Punakha served as the capital of Bhutan. It is about 2 and half hour drive from Thimphu. There is a beautiful view at Dochula( alt 3050m) on the way to Punakha. It still serves as the winter seat of the central monastic body. The climate in Punakha is Warm. Punakha is the most fertile valley in a country producing abundant crops and fruits.
Places of interest in PUNAKHA
The Punakha Dzong lies between Mo chu (female river) and Pho chu (male river), built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to serve as the religious and administrative centre of the region. The Dzong which was damage by fires and earthquake over the years has been fully restored by the fourth King. The first hereditary monarch, Gongsar Ugyen Wangchuk was crowned here.
Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten
It was built in 1999 by Her Majestry the Queen Ashi Tshering Yangdoen Wangchuk, to promote peace and harmony in the country.
It is located on a hillock in the centre of the valley. The Temple is also called the temple of fertility built in 1499 by Lam Drukpa Kuenley known as the “DIVINE MADMAN”. It is widely believed that a couple who do not have a child, if they pray in this temple they are blessed with a child very soon.
The Limbhukha is also one of the gewog which fall under Punakha Dzongkhag. Drive to the Punakha Dzong and walk across the suspension bridge about (200m) long. Follow the farm house gradually climbing towards Dompala hills. The view of Dzong, Pho chu, Mo chu river and the village town in a Bhutanese traditional house. The farmer in Limbhukha grows Bhutan’s famous rice and cash crops. This is main source of income for them. Limbhukha is also known for its love of peace and tranquility.