Chimi Lhakhang

Chimi Lhakhang is otherwise known as the Temple of Fertility. Thousands of Bhutanese visit the temple when they want to start a family. It is here that you see countless phallic images on the local houses, all linked with the idea of fertility, and to drive away the evil eye and malicious gossip. The story goes that a demoness who had been playing havoc in the Punakha valley, transformed herself into a black dog to escape the wrath of Drukpa Kuenlay, the Divine Madman. However, he caught the dog and buried it, building a chorten over it and prophesying that a temple would one day be consecrated over it. True to the prophecy, his brother, Lam Ngawang Chogyal, built Chimi Lhakhang in 1456 on a hillock in the centre of the valley below Metshina. You access the temple through a 20-30 minute walk from the village of Lobesa.

Itineraries

A Luxury Honeymoon to Bhutan & Thailand

Dhulikhel - Punakha - Paro - Bangkok - Koh Yao Noi  

Bhutan and Thailand offers the perfect mix of amazing culture with an indulgent beach to end, perfect for a luxury honeymoon.

14 days from £6150 p. p.

Land of the Thunder Dragon: Complete Bhutan

Kathmandu - Thimphu- Punakha - Gangtey - Bumthang - Paro - Dhulikhel  

For many guests who travel to Bhutan, they leave the country wanting a little bit more, and it’s not a place you will likely have the opportunity to return to anytime soon. Guests always ask what further gems lie down the road before they have to turn back to Paro. Bumthang is worth the drive out …

15 days from £4195 p. p.

Mountains & Monasteries: Classic Bhutan

Kathmandu - Thimphu - Gangtey - Punakha - Paro - Dhulikhel  

This two-week suggested itinerary gives you the perfect blend of everything that makes Bhutan such a magical destination; amazing views, local culture and walks.

12 days from £3475 p. p.

Tiger’s Nest and the Highlights of Bhutan

Kathmandu - Thimphu - Punakha - Paro  

Explore the main highlights of Bhutan, experiencing the dramatic scenery, incredible culture and amazing architecture in Thimphu, Punakha and Paro.

11 days from £2945 p. p.

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Dhensa

$ $ $ $ $ Punakha  

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Uma Punakha

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Offering stunning views, Uma Punakha by COMO is a superb boutique lodge located in the Punakha Valley in Bhutan offering just 11 bedrooms and suites.

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