Beautiful Punakha has been inextricably linked with momentous occasions in Bhutanese history. Two of Bhutan’s most prized rivers, the Pho and Mo Chhu, also converge in the city where at their confluence stands the mighty Punakha Dzong. These rivers are also home to one of the last surviving populations of the critically endangered white-bellied herons. Further recognised as one of the warmest valleys in Bhutan, Punakha too offers explorers spectacular Himalayan views, exhilarating treks and serene temples.
The route from the capital city of Thimphu to Punakha is quite spectacular and takes travellers over the renowned Dochula Pass, showcasing an array of interesting monuments as well as awe-inspiring views of the great Himalayan mountain range. Driving down from Dochula towards Punakha, explorers can also discover the Royal Botanical Park, where an excellent collection of Himalayan plants and good birding sites can be found.