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Review of Punakha Dzong

Punakha Dzong
Ranked #1 of 7 things to do in Punakha
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Reviewed 27 June 2014

The second largest dzong of Bhutan is also located on a very scenic confluence of rivers Pochu and Mochu. Garden around the Dzong, the small bridge to reach it all add to its beauty

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Reviewed 25 June 2014

I loved this Dzong as it's setting on the river was so beautiful. I could imagine the young king and queen being married here. The jacarandas were in bloom too. Don't miss the bees nests!

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Reviewed 24 June 2014

Most of the 34members in our group adoured this Dzong, it just has that quality of peacefulness, at the same time so much to explore inside - monks reading,Thangka, ancient architecture,willow..

The exterior Dzongs looks new, as it has been renovated after a fire half decade ago. The ideal attraction to capture an important element in Bhutan's culture.

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Reviewed 20 June 2014

I was little reluctant to go inside the Dzong as it very sunny and little hot. After spending cold days in Thimpu I was not enjoying much the hot summer of Punakha. But my forced me to enter and after that I was not feeling to come back. It is so peaceful you are ought to love this place. It is on the confluence of both the rivers and give a breath taking view. it is the second oldest and second largest dzong in Bhutan and one of its most majestic structures. The Dzong houses the sacred relics of the southern Drukpa Kagyu school including the Rangjung Kasarpani, and the sacred remains of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and Terton Padma Lingpa.You are surely going to love the covered wooden cantilever bridge crossing the Mo Chu river.
Wangchuk Monarchy is currently ruling the country. This monarchy was established in 1907. The same year, Punakha Dzong was the site of the coronation of Ugyen Wangchuck (or Deb Nagpo) as the first King of Bhutan. At that time, Punakha was the capital of Bhutan. Three years later, a treaty was signed at Punakha whereby the British agreed not to interfere in Bhutanese internal affairs and Bhutan allowedBritain to direct its foreign affairs. From 1744 to 1763, the dzong was enlarged substantially during the rule of the 13th desi, when Sherab Wangchuk was the chief abbot of Bhutan. Several fires between 1750 and 1849 caused damages to the Dzong. In the 1897 earthquake, the dzong was severely damaged and also suffered numerous fires. In 1986, the dzong was partially destroyed by fire.

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Reviewed 11 June 2014

A bit away from Thimpu town but worthy to travel through deep forest. The river adjacent to the dzong has strong current, where you may see the fishes from the wooden bridge

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