Punakha

Punakha is located between Thimphu and Gangtey in Bhutan, and is located at a lower altitude of 1,250m on the intersection of the Mo Chhu River (meaning Female) and Po Chhu (meaning Male). The proximity to the river and low altitude has made the valley exceptionally fertile, with sweeping paddy-fields rising up from the river, terraced into the side of the valley. Punakha has one of Bhutan’s best Dzongs (fortified monasteries) and was the location for the marriage of the present King and Queen. Punakha is an adventure playground and you can spend two or more nights here easily on a tour of Bhutan. There are numerous day treks to head off on, the option to raft both rivers and a number of cycling routes. In terms of the sights to see, Chimi Lhakhang is the Temple of Fertility and is usually seen on the way from or to Thimphu. The walk to the Khamsun Chorten provides the best views of the valley. Other longer treks include the Giligang Trek and Nobugang Trek. There are a range of hotels to stay in on a tour that includes Punakha. On the luxury end you have the Amankora and Uma Paro, but there are a number of more simple Bhutanese boutique hotels. The Punakha takes places in February with a festival in October in nearby Wangdue.

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Punakha Itineraries

This is just a selection of suggested itineraries that are there to help you with your ideas and to start the conversation with us about planning your tailor-made holiday. All our holidays are private for you and your party, and can depart on any day you like. We can adapt and change any element of these journeys, or design an itinerary from scratch around your travelling plans.

A Luxury Honeymoon to Bhutan & Thailand

Dhulikhel - Punakha - Paro - Bangkok - Koh Yao Noi  

Bhutan and Thailand offers the perfect mix of amazing culture with an indulgent beach to end, perfect for a luxury honeymoon.

14 days from £6150 p. p.

Family Adventure to Bhutan & Oman

Kathmandu - Thimphu - Punakha - Paro - Dhulikhel - Muscat  

There are so many varied experiences in Bhutan that children will absolutely adore.  It is an adventure playground, where you can trek through remote villages, raft down Himalayan rivers, visit monasteries meeting Buddhist monks who are the same age of them, make prayer flags and even create their own stamps. If you children are under …

15 days from £3995 p. p.

Walking in Bhutan

Kathmandu - Paro - Thimphu - Punakha - Gangtey - Bumthang - Paro - Dhulikhel  

Dust off your trekking boots and travel to one the most untouched and beautiful corners of the Himalayas in Bhutan, trekking through remote villages, off-the-beaten-track.

18 days from £5320 p. p.

Land of the Thunder Dragon: Complete Bhutan

Kathmandu - Thimphu- Punakha - Gangtey - Bumthang - Paro - Dhulikhel  

For many guests who travel to Bhutan, they leave the country wanting a little bit more, and it’s not a place you will likely have the opportunity to return to anytime soon. Guests always ask what further gems lie down the road before they have to turn back to Paro. Bumthang is worth the drive out …

15 days from £4195 p. p.

Hidden Bhutan

Kathmandu - Thimphu - Gangtey - Punakha - Haa - Bumdra High Camp - Paro - Dhulikhel  

Get off-the-beaten track in Bhutan and delve into its hidden interior on a private tour, perfect for a second-time trip or those with an adventurous spirit.

14 days from £3780 p. p.

Mountains & Monasteries: Classic Bhutan

Kathmandu - Thimphu - Gangtey - Punakha - Paro - Dhulikhel  

This two-week suggested itinerary gives you the perfect blend of everything that makes Bhutan such a magical destination; amazing views, local culture and walks.

12 days from £3475 p. p.

Tiger’s Nest and the Highlights of Bhutan

Kathmandu - Thimphu - Punakha - Paro  

Explore the main highlights of Bhutan, experiencing the dramatic scenery, incredible culture and amazing architecture in Thimphu, Punakha and Paro.

11 days from £2945 p. p.

Luxury Tour of Nepal and Bhutan

Kathmandu - Annapurna Trek - Punakha - Paro - Dhulikhel  

Snow-capped mountains, Buddhist Monasteries, trekking and historic cities await you on a luxury private tour of Nepal and Bhutan, a perfect combination that makes the most of your time in the mountains.

14 days from £3750 p. p.

Punakha Accommodation

This is just an overview of the hotels and lodges we feature, from characterful boutique lodges to luxury hotels. We do have a range of other hotels that we use, so if you don't see from our portfolio what you are looking for, we almost certainly know about it and can help plan an itinerary using it.

Dhensa

$ $ $ $ $ Punakha  

Dhensa is a luxury all-suite boutique hotel located on the ridge above the Punakha Valley in Bhutan, and have superb views and lovely rooms.

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Uma Punakha

$ $ $ $ $ Punakha  

Offering stunning views, Uma Punakha by COMO is a superb boutique lodge located in the Punakha Valley in Bhutan offering just 11 bedrooms and suites.

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Amankora Punakha

$ $ $ $ $ Punakha  

Amankora Punakha is the most unique of the luxury Aman lodges in Bhutan as it is built around a traditional Bhutanese farmhouse.

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Punakha Experiences

This is a selection of experiences that allow you to see the destination in new and interesting ways. Almost all our experiences include a private guide, and can be then tailored to your particular interests. Indeed, many of the experiences we offer are created individually for our guests, so this list is by no means conclusive. In fact, we leave a couple of our best ideas up our sleeves for when you enquire with us.