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The Punakha lodge is at an elevation of 4,595ft (1,400m), a 15-minute drive north of the Punakha Dzong and is fondly known as the ‘Flying Farmhouse amidst the rice fields’. It’s in the warmest of the lodge locations, temperatures can reach 32°C (86°F) in the summer months.

Our rating: Deluxe

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Rooms

There are 16 luxurious suites and three villas with private pools. All rooms are thoughtfully designed to complement the natural surroundings, have warm, wooden interiors and include characterful Bhutanese touches. They are spacious and comfortable with modern amenities and large windows provide plenty of natural light (and offer views of the stars at night).

Location

Located only 15 minutes’ drive from the grand Punakha Dzong; one of Bhutan’s most magnificent structures, the lodge benefits from a warmer climate, making for an excellent starting point for hikes in the gorgeous Punakha valley.

Food and Drink

  • Ari restaurant offers all-day dining, serving fresh Bhutanese cuisine.
  • In-suite dining can be arranged, complete with your own chef and dedicated waiter.

Facilities and Activities

The lodge is home to an outdoor swimming pool with stunning views, a spa wellness centre, a lounge, library and an indoor/outdoor dining room. There is plenty of local history to absorb; Punakha was the Kingdom’s capital for 300 years until the 1950s. Places to explore nearby include the grand Punakha Dzong and Chimi Lhakhang. Day walks and scenic hikes are also possible to arrange.

Our opinion

A wonderful property set on a hillside, with stunning views over the valley and mountains, making for a luxurious stay in Punakha.

Punakha itinerary suggestions

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    Alternative places to stay nearby

    Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favorite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.

    • Suite, Amankora Punakha

      Amankora Punakha

      Deluxe

      Nestled amid terraced rice fields with wonderful views of the surrounding mountains, Amankora Punakha is a haven of tranquility at one end of the Punakha valley.

    • Meri Puensum Resort, Punakha

      Meri Puensum Resort

      Medium

      Lying approximately 5 kms from Punakha village and with good views of the valley area. The 20 rooms are spacious and there are lovely views down across the river and the valley. There is a large dining area and bar where you can relax after a day exploring the Puankha valley.

    • Uma Punakha, Punakha

      Uma Punaka

      Deluxe

      Uma by COMO, Punakha, is located on a river bend in the Punakha Valley offering stunning views of pristine Himalayan scenery.

    Experiences while staying here

    The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.

    • Punakha Dzong

      Punakha Dzong Excursion

      Punakha

      Built in 1637, Punakha Dzong served as the seat of the government until the mid 20th century. Over the centuries it has suffered damage from several fires and flooding but still remains one of the most impressive dzongs in Bhutan.