Historical, Heritage, Pilgrimage, Fort, Monument
Dzongkha, Nepali and English
Punakha Dzong is the administrative centre of the Punakha district in Punakha, Bhutan. The structure of this dzong is grand which makes it the second largest dzong of Bhutan. It is a six-storied building where you can find sacred relics of the southern Drukpa Lineage of the Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism. It was constructed by Ngawang Namgyal in 1637-38. The dzong has a height of about 1,200 metres with a central tower (Utse) located around a beautiful mountain in the background.
The remains of Ngawang Namgyal and saint Pema lingpa are also been stored here. In the first courtyard, there is a white-painted stupa and a Bodhi tree and also a chapel which dedicated to the Queen of the Nagas. You can witness two historical halls in the second courtyard along with the residential quarters of the monks. The southernmost or the third courtyard is the one where the remains of Pema Lingpa and Ngawang Namgyal are preserved. During the month of February or March you can see the celebrations of the annual function here known as Demoche where the special attraction is the enactment of the Tibetan invasion of Bhutan in 1639.