With the surrounding mountains, the fast flowing river and the perfect blue sky, the view of Punakha Dzong from afar is arguably the closest to a post-card perfect image that Bhutan has to offer.
Strategically located at the confluence of the Pho Chu River (Father River) and Mo Chu River (Mother River), it can be concluded that Punakha Dzong is indeed the most beautiful Dzong in the country.
Built in 1637 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, known as the unifier of Bhutan as a nation state, to serve as the religious and administrative seat of the region and the birth place of the dual system of government, Punakha Dzong remains to be one of the most important dzong in the country. This is where all the Kings of Bhutan have been crowned and is the official winter residence of the “dratshang” or the official monk body.
Entering the town of Punakha…
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