Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Nunnery
Standing regally on a hilltop on a ridge overlooking Toebessa, Punakha and Wangduephodrang valley, the Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Nunnery is not just your typical place of worship, it is also a place for Nuns.
Inside the structure is a newly renovated chapel where the 14-foot statue of Cherrezig, the bosdhisattva of compassion is placed. Along with it are statues of prominent masters, gurus, and deities — including Buddha, Guru Rinpoche, and Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. Aside from the spiritual significance of this place, it also serves as a workshop for the resident nuns in learning and developing occupational skills, which include statue making and thangka painting. Lucky visitors can come in an opportune time when nuns have their religious worship — they can raise their voices in unison with the chants of the nuns, be offered a tea, and witness the whole proceedings with the setting sun clad in brilliant gold at the backdrop bidding goodbye for the day.
The Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Nunnery is located in Punakha, Bhutan.
Opening Days and Hours
Opens daily from 6:00 to 17:00.
Entry Fee and Bookings
Entrance is BTN 50 (USD 0.75).
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 2 hours.
Popularity and Best Time to Go
The best time to visit is between 9:00 and 14:00.
Dining options around Punakha include Dochula Restaurant, Chimi Lhakhang Cafeteria, Bukhari, and Reven Restaurant.
- Punakha Dzong
- Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten
- Punakha Suspension Bridge
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