We arrived in Punakha after a long drive all the way from Bumthang with a quick stop in Phobjikha Valley to visit Gangtey Monastery and our driver’s family. After a few days shivering in the cold of central Bhutan, Punakha was crazy hot. The town is most famous for its Dzong- the most beautiful in the country, and Chimi Lhakhang or Temple of the Divine Madman.
Last sight of Bumthang
Passing through Trongsa again
Our driver and his catch of the day
Walkin to Gangtey Monastery
We met these 2 sisters on the way back. They were so cute.
Phobjikha Valley – home of the black-necked cranes
Gangtey Monastery and the surrounding village
Driving to Punakha
View from our hotel in the morning
Walking to Chimi Lhakhang
Monks sitting outside Chimi Lhakhang
Phallus – the symbol of fertility and good luck – was everywhere in Punakha valley
First sight of Punakha Dzong embraced by Mo Chu and Po Chu (Mother and Father Rivers)