around Thimphu


Tango Gompa
   Founded by Lama Gyalwa Lhanangpa in the 12th century, this monastery was constructed in the 15th century, the picturesque three-storied tower and several surrounding buildings were built in the 18th century by the eighth ruler of Bhutan, Druk Rabgye. The hike up the trail to Tango Gompa takes about an hour.

Cheri Gompa
   This monastery was built by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1620. The trail starts by crossing a lovely bridge that spans the Thimphu river, then climbs steeply up to the monastery. The journey takes about an hour.

Phajoding Monastery
   The complex is situated high on the hills overlooking Thimphu valley. It was in the 13th century. Phajoding was in former times one of the richest monasteries in the country. The hike is about 4 hours from Thimphu.

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