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Punakha Packages

Duration Price
Glimpse of Bhutan | Dzong Special7 days & 6 nights
INR 45,950
Bhutan & Nepal Vacation | COMBO DEAL8 days & 7 nights
INR 84,999
Rev up Your Adventure | Bhutan Bike Expedition9 days & 8 nights
INR 62,500
Explore Bhutan with FREE Taktsang Monastery Tour8 days & 7 nights
INR 52,990
Holidays in Bhutan | FREE Dochu La Pass Excursion7 days & 6 nights
INR 49,350
Bhutan Bike Expedition | Phobjikha Punakha & Phuentsholling7 days & 6 nights
INR 32,499

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Embark on an unforgettable Bhutan trip with Thrillophilia's exclusive Punakha tour packages. Immerse yourself in the serenity of this Himalayan kingdom while experiencing the expertly curated itineraries that showcase the best of Punakha's natural beauty and cultural richness.Thrillophilia ensures a seamless travel experience, from exploring the iconic Punakha Dzong, a testament to Bhutan's architectural brilliance, to thrilling white-water rafting adventures on the Mo Chhu River, each day promises a blend of adventure and cultural immersion.

Our Punakha packages cater to diverse interests, whether you seek spiritual solace in ancient monasteries or crave the thrill of outdoor activities. With Thrillophilia's expertise, your journey through Punakha becomes a tapestry of experiences, capturing the essence of this enchanting destination.

Indulge in Bhutanese cuisine, witness traditional ceremonies, and savor the picturesque landscapes that define Punakha. bhutan ensures each moment is filled with discovery and wonder. Uncover the secrets of Punakha with our thoughtfully crafted tour packages, leaving you with memories to cherish from your Bhutanese escapade.

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Visa Requirements

Visas for Punakha can be obtained upon arrival at Paro International Airport (PBH) by getting visa clearance from tour operators or independently, a process taking two to five working days. For citizens of India, Bangladesh, and the Maldives, a visa is not required, however, essential travel documents like a passport with at least six months of validity and an original voter’s identity card for Indians without a passport must be carried. Additionally, two passport-size photos and travel insurance are mandatory. Minors under 18 require their original birth certificate, accompanied by a legal guardian. Indian citizens receive an entry permit at Phuentsholing's Pedestrian Terminal, and all visitors, irrespective of citizenship, must pay a Sustainable Development Fee for entry into Paro.

Best Time For Punakha Tour

Selecting the ideal time to book Punakha tour packages depends on personal preferences, as Punakha captivates with its charm throughout the year. Regardless of the season, Punakha offers diverse beauty and warm hospitality, ensuring an unforgettable journey.

1. Peak Season(September to November): Autumn, the waning season, attracts visitors with clear skies and pleasant temperatures. This is an ideal time for cultural exploration, with festivals like Punakha Drubchen showcasing traditional Bhutanese dances. Take a stroll across the iconic Punakha Suspension Bridge and soak in panoramic views of your surroundings.

2. Shoulder Season(March to May): Punakha unveils its natural beauty with blooming flowers and pleasant weather during its shoulder season. The valleys come alive, making it an ideal time for outdoor activities like trekking. Get a chance to visit Punakha Dzong, an architectural marvel, and witness the vibrant Punakha Tshechu festival, celebrating Bhutanese culture.

3. Waning Season(June to August): The waning season brings the monsoon, transforming Punakha into a lush paradise. Despite occasional rains, the landscape becomes vibrant, offering unique photography opportunities. Explore Chimi Lhakhang, the fertility temple, and enjoy the tranquillity of the Punakha Valley.

How To Reach Punakha

The quickest and easiest way to reach Punakha is by taking a flight followed by a road trip. There are several direct and connecting flights to Paro International Airport. These flights can take from 40 mins to 10 hours depending on the routes. Punakha is approximately 115 km away from Paro and it takes around 2 hours to reach by road.

1. Direct Flights

From- New Delhi, Kolkata, & Bagdogra.

To- Paro International Airport (PBH)

Average Flight Time- 40 mins to 2 hours approx.

Major airlines- Air India, DrukAir, Bhutan Airline.

Frequency- Weekly

Places to Visit on Punakha Trip

Here are some of the best places to visit in Punakha

1. Punakha Dzong: Punakha Dzong is also known as Pungthang Dewa Chhenbi Phodrang which means "the Palace of Great Happiness". This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a miss-visit and must be included in all the Punakha tour packages. The palace is situated cozily between the Pho Chhu (Male) and Mo Chhu (Female) rivers in the Punakha valley amidst a scenic mountainous background. This six-storeyed dzong is the second-oldest dzong in Bhutan and houses the sacred relics of Rangjung Kharsapani, Ngawang Namgyal and the tertön Pema Lingpa. Domche, the annual festival held here, is extremely famous among the locals.

2. Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten: Built overlooking the picturesque Punakha Valley with majestic mountains in the backdrop, this stupa in Bhutan was built to remove the evil spirits in Bhutan and to bring peace to the world. This four-storey, pagoda-style stupa is dedicated to several wrathful deities - the 15-feet-tall statue of Vajrakilaya being the most prominent deity here. The golden statue of Sakyamuni Buddha on the rooftop floor is another key deity in this stupa. Tourists who have booked Punakha tour packages can visit this stupa by embarking on a one-hour hike from Punakha town. The suspension bridge enroute the trail offers an exhilarating experience.

3. Jigme Dorji National Park: Jigme Dorji National Park, located in Bhutan, spans over 4,349 square kilometers of breathtaking landscapes, encompassing alpine meadows, dense forests, and diverse wildlife. Established in 1974, it is the country's largest protected area, named after the revered third king. The park is a haven for endangered species like the snow leopard and red panda. Its pristine environment also preserves cultural sites, making it a harmonious blend of nature and Bhutanese heritage.

4. Mo Chhu: "Mo" in Bhutanese language translates to " female " and "Chhu '' means "water or river". Mo Chhu is one of the major rivers in Bhutan that starts from the Himalayan mountains in the Gasa Dzongkhag district near Tibet and Bhutan border. The river is popular for river rafting and kayaking activities that can be booked with Punakha packages. The Class 1 and Class II rapids of the river are ideal even for beginners. During river rafting, one can marvel at the surrounding scenery and catch a glimpse of the Punakha Dzong. The river passes through the Mo Chuu valley and also cuts through the rice paddies as well as the domes of the Namgyal Chorten.

5. Chimi Lhakhang: Perched cozily on a round hilltop in the Punakha district of Bhutan, this Buddhist temple is believed to bless visitors with fertility. Many people visit this place to seek the blessings of Lama Drukpa Kunley or 'The Divine Madman', a Tibetan monk who came to Bhutan in the 15th century and to get blessed with a child. The temple was built in 1499 and is considered one of the most beautiful Buddhist temples that you can visit as a part of the Punakha tour packages.

6. Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Lhakhang: Located on the summit of a 1550 meter hilltop in Walakha region of Bhutan, Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Lhakhang is a Bhusshist college for nuns that you can visit as a part of your curated Punakha packages. The 14-feet bronze statue of Avalokiteshvara housed here was handmade by local Bhutanese artisans and is also believed to be the biggest Avalokiteshvara statue in Bhutan. The nunnery is surrounded by thick pine forests and spiritual vibes fill the air. The temple also conducts meditation programs for visitors.

Things to Do on Punakha Tour

Here are some of the best things to do in Punakha:

1. Hike to the Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten: This activity is one of the most interesting activities that you will find as a part of the Punakha tour packages. The Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten is located atop a mountain and tourists can reach this temple by a 9-km hike from the Punakha Dzong. The hour- long trek takes you through lush paddy fields initially. Once you reach the foothills of the mountains, the actual trek starts. A well-laid hiking trail amidst tall trees takes you to the chorten. Once atop, you can soak in the spiritual aura and the mesmerizing views of the place.

2. Walk to Chimi Lhakhang Temple: Another interesting activity that you can include in the Punakha packages is a walk to the Chimi Lhakhang Temple that is believed to bless its visitors with fertility. The temple is located a little off the main road to Punakha from Sapsokha. Tourists can go on a leisurely walk through lush and thick paddy fields and along a gentle slope to reach the temple. It takes about 20-30 minutes on a bright sunny day.

3. Cross the Punakha Suspension Bridge: Punakha Suspension Bridge is one of the oldest suspension bridges in the world and walking over is truly an enthralling experience that you cannot afford to miss including in your Punakha packages. The bridge is constructed at the confluence of the Po Chhu and Mo Chhu rivers and extends for about 160 meters. The Punakha suspension bridge is draped with prayer flags and walking over it during strong winds adds a dash of thrill to the fun factor.

4. White Water Rafting in Punakha: You cannot miss including a thrilling river rafting experience while planning an itinerary as a part of your Punakha packages. Pho Chhu river is one of the most famous white river rafting spots in Bhutan that has perfect rapids of Grade 1 and Grade II rapids. As you steer your way through the currents, you can witness stunning views of the Punakha Valley and the Suspension Bridge. Those looking for extreme thrill can go for white river rafting in Mo Chhu, Paro Chhu, Mangde Chhu, and Kuri Chhu rivers.

5. Meditate at the Talo Monastery: Located at an elevation of 2800 meters, Talo Monastery and its surrounding regions are known for their cleanliness, tranquil atmosphere, and hygienic conditions. Tourists can visit this place as a part of the Punakha tour packages by embarking an 1-hour trek from the foothills and enjoy the calmness prevailing at the Talo Monastery. You can immerse your soul in meditation and rejuvenate your mind and body.

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Punakha Tour faqs

How much time does it take to get a visa to Punakha?

Indian passport holders do not need a VISA to visit Bhutan. Hence, there is no need to apply or wait for a VISA approval to visit the beautiful country of Bhutan if you are an Indian passport holder. You can simply book your Punakha vacation packages with us and enjoy an amazing holiday in Bhutan.

How much will a Punakha trip cost?

The cost of a 3-day trip to Punakha in Bhutan, including accommodation, meals, local transport, and entry fees, can range from INR 15,000 to 25,000 per person on average. The cost varies based on factors such as accommodation preferences, travel mode, and duration. Luxury accommodations and guided tours can increase the trip cost significantly.

Do Indians need tour guide for Punakha?

Yes. It is definitely a good idea to include a tour guide in your Punakha vacation packages. These guides can help you with rich insights about the tourist attractions, help you find the best restaurants in the foreign country, and can even get early access in activities like river rafting with their strong local connections.

Are 3 days enough for a Punakha tour?

Yes, 3 days is enough to enjoy sightseeing and activities in Punakha. You can spend the first day to shed off travel tiredness and go sightseeing to a few places such as Chimi Lakhang, Paro Taktsang, and Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten. River rafting takes about 4-5 hours and hence you can reserve it for the second day of your Punakha vacation packages. On the third day, you can explore the remaining attractions of Punakha comprehensively.

Should you exchange money before going to Punakha?

While Indian rupees are generally accepted in Bhutan, it is advisable for Indian travelers to exchange their currency for Bhutanese Ngultrum (BTN) before going to Punakha. Having the local currency provides more convenience, especially while traveling in remote areas or smaller establishments.

Is Punakha worth visiting?

Yes, of course. Punakha is abundantly blessed with mesmerizing valleys, lush forests, majestic Himalayan ranges, pristine rivers, and amazing weather. The religious attractions here like Chimi Lakhang, Paro Taktsang, and Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten are architectural marvels and add a spiritual aura to the region. Punakha also has several thrilling activities like white river rafting, mountain biking, trekking, hiking, and walking on the Pho Chhu Suspension Bridge for the adventure seeking tourists.

What are some travel tips for an Indian travelling to Punakha?

1. Indians traveling to Bhutan should always keep their passports and documents like Voter ID handy with them during the Bhutan trip. 

2. You should also exchange Indian currency for Bhutanese Ngultrum to avoid any hassles during transactions. 

3. You should respect local customs, especially when visiting religious sites by dressing modestly with dresses that cover shoulders and knees. 

4. You should pack essentials like warm clothing, comfortable walking shoes, a travel adapter, any necessary medications, and a reusable water bottle.

Is Passport required for Punakha?

Yes, Indians traveling to Bhutan are required to carry a valid Indian Passport having validity of minimum 6 months and/or Voter Identity Card, issued by the Election Commission of India.

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