The Punakha Valley is home to Bhutan’s holiest and most important icons.
Wander into Chimi Lhakhang, a monastery dedicated to Drukpa Kunley, the “Divine Madman.” His name is accompanied by endless legends and the best history lesson comes from local villagers, who love to recount a maverick who taught the dharma 500 years ago.
Punakha Dzong is home of sacred relics from centuries past and present. Khamsum Yueley Namgyel Chorten is the treasured temple in the forest, protected by deities that guard each of seven levels.
Punakha itself is the country’s old capital but it continues to serve an important purpose today, as the country’s highest monks decamp here from Thimphu during the winter. Strange names and stories will be elaborated upon by your expert guide and the locals themselves.