Chimi L'hakhang Temple, Punakha

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See the many phallic statues at Chimi L'hakhang Temple, a shrine of a fertility saint. Standing on a round hillock amid rice paddies and mustard fields, the modest temple contains a 25 cm (10 in) tall wood and ivory lingam, the centerpiece for those seeking a blessing for fertility from a resident monk. Built in 1499 by Drukpa Kunley--the so-called "saint of 5,000 women" who introduced Buddhism to Bhutan--the temple gained notoriety for its fertility wish grants to childless couples. Local villagers continue this tradition, evidenced in the colorful lingams painted on their houses as well as many funny phallic signposts and memorabilia sold in the village. Using our world travel planner, Punakha attractions like Chimi L'hakhang Temple can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • October 3, 2017
    Okay but would choose another hotel if I ever return to Punakha Scenery and view from hotel is very beautiful but road to hotel is terrible. Location is far from the city so no chance for any nightlif...  more »
  • October 3, 2017
    For those traveling by themselves take a taxi from town. The epitome of phallus worship, the scenery around is wonderful. Don't be embarrassed if you see a young woman way walking around the shrine wi...  more »
  • October 1, 2017
    a beautiful walk among the trees. the day we went very few people were there.. lovely temple, with the young monks playing around. very calm atmosphere.. even though it was a sunny day, the breeze dur...  more »
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  • May 1, 2017
    The temple is so beautiful and fresh
  • January 14, 2017
    My village I love my village..my village is so beautiful....
  • December 18, 2016
    Pleasant hike through local villages. Tell your guide to drop you a little further away so you can walk through padi fields and villages. You get a neat snapshot of local life. Drukpa Kunley is an interesting character within the Tibetan Tradition and there are interesting legends of him. Take time to read up on it
  • July 11, 2016
    One of the most beautiful places I have seen.
  • April 1, 2016
    Its about 1.5 hrs walk from college of natural resources. I didn't know where i was heading but I had a beautiful place in front of me. I kept on walking and had been there.I don't have word to describe how i felt still i wana tell i felt i'm really blessed. I feel inner peace within... ahhhhhhha...... what a wonderful walk i had!

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Where to stay in Punakha

Though a handful of hotels and resorts exist in Punakha, many visitors choose to stay in national capital Thimphu or a nearby town or village. Thimphu has the widest selection of accommodations, but you may want to consider one of the cozy spots tucked in the valley, just a 20- to 25-minute drive from Punakha. If you're having trouble finding lodging in Punakha, take a look at the nearby towns of Wolakha, Sopsokha, and Lobesa.
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