A cozy small town in the laps of Bhutan Himalayas of Bhutan, there are too many best things to do in Punakha if you are a lover of nature. Although, the prime attraction is Punakha Dzong, the 17th-century fortress standing at the midpoint of the Pho and Mo Chhu rivers, the backdrop of this fort of Punakha valley is an ethereal treat to the eyes. Tourists flock to this fortress to experience the Punakha Tshechu, a religious festival that is best known for the masked dances and pompous music.  Punakha should be your destination for a few days as to explore it completely; grasp the serene beauty of the Punakha river, stay at the exotic resorts and stroll along the paddy fields. Punakha us the largest producer of rice and this is the reason of its unspoiled beauty that gives you a lifetime of memories. It had been the capital of the Dragon land once upon a time. If you are an adventure lover, Punakha has the best for you, where you can spend time in hiking and short drives. Most of the families hire a cab and get around to see the attractions around. However, without a car hire trip, you can visit the Suspension bridge and Punakha Dzong while in Punakha.

Punakha is a great excursion spot from Paro or Thimphu and the cab driver charges around 3000 NU for the entire trip. A day’s sightseeing in Punakha approximately costs around 1000 NU to 1500 NU. The climate in Punakha is comfortable and temperate climate; it is warmer than Thimpu and Paro. Trekking is one of the best things to do in Punakha and the place is almost at zero level of crime that allows you to stroll for long hours along any road. If you plan to visit attractions around Punakha, do not miss Koma Hot Springs (Koma Tsachu) and Guru Rinpoche Caves (Geon Tsechu) that is just a twelve kilometer drive and two hour exciting hike.

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8 Days Sightseeing Tour of Bhutan


Embark on a journey to the mystical realm of Bhutan, nestled within the towering embrace of the Himalayas. Envision a world adorned with emerald valleys, where prayer flags flutter against the awe-inspiring backdrop of soaring peaks. Begin a quest of discovery, encountering ancient monasteries clinging to cliffs, reminiscent of the fabled Tiger's Nest. Wander along trails adorned with vibrant rhododendron blooms and connect with locals adorned in the intricate threads of traditional attire.Bhutan's landscapes stand as untamed marvels, spanning from lush forests to rivers of crystalline clarity. Immerse yourself in the vivacious energy of cultural festivals, relish the tantalizing flavors of local cuisine, and bask in the genuine warmth emanating from heartfelt smiles. Allow Bhutan's enchanting beauty to intricately weaves its spell around you, crafting a tapestry of experiences that will forever grace the canvas of your travel dreams.Quick Facts:Duration: 8 Days, 7 NightsStart Point: SiliguriEnd Point: SiliguriExperiences Covered:Thimphu SightseeingPunakha SightseeingParo Sightseeing

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₹ 75,000

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9 Days 8 Nights Honeymoon Sightseeing Tour in Bhutan


Make your special honeymoon trip, more special and start a lifetime of togetherness romantic by embarking on this blissful tour of Bhutan.Explore the capital city Thimphu by visiting Tango and Cheri with short hike to both of the sacred monastery, Traditional hospital, Painting school, Takin Preserve, Nunnery, etc. Visit breathtaking Bhutan valleys, monasteries and other tourist attractions.Head back home with lots of sweet and romantic memories. 

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Samtengang Winter Trek
Samtengang Winter Trek



About the Activity:This four day trek is a short and pleasant journey from Punakha to Wangduephodrang Dzongkhag. It is a fairly easy trek as the altitude only ranges between 1100-1900m and the climate is warm throughout the hike.The path takes you through forests of rhododendron and oak, through the villages of Sha and Chungsakha and across the longest foot bridge in Bhutan. While this trek is available throughout the winter the best times to embark on it are between March-April and September and October. The trail is approximately 54km in length.

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Rafting in Mo Chu River in Bhutan
Rafting in Mo Chu River in Bhutan



About the Activity:Get ready to embark on one of the most rejuvenating rafting experience of your life in Bhutan.Rafting means cruising down the gushing waters of river in an inflatable rubber raft or kayak over roaring waves and swirling fast-moving water using paddles.Raft along the Pho Chu river for 16 kilometers with about 15 rapids of class 2-4 and also at Mo Chu river with 10 KM course comprising around 10 rapids with 2 or more than 2 rapids.No special experience is required for the rafting, as long as you do not mind doing a bit of paddling and getting a bit wet.Drifting past imposing 17th century Punakha Dzong (fort cum monastery) watching world’s rarest bird are the most amazing experience you would love to treasure.  

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People Also Ask About Punakha Things To Do

  1. What are some of the best things to do in Punakha?

    Punakha, located in Bhutan is a popular tourist destination in the country. The place has quite a number of locations for sightseeing. Punakha Dzong, Chimi Lhakhang, Jigme Dorji National Park, Rishta Village, WangduePhodrang are a few of the places for sightseeing. Other than that, hiking, trekking, wildlife safari, rafting, and camping are common attractions for the visiting tourists. The array of activities that can be done there is vast and this makes Punakha a unique place to visit and one to cherish.

  2. Which places are best for trekking in Punakha?

    The best trekking experiences of trekking in Punakha are during the winter when the Government of the country organizes the Winter Trek for the ancient capital of the country, Other than this Punakha Domche Trekking is also very popular during the Punakha festival. The route of the winter trek covers the Sinchula Pass and the Phajoding Monastery and March-May or September-November are the ideal times to cover this route. The Damoche trek covers from Punakha to Paro via Thimpu. In Thimpu, one can spend an entire day sightseeing.

  3. Where can we go for hiking in Punakha?

    Hiking is a must do activity when one is visiting Punakha. There are numerous hikes available in this place; the number being quite high which leads a tourist to be totally spoilt for choices.Short hikes include KhamsumYuelleyNamgyelChorten, Jana Village Lamperi to Lumbitsawa, Dochu La to LungchuzekhaGompa to name a few. Punakha-Limbukha-Samtengang is a good route for a longer hike. The short hikes away from the town are very scenic in nature and the one from ChortenNebu to Kabji Hoko Tso gives a fantastic view of Phobjikha Valley.

  4. Which are the best destinations for wildlife safari in Punakha?

    The Jigme Dorji National Park that sprawls through Paro, Thimpu, and Punakha is an ideal destination for the wildlife safari. Musk deer, snow leopard, red panda are among the few endangered species found there. Marmot, pika, barking deer, wild dog are some of the other species found there. The national park is also home to more than 300 different species of birds thus making the environment pretty lively. The national park has a rich collection of florals and also is the only park in Bhutan where the national animal, the national plant, the national bird and the national flower exist together.

  5. Which are the best places to do rafting in Punakha?

    Rafting in the Mochu - Fochu River in Punakha is a common activity. The guides out there are excellent and helpful in nature. The rafts are usually kept in excellent condition and the scenic beauty of the journey is impressive. There are small rapids in places but they are enough to set the adrenaline flowing and make a memorable experience out of it. White Water Rafting is a must do activity if one is visiting Punakha.

  6. Which are best places for camping in Punakha?

    Surrounded by the Punastangchu valley, Punakha is an ideal destination for camping if one is visiting Bhutan. Autumn and Spring are the recommended seasons for camping and one can even choose to camp by the Mochu-Fochu River. This is usually accompanied by a day rafting activity followed by a night camp on the banks of the river which makes it a memorable experience on a whole. Various tourism agencies provide such camps and everything will be provided by them.

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