This is one thing that this area is extremely famous for. Referred to as the place of happiness this is the second oldest .dzong in Bhutan. Called as the "Place of Happiness", Punakha dzong is the second oldest dzong is the second oldest dzong in the whole of Bhutan
Mo Chhu River
The literal translation of the words ‘Mo Chhu’ in Dzongkha means ‘Female river’. The journey of this river is indeed interesting. It rises from the border of Bhutan and Tibet and flows gleefully towards the Mo Chhu Valley. From there, it dives into the Devil’s Gorge, where the stretch of the river is a famous spot for river rafting and kayaking. As it passes by the Punakha Dzong it merges with ‘Po Chhu’ the ‘male river’ and empties into the Brahmaputra.
Known as the fertility temple, chimi lakhang is a monastery which was constructed in the 15th century. Chimi Lakhang is one famous monastery located in Punakha. This monastery is known as the fertility temple and childless parents worship this place in order to seek the blessings of the 'Divine Madman' who would bless them with a child.
Complementing the beauty of Punakha Dzong, Mo Chhu River is truly a mesmerising sight to behold. A treasure trove of experiences, fun activities like rafting and kayaking are carried out in its clear blue pristine waters.
Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten
Located after a hike of 45 minutes from a small hill having a beautiful prayer wheel, Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten is a spectacular site to visit because of the beautiful view of the surroundings that it offers.
Royal Botanical Park
The Royal Botanical Park is the first Botanical Park of Bhutan. A splendid biological corridor of 47 square miles, the Royal Botanical Park is covered in beautiful rhododendrons for most of the year. They also form the background for the equally enchanting Dochula Pass. The park also houses the Barishtho lake where people give offerings. It is also home to 115 types of ferns as well as a wild variety of fauna and flora.
The Gangteng monastery is an important monastery for the Nyingmapa school of Buddhism. With 5 grand temples surrounding an enormous tower, it is a place everyone must visit to witness the grand architectural style of Bhutan. It also has a massive hall which is built in the Tibetan architectural style. It is also the migratory spot for Black-Necked Cranes hailing from Tibet who fly around the monastery three times during their arrival and departure.
Punakha Suspension Bridge
The longest suspension bridge in Bhutan, constructed over Mo Chhu River, Punakha Suspension Bridge is a good place to visit after visiting Punakha Dzong. Walking on it gives an unparalleled feeling of thrill and adventure.