The Punakha Suspension Bridge

The #Punakha Suspension Bridge, located near the #PunakhaDzong, is built on the #PoChhu River. It is the longest suspension bridge in #Bhutan and if you are visiting the Dzong, do make it a point to visit the Punakha Suspension Bridge – it is a 15-minute walk from the Dzong. The bridge is a marvel and the locals use it to commute over the Po Chhu river. And while the bridge is beautiful to view from a distance, the view from the bridge is amazing since you can see the river flowing towards the Dzong. If you wait a while, you may also catch glimpses of the monks walking by the river in their red robes. Here are a few snapshots from the time I spent in, on, and around the Punakha Suspension bridge.


Punakha Dzong

Punakha Dzong (“Palace of Great Happiness”) is the second oldest and the second largest dzong (fortress) of Bhutan, located at the confluence of the Pho Chhu (father) and Mo Chhu (mother) rivers in the Punakha – Wangdue valley. It can be reached by taking a 72 km drive from Thimpu, across the Dochula Pass. Punakha was the capital of Bhutan till 1955 and is now the administrative headquarters of the Punakha district. Its location next to the two rivers and its beautiful architectural magnificence make it a must visit destination for all travelers exploring Bhutan. (Photos by Kaushik Naik)

Dochula Pass

The Thimpu Punakha Highway in Bhutan provides the traveler with lots of beautiful sights of the Himalayas all around. But one of the most mesmerizing places on this highway – Dochula Pass – comes after driving roughly 35 minutes from Thimpu. (Photos by Kaushik Naik)

The Haa Valley

Where Eagles Dare …

The Paro International Airport in Paro, Bhutan is one of the most beautiful airports in the world. It is also considered one of the most challenging airports in the world for take-off and landing. Text and photos by Kaushik Naik.

Into The Tiger’s Nest

Kaushik Naik visited the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan in April 2016. Starting this week, The Mountain Walker will showcase a weekly gallery of the breath-taking photographs from Kaushik’s personal travel diary. This week we present photos from a hike to the Taktsang Palphug Monastery (The Tiger’s Nest).