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  • Best Time: During DayLength of visit: 2-3hrs
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    Sreedevi Ajayan

    Sreedevi Ajayan5.0/5

    7 reviews

    Punakha dzong and jacaranda bloom!

    Beautiful setting for the dzong. The most important tourist attraction of punakha.Open 9am-5pm (1-3pm it remains closed).It's an hours activity minimum. If you are visiting this after the trip to Thimphu then there is no need for a guide to go through the dzong.
    • Punakha dzong and jacaranda bloom!

    Deepti Thomas

    Deepti Thomas5.0/5

    5 reviews

    Huge colourful place

    Bhutan is filled with Dzongs, and this is the one I would recommend if you wish to shortlist the 2-3 Dzongs you would like to visitIt is a huge colorful place Where the rivers -Mo Chhu and Po Chu the female and the Male rivers meet under this Dzong.It is huge and filled with various prayer rooms with different life stages of Buddha, Goddess Tara.One is awestruck by the detailed work on the paintings and the sculptures.We learnt here that the artists don't sign their name as they believe they are instruments through which Art, prayer and expressions come to life and when a devotee bows in front of the idol/painting, they don't wish to be worshipped with the God too..This depicts the overall culture of Bhutan, people here don't strive to be unique or stand out.. They are happy doing whatever is that they do as an opportunity to worship, to be one with God and you get to experience this no matter where you go in Bhutan..

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    • Huge colourful place
    • Huge colourful place
    • Huge colourful place
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    Deepti Thomas

    Deepti Thomas5.0/5

    5 reviews

    Punakha Dzong

    Bhutan is filled with Dzongs, and this is the one I would recommend if you wish to shortlist the 2-3 Dzongs you would like to visit.It is a huge colorful place Where the rivers -Mo Chhu and Po Chu, the female and the Male rivers meet under this Dzong..It is huge and filled with various prayer rooms with different life stages of Buddha, Goddess Tara.One is awestruck by the detailed work on the paintings and the sculptures.We learnt here that the artists don't sign their name as they believe they are instruments through which Art, prayer and expressions come to life and when a devotee bows in front of the idol/painting, they don't wish to be worshipped with the God too..This depicts the overall culture of Bhutan, people here don't strive to be unique or stand out.. They are happy doing whatever is that they do as an opportunity to worship, to be one with God and you get to experience this no matter where you go in Bhutan..

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    Govindan Naganathan

    Govindan Naganathan4.6/5

    163 reviews

    Houses some of the most sacred relics of Buddhism

    The Punakha Dzong is the second largest and oldest Dzong in Bhutan. The Dzong houses some of the most sacred relics of Buddhism. The Punakha Dzong was the capital of Bhutan till 1955 after which it was shifted to Thimphu. The Dzong is still the residence of chief abbot and central monastic body. Punakha Dzong is located at the confluence of Po Chu and Mochu river which forms Puna Tsang chu which is a tributary of Brahmaputra River. The Dzong is said to be constructed in 1638. Our well informed guide told us that Guru Rinpoche prophesied some 800 years back that a man named Namgyal shall arrive at a hill that looks like an elephant. True to the prophecy Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal found that the peak of the hill was in the shape of an elephant's trunk and built the Dzong at the very place. Another legend associated with the Dzong is that of Zowe Palep the architect of the Dzong had a vision of the Dzong in his sleep which enabled him to construct the Dzong without putting his plans on paper.

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    • Houses some of the most sacred relics of Buddhism
    • Houses some of the most sacred relics of Buddhism
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