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Chimi Lakhang Cafeteria

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Chimi Lakhang Trail | Village of Sopsokha, Punakha, Bhutan
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Description: last building on the left on the path to the Temple of the Divine Madman...
last building on the left on the path to the Temple of the Divine Madman or Chimi Lakhang
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
The phallus cafe! Nice food and beautiful view

Chimi Lhakhang / Punakha is where the divine madman is revered. He was, by all accounts, a complete pervert and shagged anything and everything. Presumably a lot of his conquests got pregnant for he is now revered for fertility -hence the phallion a the houses - or here in the cafe, everywhere... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 12, 2015
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Bangalore, Karnataka, India
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26 reviews 26 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Red rice,grilled fern, veg manchurian gravy were tasty.very nice staff much like anywhere in bhutan. Differentiators are the great view in all the tables, spic and span spacious wash rooms.pleasant dining experience

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 via mobile

Chimi Lhakhang / Punakha is where the divine madman is revered. He was, by all accounts, a complete pervert and shagged anything and everything. Presumably a lot of his conquests got pregnant for he is now revered for fertility -hence the phallion a the houses - or here in the cafe, everywhere! Even the bannisters handrails are carved with a... More 

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Milan
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71 restaurant reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

Average quality, usual bhutanese food with various dishes, in particular chili with cheese isn't so good as elsewhere. Good view on countryside and villages near divine madman temple (aka fertility temple). It's also a shop of typical items (phallic items and fabrics. Ok to have lunch before going to temple.

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Detroit Lakes, Minnesota
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87 restaurant reviews
170 helpful votes 170 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Another of the average Bhutanese buffets one runs into on a tour of the country. True the restrooms are clean and the view is pleasant, but he food was so-so. There seemed to be few options in this area, so this probably was as good as it gets.

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Hobart, Australia
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56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 via mobile

After our bumpy ride from Thimpu and the Dochu La pass, we greatly appreciated the chance to visit this restaurant before our hike to Chimmi Lakhang temple. We were delighted with the standard if cleanliness of the unisex bathrooms, not to mention the entertaining sculptures which decorated them. Later, we returned to a set menu lunch. Being one of the... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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14 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

We had a window seat overlooking the rice fields for the meal before the hike to the temple of the divine mad man. I was not picky on food. There was enough choice of food for me.

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Jackson, Wyoming
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16 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

Having eaten here 5 times over the course of 6 months while I lived in this area of Bhutan, I'm comfortable giving this restaurant a top rating. The service is simply outstanding; the owner is dedicated to providing the best he can to locals and to tourists, for a very reasonable price. It offers a reliably delicious buffet lunch, with... More 

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Dunsborough, Australia
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59 restaurant reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

I gather that the Chimi Lakhang cafeteria is almost the mandatory start point for a meal prior to a stroll across the rice fields to the Chimi Lakhang monastery, of "Divine /madman" fame. The place was fairly busy when we were there, and if possible ask your guide to see if he can arrange a window seat for you. Sitting... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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57 restaurant reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

This is the place we ate right before taking a nice nature walk to the Chimi Lakhang temple. The view from this place is gorgeous. The food was not as good as some of the other restaurant we've been to, but the restaurant made up by very clean restroom, beautiful view and nice facility.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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145 helpful votes 145 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

We didn't order food, so I can't speak for the quality of full meals. But it was a nice place to take a break from the long drive or after a little hike to the Chimi Lhakhang Temple. As it was the late afternoon, most of the tourists were actually leaving, so we basically had the cafeteria to ourselves and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Chimi Lakhang Trail | Village of Sopsokha, Punakha, Bhutan
  • Location: Asia  >  Bhutan  >  Punakha District  >  Punakha

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Healthy

Description

last building on the left on the path to the Temple of the Divine Madman or Chimi Lakhang

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