Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten
Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten stands on a hill above Punakha Valley. It was built in 2004 by Her Majesty Queen Mother Ashi Tshering Yangdon Wangchuk.
Reached by bus and by crossing a suspension bridge, climbing a 30-minute ascent treats the visitor with a view of beautifully arranged pine trees and well-manicured gardens. Farther up, a two-layer prayer wheel in a special shelter and a charming little temple await the traveler. While other structures in Bhutan greets one with a courtyard, this one is different — upon entry the sculpture of Vajrakilaya of about 20 feet encased in a glass stares at the newcomers. This deity is considered the most wrathful among protective deities. The next place houses other deities in smaller sizes. At this stage, one can sit and meditate. The third stairway emerges on the temple’s roof with a fantastic view of a golden Sakyamuni Buddha facing toward the Sun.
Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten is located in Punakha, 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 Bhutan via Druk Air, or Bhutan Airlines.
- From the airport, take a taxi to Thimphu.
- From Thimphu, board a bus or charter a taxi to Punakha.
- Solo travelers/backpackers
Time to Spend
Suggested duration in this attraction is 1 hour.
Popularity and Best Time to Go
The best time to visit is between 9:00 and 12:00.
Dining options around Punakha include Dochula Restaurant, Chimi Lhakhang Cafeteria, Bukhari, and Reven Restaurant.
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- Punakha Bridge
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