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Punakha Dzong

Address: Punakha , Bhutan

Events at Punakha Dzong

This festival was established during the 17th century by Zhamdrung Nawang Namgyel to celebrate his victory over invading Tibetan armies. The highlight of the festival is a dramatic reenactment of the ...
Punakha March 2, 2017, 9:00 am
Punakha Drubchen. The Punakha Drubchen is a unique festival because it hosts a dramatic recreation of the scene from the 17th century battle with Tibetan army. The ‘pazaps’ or local milit...
Punakha April 4, 2017, 10:00 am
Punakha is located in the western part of Bhutan and it has critical importance in the history of Bhutan since the time of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel, the Buddhist Saint who unified Bhutan, in 17th cen...
Punakha March 7, 2017, 9:00 am
Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal is known as the unifier of Bhutan as a nation state and he was the one who gave Bhutan and its people the distinct cultural identity that identified Bhutan from the rest of t...
Punakha March 4, 2017, 8:00 am
In 2005 another festival known as Punakha Tshechu was introduced by the 70th Je Khenpo Trulku Jigme Choedra and the then Home Minister His Excellency Lyonpo Jigme Yoedzer Thinley. The Tshechu was intr...
Punakha March 7, 2017, 8:00 am
PUNAKHA TSHECHU Punakha is located in the western part of Bhutan is the winter home of the Je Khenpo, the Chief Abbot of Bhutan. Punakha has been of critical importance since the time of Zhabdrung N...
Punakha March 7, 2017, 8:00 pm
The Punakha festival (tshechu) is one of the most popular tshechus in the country. It is held right after the popular Punakha Drubchen. The unfurling of the thongdrol (a large tapestry) of Guru Rinpoc...
Punakha March 2, 2017, 10:00 pm

About Punakha Dzong

The Punakha Dzong, also known as Pungtang Dechen Photrang Dzong, is the administrative centre of Punakha District in Punakha, Bhutan. Constructed by Ngawang Namgyal, 1st Zhabdrung Rinpoche, in 1637–38, it is the second oldest and second largest dzong in Bhutan and one of its most majestic structures. The dzong houses the sacred relics of the southern Drukpa Lineage of the Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism, including the Rangjung Kasarpani and the sacred remains of Ngawang Namgyal and the tertön Pema Lingpa.Punakha Dzong was the administrative centre and the seat of the Government of Bhutan until 1955, when the capital was moved to Thimphu. It is listed as a tentative site in Bhutan's Tentative List for UNESCO inclusion.GeographyThe Dzong is located at the confluence of the Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu rivers in the Punakha - Wangdue valley. The source of the Mo chu river is in the northern hills of Lighsi and Laya in Bhutan, and in Tibet. The Po Chu River is fed by glaciers in the Lunana region of the Punakha valley. After the confluence of these two rivers, the main river is known as Puna Tsang chu or Sankosh River and flows down through Wangdue Phodrang, crosses the Bhutan - India border at Kalikhola and eventually meets the Brahmaputra River.
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