Punakha sits in a sultry, fertile and beautiful valley at the junction of the Mo Chhu (Mother River) and Pho Chhu (Father River). Commanding the river junction is the gorgeous Punakha Dzong, perhaps Bhutan's most impressive building.
The low altitude of the Punakha valley allows two rice crops a year, and oranges and bananas are in abundance. Birders should keep their eyes peeled for the critically endangered white-bellied heron, which can be spotted in Punakha. Of the global population of only 200, around 34 are in Bhutan.
All of Punakha's shops and facilities are in the unappealing new town of Khuruthang, 4km to the south.