In & around Punakha, Bhutan

Punakha Dzong, the country’s second largest dzong and one of the most majestic structures that has stood the test of time is located in Punakha.

Chimi Lhakhang, also known as Chime Lhakhang or Monastery or temple, is a Buddhist monastery in Punakha District, Bhutan. Located near Lobesa, it stands on a round hillock and was built in 1499 by the 14th Drukpa hierarch, Ngawang Choegyel, after the site was blessed by the "Divine Madman" the maverick saint Drukpa Kunley.

Situated on the summit of Observatory Hill, this was once the location of a Buddhist monastery, ‘Dorje-Ling’. It is still of great sanctity to the Bhutia people of the region.

The temple’s three Shiva-Lingas (phallic stone structure) represent ‘Brahma, Vishnu, and Maheshwara’, Hindu icons of Creation, Growth and Destruction respectively.

While standing amidst the ringing bells and fluttering flags, one can feel the tranquility and the serenity of the place.

Located very much near to the Punakha Dzong and is the longest suspension bridge in Bhutan built above the Po Chu river. This bridge does not shake at all. There are mountains surrounding the bridge from all the sides which also gives a breathtaking view. 

Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten stands out on a beautiful ridge above the Punakha valley. It was built by Her Majesty the Queen Mother, Ashi Tshering Yangdon Wangchuck. It took 9 years to build and holy scriptures rather than engineering manuals were consulted to construct this 4-storey temple.