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.
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.
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.
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.
There are various hotels and resorts available in Thimphu from budget to deluxe levels. Bhutan Holidays is happy to offer Hotel booking assistance and also a complete tour package to tourists, travelers, and visitors.