Punakha Dzong

Punakha, a former capital of Bhutan, is located in the west of the country.


Punakha was the capital of Bhutan until the 1960's, and still retains the serene atmosphere of a place with a regal past. The dzong is the main attraction, but there are also other sites of interest in and around this pleasant little town. Along with Paro and Jakar, Punakha completes the triangle of most popular tourist destinations.

Get in

Buses and taxis available from Thimphu. Shared taxis terminate at (and depart from) Kuruthang, which is a few kilometers from Punakha. A shared taxi costs around 150nu for the 90 minute to two hour journey to/from the capital.

Get around

All attractions in the town (including the dzong) can be reached on foot. There is a taxi rank near the dzong, where taxis can be hired for visiting sites of interest outside the town, but within the valley.



Go next

The Guru Rinpoche Caves (Geon Tsephu) and Koma Hot Springs (Koma Tsachu) are a twelve kilometer drive from Punakha followed by a two hour hike.

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