Constructed in 1967, the Karbandi Monastery is considered as one of the modern temples in Bhutan. From its vantage location, the entire town of Phuentsholing and the Bengal valley are captivatingly laid-out out before the eyes of the admiring visitor.
The pathway ascending to the sacred edifice is arrayed with a long line of prayer flags that dance to the rhythm of the refreshingly cool wind while the synchronised clinging of the bells at the prayer wheel warmly welcomes both visitors and pilgrims. At the front of the main temple, a separate room is filled with twinkling butter lamps signifying that this is a place of enlightenment and wisdom. Inside the temple, monks perform sacred ceremonies with drum pounding, low tone chanting, and trumpet blowing. This is where enormous statues of Buddhist masters and deities stand imposingly. There is also a popular shrine frequented by couples earnestly wanting for a child.
Karbandi Monastery is located along Phuntsholing-Thimphu Highway, Bhutan.
Opening Days and Hours
Opens daily from 9:00 to 17:00.
Entry Fee and Bookings
Entrance is free.
How to Get There
- Fly to Thimphu.
- From Thimphu, board an overnight bus to Phuentsholing.
- From Phuentsholing town centre, board a taxi to Karbandi Monastery.
- Solo travelers/backpackers
Time to Spend
Suggested duration in this attraction is between 1 to 2 hours.
Popularity and Best Time to Go
You can visit the monastery at any time.
Some of the dining places to try include Zen Restaurant, NEC Restaurant, Park Hotel Bhutan, and Tropical Toppings.
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