Punakha, Bhutan – Day 3(b)

Enroute to Punakha
Even though the roads was really bumpy but the views was really awesome, a pit stop to take some photos of the rice fields on the slope.

Punakha Dzong

Punakha Dzong is placed strategically at the junction of the Pho Chu and Mo Chu rivers, the dzong was built in 1637 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to serve as the religious and administrative seat of the region. It was here that the dual system of government was introduced in the 17th century and in 1907, enthroned the first King Gongsar Ugyen Wangchuck. Damaged over the centuries by four catastrophic fires and an earthquake, the dzong has been fully restored in the recent years by the 4th King Jigme Singye Wangchuck


Punakha Dzong
I think it is the most beautiful dzong that I had encountered in Bhutan.

Punakha Dzong
Many bright and beautiful paintings depicting all the Buddhist studies.

Punakha Dzong
You just feel that your inner spirit is all serene and peaceful after entering here.

Punakha Dzong
Spotted a monk walking gracefully past us.

Punakha Dzong

Punakha Dzong
The reincarnation realm.

Punakha Dzong

Punakha Dzong
Relax time for the monks.

Pho Chhu Suspension Bridge
The 160 metres Pho Chhu Suspension Bridge is known for the longest suspension bridge in Bhutan which the people use daily.

Meri Puensum
Meri Puensum, a family run resort in the valleys at Punakha. This resort is supposed to be only two stars but compared to our stay in the city hotel, this was much better in terms of cleanliness and amenities.

Meri Puensum
The room was spacious and a small balcony for us to sit us to enjoy the cool fresh mountain air and sipping our milk tea.

Meri Puensum
Meri Puensum Hotel dinner.


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