Day 9: Thimphu to Punakha (1250M)
- 80 kms/2.5 hrs
Drive to Punakha (2 ½ hours) over the Dochu La at 3000m. If we are lucky with the weather, we can see the
entire Bhutanese Himalayas from this pass,
east of Chomolhari to Gangkhar Puensum.
Punakha was the capital of Bhutan until the 1950s. Today, the central monk body moves to Punakha in the
winter when it gets too
cold in Thimphu. With a climate almost tropical in the summer, the valley is blessed
with an abundance of fruits and rice. After lunch we will visit the magni cent
Punakha Dzong, which
without doubt showcases the nest example of Bhutanese arts and crafts. After the Dzong, we will go on a
short drive in the lush upper Punakha valley
and hike for 45 minutes to the beautiful chorten temple of
Khamsum Yuley on a hill.