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Changangkha Lhakhang

Changangkha Lhakhang in Bhutan

Bhutan’s Changangkha Lhakhang is a Buddhist monastery that resembles a fortification that was established in the 12th century. Changangkha Lhakhang, perched on a ridge next to the Motithang Takin Preserve, is a popular tourist attraction in Thimphu and a must-see spot in Bhutan. The Changangkha Lhakhang is split into three sections. The Changangkha Lhakhang’s first section is devoted to the animals that have spent their entire lives to studying enlightening Buddhist doctrines. The remaining two components of Changangkha Lhakhang are a monks’ meditation hall and an inner sanctuary housing Guru Rimpoche’s relics.

Changangkha Lhakhang is renowned in Bhutan for hosting the stunning figurine of Chenrezig in its 11-headed thousand-armed manifestation form in its inner sanctuary in addition to providing sweeping views of the Thimphu Valley. The statue of Bhutan’s unifier, Zabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, is housed in Changangkha Lhakhang along with the revered image of Chenrezig.

History & Interesting Facts

Changangkha Lhakhang is known to be the spiritual home of the newly born children of Chang Valley. It is also the oldest temple to be built in the pictorial valley of Thimphu.

Things to See In Changangkha Lhakhang

  • Statue of Chenrezig in its 11 headed thousand armed manifestation form
  • Figurine of Zabdrung Ngawang Namgyal housed in the inner sanctum of Changangkha Lhakha
  • Remain of Guru Rimpoche in the Changangkha Lhakhang
  • Prayer wheels and sacred Tibetan text book
  • Panoramic view of Thimphu Valley from the courtyard of Changangkha Lhakhang

Things to Do In Changangkha Lhakhang

  • Meditating with the monks and anims of Changangkha Lhakhang
  • Getting insight into Buddhist philosophy by being the part of religious teaching of Changangkha Lhakhang
  • Witnessing the auspicious event of naming the newborn in Changangkha Lhakhang where the young ones are blessed with phurba (sacred dagger used while performing any rituals)

Some Dos and Donts

  • Visitors should remove their shoes before entering the premises of Changangkha Lhakhang
  • Making loud noise within the premises of Changangkha Lhakhang is not permitted
  • Like other religious sites in Bhutan visitors need to wear full clothes while visiting Changangkha Lhakhang.

How to Reach this Lhakhang

By Road- Once you reach the main town of Thimphu, Changangkha Lhakhang is merely a 1 km walking distance away. As Thimphu is well connected with other cities, you can also reach the Lhakhang from there.

By Air- The only option available for foreign nationals is to land at Paro Airport, the sole international airport in Bhutan. From the airport of Paro, the Lhakhang is approximately 50 kilometers of driving distance away that takes more than 1 hour to cover.

Timing of Changangkha Lhakhang

Changangkha Lhakhang is open to visitors every day from 6 am until 6 pm. If visitors want to take part in the morning and evening prayer rituals at Changangkha Lhakhang, the optimal times to go are between 6:00 and 8:00 in the morning and 5:00 and 6:00 in the evening. Bhutan Holidays offers a custom-made package vacation to stay in Thimphu at a reasonable cost to visit Changangkha Lhakhang.

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