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Top Choice Buddhist Monastery in Punakha & Khuruthang

Punakha Dzong

Punakha Dzong is arguably the most beautiful dzong in the country, especially in spring when the lilac-coloured jacaranda trees bring a lush sensuality to the dzong's characteristically towering whitewashed walls. T…
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Phuenzhi Diner

The 'Four Friends' is easily the best place in Khuruthang and is well known to travel guides. The food is delicious and reliable (as is the welcoming air-con), the decor is cosy and if you're lucky there will be Bum…
Buddhist Temple in Thimphu to Punakha

Chimi Lhakhang

On a hillock below the Metshina–Punakha road is the yellow-roofed Chimi Lhakhang, built in 1499 by the cousin of Lama Drukpa Kunley in his honour after the lama subdued the demoness of the nearby Dochu La with his '…
Multicuisine in Thimphu to Punakha

Chimi Lhakhang Cafeteria

This well-run restaurant near the Chimi Lhakhang in Sopsokha is a great place for lunch or tea, with tables lined up against the window overlooking Yoaka and Pana villages.
Multicuisine in Thimphu to Punakha

Menchuna Restaurant

Just below the Royal Botanical Park on the road from Dochu La to Metshina is this popular lunch stop. The proprietor has a business making embroidered thangkas (painted or embroidered religious picture), including s…
Buddhist Monastery in Thimphu to Punakha

Sangchen Dorji Lhendrub Choling Nunnery

Above Wolakha on the way to Drolay Goemba is this thriving nunnery, which was financed by the fourth king's father-in-law to serve as a Buddhist college for 120 resident anim (nuns). The attached ridgetop Nepali-sty…
Cafe in Thimphu to Punakha

Druk Wangyal Cafe

This new BTCL-owned cafe on the Dochu La pass is a good place to warm up with a cup of tea or espresso around the bukhari (wood stove). With prior arrangement staff can arrange a breakfast buffet for a dawn visit to…
Multicuisine in Thimphu to Punakha

Village Restaurant

This village inn offers group lunches and also has a few cosy rooms for small groups (s/d Nu 2000/2500). Access is over a small bridge.
Multicuisine in Thimphu to Punakha

Rinchenling Cafeteria

A bright and modern place to grab lunch while visiting the nearby Chmi Lhakhang.
Gardens in Thimphu to Punakha

Royal Botanical Park

About 11km below the Dochu La pass at Lamperi is the entrance to this park, where between April and June you can view 38 out of Bhutan's 46 species of rhododendron or spot some of the 220 species of birds.