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Punakha was the capital of Bhutan until the mid 1950’s, when the capital changed to Thimpu, as it remains to this day.
However, Punakha still feels like a capital city, and, with stunning views of the snowy Himalayas, it is impressive town to visit.

One of the highlights of Punakha is the Dzong - without a doubt the most impressive in the country. The Punakha Dzong contains 21 temples straddling the Mo and Pho Rivers, each showcasing stunning Bhutanese art and Thangka’s.

The Chimi Lhakang or Temple of the Divine Madman, a favourite Saint of the area, is an interesting temple to visit. The stroll through the Bhutanese countryside is a magical way to get to this unique temple.

The area around Punakha is also great for adventure sports like river rafting and mountain biking.

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