Beautiful Punakha has been inextricably linked with momentous occasions in Bhutanese history. It served as the capital of the country from 1637 to 1907 and the first national assembly was hosted here in 1953.
- The Punakha Dzong is the second oldest and second largest dzong (a distinctive type of fortress architecture) 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.
- Chimi Lakhang Temple - considered to be the temple of fertility, stands on a round hillock and was built in 1499 by the 14th Drukpa hierarch, Ngawang Choegyel, after the site was blessed by the ""Divine Madman"" the maverick saint - Drukpa Kinley (1455–1529).
- There are wonderful day hikes into traditional villages around the Punakha Valley.
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- Best time to travelYear round - except the monsoon season.
- WildlifeGood birdlife in this area.
- LanguagesThe National language is Dzongkha while English is spoken widely in all the urban and tourist areas.
- Flying to PunakhaBhutan has One International Airport at Paro which is serviced by flights from Bangkok, Singapore, Kathmandu, New Delhi and Calcutta by the National Carrier Druk Air. Bhutan Airways , Bhutan's first private airline, has also started flying between Bangkok and Paro.
- CurrencyBhutanese ngultrum and Indian rupees are also accepted.
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