the walk from the bridge to the Dzong, the majestic pine trees along the way, and the beautiful...

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Rose R

2018-12-30 20:12:25

"Divine tranquility" This is a beautiful place and one of the best temples I saw in Bhutan in terms of grandeur. In terms of spirituality I liked Bumthang more.

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Swapnilg146

2018-12-29 06:17:51

"Magnificent beauty" I visited recently the fortess and it's is one of the most scenic place I have seen. Situated in the mid of two rivers make it more mesmerizing..

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Christopher_SNZ

2018-12-26 18:29:48

"Perfectly picturesque" This is hands down the most beautiful Dzong we visited in our trip to Bhutan - nestled in the fork of a river, your guide and driver will bring you to the best location fr a picture (plenty over...

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BillyK1980

2018-12-26 02:23:40

"Number 1 sight in Bhutan " This is clearly the number 1 sight in Bhutan! We spent close to 2 hours here with the final camber being the best! The wall painting takes you on a journey of Buddha which was really fascinating

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skhanppsd

2018-12-24 03:11:41

"A family Visit to Punakha Dong" Punakha Dzong means the palace of bliss or great happiness & was built in 1637.The auspicious fortress remains the Punakha’s District Administrative Center housing a several religious relics where...

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Happytouring_10

2018-12-18 13:45:00

"Interesting history" Had a fantastic guide from Takin Trails.....thanks Tashi.....who explained a lot about the history of the Dzong and Bhudism without it being a preaching or boring encounter.....also there at the...

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PamelaSS888

2018-12-17 16:17:27

"A must see on your visit to Bhutan" When you visit Bhutan, make sure the Punakha Dzong is on your list of things to see. From the capital Thimpu at 2,334 metres, you will drive over the Dochula Pass at 3,100 metres on a well made wide...

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Harshshah1212

2018-12-16 06:22:39

"Best dzong of Bhutan" Architecturally, it is the best dzong of Bhutan. A bridge connects it to the main road. The dzong is very picturesque. Guide is compulsory to know it's details. There is a confluence of Mo Chu and...

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GuptaBharat

2018-12-11 16:48:55

"Castle monastery court administration office " A castle by the river there is a entry fee of ₹300 rich in heritage and culture. A castle with a monastery and a lot of history a definite visit.

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spaniel12

2018-12-11 03:37:38

"sacred...stunning...majestic place" Punaka dzong stands majestically by the river. Its white tall walls and colorful roof are stunning. Ones feel humble when wander inside to admire the beautiful architecture and arts. Monks do their...

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yeonghaur

2018-12-11 00:00:49

"Beautiful Dzong by the river" Beautiful Dzong by the river. Coming from Thimphu, there is a spot (guide should know) before the car park that offers the classic view by the dzong by its side along the river. Simply beautiful. If...

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RGoel123

2018-11-29 08:36:44

"A must visit place...the.most important place in Bhutan, politically and religiously" Punakha Dzong or district office is a must visit place in Punakha. Spare a couple odd hours, at least an hour, for it. This is one ₹300 per head ticket that is justified. The guide appointed for...

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Vidit73

2018-11-27 16:48:15

"Huge place" This was the largest Dzong to visit. It’s very beautiful but make sure to ask for a guide at the entrance when u make the payment. It’s no point to visit inside without the guide giving a perfect...

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JpnExr

2018-11-25 17:44:56

"The most beautiful dzong ( castle ) in Bhutan." It locates right on the merging area of 2 rivers, the male and female river. The castle is so beautiful. When you leave the castle, on the way looking for a spot near the river bank to take photos...

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Roslyn G

2018-11-17 12:26:57

"Gorgeous building and setting" Most beautiful dzong in Bhutan. Usual courtyards, administrative and religious. Lots of stairs to navigate. Give yourself lots of time here.

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bansalludhiana

2018-11-16 04:43:29

"Great place" It is a great place to visit , though all the dzongs in Bhutan are similar. However, this a place where king's marriage ceremony had taken place. Must see

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Swapna J

2018-11-15 23:26:17

"One of the best Monastery ever visited ..." Along with amazingly beautiful architecture this Dzong is significant because it is the place or home where Bhutan''s spiritual head lives for 6 months in winter whereas in summer he lives in the...

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sonia r

2018-11-14 08:50:09

"Bhutanese hate indians" I was at this underground club went to visit a washroom where I realised Bhutanese hate indians... And they corely do...they are not fond of indians at all...

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Anirban S

2018-11-14 02:05:37

"Very impressive place, best place to visit in Punakha !!" Undoubtedly, this is the best place to visit in Punakha and visitors from far and wide come to Punakha mostly to visit this place. The structure and the design is undoubtedly the best of all in...

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Filiform

2018-11-13 01:09:43

"Impressive and well kept" Of the half a dozen dzongs I saw in Bhutan, this was by far the most impressive one. The tour guide who is included with the entry ticket did a sincere job. The approach road to the dzong itself has...

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Veerensha

2018-11-09 23:05:45

"" The Fortress Dzong !!! "" This is the main & Oldest Dzong of Punakha District...Its a must see attraction during Bhutan Trip... This Dzong is constructed on the confluence of the two main rivers named Ma Chu...

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KrispyPlymouth

2018-11-07 06:38:15

"Look out for birds and fish" The fortress is positioned at the confluence of 2 rivers, one male, one female. I’m not sure which is which. Inside there are lots of amazing paintings. Not just on the walls, look at the door and...

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Kath K

2018-11-03 18:58:56

"Stunning by day and night" Stunningly located at the convergence of 2 rivers, this is considered to be the most beautiful of Bhutan's Dzongs and with good reason. By both day when you can walk through it and by night when it...

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Mahabub S

2018-11-03 09:03:16

"Wonderful Punakha" Last year i visited Punakha. The Punakha is the winter capital district of Bhutan. There is Dzong called Punakha Dzong is one of most holiest place of Bhutan. In Punakha, the largest suspension...

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Jia Q

2018-10-30 05:30:00

"This is a must go!" Probably the most beautiful Dzong here in Bhutan. According to our guide, this used to be the home of the king back when Punakha was the capital of Bhutan. Be fascinated by the intricate designs on...

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kedar2015

2018-10-29 21:53:31

"Most beautiful attraction of Bhutan !" This place cant be skipped. and you must follow their rules about clothes and everything. very sacred place for them. Located in between 2 rivers.... must visit place along with a guide

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Alsa96

2018-10-28 10:15:49

"Our favourite Dzong" The setting of this Dzong is simply stunning. Very beautiful inside too. This was our favourite Dzong to visit - lots of lovely architecture inside.

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Imtiyaz A

2018-10-20 05:59:06

"Punakha Dzong - Great Place" The Punakha Dzong is the best Dzong in Bhutan with a great location at the convergence of the two rivers and a great history preserved within its walls. A must visit place.

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shekhar2u

2018-10-18 02:57:27

"See, else what you would do in Punakha" Good to take some Pictures from outside this Fort or at confluence of the Rivers Pho Chu and Mo Chu. Unless you are a historian or a Buddhist, I can bet, you won't remember a word from the long...

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bucketlisttravellers

2018-10-17 13:49:15

"Historical fortress in scenic area" This is a very important building in Bhutan, being the administrative centre of the country. Important ceremonies such as the wedding of the King occur here. The building is set on the water and you...

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Rajan B

2018-10-16 07:56:09

"Punakha dzong" Very well preserved fort with interesting architecture.The bridge enables you to stand over the river and enjoy the soothing harmony of the flowing water.

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Jennifer R

2018-10-12 02:28:58

"Best in Bhutan " An extraordinarily beautiful Dzong. Really worth having s guide as the explanations are really interesting The Bhutanese have to wear full national dress to visit so this is interesting too Not to...

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Sumant S

2018-10-11 23:07:08

"Excellent !!!" The Dzong is located at the confluence of the Pho Chhu (father) and Mo Chhu (mother) rivers in the Punakha–Wangdue valley.. As per local folk story this dzong was made in one year only.. Its one of...

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ebehura

2018-10-11 09:35:03

"Beauty at its best!!!" We had been to the thimpu dzong, so we were not very excited about visiting another dzong. But thank god, we did!! As soon as you enter the little bridge and a view of the dzong will mesmerize...

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HimalayaV3

2018-10-04 23:53:52

"Punakha Dzong - A Palace of Great Happiness" This great palace is known as Pungtang Dewa chhenbi Phodrang, located at the confluence of Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu rivers in Punakha–Wangdue valley in Punakha, Bhutan. Punakha Dzong is built by Ngawang...

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boseashish

2018-10-04 08:36:30

"Royal encounter" One of the most beautiful architecture of the world. With a good guide that is included in the entry fees, one can explore the history of the Buddhist dynasty & the basic teachings of Buddhism. The...

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Kazi Rashidul H

2018-10-03 22:21:38

"Best Dzong of Bhutan" Punakha Dzong seems to me the most beautiful & attractive Dzong of Bhutan from the aspect of both landscape view as well as administrative importance. The river side Dzong is so amazing for tourists

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750londontraveller

2018-09-17 07:57:42

"One of the most beautiful buildings in the world?" Of the many Dzongs in Bhutan, this one is special. Perfectly located where two rivers (male and female meet) in the stunning and lush Punakha valley. Impressive paintings and Tibetan Chinese features...

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Anand K

2018-09-17 01:03:57

"Punakha Dzong --- The old capital of Bhutan" My wife and I decided to visit Bhutan, this Summar, to see for ourselves, the country with the " Highest Happiness Index " in the world ! On 13th May 2018, we landed in Paro, the small picturesque...

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fourapproahestou2018

2018-09-16 09:25:03

"Beautiful Dzong" It is one of the most beautiful Dzong in Bhutan. Is is build in between confluence of Pho chhu(male river) and Mo Chhu (female river).

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ChachaStephane14

2018-09-11 12:22:47

"great Monastery - temple" I was very fortunate to be just on time to follow the prayers, Monks with huge drums and trumpets are always impressive. The Dzong is very well restored and it make it one of the finest of east...

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supinya n

2018-09-03 20:48:03

"There's the rich welcome of energy at my first step." There's history here. The rich energy came from the place once my first step. The guide was not surprise for this feeling I discovered. I saw some tourists taking photo with no respect. It's not...

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Andiell

2018-09-01 22:41:37

"A must see" The Punakha Dzong is a fabulous site. Rich with history and beauty. There is a great deal of activity going on there so we got to see many things in addition to the temple. We spent about an hour...

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Ehsaanur R

2018-09-01 10:59:53

"Beautiful " This place is around 2 hours from thimpu through car. I didn't enter into the zhong. In bhutan you should mostly travel during day time to watch it's beauty. You will enjoy the valley , green and...

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Shouvik G

2018-08-26 22:48:00

"One of the oldest dzongs & 2nd largest" Beautiful structure, with lot of historical & cultural significance. Loved the location of the Dzong too.

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yukoyh

2018-08-26 10:47:59

"The Most Impressive Dzong We Have Visited" If you can visit only one Dzong in Bhutan, this is it. Not only the actual Dzong being magnificent, the surroundings are also very good as the Dzong stands between two rivers and very picturesque.

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Lian Tiong G

2018-08-23 03:34:12

"Magnificient Dzong" Punakha Dzong - located at the confluence of the Pho Chhu (father) and Mo Chuu (mother) rivers second largest dzong in Bhutan. Magnificient and majestic traditional Bhutanese architectures. A huge...

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Saurabh R

2018-08-22 21:30:45

"Impressive" Very impressive structure. No need visiting from the inside. The outside, flanked by 2 rivers is the best part!

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kapildeepti

2018-08-22 05:32:29

"beautiful" must visit place in punakha.beautiful location and informative museaum.its a king palace converted into museaum.

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Kejaroko P

2018-08-12 12:33:18

"The Most Beautiful Monastery in Bhutan" Punakha Dzong is of the most beautiful monastery in Bhutan, Its not far from Thimphu, the beautiful river and the fishes sailing below the huge wooden bridge under clean waters is a beautiful thing...

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Marco P

2018-08-11 16:07:05

"Maybe one of the best thing to see" Majority of the pictures took are from this place. It is beautiful from outside and inside. It full of energy and really incredible. Still cannot be seen fully.

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Drukpaman

2018-08-09 03:53:34

"Awesome" its a must visit place if your in Bhutan as you will be amazed the way it was build and the architecture.

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delhiwalaNewDelhi

2018-07-23 01:53:24

"The biggest Dzong in Punakha" This Dzong is appx. 5'kms from the main Punakha town on the bank of Po-Chu river. It is biggst Dzong in Punakha. There is an entry ticket of appx.300 Bhutani or Indian currency. They dont accept...

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iamface

2018-07-14 02:55:44

"good for reserve time for visit" good for reserve time for visit as that is beautiful inside also good for across river to take a outlook of it. i took almost 3 hours here including Suspension bridge. that is quite enjoy pace for me.

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Lisa P

2018-07-10 03:16:47

"The best of Bhutanese architecture " Most beautiful dzong in Bhutan, surrounded by rivers and breathtaking mountain views! Phenomenal example of Bhutanese architecture and a must visit during a trip to the Kingdom.

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Vishal D

2018-07-07 23:40:34

"Great experience" It's a beautiful place which provide an insight to the traditional Bhutan and it's history. It is the most beautiful dzong of Bhutan .

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guddu1954

2018-07-01 01:28:43

"One of the monasteries in Bhutan" This is another Budhist monastery of Bhutan and like many others has monks staying here in hundreds,worshipping and praying.

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Sudhirkol

2018-07-01 01:00:27

"Stunning, especially when the Jakaranda is in bloom" The Punakha dzong is a beautiful structure,right on the banks of the river Punakha. The purple jakaranda flowers blooming here in the months of April end and may add hugely to its beauty-i would...

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Padmini D

2018-06-29 08:27:48

"Wonderful place" This place is simply amazing. A late night drive to this place is just needed for the breath taking views. Also an early morning walk to see the sleepy town is totally wonderful. It's a must see in...

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Merlin M

2018-06-29 01:12:15

"The best Dzong in Bhutan" This is surely one of the best Dzong's in Bhutan in terms of Architecture build in the 1600's. The Dzong is located on the banks of the Pho Chhu river. This fortress is a must see on a visit to...

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nirali_shah98

2018-06-25 08:01:55

"Punakha Dzong" After a beautiful picturesque journey by road from Thimphu to Punakha via Dachula, we reached there. This is important landmark of Bhutan and main attraction of Bhutan. Here we visited Punakha Dzong...

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Nandita N

2018-05-29 23:20:01

"Beautiful " Beautiful place... this is a must visit place.... the moneastry inside was awesum... the scenary around was lovely....

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Anirudh_Anand

2018-05-29 00:15:02

"One of the most charming Dzongs in all of Bhutan!" Punakha Dzong is one of the most impressive structures in Bhutan, especially since it is located in the confluence of two rivers, accessed by a wooden foot over bridge, surrounded by jacaranda trees...

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the_moleMumbai

2018-05-26 09:59:23

"Only dzong you need to see" This is the only dzong that you need see on your trip to Bhutan. It’s setting among lavender trees is magical almost reminiscent of being in Japan during cherry blossom season only purple instead of...

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LinhVu

2018-05-17 16:05:38

"if you not visit Punakha Dzong you not visit Bhutan" anyone who comes to Bhutan either as in group tour or solo travelers will definitely find your way here. Punakha Dzong is one out of two must-visit destinations in the country (another one is Tiger’s...

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HemeshSheth1

2018-05-17 01:22:26

"Wow, what a scenic location and sacred place " I simply loved this place, PURPLE trees, river flowing besides the beautiful architecture, wooden carvings and just a little bit ahead from this place, you get to experience merging of two rivers...

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drpragneshmv

2018-05-15 07:19:35

"What a palace: a must visit place in Punakha" sitting right on the union of 2 rivers this a very beautiful place . The color of flowers here -Purple adds to beauty of this palace. Do ask your guide about history of this place. Our first prime...

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Thilak_Ramanna

2018-05-07 06:15:41

"Very beautiful !" This is the one of those very well maintained Dzong's in Bhutan. Very beautiful. One of the few places to visit in Punakha.

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Wendy M

2018-05-06 12:25:54

"A feast for the eyes" A very beautiful Dzong It is situated between two rivers, at their confluence, so the setting alone is awesome but the dzong itself is beautifully proportioned and with a wealth of beautiful...

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jayanth13

2018-05-05 05:59:52

"Picturesque Dzong (Fortress) in a Beautiful, Serene Location" This is a beautiful Dzong, that was the primary seat of power for the Bhutanese royal family till it was shifted to Thimphu. However there is a weight of significance and history here that you cannot...

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SurabheeGupta

2018-04-28 23:46:24

"Breath taking" An awesome and historical monastery which shld not be missed when visiting Bhutan... The monastery like all of them is divided in two parts.. one for adminstrative purpose and second for the...

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pilgrim_gsa

2018-04-23 19:50:14

"Historical ..not to be missed" The location as also the importance of this ancient Dzong ( Fortress) is very alluring .It was the centre of Bhutanese culture in it's hey days with all major ceremonies , including coronation...

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Kenlong C

2018-04-23 16:04:26

"Beautiful" Situated between two rivers.Lovely Dzong to visit and browse through...Some parts are forbidden to enter because the monks are at prayer and some sections are prohibited .one of the best Dzongs in...

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krzys1970

2018-04-17 06:26:52

"A big wow!!!" Most probably the most beautiful dzong we have seen in Bhutan. Located on an island between two rivers, it touches all senses of the visitors. Must to see!

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foodie2828

2018-04-17 01:44:43

"Very nice" This is one of the nicest Dzongs we went to. It is also the Dzong where the current King got married. Definitely worth a visit. Very well maintained.

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prpa

2018-04-16 00:45:40

"Picture perfect" The Dzong is located at the confluence of the Phochhu & Mochhu Rivers. This gives it a picture perfect setting. The Dzong serves as the administrative center of the district & the winter residence of...

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Luxury6

2018-03-29 23:51:39

"Must see in Bhutan" Arguably the most outstanding religous and cultural monument in Punakha or even Buthan. Very serene place either in the palace or the beautiful surroundings. I loved the location on an island between...

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praspul

2018-03-29 01:06:24

"BEST DZONG IN BHUTAN" The Punakha Dzong is the oldest but renovated... it is administration builidng where departments are functioning and also a seat for monks...worth to see the main temple and its archtecture.

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annesophie001

2018-03-27 07:00:18

"A spectacular dzong between the rivers" This is a beautiful dzong with a most interesting history. The most special rooms are only for the king and prime minister to visit. But you can see the hall for coronation. The wall paintings are...

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Lee_family_219053

2018-03-09 03:31:20

"Time of our life and we saw the King and the Prince" We adjusted our itinerary to fit in the Punakha Tshechu festival and we caught the last day in our best Gho and Kira. We arrived before 8am and got the front row seat oin the tourist section. As we...

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Monica S

2018-03-07 08:22:15

"Pretty, crowded and buzzing" Went there at the time of a local festival. Saw the mask dance and a variety of ceremonies performed by priests and locals. The bustle was enjoyable and the disciplined relaxation of the locals...

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Thanittha

2018-03-06 00:05:01

"Best of the Best" Punakha Dzong is best of the best of Bhutan. It's my favorite because of not only ceature but all culture and natural surronding. I mostly enjoy every moment in this charming and fasinated place...

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Kustubh

2018-03-05 21:26:03

"Beautiful Architecture" We were told by our guides that the Punakha Dzong is the best Dzong to visit in Bhutan and all that hype did not disappoint us once we visited the Dzong. Visiting the Dzong gave us a good idea of how...

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fhartigan

2018-03-02 01:06:14

"Good spot to see a queen" Correct, we saw several members of the Royal family at this spot. A huge complex combining government offices with a large male monastery. Beautiful and worth visiting for several hours.

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SubashMisra

2018-03-02 00:10:41

"Visit to Punakha Dzong" A beautiful fort between two rivers. One must visit this fort to get an idea about the Dzongs in Bhutan. The entry ticket is Rs 300 per head and they do not accept Rs 500 notes. The Dzong houses...

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Antony S

2018-02-22 03:29:07

"History connect with nature!!!" If you stand and watch this dzonga might be suspect live in a 19th era..history connect with the nature.

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Nokie W

2018-02-14 17:41:36

"Very beautiful and peaceful" Punakha Dzong is perhaps the most beautiful place I visited in Bhutan. The structure is pretty much the same as other Dzongs but none can beat its location. Rivers at the back and front and the Dzong...

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sulabh2020

2018-02-13 20:05:46

"Oldest Dzong but everything is closed for visitors" I visited this place during my visit in Feb 2018, before visit here i was very excited as i read lots of positive review about this place but after my visit all positive turns to negative. Instead...

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Sukrit B

2018-02-12 21:46:45

"A must visit.." Pungtang Dechen Photrang Dzong - the palace of great bliss. It is second oldest and second largest Dzong in Bhutan, build in 1637 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel who unified the Kingdom. Located on the...

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gentryfunk

2018-01-28 08:07:32

"PUnakha Dzong" One of the most spectacular structures in Bhutan. The shrine room is among the most remarkable in the world.

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Bhutan T

2018-01-22 07:04:52

"Engineering marvels of Bhutan. " The great Punakha Dzong was built in 1637 and I was wondering how can one think of building such a massive structure on the confluence of two rivers and that also in 1637.Just check the population of...

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emailswarup

2018-01-18 03:19:50

"Magnificent monastery " A magnificent Monastery of Bhutan that has long history and even linked to foundation of Bhutan. Nice colour wooden carvings and paintings are everywhere. It's really beautiful inside the monastery...

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2012sunilmumbai

2018-01-05 19:27:56

"Dzong after dzong, each gets better and better. This is the best" We could see the temple of the Thimpu dzong only and then the beautifully lit walls from the outside. Here, we spent over three hours seeing every single aspect of this outstanding dzong. Its

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Amaresh1988

2018-01-03 18:34:16

"Punakha-Staying is must atleast for a night" It is highly recommended to stay at Punakha atleast for a night to enjoy the beauty of Mochu river.River rafting can be arranged by the hotel mnager itself

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sudipt01971

2018-01-01 04:35:02