The ancient capital of the Dragon Kingdom of Bhutan until 1960, the town of Punakha still holds the ambience of its majestic past. This town has a prominent role in Bhutanese history and speaks about it still today. With an average altitude of 1310 m, the valley of Punakha contains lots of tourist attractions in it. The valley receives a temperate climate and offers splendid view of the Himalayan hills surrounding it. Along with the tourist places in Punakha, this valley is also known for cultivating both red and white rice alongside the river of Mo Chhu and Po Chuu.
Zhubdrung Ngawang Namgyal built this monastery in the confluence of Mo Chhu and Po Chhu during 1637, as a symbol for unified Bhutan. Today it serves as the administrative seat of Punakha district and a winter residence for the central monk body. The highest standard woodwork of this dzong makes it the most beautiful one in the country.
There is a belief about this temple that if the couples, who are facing problem conceiving, visit the temple with utmost dedication, is miraculously blessed with children. They are blessed with the iron bow and arrow, sculpture and phallus of Drukpa Kuenley. The temple is located in a small hillock.
This monastery stands as a symbol for world peace and the well being and long life of the King. During 1999, the monastery was nsecrated by the Queen Mother with some of the most stunning artworks, painted on the inner walls. It took around 10 years to build Khamsum Yueling Monastery.
Looking over the valleys of Toebesa, Wangduephodrang and Punakha, this temple is perched on the ridge of a hill and built in two stories – the nunnery complex and a chorten that resembles Nepal’s Boudhanath Stupa. The complex has a 14 ft bronze statue of Avalokiteshwara and a centre for higher learning and meditation.
The journey towards the village of Limbukha in Punakha Valley holds some excellent views of Mo Chhu, Po Chhu, Punakha Dzong etc. The tranquil ambience of the village seems to be soul-soothing. The touch of peace is even seen here during the annual festival ‘serda’, where people peace flags rather than swords and fireworks.
Ritsha means ‘at the base of a hill’ and this is a quiet and serene village in the valley of Punakha in Bhutan. Ritsha Village is a model in producing rice in western part of Bhutan. If you take a long walk throughout the village, you can experience the village culture of Bhutan, along with the cultivation process of rice.
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