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Punakha Dzong at sunrise | by Nagesh Kamath
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Punakha Dzong at sunrise

Third post in the series from the picturesque Punakha dzong. It was more than worth it to get up real early and get to this spot just as the sun rose over the mountains. The light was just magical!


The Pungtang Dechen Photrang Dzong (translates to "the palace of great happiness or bliss") in Punakha is one of the most picturesque Dzongs in Bhutan. Located where the Mo chhu (mother river) and Po chhu (father river) merge under a hills shaped like an elephant's head it was the seat of the Bhutanese government till the capital was shifted to Thimphu. Today it is the winter seat of the Lama and also the Punakha district administration. Even today the most important royal functions including the coronation of the king of Bhutan happens at this dzong

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Taken on May 14, 2013