(Altitude: 1,200 – 4,800m approx.)

It served as the capital of Bhutan until 1955. It has a temperate climate and its rich fertile valley is fed by the Pho Chu and Mo Chu rivers.

Punakha Dzong: The Punakha Dzong was built by Zhabdrung in 1637. It stands majestically at the junction of the two rivers-Pho Chu and Mo Chu.

 Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten: Built by the Queen Mother Ashi Tshering Yangdon Wangchuck, this Chorten is a splendid example of the Bhutanese architecture. It was built over eight and a half years and its details have been drawn from religious scriptures.