Perched at an elevation of 400mt at a distance of 1km from Bhutan Gate is the Karbandi Monastery of Phuentsholing. Situated above the southern border town of Bhutan, Karbandi Monastery was built in 1967 by the royal grandmother Ashi Phuntsho Choedron. Enclosed by the verdant valley with luxuriant coniferous trees, Karbandi Monastery has been a favored tourist destination due to its scenic view, serene ambiance and traditional legend.
Overlooking the Phuentsholing town, Karbandi Monastery with its vibrant color gleams atop the emerald green forest. The monasteries of Bhutan are known for its grandiose structure and astounding legend related with the formation of monastery. The archicture of the modern monastery Karbandi is awe-inspiring but there are no such legend interlinked with this monastery. But there is one legend according to which once after 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 centre for many barren couple. And for the other tourists who are not married, Karbandi Monastery offers a panoramic vista of Bhutan’s hill 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 something or to relish the grand vista of surrounding valley, Karbandi Monastery is an idyllic place which 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 leads towards the dense forest area, mesmerizing waterfall and nearby Bhutanese hamlets.
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.
Karbandi monastery can be visited throughout the year but morning time from 7am to 9am when the distant sound of monk chanting the prayer with the alluring aroma of incense feel the surrounding is considered the best time to visit Karbandi Monastery. Tourist should keep the timing of the monastery in mind since monastery only stays open for the outsiders from 7am to 6pm.