The Karbandi Monastery of Phuentsholing is located at a distance of 1 km from Bhutan Gate and is perched at a height of 400 meters above sea level. The royal grandmother Ashi Phuntsho Choedron constructed Karbandi Monastery in 1967, which is located above the southern border town of Bhutan. Due to its picturesque scenery, tranquil environment, and historical history, Karbandi Monastery, which is surrounded by a lush valley filled with luxuriant coniferous trees, has become a popular tourist attraction.
Overlooking the Phuentsholing town, Karbandi Monastery with its vibrant color gleams atop the emerald green forest. The monasteries of Bhutan are known for their grandiose structure and the astounding legend related to the formation of monasteries. The architecture of the modern monastery Karbandi is awe-inspiring but there is no such legend interlinked with this monastery. But there is one legend according to which once an Indian pilgrim visiting Karbandi Monastery wished for being showered with the blessing of being a mother and her wish came true. After that miracle or coincidence, Karbandi Monastery has been the pilgrim center for many barren couples.
And for the other tourists who are not married, Karbandi Monastery offers a panoramic vista of Bhutan’s hills and Indian Plains. The main hall of Karbandi Monastery is adorned by the magnificent statues of the Bhutanese deities of Shakyamuni Buddha, Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, and Guru Rinpoche. Whether the tourists are visiting to wish for something or to relish the grand vista of the surrounding valley, Karbandi Monastery is an idyllic place that emits an aura of serenity. If the tourists have some time to spare after their visit to Karbandi Monastery they can further venture upon the routes around the monastery which lead towards the dense forest area, mesmerizing waterfall, and nearby Bhutanese hamlets.
From Karbandi Monastery, there are a couple of sightseeing attractions available to see. Ammo Chu Crocodile Breeding Centre is one such tourist attraction where you will get to see a plethora of crocodiles. You can also pay a visit to Zangto Pelri Lhakhang which is one of the tallest monasteries built in the year 1990. The grand architecture and the tranquil ambiance of Zangto Pelri Lhakhang attract visitors to it.
Karbandi monastery can be visited throughout the year but morning time from 7 am to 9 am when the distant sound of monks chanting the prayer with the alluring aroma of incense feel the surrounding is considered the best time to visit Karbandi Monastery. Tourists should keep the timing of the monastery in mind since the monastery only stays open for outsiders from 7 am to 6 pm. You don’t require any entry fee in order to enter the Monastery.
Take a stroll around the white-washed stupas flanked around the Karbandi Monastery while listening to the distant sound of chanting prayers. The serene ambiance with the breathtaking view makes the Karbandi Monastery worth a visit while traveling to Phuentsholing.