Until 1955, Punakha was the capital of Bhutan and today it remains the winter seat of the central monastic body. It has an altitude of 1,220, whereas the highest point in the rest of the country is over 7500 meters high. Therefore, it has the most mild climate in all of the country. At the junction of the two rivers, Pho Chhu (male river) and y Mo Chhu (female river) stood in a sort of picnic where the view of the castle, the dzong-on whitewater descending from the Himlayas is impressive and both serene. Bhutan's bridges are one of its most iconic images, and the most popular is probably the Punakha bridge.