Visit one of Bhutan’s most important and recognisable chorten — the Chendebji Chorten.
The Chendebji Chorten was built by Lama Ngesup Tshering Wangchuk, who was believed to be a descendant of the Bemji Choeje in Trongsa whose ancestor is said to be a Tibetan King named Trisong Detsen. It is also believed that the chorten was built to subdue the Ngala Dudm, the dreaded demoness of the Chendibji area and therefore bring peace to the valley.
Aside from the cultural significance, guests will also appreciate the chorten’s serene surroundings, as it is situated at the point believed to be where three ridges and the three edges of the sky meet. It is also a very recognisable chorten, thanks to its round shape and eyes painted on its sides, making it similar to Nepal’s Jarung Khashor (Bodhanath) stupa.
The Chendebji Chorten is located in Chendebji, Tangsibi Gewog, Trongsa.
Opening Days and Hours
The chorten is open every day, from 09:00 to 18:00.
Entry Fee and Bookings
Tours to the chorten cost around USD 41 per person. This includes transfers, guided tour, and even meals.
How to Get There
- You can fly into Bhutan via the country’s sole international airport in Paro.
- From Paro, you can either rent a car or ride a bus to Trongsa. You can then travel to the Chendebji Chorten via a rented car or motorbike.
- Backpackers/solo travelers
- Group of friends
Time to Spend
You can explore the attraction in 2 to 3 hours.
Popularity and Best Time to Go
You can visit the chorten at any time of the day.
- Explore the chorten
- Visit monk dormitories and study rooms that line the path to the main temple
- Shop at the souvenir stalls
Tours typically include meals at a nearby restaurant.
- Tongsa Dzong
- Ta Dzong Museum
- Yutong La Pass
Chendebji has one hotel — the Chendebji Resort which costs around USD 19 to USD 37 per night. Other hotels in Trongsa are the Puenzhi Guest House, Yangkhil Resort, Norling Hotel, and Tashi Ninjay Guest House. Prices range from USD 27 to USD 67 per night.