If I have to express calmness, serenity, spirituality, happiness and peace in one word then it would be Punakha. A monastery cradled among the lofty hills of Bhutan and swept by the water of Pho Chu and Mo Chu rivers, Punakha Dzong is the erstwhile capital of Bhutan and undoubtedly the most picturesque Dzong in Bhutan. Punakha is regarded in high esteem and all the major ceremonies of the Bhutanese Royal family including coronation and the king’s wedding took place here.
Pho Chu and Mo Chu are the two rivers flowing adjacent to the Dzong. Legend has it that Mo Chu is the mother and Pho Chu is the son (Father in different opinion) and they confluence near Punakha Dzong. Punakha is roughly 80kms from Thimphu and it took us almost 3 hours to reach.
The interior of Punakha bears authentic Bhutanese wooden architecture. It is replete with intricate designs owing to Buddhist traditions. Each year the biggest festival of Bhutan is also held in the humongous courtyard of Punakha Dzong. The Dzong houses the most sacred relics of the Southern Drukpa Kagyu school including the Rangjung Kasarpani, and the sacred remains of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and Terton Padma Lingpa.
The major attraction for me in Punakha was the wooden bridge that leads to the Dzong. If you are fond of photography then this bridge is the best place to get click happy.
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