Punakha Dzong is the administrative center for the Punakha province in central Bhutan. A dzong is a distinctive type of fortress found in the Himalayas in Buddhist countries and regions, such as Bhutan or Tibet. The Punakha Dzong is a huge complex built between many years with each period of time bringing new areas, courtyards and towers to the fortress. It is a peculiar fact that these dzongs are not just mere museums preserved only for visitors; they are actual working government buildings housing the local province administration from minister offices to courts of justice. One could spend a couple of days exploring the Punakha Dzong. Many areas are, of course, restricted from visitors. In addition to the government facilities these dzongs also keep the local religious matters in motion. A typical dzong has a monastery, temples, relics and other important buddhist artefacts. Many monks live in the dzongs. The political and religious bodies inside a dzong are strictly divided into their own areas. The Punakha Dzong in all its glory. Situated in the Punakha valley on a picturesque riverside, the dzong offers a spectacular view of the landscape. This dzong is a prime example of what Bhutan is doing: preserving historical cultural monuments in pristine condition. The two rivers which join at the dzong flow all the way south to India where it finally meets the legendary Brahmaputra.
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Tommi Myllymäki Photographer Bio I love to travel and document my trips through photography. My passion is the East, especially India, China, and Southeast Asia.