Pungtang Dechen Photrang Dzong – Punakha

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Punakha Dzong, second largest, oldest Dzong in Bhutan is also known as Pungtang Dechen Photrang Dzong – ‘the palace of great happiness and bliss’ is the centre of Punakha district, Bhutan.  Located 1,220M above sea level, and adjacent to the confluence of two rivers Mo Chhu (mother) and Po Chhu (father), surrounded by Jacaranda trees in the back drop of Himalayas is definitely a place of great happiness.

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Entrance to the Dzong

 

Different views of Dzong

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The suspension bridge on river Po Chhu, the longest in Bhutan, connects Punakha town with Dzong.

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Whatever we could see we saw and captured some young and some senior monks, the suspension bridge and Dzong in the night lights.

 

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A pro photog helping enthusiastic learner.  Local people, girl students in their national dress ‘Kira’ walking by.
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Shoot, shoot, shoot.  That’s how you improve

Inside the Dzong

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It was decided to come next day morning and enter the inside of Dzong to capture better portraits of monks, students in monastery.

In the morning as usual I went around the hotel we stayed and captured few pictures of children waiting for the school bus and few others.

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We were there early next day (25th) but the monastery was closed.  It will be opened only at 11am.  Not to waste our visit we were made to take time lapse video and pack-up to Paro.

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