Drive to Punakha
Your journey towards the historic valley of Punakha will take you over the high mountain pass of Dochula Pass at 3,050 meters. A quick stop at the pass will let you enjoy the view and will treat you with fresh mountain air. The pass graces the onlookers with a panoramic view of the towering Himalayan peaks on a clear weather day. The pass is adorned with 108 mini stupas built to mark a significant event in the history of Bhutan. Punakha valley is located in a sub-tropical region with warm summers and pleasant winters. Punakha also served as the capital of Bhutan until 1955 after which the seat of government moved to Thimphu. Punakha still serves as the winter residence for the chief abbot and the central monk body.
Upon arrival in Punakha, the first attraction you will visit is the Chhimi Lhakhang popularly known as the fertility temple. The temple is situated on a hillock overlooking the village of Sopsokha, the quaint temple is dedicated to Lama Drukpa Kuenley; the eccentric Buddhist saint also known as the Divine Madman. Just as the name suggests, the infamous temple is known for blessing childless couples with children. The next attraction you will visit is the Palace of great bliss or the Punakha Dzong. Punakha Dzong is one of the most magnificent fortresses in Bhutan. The fortress is known to give immense happiness to the onlooker, therefore its Dzongkha name Punthang Dewachenpoi Phodrang literally translates to; the palace of great bliss. After that you will visit the longest suspension bridge in Bhutan which is over the Pho chu river, just behind the Dzong.