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Elevation 1250m.

Punakha Dzong
Khamsum Yuelley Temple
Chimi Lhakhang

Punakha is a two hours drive from Thimphu, and the drive over the Himalayas at Dochula pass at 10,500 feet is spectacular.

Punakha servedas the capital of Bhutan till 1955 and is one of the most fertile valleys in Bhutan, abundant with crops and vast terraces of rice fields. Chime Lhakhang located on a hillock among the rice fields is a pilgrimage site for childless couples. The temple is associated with the famous saint Drukpa Kuenlay who built a Chroten on the site.

Punakha Dzong is the home to the central monk body and His Holiness the Je Khenpo during winter months. The Dzong also preserves the embalmed body of Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and sacred artifacts.

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