Early morning around 6 am, move towards Simtokha fortress to attend morning prayers done by the monks and the masters. Come back to hotel for the breakfast, and move towards Punakha. PUNAKHA (85 km - 2 hours 30 minutes drive) (1300 meters) via Dochu La Pass (La- means pass between two districts Thimphu
and Punakha -3,100 meters above sea level) we will stop here at Dochula Pass to have a coffee break and admire the grand 108 stupas which was built the memory of the victory won by our fourth king in a border war and it is also for those army who have lost their life in the war. Visit Dochu la temple, here you can witness 30 m height statue of Buddha, guru and Zhabdrung. Proceed to Punakha fortress, beautiful Dzong (Fortress – plays two important roles, place for district administration and Buddhist monastic body) It served as the capital of the country from 1637 to 1907 and the first national assembly was hosted here in 1953. It is the second oldest and second largest dzong in Bhutan and one of the most majestic structures in the country. On October 13, 2011, the wedding of the King of Bhutan, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, and his fiancé, Jetsun Pema, was held at the Punakha Dzong. After your dzong visit, move towards Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten stands out on a beautiful ridge above the Punakha valley.
Her Majesty built the Queen Mother, Ashi Tshering Yangdon Wangchuck it. It took nine years to build, and Holy Scriptures rather than engineering manuals were consulted to construct this 4-storey temple. It is a fine example of Bhutanese architecture and artistic traditions. This temple has been dedicated for the well being of the kingdom, its people and all sentient beings. It is a 15-20 mins hike from the suspension bridge. The Chorten would take a one-hour hike to approach.
Dinner and Overnight stay the hotel,
Punakha, 1 Night