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Best Things To Do in Punakha

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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Wildlife Safari

Being isolated from the outside world and its modernization for too long and the deep seated Buddhist value of preserving and respecting the nature have made Bhutan one of the finest places in the world to witness the biodiversity of flora and fauna. Unarguably, this land of Himalayan kingdom is a paradise for those who love to connect with the wild.

Asiatic elephants, black bear, leopards, tiger and golden langur among other mammals can be seen in their natural habitat. You also have the chance to get the glimpse of the mighty beast, Tiger. The wildlife safaris, tiger safaris and bird watching tours are held through the dense forests.



Location
: The dense forests of Mo Chhu River and various hills and mountains of Bhutan.

Best time/season
: April to June and September to November

Approx Price
: For 15 days Tiger Safari tour, the approximate price is 250,000 BTN.

Difficulty Level
: Easy.

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What You Should Know More About Things To Do in Punakha

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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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