Thimphu, the modern-day capital of Bhutan, is known to the small but growing band of visitors to the tiny Himalayan kingdom, but if it's tranquillity and antique charm you're after, the former capital of Punakha is the place to head for.
Located in central Bhutan, this sleepy town was the administrative hub of Bhutan until the 1960s and it still retains the serene atmosphere of a place with a regal past. It is home to the country's most idyllic dzong (fortress), the Punakha Dzong, where Bhutan's most significant ceremonies are still held.
Punakha still holds the title of "winter capital" due to its relatively mild weather during that time of year.
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