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Punakha Suspension Bridge – Detailed Tour Guide with History

Punakha Suspension Bridge in Bhutan

For some people, it might be thrilling to walk across an old suspension bridge that hangs in the air over a meandering mountain stream. If you wish to feel the same rush, visit the suspension bridge in Punakha Valley. Punakha Suspension Bridge, one of Bhutan’s longest and oldest suspension bridges that span the Po Chhu River, is situated close to the famous Pungthang Dechen Phodrang Dzong. Punakha, the historic capital of Bhutan, is a popular tourist attraction because of the view of the emerald blue river pouring down the hilly valley that is lined with lush forest.

The suspension bridge of Punakha is best visited with the help of a well-planned Bhutan tour itinerary that includes all the required amenities for travelers. For a free travel quote, you can call or mail us.

History of Punakha Suspension Bridge

The renowned architect and iron bridge builder Thangtong Gyalpo is thought to have constructed the beautiful bridge. The suspension bridge was initially constructed to link Punakha Dzong to the tiny settlements of Shengana, Samdingkha, and Sangkha, located on the other end of the Pho Chhu River. It has undergone years of maintenance.

Attractions of Punakha Suspension Bridge

Enclosed by the mountainous Bhutan hill, Punakha Suspension Bridge is decked with vibrant prayer flags and traditional Buddhist garlands. Connecting the Punakha Dzong with the Punakha town, Punakha Suspension Bridge spans 350m and dangles above the meandering mountain river, Po Chhu. While visiting the grandiose Punakha Dzong also known as the Pungthang Dechen Phodrang Dzong, tourists can make a round trip to Punakha Suspension Bridge as well. Located at a fifteen minutes walking distance, Punakha Suspension Bridge is the second-longest suspension bridge in Bhutan.

Getting There

As Punakha does not have an airport, visitors need to first board a flight to Paro International Airport. By road, travelers can also visit the suspension bridge from the city of Thimphu which would take around 2 hours to reach. Once you reach, you will get to see the suspension bridge on the shimmering Po Chu River just about 7 kilometers north of Punakha.

Activities to Do in and around

A thrilling experience that can last a lifetime is crossing one of the longest iron bridges while being kissed by a cool river breeze. For first-timers, crossing the bridge can be frightening, but with enough confidence and guidance, the dread of walking on a suspended bridge is vanquished by the breathtaking, heart-stopping sight of the shimmering mountain stream trickling down the mountain valley.

On a clear day, tourists are graced with the panoramic view of the mountain folds rolling the lush green meadow and verdant forest area from the Punakha Suspension Bridge. ‘If you don’t take risks, you’ll have a wasted soul’. Life is about taking chances and one baby step towards an adventurous world is all it takes to wake your inner adventurer. The thrill of crossing a bridge dangling above a fast-streaming mountain river can be experienced in Punakha Suspension Bridge.

Best Time to Visit this Suspension Bridge

Tourists can visit Punakha Suspension Bridge throughout the year to witness an astounding panoramic vista of Bhutan Hills, March to May and October to November when the valley is glazed with the vibrant color of the blooming flora of the Himalayan region.

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