Where is this beautiful fortress? Bhutan!
Photographer Kiran says of the Punakha Dzong:
"Bhutan has many Dzongs but the Punakha Dzong is arguably the most beautiful one you will ever set your eyes on. It is also called the Pungtang Dechen Photrang Dzong which actually translates to ‘the palace of great happiness or bliss’- pretty apt I’d say as one cannot help but feel at peace with the absolutely stunning surroundings, happy energy and ambience the place offers. This Buddhist monastery is pretty gorgeous and looks like a painting sitting by the confluence of the Mo Chu and Po Chu River. The lush trees offer a spectacular view against the white walls of the Dzong.
This Dzong played a significant role being the administrative center and seat of the Bhutan government. It in fact is not only the second oldest but also the second largest in the country. The dratshang (official head monk) uses the Punakha Dzong as his winter residence and all of Bhutan’s kings have been crowned here. The architecture within the Punakha Dzong premise is definitely something worth mentioning. It was built in 1637-38 and most of what you will see now as the Dzong’s features was built as early as in the 1700’s and carry a nostalgic yet historic element to it."
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