Valley of Happiness

Places to see in Punakha

Punakha Dzong

Pungthang Dewachenpoi Phodrang The fortress of Great happiness Located on a stretch of land where the Pho chhu and Mo chhu converge, the Punakha dzong served as the centre of government and the first session of the National Assembly was also held here in 1953. Punakha was the first capital of Bhutan and the country’s first king was crowned here in 1907. In the 8th century, Guru Rinpoche had prophesied… Read More »

Chimi Lhakhang

Chimi Lhakhang The Temple of Fertility Chimi Lhakhang, also known as Chime Lhakhang (Lhakhang means monastery or temple). Chimi Lhakhang is a small Buddhist monastery with a very interesting story of how it was formed. Located near Lobesa, Chimi Lhakhang stands on a round hillock and was built in 1499 by the 14th Drukpa, Ngawang Choegyel, after the site was blessed by the “Divine Madman” the maverick saint Drukpa Kuenley… Read More »

Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten

Follow the Mo Chhu upstream from Punakha Dzong, and the gleaming apex of the Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten will soon appear on the opposite bank, a gold-topped beacon guiding you upstream. Seven kilometers (4 miles) northeast of the dzong, the tiered chorten stands 30-metres (100-feet) tall, its three stories covered with a painted pageant of characters from the annals of Vajrayana Buddhism – including one protector deity pictured riding a… Read More »


Dochula Dochula pass is located on the way to Punakha from Thimphu. The pass is a popular location among tourists as it offers a stunning 360 degree panoramic view of Himalayan mountain range. The view is especially scenic on clear, winter days with snowcapped mountains forming a majestic backdrop to the tranquility of the 108 chortens gracing the mountain pass. Known as the Druk Wangyal Chortens- the construction of these108… Read More »