This large impressive monument with its golden spire was built in 1974 to honour the memory of the third King, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck (1928 – 1972).
Khamsum Yulley Namgyal stands majestically on a strategic ridge above the Punakha valley. Built over a period of 9 years, Bhutanese craftsmen including carpenters, painters, and sculptors consulted holy scriptures rather than engineering manuals, to construct this 4-storey temple.
Chimi Lhakhang is a very popular and revered temple that lies on the periphery of the fertile valley of Lobesa, where the borders of Thimphu, Punakha and wangduephodrang districts meet. Being dedicated to Lama Drukpa Kuenley, the Divine Madman, the temple is popularly considered to be a temple of fertility.
Popularly known as the Punakha Dzong, Punthang Dechen Phodrang (The Palace of Great Bliss) was built in 1637 by the Zhabdrung. The gigantic Dzong was damaged 6 times by fire, once by flood and once by an earthquake.
Wanderlust, a popular travel magazine of United Kingdom, in the March issue listed Bhutan as one of the worldclass tourist destinations. The Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) received a certificate ‘Top Country 2009’.
A highlight of the 15-day annual Punakha drubchen, popularly called as Punakha dromchoe, is the last 5 days, when Gups (local leaders) may be seen wearing monk’s robes.
The rare and endangered White-bellied Heron, spotted mainly along the Punatsangchhu basin in Punakha, might, after all, have a protected home.
Three days of traditional Bhutanese food cooked by local villagers, traditional spear and boomerang throwing, ‘human bull’ fights, a traditional hike and more were the highlights of the first folk festival, described by many as a “festival with a difference.”
Trongsa Museum: The newly consecrated Ta Dzong museum in Trongsa gives a glimpse of Bhutan in the last 100 years with two galleries showcasing the history of monarchy in Bhutan with many royal possessions.
The serrated ridges around Trongsa form a vast rim from where hill slopes run sharply to the valley floor. The slopes are covered by a lush forest of evergreen and seasonal colors. Numerous white waterfalls streak the hillsides and drop into the Mangdue Chhu, which rushes down to the great plains of India. At the […]