The Queen of all the dzongs, Punakha Dzong, is well known for its beauty. If you have time to visit only one dzong in Bhutan, you should visit Punakha. The Bhutanese went all out when they built this dzong in the late 1630′s. It’s the second oldest and also the second largest dzong in Bhutan and its full name (Pungtang Dechen Photrang Dzong) means “the palace of great happiness or bliss.” I could feel the bliss from its stunning landscape. Located at the confluence of the Pho Chhu (father) and Mo Chuu (other) rivers in the Punakha–Wangdue valley, it creates a majestic vista. It was the administrative center of Bhutan until 1955 when the capital was moved to Thimphu. The Pho Chhu River flows from northern Bhutan and Tibet, the glacier is the source of Mo Chhu. Damaged by four catastrophic fires and an earthquake, it has been fully restored by the present King. Because the weather in Punakha is warmer than in the capital, Thimphu, it is the winter home to the head abbot of the country.
This is Punakha Dzong.
7 thoughts on “Runaway Photo: Punakha Dzong, Bhutan”
Beautiful and very unique place..!
The detail on those buildings is amazing!
WOW ‘ THE cats eyes are so hypnotising! Love it..
Thanks! It was a lucky shot. 🙂
Wow! Stunning photos. I found your blog after reading about the AWE conference. Great stuff!!!
Thanks Kieran. Are you based in KL? AWE ’13 was fun. Hope you can join us next year!