Sub-tropical region, Punakha and Wangdue at an elevation of
1250m, are much warmer in comparison to Thimphu and Paro, falling along the
same valley. Everyone believes that Punakha has the most stunning Dzong,
between two rivers called Pho-chu and Mo-chu with panoramic view of highest
mountain, Gangkar Puensum (7540m) in the backround. Folklore depicts that the
Dzong has been built in accordance to Guru Rinpoche’s paradise. “Bhutan does
not need a museum, Bhutan herself is a museum!” says a man. These two counties
harvest rice twice a year with enough warmth and water supply.
Between Thimphu and Punkha, lies Dochula Pass (3100m) marked with incredible colorful prayer flags and 108 stupas, Druk Wangyel Chorten. These stupas and temple was built in 2004 by Queen Mother Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck in commemoration to victory over Indian Militants, ULFAs and Bodos and the Fourth King’s achievement. In the right season, Dochu-la offers spectacular view of the Himalayan Range of snowed peaks. The peaks from left to right are; Masangang (7158m), Tsendagang (6960m), Terigang (7060m), Jejegangphu (7158m), Kangphugang (7170m), Zongaphugang (7060m), Table Mountain (7200m) and Gangkar Phuensum (7540m).