Punakha was the capital of Bhutan and seat of government until 1955, before Thimphu took the title, but it still retains the stately atmosphere of its past and offers breathtaking views of the snowy Himalayas. The climate is more tropical here due to the lower altitude.
The dzong (fort-monastery), located on an island at the confluence of the Mo Chhu and Pho Chhu rivers, is particularly impressive and is the main attraction, but there are also other sites of interest in and around Punakha. This low valley is also a popular place for rafting and mountain biking.
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COMO Uma Punakha
Best for: Couples, Culture, Adventure, Off the beaten track
Uma Punakha by Como is a stunning luxury boutique lodge overlooking the Punakha Valley in Bhutan. Uma Punakha provides fantastic accommodation for guests wanting to experience this less-visited area of Bhutan in style.
Best for: Adventure, Culture, Spa & health
The Amankora Punkaha is built around a traditional Bhutanese farmhouse and offers fantastic views and the chance to be in tranquil isolation with stunning scenery. For this reason, it is our favourite Amankora property in Bhutan.
Best for: Couples, Culture, Adventure, Spa & health
Dhensa Punakha is a luxury 24-suite boutique hotel located in the Punakha Valley in Bhutan. The resort enjoys a wonderful location surrounded by thick pine forest overlooking the valley, village houses and paddy fields.
Dhumra Farm Resort
Best for: Adventure, Culture, Eco/ethical tourism, Off the beaten track
Dhumra Farm Resort is a beautiful property focused on agro-tourism. The property offers beautiful cottages to guests and provides a unique opportunity to stay on a working farm in Bhutan providing an amazing insight into local culture and way of life.
Best for: Adventure, Culture, Off the beaten track
Drubchhu Resort is brilliantly located between the three districts of Thimphu, Punakha and Wangdue and is a great base for guests that would like to be near Punakha but with the opportunity to visit Gangtey for a day trip.
Meri Puensum Resort
Best for: Adventure, Couples, Culture
Situated just outside Punakha village and with fantastic valley views, Meri Puensum Resort was one of the first hotels to establish itself in Punakha. This small guest house is comfortable and has relaxed, friendly atmosphere.