This valley has a very different vibe and feel to it in comparison with the other valleys we visited.To reach Punakha we drove from Gangtey, through the winding mountain roads. The one thing about driving in Bhutan is, the excitement of the landscapes. You are high up at the top of a mountain looking down into a valley and as far as the eyes can see.
The valley of Phunakha is 1200 metres above sea level, it was the warmest valley of all the valleys we visited. The river dominates the landscape and divides the valley into two parts. Punakha was the capital of Bhutan and the seat of government until 1955, when the capital was moved to Thimphu.
Red rice is grown as the main crop along the river valleys of two main rivers of Bhutan, the Pho Chu (male river) and Mo Chu (female river) and when rice isn’t being harvested, they have the first harvest of chili peppers in central Bhutan.