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Gangte Goemba

Gangte Goemba

Gangte Goemba enjoys prime real estate, on a forested hill overlooking the green expanse of the entire Phobjikha valley. The extensive complex consists of the central goemba, monks' quarters, a small guesthouse...

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Black-Necked Crane Information Centre

Your first stop in Phobjikha should be the information centre of the Royal So­ciety for Protection of Nature (RSPN), which has informative displays about the black-necked cranes and the valley environment. You...

Buddhist Temple in Phobjikha Valley

Nyelung Drachaling

Travellers with a sense of the magical will want to visit this unassuming chapel, one of eight residences (ling) built by the 14th-century Nyingma Dzogchen master and treasure-finder Longchen Rabjam (Longchenpa)....

Buddhist Monastery in Phobjikha Valley

Kuenzang Chholing Shedra

This Nyingma-school shedra (Buddhist college) of 300 student monks has a unique fledgling tourist outreach program. Contact the office at least a day before to arrange either a late-afternoon meditation class...

Buddhist Temple in Phobjikha Valley

Khewang Lhakhang

On the east side of the Phobjikha valley, opposite Tabiting, is the 15th-century Khewang Lhakhang, one of the oldest in the valley. It features three impressive two-storey statues of the past, present and future...

Buddhist Temple in Phobjikha Valley

Kumbhu Lhakhang

A dirt road leads from the Kuenzang Chholing Shedra up to the Kumbhu Lhakhang (Kumbhu means '100,000 statues'), a protector chapel and meditation-retreat centre dedicated to the ancient Bon deity Sipey Gyalmo and...

Buddhist Temple in Phobjikha Valley

Damcho Lhakhang

South of Tabiting, the unpaved road down the west side of Phobjikha valley winds past Yusa village to this small but charming chapel, said to be the oldest in the valley, dating to the 14th century.