The mesmerizing Punakha Dzong is one of the most sanctified fortresses in the country. The Name of the fortress ‘Punthang Dewachenpoi Phodrang’ rightfully translates to ‘the palace of great bliss’. The fortress is a remarkable instance of Bhutanese architecture as it showcases a great deal of artistic skills of masonry from the Bhutanese artisans.  Located on the confluence of two rivers, Pho Chu (male river) and Mo Chu (female river), the fortress has been built strategically. The only way leading to the Dzong is an ancient cantilever bridge. Other tactical facets include multiple doorways to confuse enemies and steep wooden removable stairs to be removed at times of invasion.  The valley and the Dzong both play a significant role in the history of Bhutan as many major historic moments had occurred in the valley that were responsible for shaping Bhutan. The valley was once also recognized as the capital of Bhutan. The guests will have great time learning about the history of the Dzong and the valley also offers some great opportunities for photography.

Find on map

Chimi Lhakhang

The infamous fertility temple is located on a ridge overlooking the beautiful village of Sopsokha. The village is particularly known of its obsession with phalluses.  With village houses adorned with paintings of phalluses and wooden carved ones hanging from each house. It is widely believed to have powers to ward off evil spirits. The village boasts of the fertility temple which has gained its popularity in blessing childless couples with children. The beliefs in phalluses and the enchantment of the temple are both to be credited to the maverick Buddhist saint, Drukpa Kuenley. He is also known as the divine mad man for his eccentric ways of spreading Buddhism. He was actively associated with women and alcohol and employing them were some of his ways to bless people.


Punakha Dzongkhag is situated in the Punakha Valley, at the confluence of the Pho Chhu (Male River) and Mo Chhu (Female River). The district is located at an average elevation of around 1,200 meters (3,900 feet) above sea level. It is surrounded by lush green mountains and terraced fields, adding to its natural beauty. Punakha Dzongkhag shares borders with Thimphu Dzongkhag to the west and Wangdue Phodrang Dzongkhag to the east.


Punakha Dzongkhag is a popular tourist destination in Bhutan due to its historical sites and natural beauty. Apart from Punakha Dzong, visitors can explore Chimi Lhakhang, a temple dedicated to the Divine Madman and known for its phallic symbols. The region offers opportunities for hiking, trekking, and enjoying the scenic beauty of the Punakha Valley. The nearby Dochula Pass, located at an altitude of 3,100 meters (10,200 feet), offers panoramic views of the Himalayan mountain range.


Punakha Dzongkhag has immense cultural and historical significance in Bhutan. The Punakha Dzong, also known as the Pungthang Dechen Phodrang (Palace of Great Happiness), is the district’s most famous landmark. This majestic fortress is located at the confluence of the Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu rivers and served as the capital of Bhutan until 1955. Punakha Tshechu, an annual religious festival, is held in the dzong and attracts both locals and visitors.


Agriculture is the primary economic activity in Punakha Dzongkhag. The fertile Punakha Valley is suitable for cultivating a variety of crops, including rice, wheat, barley, and vegetables. The region is known for its rice production and is often referred to as the “rice bowl” of Bhutan. Tourism has also emerged as a significant contributor to the local economy, providing employment and income opportunities.