High in the Himalayas, the town of Punaka sits at 3,930ft above sea level, best known for the Punakha Dzong, which served as the seat of government until the mid-1950s. Built in the 17th century, Punakha Dzong is a beautiful and typically Bhutanese fortress style building at the junction of the mighty Phochu and Mochu Rivers. With whitewashed walls, gently sloping roofs, gold painted turrets and leafy, lilac jacaranda trees surrounding it, this is, in our opinion, probably the most beautiful dzong in Bhutan. It seems the Bhutanese royal family would agree as the current King chose it as his wedding venue in 2011,
and all previous kings have been crowned here.

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