Punakha was the capital of Bhutan and the seat of government until 1955, when the capital was moved to Thimphu. It is about 72 km away from Thimphu and it takes about 3 hours by car from the capital Thimphu. Unlike Thimphu it is quite warm in winter and hot in summer. It is located at an elevation of 1,200 metres above sea level and rice is grown as the main crop along the river valleys of two main rivers of Bhutan, the Pho Chu and Mo Chu. Dzongkha is widely spoken in this district.
(Thimphu, Punakha, Paro)
Dust off your hiking boots for an active adventure through the untouched alpine vistas of the last great kingdom of the Himalayas.
(Thimphu, Gangtey, Bumthang, Punakha, Paro)
As you travel along Bhutan’s adrenaline inducing east-west highway that’s been carved out of the mountain face, breathtaking views of terraced farmlands, deep river valleys and precariously perched farmhouses are laid out before you.
Let the stresses of the modern world fall away as you meditate in centuries-old Cheri Monastery in Bhutan’s timeless Thimphu Valley.
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