Location: Between Thimphu and Wangdue
Distance from Thimphu: 77km (2hrs 15mins)
Elevation: 1,350m (4,430ft)
The Punakha Dzong was known in ancient times as the Druk Pungthang Dechhen Phrodang or “the palace of great happiness”. It is the second dzong to be built in Bhutan and was the seat of government when Punakha was the capital of Bhutan. Today, the dzong is the winter home for the clergy.
The highlight of Punakha festival, where you will spend one or one and a half days, according to your interest. The events and enactments are different on each day. The festival actually consists of two festivals. First, the Dromchoe, which lasts for 5 days, commemorates success over the invading Tibetan armies. Then the Tshechu or religious festival, consisting of typical masked dances, is usually held directly afterwards.
Chimi Lhakhang, also known as Chime Lhakhang or Monastery or temple, is a Buddhist monastery in Chukha 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 Kinley (1455–1529) who built a Chorten on the site.
Hot springs, Sinchula trek, river rafting and kayaking, biking, etc