Punakha served as the capital of Bhutan until 1955 and still it is the winter seat of the Je Khenpo (Chief Abbot). Blessed with a temperate climate and fed by the Pho Chu (male) and Mo Chu (female) rivers, Punakha is the most fertile valley in the country. There are splendid views from Dochu-la pass (3,088m/10,130ft) on the Thimphu – Punakha road.


This is one of the passes u have to cross on the way to Punakha. From here one can get a panoramic view of the Himalayan mountain range on a clear winter day. The beauty of this place is further enhanced by the Druk Wangyal Chortens – 108 stupas built by her majesty Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck.

Punakha Dzong

Placed strategically at the junction of the Pho Chu and Mo Chu rivers, the Dzong was built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to serve as the religious and administrative center of the region. Damaged over the centuries by four catastrophic fires and an earthquake, the Dzong has been fully restored in recent years by the present monarch and displays the some of the best works of Bhutanese arts and crafts. The Dzong is open for visitors during the Punakha festival (early spring) and in the summer months, after the monk body has returned to Thimphu.

Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten

Built by the Her majesty Ashi Tshering Yangdoen Wangchuck

Chimmi Lhakhang

Bhutan is a place where people believe in magic and mysticism. When a couple cannot have children, they pray for the blessings of the Chimi Leaching, the temple of fertility, blessed by the Divine Mad Man, in the 1500s. the hike to the temple will take about 45 min one way.


" Bhutan is one of the most attractive destinations worldwide, not only for all nature lovers, but also for people interested in cultural and historical trips. While organizing next groups in the future, we are going to cooperate closely with our exclusive partner – Wangchuk Tours and Treks.
Thank you very much."

Dr. Michal Kohn
Albatros Travel and Expeditions – Czech Republic
General Manager