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Dochula Lhakhang and Chortens

On the way to Punakha valley from Thimphu valley is the 3100-metre high Dochula pass. Especially during clear winter days, it offers the most spectacular view over the high peaks of the eastern Himalayas. The beauty of Dochula pass is further enhanced by the Druk Wangyel Lhakhang and the unique spiral of 108 Khangzang Wangyel Chortens built under the royal patronage of Her Majesty the Queen Mother Ashi Dorji Wangmo. Sanctified by the sacred monuments, the ridge is a blessing for every person who crosses the pass. The historical and spiritual ridge of Dochula, blessed by Zhabdrung, Terton Drugda Dorji, Drukpa Kuenley, and other spiritual personalities, has thus become a nye for all travellers.

 

Punakha Dzong

Located on a stretch of land where two rivers, the Phochhu and the Mochhu converge, Punakha Dzong appears as a great anchored ship. Zhabdrung built this dzong in 1637 and later died there in 1651. It was named Pungthang Dechen Phodrang Dzong, which means ‘the palace of great bliss’. At the Punakha Dzong, Gongsa Ugyen Wangchuck, Bhutan’s first king was crowned in 1907. Punakha was first capital of Bhutan and the dzong served as the centre of the government. The dzong still serves as the winter residence of His Holiness the Je Khenpo and the central monastic body. The famous Punakha Dromchoe, which takes place in spring at Punakha Dzong, is a glorious event and a superb demonstration of Bhutanese culture, combining powerful rites with a dazzling display of horsemanship and swordplay.

Khamsum Yualley Namgyel Chorten 
A short drive up the valley is the three-storied stupa built under the royal patronage of Her Majesty the Queen Mother Ashi Tshering Yangdon in 1992 and consecrated in December 1999, the Khamsum Yuellay Namgyal Chorten, as one of three chortens in the world, one being the National Memorial Chorten in Thimphu.  Standing on a beautiful hillock called Ngezergang roughly half an hour’s hike from the road point; it presents an incredibly complex iconography, which belongs to the Nyingmapa tradition. According to the tradition, the Khamsum Yuellay Namgyal Chorten was built for the successful reign during the present Druk Gyalpo as well as for the peace and prosperity of the kingdom. 

Chime Lhakhang

Dedicated to the famous “divine madman” widely condemned for his shockingly outrageous, even obscene teachings that were designed to persuade people to discard their preconceptions about the universe, the Chime Lhakhang at Metshina village was built in 1499 by the Drukpa hierarch, Ngawang Choegyel. Located at a half an hour’s hike away from the road head across open fields, the fertility temple is also the pilgrim site for women who are unable to bear children. People visit the Chime Lhakhang either to receive a special fertility blessing or may be just to see the ritual phalluses!

Gangtey Goenpa
An important centre of the Peling tradition, the Gangtey Goenpa is a landmark in the kingdom’s spiritual history. Located at the gate of Phobjikha valley, it is the largest Nyingmapa monastery in western Bhutan. Although founded in 1613 by the first Gangtey Trulku, Pema Trinley, the monastery was later enlarged by the second incarnation Tenzin Legpai Dhendup while under the patronage of the present Gangtey Trulku, it was fully restored in its original form. The people of Phobjikha believe that there is a spiritual bond between the black-necked crane (Grus Nigricollis) and the Gangtey monastery. Bhutanese mythology describes the crane as a heavenly bird and as a symbol of peace. Folk legends tell of how the black-necked cranes carried a Buddhist monk from monastery to monastery on their feathered backs.

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