Did you know the hill atop which Punakha Dzong is built resembles just like the trunk of an elephant?
Palace of Immense Happiness!!
As it is called the above-mentioned name, Punakha Dzong is one of the largest Dzongs in Bhutan, which is built in a unique style of Bhutanese architecture. Perched at an elevation of 1,200m, and at the confluence of Mo and Pho Chhu, Punakha Dzong holds high value in the life of the royal family of Bhutan.
Overlooking the picturesque gorge, Punakha Dzong with its spectacular architecture has been a must visit place in Punakha!
How to Get to Punakha Dzong?
With certain international airlines with Nepal, India, etc Paro International Airport is the gateway for Bhutan trip along with best tour packages. It takes about 3 hours to get to Punakha Dzong from Paro Airport.
‘The view of purple jacaranda flowers dotting the route to Punakha Dzong has enthralled the minds of everyone!’
A trip to its Glorious Past!!
Built-in 1637 by Zhabdrung Namgyel, Punakha Dzong is second oldest Dzong in Bhutan. According to a legend, Guru Padmasambhava had foretold about an event where a person, Namgyel will arrive at a hill that resembled an elephant. Since the time of its establishment, Punakha Dzong has been damaged by 6 times by fire, earthquake, & flood. But it still stands strong.
Captivating Beauty of Punakha Dzong!!
‘Do you know what makes it unique than others? Its 3 Docheys structure!’
Let’s discover its bewitching charm-
•The 1st Dochey contains a big Chorten and a sacred Bodhi tree.
•The 2nd holds quarters of the monks and the ceremonial rooms.
•The 3rd one courtyard has the sacred remains of Pema Lingpa and Zhabdrung Namgyal.
•Furthermore, its central tower stands six stories high.
•A huge assembly hall along with 54 pillars.
•There are beautiful Murals which are intricately designed with gold panels.
•The inner sanctums have magnificent colorful wood carvings.
•Handcrafted masks used during the annual Tsechu.
Wow! So much to explore!
Tips while entering Punakha Dzong!!
•Visitors need to wear full-length clothes while visiting Punakha Dzong.
•Loud noises are not acceptable.
Best Months to Visit!!
March to May and November to February are the best months to witness the charismatic beauty of Punakha Dzong. Grab the most affordable Bhutan luxury travel packages for a memorable trip.
For the people who are looking out for a brief idea about Bhutanese tradition, this attraction is a must visit while in the country!
Q. What is the opening hour of Punakha Dzong?
A. The opening hour of Punakha Dzong is from 9 am to 5 pm (summer) and from 11 am to 1 pm & 3 pm to 5 pm (winter).
Q. Is there any entry fee for visiting Punakha Dzong?
A. No, there is no need for any entry fee for visiting this Dzong.