Today, we will drive via Dochu-La Pass at the height of 3100m
to descend into the balmy valley and the ancient capital of Bhutan i.e.
Punakha. During the journey, you will get incredible views of the
Himalayan mountain ranges and peaks and Rhododendron forests.
Once you arrive in the city, you will be able to visit the famous
Punakha Dzong, recognized as the Palace of Happiness set up under the
Unifier of Bhutan. This palace is at the confluence of Pho Chu and Mo
Chu, known as the Father River and the Mother River, while it
constitutes Je Khenpo’s winter headquarters.
Particularly, you will be able to view the main Dzong temple in
Punakha, which has three stories and highlight the traditional
architecture with intricately embossed entry pillars designed via
cypress and decorated in silver and gold. Later on, after having lunch,
you will be able to have a walk towards the Chimi Lhakhang, recognized
as the Drukpa Kuenly temple and the Divine Madman.