It was obliged as the capital of Bhutan until Thimphu retrieved it in mid-1950s. It's amicably the most splendid dzong in the country, unusually in spring when the lilac-flushed jacaranda trees bring an ornate sedulity to the dzong's characteristically sky scrapping the whitewashed walls. Deliberately painted gold, red and black carved woods add to the sublime lightness of embrace.
The construction of Punakha Dzong was already predicted by Guru Rinpoche, according to which,a person named Namgyal will arrive at a hill who will look like an elephant. When the Zhabdrung visited Punakha he chose the tip of the trunk of the snoozing elephant at the meeting of the Mo Chhu and Pho Chhu as the place to build a dzong.
180m long and 72m wide Punakha Dzong is six storeys high. The gold dome on the utse was fabricated in 1676 by local ruler Gyaltsen Tenzin Rabgye. Many of the dzong's appearances were added between 1744 and 1763 during the reign of the 13th desi, Sherab Wangchuk.
The dzong is out of the ordinary in the sense that it has three docheys as a substitute of the usual two. The first (northern) courtyard is for policy making functions and houses a planetary white chorten and bodhi tree. In the distant left edge is a congregation of stones and a shrine to the Tsochen, queen of the nagas (snake spirits), whose carved figure is to the side. The second yard houses the monastic quarters and is serrated from the first by the utse . In this yard there are two halls, one of which was used when Ugyen Wangchuck, later the first king, was conferred with the Form of Knight Commander of the Indian Empire by John Claude White in 1905.