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Chimi L'hakhang Temple

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Address: Punakha, Bhutan

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A lovely walk to the sacred temple

The walk from the parking area to the monastery was serene. Walking through the village road and through the fields was a nice experience. A stream flowed gently. Prayer flags... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 13, 2015
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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

This was the very first place we visited in Bhutan. The view of Punakha Valley from here is mesmerizing!!

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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

The walk from the parking area to the monastery was serene. Walking through the village road and through the fields was a nice experience. A stream flowed gently. Prayer flags were never tired of waving. Children played on the road, in the mud, and seemed happy. Sighted a variety of birds and butterflies! The Divine Madman instructed the villagers to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

This temple is one of a kind, especially for the basic concept it symbolises: Phallic worship. There's a store selling phallic handicrafts right at the beginning of this little walk. The walk itself is beautiful. You pass through the lush green fields that give you plenty of material for pics. visit my blog for pics and more details: https://bhutanesque.wordpress.com/2015/05/06/punakha/

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

The real attraction here is the walk to and from the temple. Along the way we passed rice fields, traditional farmhouses doubling as shops, women carrying babies up to the temple to give thanks for their fertility, and a young monk sitting in the grass trying to learn how to play the long Tibetan trumpet. The temple itself is small... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

One has to walk over a kilometre to reach this place. It is small but revered by people. the fields around, the flowing water, vegitation, cool breese doen't let one feel the efforts one takes to reach the place. One kind of gets mesmerised at this place. One feels being out of this world.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

This is a very popular temple with locals and tourists alike. The temple of the Divine Mad Man is said to offer blessing to those who asked. Many people brings small charms to be blessed there.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 via mobile

From the road ,there's a wonderfully memorable and peaceful walk through the paddies growing Bhutanese red rice via a clue of quiet farming villages to the hill where the temple is. Given the Rene of the divine madman celebrates the erect phallus and fertility you will see phalli painted on all the buildings and wooden phalli everywhere. Lots of photos... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

This temple is certainly on the tourist trail, I suspect as much for the fact that there are penises painted on so many of the houses in the local villages as anything ! Most tourguides park up on the main road and tourists make their way through a small village, across some open fields, through another small village and up... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

It is the fate of some of us to never have children to live through them and have our continuity yet if one sleeps in the temple, many had children born at even critically old age too. The story is true and there is an album as a living proof.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Chimi Lakhang was built in 1499 by the cousin of Drukpa Kunley (aka Divine Madman) in his honour after he overpowered the demoness of Dochu La Pass with his wisdom. It is also called the Temple of Fertility; women who are childless go there to recieve blessings. Access to the temple is a short 30 min walk through paddy fields... More 

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