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Chimi L'hakhang Temple

Punakha, Bhutan
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Ranked #4 of 5 Attractions in Punakha
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

The temple itself is oh historic interest for the reasons given in other reviews. For us, the main pleasure was the gentle stroll uphill to get there and downhill on the way back. The rice paddy fields were being harvested and the whole scene was one of bucolic peacefulness.

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Habra, West Bengal, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

It's wonderful place. To reach this place, one has to hike through the paddy fields. Everyone have to walk through the village. You can get a clear view of punakha town from the temple. People who are tired of hiking are allowed to take their cars to a certain point and then walk just few stairs to reach the temple.... More

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Belchertown, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

This temple is dedicated to Drukpa Kuenley, known as the "Divine Madman." He challenged the Buddhist establishment back in the day. This temple is visited by people who want to have children. It is a lovely and not difficult walk through rice paddy fields and a bit of a touristy village. Well worth visiting, and, according to local lore, especially... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

I think it is common for most people to start from the Chimi Lhakhang Cafeteria and walk to the Temple itself. This walk is wonderful as you take a narrow path through the rice paddies and then up the hill to the temple. My one issue is that the walk up the hill is initial through a throng of shops... More

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Bangalore, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

You need to walk up a little for 30 minutes to get to this temple. The trek is around the village , hence you can see some nice and unique things.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

I was fortunate that I travelled in a small car so I could reach the temple without much effort. I pity the travellers who come by bus as they have to walk right from the main road in the hot sun. Imagine how you will feel after taking that much effort, when you find that the monk and another small... More

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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

From across the valley and also a convenient restaurant you can see this temple perched on a small hill. The easy walk through the rice fields and village is the best part. The temple itself is ok, but by now you've probably seen a few.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

The chime Lhakhang temple is devoted to the divine madman, and it is an interesting place indeed. A nice walk from Punakha, and up to the temple where young monks pursue their studies. The temple has images of th divine madman, and his cousin. The blessing is unique - I won't spoil the surprise for you!

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Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

A rare temple that celebrates the power of phallus. Buddhists come here for earning blessings to beget children. Children born out of blessings always carry Chime or Kinley names. A nice walk (trek) of 30-35 minutes through step-farms that are a sight to watch.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

The Lhakhang is located 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) from Punakha This temple is near a village called Sopsokha. There is this beautiful 30 min meandering walk through farms of rice and village houses and then up the hillock where the monastery and the chorten are situated.

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