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Punakha Guide Punakha Guide

Punakha Guide

An important part of the history of Bhutan is Punakha dzongkhag. From 1637 to 1907, it was the capital of the country, and the first national assembly took place here in 1953. The city can be found about 1,200 m above sea level amidst countless red and white rice fields. Rice and other plants grow well here because of the favorable moderate climate of the Punakha valley; unlike many other Bhutanese cities, it is warm in the winter and hot in the summer. Punakha Dzong is found where the two main rivers of the valley, Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu, meet. Its beautiful whitewashed walls house cultural relics such as the sacred remains of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and the Ranjung Karsapani, an image of Avalokiteswara. Important political events took place here, such as the coronation of the country's first King in 1907. The Dzong is still used for monastic purposes today. 

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