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Punakha Dzong

Punakha, Punakha, Bhutan
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Majestic Fort

This imposing building is about 400 years old and is built on an island in the middle to a... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Arun V
New Delhi
Most Wonderful Dzong!!

The Punacha Dzong is a beautiful piece of architecture. It is a huge fortress built on the... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Vibha R
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Punakha, Punakha, Bhutan
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Reviewed yesterday

This imposing building is about 400 years old and is built on an island in the middle to a confluence of two rivers. The entire location, structure and surroundings are beautiful and no visit to Punakha can be complete without visiting this Dzong (fort).

Thank Arun V
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The Punacha Dzong is a beautiful piece of architecture. It is a huge fortress built on the riverside and to enter you have to walk through a magnificent wooden bridge over the river... it is interesting walking through the Dzong....and you can watch the monks...More

Thank Vibha R
Reviewed yesterday

Punakha Dzong is striking As you drive towards it...there is stands by the river. In early May, the flowering jacaranda added another dimension to its impressiveness. One walks through the beautiful wooden cantilevered bridge towards the lawns and then the building.. Be ready to climb...More

Thank Pahari
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

PUNAKHA dzong is the second oldest dzong in bhutan built by zhabdrung Ngawang NAMGYAL in the year 1637 and later enlarge by the 4th king after it was burned down by fire.it is also the winter residence of his holiness je-khempo and the centre monastic...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 3 days ago

We did a day trip from Thimphu to Punakha. it is nearly 3 hour drive one way with a stop both times at Dochula Pass. It certainly was worth the drive and the high point of the day was Punakha Dzong. Punakha is at ower...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

This dzong is stunningly situated at the confluence of two rivers. It is huge and the architecture and artwork are fascinating.

Thank CuriosityCat
Reviewed 4 days ago

Punakha Djong built in 1637 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal served as the seat of the government & the first National Assembly was held here in 1952.Even after the capital was shifted to Thimpu it is still the winter residence of king Jigme Dorji Wangchuk

Thank HemanthPai
Reviewed 6 days ago

Lovely area, views, architecture and grounds. Loved the area and the beauty of the building and the surrounds

Thank Patpv
Reviewed 6 days ago

This ancient monastery, situated on the banks of Kingaling river, is a must visit for those visiting Bhutan. It is extremely well maintained and very informative.

Thank Varshago
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is right on the banks of the river, there is a strict dress code, collared tshirt for men and no sleeveless for women. This dzong is huge and well maintained.

Thank joybiswas
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Hi! We are a group of not so physically fit senior citizens and are planning to visit Bhutan in Sept. 2017. Is it very difficult to reach the Dzong in Punakha? Can we approach it by car/ minibus? We were told that we will have to walk through rice fields and climb steep stairs. Looking for advice. Thank you
1 June 2017|
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Response from JayantSathe | Reviewed this property |
Yes you can reach by car or mini bus the steps are only at the Dzong but they are manageable it's a lovely place worth a visit carry your medicine water bottles and camera as it's a scenic place to visit Regards n all b... More