Religious Punakha

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  • Punakha Dzong

    Punakha Dzong

    The Punakha Dzong, often referred to as the 'Palace of Happiness', is the second oldest and second largest dzong in Bhutan. This spectacular emblem of Bhutanese religious architecture sits right at the confluence of the Mo Chhu and Pho Chhu rivers and is perhaps the obvious key to unlocking Punakha’s ...

  • Chimi Lhakhang

    Chimi Lhakhang

    The Chimi Lhakhang Monastery calls for at least one visit when in Punakha. This extraordinary temple is popularly known to be the fertility temple among many and is frequented by childless couples and others alike for blessings. Built in the 15th century by Lama Drukpa Kunley who was popularly known ...

  • Wangdue Phodrang

    Wangdue Phodrang

    This is an important gateway to the far-flung districts of Eastern Bhutan. The dzong perched on the ridge overlooks the Punak Tsang Chhu (river) and Dang Chhu. Regarded as the town’s most prominent feature, it commands a remarkable view over both north-south and east-west roads. ...

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  • Khamsum Yuley Temple

    Khamsum Yuley Temple

    Undoubtedly one of the most elaborate temples in Bhutan, it was commissioned by the Queen Mother of the 5th King. The monastery stands on a small hill called Ngezergang, a short distance from town. The complex iconography in this temple is a rarity. The temple is built according to the ...