Punakha Dzong, the second largest and second oldest #Fortress in #Bhutan. Built in 1637, Punakha Dzong, known as Pungthang Dewa Chenpoi Phodrang, meaning the “Palace of Great Bliss”, stands on a small stretch of land where the rivers Phochu and Mochu converge. The Dzong served as the administrative centre and the seat of the Government of Bhutan until 1955, when the capital was shifted to #Thimphu. Punakha Dzong displays exquisite and intricate Bhutanese #architecture and it is the most #beautiful dzong in Bhutan.Today, it serves as the office of the governor and head of the monk body in Punakha district. It is also the winter residence of the Chief Abbot of Bhutan, Je Khenpo. During the winter months from November to April, the Je Khenpo along with the central monk body moves from Thimphu and resides in Punakha Dzong and moves back to Thimphu Tashichho Dzong during the summer. This tradition of maintaining a summer and winter residence was first introduced in 17th century and the tradition is still practiced to this day.
A great annual #festival called Punakha Tsechu is held at the Dzong. Punakha Tsechu or religious festival is conducted from the tenth day of the first month of the traditional #Bhutanese Lunar calendar which usually falls sometime during the month of February or March on the western calendar. People from far flung villages and other districts come to attend the sacred festival.
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А typical #Court building in UK is far from being #magnificent, or #historicalbuilding .
It was a cold winters morning in Madikwe. We had heard them in the distance and started making our way down towards the airstrip to look for tracks.
The mist was hanging low as the sun rose in the distance, creating and almost ethereal atmosphere.
As we drove towards the sun the mist gave way to a striking silhouette.
It was was magnificent.
It was Africa!