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Punakha

A spiritual hideaway in the remote heart of Bhutan

Like almost every town in Bhutan, Punakha sits at the bottom of a river valley, in this case at the confluence of the Mo Chhu River, which rises near the border with Tibet, and the Pho Chhu River.

The most significant building in Punakha is Pungthang Dewachen Phodrang, the Palace of Great Happiness, which houses a monastery as well as the sacred relics of a Tibetan Buddhist lama and a saint. The Bhutanese have nominated this dzong for inclusion on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites, though its recognition as such is currently only tentative.
 
Inside the monastery you will find finely carved wooden balconies and columns, white washed stupas, and a chapel dedicated to the queen of the snakes. There are a huge number of important religious images on display and in the dzong’s archives, many of which depict scenes from the life of the Buddha.
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Accommodation:
COMO Uma Punakha

COMO Uma Punakha is a remote, tranquil lodge in the pristine Punakha Valley, situated on a bend in the Mo Chu River. This isolated part of Bhutan is rarely visited and guests therefore have unique access to a virtually untouched region.

Accommodation:
Six Senses

As you hike through the beautiful landscapes of Bhutan, one of the most luxurious places to recharge is the Six Senses Punakha. This resort has a typical farmhouse feel to it, in keeping with the rural traditions of this fertile part of the country.