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“Amazing structure”
Review of Punakha Dzong

Punakha Dzong
Ranked #1 of 7 things to do in Punakha
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Reviewed 3 July 2014

Given its historical link - one of the most beautiful Zongs in Bhutan.. also do walk down to the Bhutan's longest suspension bridge - the view is just breathtaking!

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Reviewed 2 July 2014

There are a few places on earth which is looks right, located at the right place and though you know it's there yet is a surprise. Punthang Dechen Phodrang Dzong (Punakha Dzong) is certainly one of them. You know you're heading for the Dzong and the drive, if you coming either from West, Central or East Bhutan and have seen few Dzongs along the way, will seem a tad too long. But wait...just as your vehicle approaches a bend and where you are still smiling on sighting 'studious' and well mannered school children from the Punakha Secondary High School and even before you can say anything further to compliment the beautiful scenery along the serene River Punatsangchu, and 'bam!' it hits your senses with a most magnificent view of a man-made monument blending with a grand beauty of Mother Nature! ..and you go 'wow!'

As you soak into the view from a nice and small park just around the bend, maintained by nearby school and its students, you can immerse in the beauty of its location. The Mother River "Mo" and Father River "Po" makes for a nice local explanation from the guide even as you watch spellbound, the greatness of Punakha Dzong.

Visit the Dzong with your guide and make sure you have a knowledgeable and agreeable one who will not make your visit a 'haste'. Enjoy and immerse in the grandness of its history, architecture, the legend of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and listen to the guide explain the huge wall paintings depicting the life of Buddha at the prayer hall open for visitors. The "Machey Lhakhang" is the most important part of the Dzong, which is believed to contain the 'embalmed body' of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, however, visitors are not allowed to enter this temple.

A definite highlight in Punakha. Don't rush your visit and try to visit before 1500 hrs.

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Reviewed 30 June 2014

Temple of happiness and it is just beautiful to be here. Beautifully built. If possible, you can get to the suspension bridge nearby. This place is the highlight of Punakha!

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Reviewed 29 June 2014

This is a great dzong in a wonderfully peaceful setting. The rivers flowing by help make the whole setting relaxing. The inside has great architecture with wonderful open courtyards and a indoor area with murals telling the life story of Buddha. This was one of our favorite stops on our Bhutan trip.

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Reviewed 28 June 2014

Punakha Dzong undoubtedly is the best I have seen (across Bhutan, Darjeeling, Sikkim, Ladakh & Himachal in India). It's majestic, it's grand and has a character that appealed to me.

Standing on an island between two partings of a beautiful river, the Dzong has some of the largest and impressive prayer rooms (sit there for 15 mins, don't rush out), vast and ancient courtyards and an enormous blossom of blue and violet flowers all along. Go for it. Don't you miss. It's absolutely must to see this place.

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