Destination-IconPunakha - Palace of Happiness.

 
Punakha DzongPunakha ValleyChhimi LhakhangPunakha DzongPunakha Dzong
  • General Information

    , State: Punakha, Bhutan
    Area: 15 Sq. Km.
    Languages Spoken: Bhutanese and English
    Long Distance Code: +975-2
    Importance: Old Capital. Winter residence of monastic body.
    Best Time to Visit: January to December and March - April
    International Access: -
  • Description

    A warmer valley positioned at 1350 mts and 76kms from Thimphu, was once the capital of Bhutan and is still the winter residence of the central monastic body. The Punakha Dzong is situated at the confluence of two rivers and is perhaps one of Bhutan's most imposing structures. This region is renowned for its rafting and mountain biking opportunities. Low altitude treks begin or end in the Punakha region. It takes about 3 hours by car from the capital Thimphu. Unlike Thimphu it is quite warm in winter and hot in summer. Punakha valley is famous in Bhutan for rice farming. Both red and white rice are grown along the river valley of Pho and Mo Chu, two of the most prominent rivers in Bhutan
  • Location

    It is about 72 km away from Thimphu and it takes about 3 hours by car from the capital Thimphu.
  • Climate

    It is quite warm in winter and hot in summer.
Punakha DzongPunakha Dzong '' palace of great happiness'' constructed in 1637 at the confluence of the Pho Chhu (male) and Mo Chhu (female) rivers. The winter residence of
the central monk body, former capital of Bhutan and the second oldest Dzong in Bhutan. This formidable structure holds a commanding position at the river
confluence, crossing the Chhu over a suspension bridge we embark on exploration of this 17th century fortress with its white washed walls, steeped entrance
stairs and ornate interior. Murals depicting the life of Buddha adorn the internal walls, three giant gold statues dating from the 18th century preside over
the Kuenrey - assembly hall.
Bhutan Western Cultural Tour

Bhutan Western Cultural Tour
(7 Days / 6 Nights)

On Request
Bhutan Western Cultural Tour / BUT-01 (7 Days / 6 Nights)
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Choose this cultural tour, if you want to explore western Bhutan’s unique culture and traditions, superb arts and crafts, beautiful houses and landscapes doted with fluttering prayer flags, and stunning view of magnificent snowcapped mountains and lush green valleys with lot of pure crisp air to breathe on the way.

Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : Paro-Thimphu
Day 2 : Thimphu
Day 3 : Thimphu-Punakha
Day 4 : Punakha
Day 5 : Punakha-Paro
Day 6 : Paro
Day 7 : Paro
Bhutan Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour

Bhutan Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour
(13 Days / 12 Nights)

On Request
Bhutan Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour / BUT-02 (13 Days / 12 Nights)
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Buddhism has been the predominant religion from the 7th century and since then many saints, religious masters, mystics and scholars have visited and blessed Bhutan and its people with invaluable spiritual and cultural heritage that shapes the Bhutanese lives and history. Today, the Buddhist world, considers Bhutan with special importance as the last bastion of Mahayana Buddhism. Hundreds of sacred monasteries, stupas, religious institutions, fluttering prayer flags and prayer wheels which dot the landscapes and countryside are the strong evidence of immense living faith in Buddhism. This tour will enable you to experience the in depth spirituality and profound understanding of Mahayana Buddhism.

Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : Paro
Day 2 : Paro
Day 3 : Paro-Thimphu
Day 4 : Thimphu
Day 5 : Thimphu
Day 6 : Thimphu-Punakha
Day 7 : Punakha-Trongsa
Day 8 : Trongsa-Bumthang
Day 9 : Bumthang
Day 10 : Bumthang
Day 11 : Bumthang-Punakha
Day 12 : Punakha-Paro
Day 13 : Paro
Bhutan Spring and Autumn Walking Tour

Bhutan Spring and Autumn Walking Tour
(13 Days / 12 Nights)

On Request
Bhutan Spring and Autumn Walking Tour / BUT-03 (13 Days / 12 Nights)
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Bhutan walking tour offer more than just visiting Dzongs, monasteries, temples, museum and other artistry centre. Such tours are specifically designed for the tourists desiring to experience more of typical Bhutanese rural lives in the farmlands, far flung monasteries and temples from the road end, beautiful landscapes, the lush green valleys, pristine environment and clean crisp air by walking across the valleys with few climbs up and down only along the gentle slopes.

Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : Paro
Day 2 : Paro
Day 3 : Paro-Thimphu
Day 4 : Thimphu
Day 5 : Thimphu
Day 6 : Thimphu-Punakha
Day 7 : Punakha-Trongsa
Day 8 : Trongsa-Bumthang
Day 9 : Bumthang
Day 10 : Bumthang
Day 11 : Bumthang-Punakha
Day 12 : Punakha-Paro
Day 13 : Paro
Bhutan Photography Tour

Bhutan Photography Tour
(12 Days / 11 Nights)

On Request
Bhutan Photography Tour / BUT-04 (12 Days / 11 Nights)
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Bhutan has captured both the eyes of writers and artists alike for its splendid arts and architecture and unique culture and traditions. Photography Tour is designed specifically for the clients who enjoy taking photographs of the people, typical Bhutanese houses, beautiful landscapes, fortresses, monasteries, snow capped mountains and series of exciting scenic spots. Our photo guide, who has the knowledge of the local area and understand the special needs of photographers, will accompany you to insure maximum flexibility for both planned and spontaneous photo opportunities. Some rooms in the Dzongs and monasteries have restrictions on Photography. Our guide will give you instructions of such places which are prohibited from taking photographs.

Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : Paro
Day 2 : Paro
Day 3 : Paro-Thimphu
Day 4 : Thimphu
Day 5 : Thimphu-Punakha
Day 6 : Punakha-Trongsa
Day 7 : Trongsa-Bumthang
Day 8 : Bumthang
Day 9 : Bumthang
Day 10 : Bumthang-Punakha
Day 11 : Punakha-Paro
Day 12 : Paro
Bhutan Textile Tour

Bhutan Textile Tour
(12 Days / 11 Nights)

On Request
Bhutan Textile Tour / BUT-05 (12 Days / 11 Nights)
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Bhutan is well known for its exquisite textiles. Intricate woven patterns and designs with vibrant color and textures exhibits the unique and magnificent textile art of Bhutan that has been passed down for countless generations. Although the skills and arts of weaving are widespread, it is mostly seen in the central and eastern part of Bhutan. Weavers, almost all of whom are women, are very innovative in their designs and produce a wide range of sophisticated and beautiful textiles without the loss of the traditional character of the textile artistry. The hand woven textiles of Bhutan are being increasingly appreciated by the textile specialist, collector and user and are prized for their unmatched quality, unique designs, vibrant color and authenticity.

Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : Paro
Day 2 : Paro
Day 3 : Paro-Thimphu
Day 4 : Thimphu
Day 5 : Thimphu-Punakha
Day 6 : Punakha-Trongsa
Day 7 : Trongsa-Bumthang
Day 8 : Bumthang
Day 9 : Bumthang
Day 10 : Bumthang-Punakha
Day 11 : Punakha-Paro
Day 12 : Paro
 Autumn Jambay Lakhang Drup

Autumn Jambay Lakhang Drup
(14 Days / 13 Nights)

On Request
Autumn Jambay Lakhang Drup / BUT-06 (14 Days / 13 Nights)
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Autumn Jambay Lakhang Drup

Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : Thimphu
Day 2 : Thimphu
Day 3 : Thimphu-Punakha
Day 4 : Punakha-Bumthang
Day 5 : Bumthang
Day 6 : Bumthang
Day 7 : Bumthang-Nganglakhang
Day 8 : Nganglakhang-Ugyencholing
Day 9 : Ugyencholing-Bumthang
Day 10 : Bumthang-Phobjikha
Day 11 : Phobjikha-Paro
Day 12 : Paro
Day 13 : Paro
Day 14 : Paro
Himalayan Escapism

Himalayan Escapism
(8 Days / 7 Nights)

On Request
Himalayan Escapism / BUT-07 (8 Days / 7 Nights)
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Himalayan Escapism

Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : Thimphu
Day 2 : Thimphu
Day 3 : Thimphu-Phobjikha
Day 4 : Phobjikha-Punakha
Day 5 : Punakha-Paro
Day 6 : Paro
Day 7 : Paro
Day 8 : Thimphu
Bird Watching Tours in Bhutan

Bird Watching Tours in Bhutan
(14 Days / 13 Nights)

On Request
Bird Watching Tours in Bhutan / BUT-08 (14 Days / 13 Nights)
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Despite its small size about 770 species of birds have been recorded in Bhutan and the kingdom is recognized as 221 global endemic birds areas. Within country's borders there are extraordinary range of habitats, from some of the Himalaya's most extensive and least disturbed tropical forests to cool broad leaved andbirds in bhutan towering evergreen forests of fir, hemlock and spruce. The entire country is bisected by well maintained paved road and birding especially in mid to late spring (late March to late May) is good virtually anywhere below 3,100 m. Unlike many part of Asia, one is not obliged to seek out a park or reserve or remnant patch of 'good looking' habitat, since at any stop even in the midst of farmland, exciting birds are visible. The mixed broadleaf forests are much richer, and therefore more exciting for birding, than the rather slow growing monotypic stands of blue pine and particularly chir pine.

Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : Paro
Day 2 : Paro
Day 3 : Paro-Thimphu
Day 4 : Thimphu-Punakha
Day 5 : Punakha-Wangduephodrang
Day 6 : Wangduephodrang-Trongsa
Day 7 : Trongsa-Bumthang
Day 8 : Bumthang-Ura
Day 9 : Ura-Limithang
Day 10 : Limithang-Mongar
Day 11 : Mongar
Day 12 : Mongar-Bumthang
Day 13 : Bumthang-Thimphu
Day 14 : Thimphu-Paro
Bhutan Culture & Nature Tour

Bhutan Culture & Nature Tour
(13 Days / 12 Nights)

On Request
Bhutan Culture & Nature Tour / BUT-09 (13 Days / 12 Nights)
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A close encounter with mysticism, culture, history and the Nature

Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : Paro
Day 2 : Paro
Day 3 : Paro-Thimphu
Day 4 : Thimphu-Punakha
Day 5 : Punakha-Wangduephodrang
Day 6 : Wangduephodrang-Trongsa
Day 7 : Trongsa-Bumthang
Day 8 : Bumthang
Day 9 : Bumthang
Day 10 : Bumthang-Wangduephodrang
Day 11 : Wangduephodrang-Paro
Day 12 : Paro
Day 13 : Paro
Week Tour in Bhutan

Week Tour in Bhutan
(7 Days / 6 Nights)

On Request
Week Tour in Bhutan / BUT-10 (7 Days / 6 Nights)
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Week Tour in Bhutan

Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : Paro
Day 2 : Paro
Day 3 : Paro-Punakha
Day 4 : Punakha-Wangduephodrang
Day 5 : Wangduephodrang-Thimphu
Day 6 : Thimphu-Phuentsholing
Day 7 : Phuentsholing
Round Trip to Bhutan

Round Trip to Bhutan
(15 Days / 14 Nights)

On Request
Round Trip to Bhutan / BUT-11 (15 Days / 14 Nights)
Paro-Thimphu-Punakha-Wangduephodrang-Gangtey-Trongsa-Bumthang-Mongar-Trashigang-Bumthang-Punakha-Paro

A grand Bhutan tour that offers invaluable insight into the rich culture and traditions of Bhutan, accompanied by breathtaking panoramic views of snow covered Himalayan peaks

Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : Paro
Day 2 : Paro
Day 3 : Paro-Thimphu
Day 4 : Thimphu-Punakha
Day 5 : Punakha-Wangduephodrang-Gangtey
Day 6 : Gangtey-Trongsa
Day 7 : Trongsa-Bumthang
Day 8 : Bumthang
Day 9 : Bumthang-Mongar
Day 10 : Mongar-Trashigang
Day 11 : Trashigang
Day 12 : Trashigang-Bumthang
Day 13 : Bumthang-Punakha
Day 14 : Punakha-Paro
Day 15 : Paro
Bhutan Monastery Tour

Bhutan Monastery Tour
(9 Days / 8 Nights)

On Request
Bhutan Monastery Tour / BUT-12 (9 Days / 8 Nights)
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Tour of Buddhist monasteries & temples of Paro, Thimphu, Trongsa, Punakha & Bumthang.

Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : Paro
Day 2 : Paro-Thimphu
Day 3 : Thimphu-Trongsa
Day 4 : Trongsa-Bumthang
Day 5 : Bumthang
Day 6 : Bumthang-Punakha
Day 7 : Punakha-Paro
Day 8 : Paro
Day 9 : Paro
Travel in Bhutan

Travel in Bhutan
(11 Days / 10 Nights)

On Request
Travel in Bhutan / BUT-13 (11 Days / 10 Nights)
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An adventure travel in Bhutanese heartland - Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Wangduephodrang, Gangtey, Trongsa & Bumthang.

Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : Paro
Day 2 : Paro
Day 3 : Paro-Thimphu
Day 4 : Thimphu-Punakha
Day 5 : Punakha-Wangduephodrang-Gangtey
Day 6 : Gangtey-Trongsa
Day 7 : Trongsa-Bumthang
Day 8 : Bumthang
Day 9 : Bumthang-Thimphu
Day 10 : Thimphu-Paro
Day 11 : Paro

Punakha, Bhutan Tours
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