Originally the site of a 13th century monastery, the Phajoding Monastery is considered to be one of the oldest and most decorated monasteries in the country, and is a major meditation site for pilgrims and practitioners of the Buddhist faith. Nestled in the hills overlooking the capital of city of Thimphu, the monastery is accessible through well defined treking paths, frequently traveled upon by many tourists, monks, and pilgrims. The current monastery building is a part of local history, being built nearly three centuries ago by Gyelwa Shakya Rinchen, the 9th Je Khenpo (or Spiritual Leader) of the country, in 1748.
From the monastery's precipice, one can enjoy some truly breathtaking sunrises and sunsets, including sweeping views of the country's mountainous terrain.
In recent times, the monastery has come to the attention of the world, and was listed in 2010 by the World Monuments Fund as one of five endangered cultural monuments that need most help in restoration. To combat many years of neglect and degradation, and to support the livelyhood of the monastery's monks, a special project, dedicated to preserving the site, was launched.
Through popular support, both within the country as well as from the rest of the world, Phajoding monastery continues to enlighten and amaze all who make the journey to visit this fascinating landmark.
|Distance from the hotel||:||7.2 km|
|Commute Time from the hotel
||:||03 hours trek|
|Best months to visit
||:||March, April, May, September, October, November|