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PUNAKHA

     
  PUNAKHA (4,430 ft.)
Punakha served as the capital of Bhutan until 1955 and still is the winter seat of the Je Khenpo (chief abbot). Blessed with temperate climate and fed by the Pho Chu river (male) and Mo Chu river (female). Punakha is the most fertile valley in the country. There is splendid view of distant Himalayas at Do Chula Pass (3100 mtrs) from Thimpu Punakha road.
 
     
  WHAT TO SEE IN PUNAKHA:  
     
  PUNAKHA DZONG
Built strategically in the junction of Pho Chu river and Mo Chu river in 1637 by Shabdrung Nawang Namgyal to serve as religious and administrative center of the region. Damage by four catastrophic fires & earthquakes, the dzong has been fully restored by the present king. The dzong is open for visitors during the festival and in summer months when the monk body moves to Thimpu.