Punakha served as the capital of Bhutan until and still, it is the winter seat of Je Khenpo. Blessed with a temperate climate and owing to its natural drainage from Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu rivers, the Punakha valley produces abundant crops and fruits. There are splendid views of the distant Himalayas at Dochula pas on Thimphu – Punakha road.
Punakha Dzong is an imposing palace and fortress dating to the 17th century in a serene setting overlooking the river.
Chimi Lhakhang is the fertility temple visited by couples who have problem conceiving and they have been blessed miraculously with children. Couples are blessed by a replication of the iron bow and arrow of Drukpa Kuenley, his scriptures and the phallus.
Mo Chhu is a major river in Bhutan. The word "Chhu" means "river" or "water" in Dzongkha, the official national language in Bhutan. The river rises in Gasa Dzongkhag near the border between Bhutan.
Khamsum Yueling Monastery
The temple was built by the Queen Mother to promote world peace and for the sound health and long life of the King. It is elaborately built and contains some of the finest spiritual artworks painted on the inner walls.
Best Time To Visit Punakha
The best time to visit Punakha is spring from March to May and autumn from September to November as days are warm and mostly dry, though evenings can get cold so pack accordingly. Maximum temperatures in summer from September to November reach around 22°C and while afternoon showers are common it is less crowded and cheaper to travel at this time of year. Winter is also a great time to avoid the crowds with Punakha being one of the warmer parts of Bhutan, although overnight temperatures do drop to around minus 7°C. Go in February or March to experience the excitement of the Punakha festival.