Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten is the most unique temple which sits high above Punakha Valley. This temple is neither designed for the community worship nor for the education like other Buddhist Institute and Colleges. It was built & designed by the Queen Mother in the year 1990. The beautiful temple was dedicated to the King & the Bhutanese people’s well being. The golden apex and convoluted wall patterns of this temple will mesmerize you. The four-storied structure of the temple represents the serene architecture and artistic techniques of the country.
khamsum yulley namgyal chorten ¤ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ unlike most chortens which are built for worship or monastic retreat and education, this architectural beauty was built to dispel negative forces and promote peace and harmony for all living beings. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ situated at the top of a mountain overlooking the punakha valley, it takes about 30 minutes to walk up to the khamsum yulley namgyal chorten. our guide explained that this is in line with the buddhist principle that suffering is required to reach enlightenment. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ at first that may not sound so positive due to the negative connotations we associate with suffering, but with light there is always dark. without some degree of hardship we may not fully appreciate the true beauty of that which we seek to attain. so when you find yourself at the bottom of a dauntingly steep mountain, take a moment for yourself and remember that it is all a part of our journey. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #khamsumyulleynamgyalchorten #peace #harmony #compassion #lifelessons #punakha #punakhavalley #chorten #meditation #architecture #bhutan #buddhism #bhutantravel #himalayas #wanderlust #igtravel #instatravel #travellife #instapassport #travelgram #explore #adventure #adventuregram #travelphotography #travelwithme #asiantravel
How to reach?
By air: The best way to reach Punakha is to take a flight from the nearest Bagdogra Airport to Paro International Airport. From the airport, you will get hired taxi or shared cabs to reach Punakha.
By rail: The nearest Railway station is Hasimara Railway Station or New Jalpaiguri Railway Station and from there you can hire a taxi or a private car to reach Punakha.
By road: You can visit the district of Punakha by traveling through numerous buses which travel from the border of Phuentsholing. Numerous private buses with the seating capacity of 22 run through this area.
The distance from Punakha to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Temple is 44.6km.
What is the specialty of Namgyal Temple?
When you reach the Namgyal Temple, you will walk across an iron suspension bridge. The bridge is the oldest bridge in Bhutan which was built over 500 years ago. The bridge is really amazing due to its unique structure.
The beautiful rice paddies are aligned through a narrow track on the hillside. Where the paddies trail ends, the real pathway of temple begins from there. When you have visualized the temple for the first time, you can explore a big prayer wheel.
This serene temple is surrounded by the amazing Bodhi tree and well-tended gardens.
There’s an open space around the temple where you can sit to pray or meditate. When you are walking in the north door of the temple at the first stair, you can explore the statue of serene Sakyamuni Buddha and the fierce Vajrakilaya. The statue of Vajrakilaya is 15- 20 feet high, filling the whole room and encased in glass. There are 103 complete 3-D sculptures of brilliant colors, each of which represents divinity.
There are more than three shrine rooms at the second stair along with the wrathful deity statue, which is known to be ferociously powerful in appearance.
The wall of each temple is really unique for its ornate architecture. There are more tranquil Yab-Yum figures of all colors, along with peaceful environments.
At the third stair, there is temple’s roof. The view from the roof will make you spellbound. Having survived all the transformational challenges of the vexed deities, you can truly feel the peace in this serene temple.
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Frequent questions to be asked:
Q. What is the best time to visit Namgyal Temple?
A. You can visit this temple throughout the year at your convenience.
Q. Is trekking allowed around the monastery?
A. Yes, it is one of the best places in Bhutan for trekking. During trekking around the temple, it gives you soothing experiences.
Q. Is entry fee is required for this temple?
A. No, there is no requirement of an entry fee for this temple.
Q. What we should wear to visit the Namgyal Temple?
A. You should moderately dressed up during visiting the temple to show respect towards the Bhutan local peoples.