About Dzongkhag

Vision: A happy and self-reliant community with good governance, rich culture and pristine nature.

Mission: To deliver prompt and quality services through committed professionals pursuing a well balanced socio-economic development to meet the needs and fulfill the aspirations of people in the Dzongkhag.

Administrative map of Punakha Dzongkhag

Punakha Dzongkhag is situated in western Bhutan, bordered by Gasa to the north, Thimphu to the west and Wangduephodrang to the east and south. The Dzongkhag is located at an altitude ranging from 1100-2500 m above sea level. Untill 1955, Punakha served as the winter capital of Bhutan. Currently, it serves as the winter residence for the Central Monastic Body.

The Dzongkhag is administratively divided into eleven gewogs, namely Baarp, Chhubu, Dzomi, Goenshari, Guma, Kabjisa, Lingmukha, Shengana, Talo, Toepisa and Toedwang.

Punakha Dzongkhag is well known for rice, vegetables and fruits owing to its favorable location, soil and climatic conditions. The Dzongkhag basically grows little of everything but the main cash crops are paddy, wheat, maize and mustard. Though citrus fruits are among the main fruits grown in the Dzongkhag, other fruits like persimmon, guavas, peaches, plums, pears, avocado and apricots are grown. The Dzongkhag also grows a variety of vegetables such as chilies, raddish, cabbages, brinjals, leaves and tomatoes.

The Dzongkhag is also a popular tourist destination. Punakha Dzong is a major attraction besides Talo Dzong, Chhimi lhakhang, Khamsum Yulay Namgyel Chorten, and the two hot springs, namely Koma tshachu and the Chhubu tshachu.

The construction of farm roads has connected all Gewog centres even penetrating most of the major villages. Such accessibility has reduced the walking distance to less than one hour from road head for over 98% of the people. Adequate number of RNR centres, Basic Health Units and Schools are established at convenient locations in all the Gewogs to provide prompt delivery of services.

The 2015 GNH Survey reports Punakha to be in the medium category in terms of happiness with a GNH Index value of 0.758. The Dzongkhag has 100% access to electricity and mobile coverage and has Community Centres established in all the Gewogs where people can avail banking services and credit facilities.