around Punakha


   Limbukha is known for its love of peace and tranquility. According to legend, during medieval wars the people of Limbukha volunteered their services as negotiators for peace. Their traditional role is honored on the last day of Punakha's annual religious festival, when Limbukha men taking part in the concluding procession out from the dzong carry peace flags, rather than weapons of war.

   The picturesque village of Talo, scattered along a ridge above the Punakha valley is known amongst Punakha villages for its neat and clean appearance. Talo Sangnacholing built on a small plateau at the top of the village offers some of the most majestic views of the entire valley, surrounding villages and the high hills beyond Wangduephodrang which mark the gateway to central Bhutan.
   Talo is about an hour's drive from Punakha.

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