Here, we offer you an insightful guide into how to plan your trip to Punakha from India and abroad. You will get all the travel tips and things you need to know before visiting Punakha for a memorable trip, in this article. Punakha is a beautiful city in the dramatic country of Bhutan. This travel guide has answers to all your questions regarding what to do in Punakha. For the best healthy travelling tips for Bhutan, read this article.
Punakha is a small beautiful town in the valleys of Himalaya mountain ranges. It is located on the banks of two beautiful rivers – Pho and Mo Chhu. At one point in time, Punakha was the centre and capital of Bhutan. It is also home to the most sacred relic of Bhutan – Rang Jung Kharsapani. More on that later.
Punakha is easily the most beautiful destination in Bhutan, and one of the must-visit destinations in Asia. This is a place that you must visit to experience the best natural landscapes and the old Buddhist architecture of Bhutan. There are also some shopping places in Punakha where you may want to get some souvenirs.
How to get a visa or a tourist permit in Bhutan?
Bhutan Tourism Board has a policy of “High-Value Low Impact” tourism. Only a limited number of people are allowed to enter Bhutan. Citizens from India, Bangladesh and Maldives can obtain tourist permit in Bhutan on arrival. Under certain treaties and agreements, there are no charges for Visa for citizens of India, Bangladesh and the Maldives.
International tourists have to take the minimum daily package
International tourists, or those not belonging to India, Bangladesh and the Maldives, have to take a Minimum Daily Package. The package covers the following services:
- 3-star accommodation minimum (4&5 star may require additional premium).
- All meals included.
- A licenced Bhutanese tour guide to accompany you throughout the duration of your stay.
- All transport within the country (excluding internal flights).
- Camping equipment and haulage required for trekking tours.
Where to stay in Punakha?
There are various hotels and resorts in Punakha where you can plan your stay. Depending on your budget, you may book a hotel from $20 to even $150 (or €20 to €125). A basic stay with all the amenities are available from $20 to $35 (or €20 to €30). The rates may vary as per the seasons of tourism.
When looking for budget accommodations in Punakha, look for a good hotel/resort if you love your night’s sleep. Several cheap places may not be worth your money, as they lack the most basic amenities.