Before Thimphu was declared as the capital of Bhutan, Punakha wore a crown of the national capital. It is the serene place with regal history. With the pleasant weather all year long, this stunning valley of Bhutan attracts a number of tourists every year. With picturesque landscapes and various sightseeing activities, the place has become one of the favorite spots of tourist traveling to explore Bhutan from all around the world. Many tourists visit Punakha to witness the breathtakingly beautiful view of Himalayas. There is so much one can add to their things to do list. When in Punakha, visit Chimi Lhakhang- a well-known fertility temple and a flourished tourist spot, Khamsum Yueling Monastery- known for its fines artworks and painted inner walls which took 10 years to complete, Punakha Dzong is another awe-inspiring place and a must-see spot in Punakha, Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Lhakhang is a temple cum nunnery and a popular sightseeing spot, Jigme Dorji National Park is another spot which a wildlife enthusiast should not miss, the place is home to large number of red pandas, snow leopards and many other interesting species of animals. Four rivers Mocchu, Pocchu, Wangchu and Pachu originate from this park and due to its lush green land, it is also every trekker’s paradise. Punakha is known as the land of rice and Rishta Village is one the popular villages where you would find both red and white rice. Punakha is a culturally rich place, relatively untouched and amazingly scenic. Every tourist must visit Punakha for once in a lifetime experience.
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