Punakha

Chimi Lhakhang

It is located on hill top of Sobsokha village surrounded by beautiful paddy fields at Lobesa, Punakha. One can hike through the beautiful paddy fields to the temple and the temple was built in late 15th century by religious master Ngawang Chogyel to honor his brother Drukpa Kuenley (divine mad-man).

The popular fertility temple in the country is frequently visited by childless couple and receives the blessing of Divine Mad-Man. Divine Mad-Man was also the saint who advocated the use of Phallus (Penis) symbols paintings on the walls and flying carved wooden phallus on the house to protect from evil spirits and bad lucks.

Punakha Dzong

Punakha was the former capital of Bhutan and seat of the government until 1955 and then capital was shifted to Thimphu. The dzong was built by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel in 1637 and it is second Dzong built by him. The Dzong houses sacred relics Ranjung Kharsapani and remains of Zhanbdrung and Terton Pema lingpa and it is one of the most beautiful Dzong in the country.

Talo Sangacholing

It is located in the hills above Punakha which will take 1 hour from Punakha town to Talo temple by drive and it was founded by Chogtrul Jigme Singay (4th reincarnation of Gyelsay Tenzin Rangay) in 1950. The three day long festivals particularly popular for mask dances and Atasara dances are performed every year in the month of March.

Khamsum Yuelay Namgyel Chorten

It is located on the ridge of the village in Punakha overlooking the spectacular view of Punakha Valley. It was built by Her Majesty Queen Mother Tshering Yangdon Wangchuk in 2004 for the wellbeing of all the sentient beings and it will take an hour to hike up to the temple.

Punakha Suspension Bridge

It is built over the Pho-Chhu (Male River) near the Punakha Dzong which connects two villages and it is one of the longest suspension bridges in the country.

Sangchen Dorji Lhuendrup Nunnery

It is located on hill top of Punakha valley which will take 30 minutes by drive from Punakha town. it was built by Her Majesty Queen Mother Ashi Tshering Yangdon Wangchuk in 2015 to support the Nuns Foundation and in celebration of 60th birth anniversary of His Majesty the 4th King.