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Punakha

Known as the 'winter capital of Bhutan', Punakha is only 45 miles (72km) from Thimphu but has a much warmer climate that allows for the patchwork of red and white rice fields that covers the surrounding valleys. The serene atmosphere of the city is personified in the Punakha Dzong, also known as the Palace of Great Happiness, the winter residence of Bhutan's Central Monastic Body and home to several sacred relics. Punakha makes a good base for exploring nearby attractions like the Guru Rinpoche Caves and Koma Tsachu hot springs.