Bhutan, the scenically blessed kingdom has allured travelers from around the globe with its grandiose vista of mountainous valley and ancient legend about flying tigers and chorten. The beautiful kingdom is dotted with magnificent monasteries and Zangto Pelri Lhakhang is one of them. Situated near the weekend market of the southern border town Phuentsholing is the tallest monastery of the district Zangto Pelri Lhakhang. Built in 1990 under the commandment of Dasho Aku Tongmi, a musician who composed Bhutan’s national anthem, Zangto Pelri Lhakhang is a private chapel. Zangto Pelri Lhakhang represents the celestial abode of Guru Padmasambava.
The Bhutanese region is known for taking pride in showing their cultural heritage and craftsmanship through the outstanding architecture of dzong and monasteries. Tourist can see the skill artistry of Bhutanese people while visiting Zangto Pelri Lhakhang. The three storeys Zangto Pelri Lhakhang with its fine detail exterior have awe-struck many travelers in the first glance. The interior of the lhakhang is more fascinating and vibrant. The walls and the ceiling of Zangto Pelri Lhakhang are adorned with the pictures and murals depicting the life of Buddha while each of the floors has its own deities. On the ground floor, visitors will find statues of the eight manifestations of Guru Rinpoche, or the eight principal forms that he assumed at different points in his life. On the upper floor they will find eight Bodhisattvas and statues of Avalokiteshvara and Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal while the top floor of Zangto Pelri Lhakhang houses the main statue of Amitabha. After observing every floor and corridor of lhakhang, visitors can take a stroll around the well manicured garden which is surrounded by miniature prayer wheels and there are generally pilgrims there to pay their homage, spinning the prayer wheels that send their prayers spiraling up into the heavens.
Learning about different religion and culture is always fun and tourist can always get an in-depth knowledge about the legend and historic records of Bhutanese district from the monasteries. Learn more about Bhutan and its culture while being submerged in the tranquil ambiance during a visit of Zangto Pelri Lhakhang.
The tranquil ambiance and astounding architecture of Zangto Pelri Lhakhang can be relished throughout the year but morning hours during the prayer time is considered the best time to visit the lhakhang. Zangto Pelri Lhakhang remains open for the outsider from 8am to 6pm daily.