Punakha Tourism

Gently caressed by the Himalayas is Asia’s happiest place- the little nation of Bhutan. The Kingdom of Bhutan is also rated as the 8th happiest place in the world. And in this little bundle of joy is the tranquil place called Punakha. Breathtakingly scenic nature, serene and calm waters, pleasant locals and yes- the grand Himalayas, need more reasons to get away from the super flooded routine?

This former capital of Bhutan is one of the sides of the golden beauty triangle other two being Paro and Jakar. Considered to be one of the tourist’s favorite, you will love it in Punakha. The national objective being increasing the gross national happiness, this is one place that will definitely make you happy!

Essential travel information and Punakha tips for your visit

DO’s and Don’ts:


  • Punakha is a hilly area, so make sure you carry travel sickness tablets with you.
  • Also, it is a remote area, so keep your emergency medications handy. If you have problem on high altitudes, appropriate medication before visiting Punakha.
  • Carry a camera, there’s a lot to click!
  • It is a perfect place to camp, so carry your camping gear, hiking shoes while on a trip to Punakha.
  • Keep a weather check and carry suitable clothes if at all it rains or snows.


  • Don’t forget to be happy in one of the happiest places on earth!
  • Know the pollution level of Punakha before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 57.5 (Moderate)
    • Water Pollution 54.17 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 62.5 (High)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 33.33 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 33.33 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 58.33 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 50 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 15 (Very Low)
  • How safe is Punakha for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Punakha.

    • Burglary and Theft 46.88 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 46.88 (Moderate)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 46.88 (Moderate)
    • Corruption and Bribery 53.13 (Moderate)
    • Car Stealing 31.25 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 53.13 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 46.88 (Moderate)
    • Drug offense 56.25 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 71.43 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 46.88 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 34.38 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 34.38 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 53.13 (Moderate)
    • Safety Index 50.74 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 84.68 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 58.39 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 58.1 (Moderate)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 8.49 (Moderate)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in Punakha

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.02 USD
    • International Movie per seat 2.87 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 40.7 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 58.42 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 37.35 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ‚Äčand subjected to change without notice.

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