Punakha Dzong

The Punakha Dzong is probably the most beautiful  and interesting dzongs in Bhutan. It was built by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel in 1637, and was the seat of the government every winter until Thimphu became the permanent capital in 1955. It is still the winter residence of the Dratshang (Central Monastic Body). Take time to admire the impressive, colourful and detailed artistry of the surroundings, including huge statues of Buddha, Guru Rinpoche and Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel, as well as paintings of one-thousand Buddhas. Sit down for evening prayers if you like, seeing how this old building is still very much in use.

Itineraries

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.

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.

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Dhensa

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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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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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