PLACES OF INTEREST
Punakha Dzong: It was built by Shabdrung in the 17th Century to serve as the religious
and administrative centre of Bhutan. Located strategically between the Pho and Mo
Chuu rivers fire however has attacked it four times not to mention an earthquake,
which damaged the Dzong. However the present King has had it restored to its original
magnificence and splendour. In 1993 the largest thongdroel ever created was dedicated
to the Dzong and the people of Punakha valley by His majesty the King and the Je
Khenpo at a three-
DAY HIKES IN PUNAKHA
Limbhukha: Ride to the Punakha Dzong and walk across the suspension bridge. Follow the farmhouses gradually climbing towards Dompola Hills. The view of the Dzong, Phochu, Mochu Rivers and the surrounding village is superb amidst chirpine forest. The climb is another two and half hours to the Limbhukha. Limbhukha is also known for its love of peace and tranquility. The legend say that during the medieval wars the “limpus” or the people of Limbhukha always volunteered as peace negotiators. This is depicted during the yearly festival called “Serda” when the men are found carrying a peace flags instead of swords and fireworks.
Khamsum Yulley Chorten/Crown Prince’s Monastery: Ride further north of Punakha towards Saunagatsha where the palaces of the Royal Family are located. The hike takes about 1 hr to the Monastery that is built for the Crown Prince by his mother for his long life and well being. The monastery is a Zangtopelri or Paradise Monastery that is a 3 tier monastery on top of a hillock. Once on the top the views of Punakha valley is a rewarding view.