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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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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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

The walk across the fields in the spring sunshine with the temple up ahead on a hilltop was great. Less so the many shops and stalls selling various handicrafts. As usual there's a legend of warring deities to explain the temple being here and it has the reputation of blessing childless couples with a pregnancy. Very little to see except... More

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Chennai (Madras), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

Suggest you google the story of the mad Man temple before you go to enjoy the hike. The hike starts at the head of the village and will take you through a rustic village and paddy fields and you will get many chances to meet locals. It would take you about 30 minutes to get to the temple. The walk... More

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