While travelling to Punakha Valley, we will stop at the Semtokha Dzong, the country’s first fortress and later pause at Dochula Pass with its striking memorial of 108 chortens. As we enter Punakha, we will visit the intriguing Chimi Lhakhang Temple, a site known all over Bhutan as the Fertility Temple, where the faithful gather to pray for the gift of a child. The adjacent village is an interesting place to wander about and see local crafts and folk art.
Day 4 begins with a hike to the extraordinary Khamsum Chorten, a route that takes you through farmlands and rice paddies and offers a wonderful opportunity to experience local farming traditions. Enjoy superb views of the valley from the chorten roof top, then savour a delicious lunch. In the afternoon, explore Punakha Dzong, one of Bhutan’s largest fortresses said to have been envisioned by its architect in a dream in 1637. Visit its sacred halls, courtyards and cantilevered bridge, then stroll to another handcrafted marvel in the valley - the longest chain link suspension bridge in the world.