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15 Mar 2020

Most charming monasteries in Bhutan

As petite as the name is, the realm of Bhutan is cosy, soft, and soul hugging! The foremost thing that caught my attention were the cotton-candy clouds that swayed relaxingly around the slender and rocky peaks! I was at peace seeing their unbothered movements in the paradisiacal surroundings.

Bhutan is known for the sacred religion of Buddhism and the incredible teachings of Buddha. This led me to find the most charming monasteries in Bhutan! It is a hard pick, but below I have mentioned my top three:

Taktsang Monastery, Paro Valley

Starting from the view that leads here to the monastery itself, everything about Taktsang is surreal. I trekked my way up to grasp the beauty that encircles this monastery while halting and taking it all in. As the alluring white building with its gleaming gold-plated dome was visible, I knew I had arrived. Eyeing the colourful flags, moving my fingers across the golden prayer wheel, and entering the much-talked-about cave temple was truly phenomenal. The authentic Bhutanese food at Taktsang cafe was all I needed before heading back!


Kyichu Lhakhang Monastery, Paro Valley

Unlike its name, Kyichu Lhakhang Monastery, is simple and gives a feeling of being close to the almighty. I could not get enough of the simplicity that cradled here - the torned off-white walls, the nut-brown flat roof embellished with aureate charm and the stupas. The crowd here was majorly of elderly pilgrims that were spinning the prayer wheels with utmost devotion in heart.

Cheri Monastery, Thimphu

It took me around 1.5 hours of trekking to reach the Cheri Monastery! I was blanketed within the mesmeric beauty of lush green pines and the sound of Sanctus bells coming from the monastery that echoed through the valley. I was welcomed with the vibrance of the prayer flags swaying sprightly in the air and a bunch of locals and tourists sitting in the tranquil prayer room. Getting to pray in that environment and later appreciate the Buddhist paintings that adorn the walls here was a heartfelt experience for me.



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