Punakha Suspension Bridge is the longest suspension bridge in Bhutan measuring 180 m in length. From the bridge, you can get a spectacular view of the Po Chhu river (male river) and the valley. It’s an ideal place for a photoshoot with a stunning background. You will definitely enjoy the cool and breezy vibes from the suspension bridge.
This ancient suspension bridge dates back all the way to 1637 when Punakha was in its glory as the capital city of Bhutan. The bridge is believed to be built by the great architect and iron bridge builder Thangtong Gyalpo. The suspension bridge has undergone several years of renovation and was originally built to connect Punakha Dzong to the small villages of Shengana, Samdingkha and Sangkha, on the other end of Pho Chhu river. Traditionally, bridges have always been the means for villagers to get from one place to another.
The suspension bridge is adorned with vibrant colourful Buddhist prayer flags. As the bridge relies on cables anchored in huge cement blocks to connect one bank to another, the bridge will swing in strong winds. Some say that walking across the suspension bridge in Punakha is for adventurous souls. It sure gives one an adrenaline rush when crossing a wobbly bridge.
Enjoy the peace and serenity of Bhutan as you stand on the suspension bridge. Admire the clean water gushing in the river. Embrace the crisp air that you are breathing. And simply absorb all the positive vibes from the fluttering prayer flags. The mountains surrounding the suspension bridge enhance the breathtaking view of Punakha suspension bridge.
Once you have successfully crossed the bridge, you can have some tea and snacks at a small shop.
Punakha suspension bridge is about 15 mins walk from the majestic Punakha Dzong.
If you are looking for fun things to do in Punakha, you may also consider trying whitewater rafting in Bhutan.
When is the best time to visit Punakha suspension bridge
You can visit Punakha suspension bridge all year round but the most ideal time is during summer and winter due to the weather conditions. It may be difficult to cross the bridge with the rain and strong winds.
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