Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten – An Offbeat Attraction of Splendid Bhutanese Architecture
Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten is a wonderful example of Asiatic culture and architecture in Punakha, Bhutan.
It is among the most unique temples in Bhutan. Built in the year 1990, this chorten was designed by the Queen Mother and was dedicated to the King and Bhutanese people’s prosperity. Unlike most other monasteries in Bhutan, this monastery was never built as a monastic school or community worship. Rather it was established as a magical tool which now has become one of the most popular places of attraction in Bhutan. One has to hike for 45 minutes to reach this marvelous architectural wonder and it deserves every bit of the hard work for the hiking.
How to reach:
Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten is in Punakha which is situated approximately 241 km away from Phuentsholing. One can rent a car from a car rental service provider to travel from Phuentsholing to Punakha (which takes almost 6 hours and 30 minutes) to enjoy Bhutan Budget tour. Although by-road is the most convenient way of arriving in Punakha, one can also choose other options like flight and train.
There are many flights available between Bagdogra Airport and Paro International Airport. Hasimara is the nearest railway station (which is in India as Bhutan does not have its own railways) and one can avail many trains from NJP to Hasimara and then car rental to witness Bhutan Tour places.
Apart from that, numerous buses are also available which travel to Bhutan directly. You can also consult a local tour and travel agency in Siliguri to book the best Bhutan Tour Packages which deprive you of all sorts of hassles that travelers generally face during a trip organized by their own.
About Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten:
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There is a bridge over the Mo Chhu River on the way to the Namgyal Temple which is the oldest bridge of Bhutan (built almost 500 years ago). Next, the travelers have to walk along a narrow track through rice paddies. The spot is quite scenic giving it a look of almost like South Asian region. The pathways to the temple begin from the narrow track and a big prayer wheel can be seen here.
The charming temple has beautiful gardens and two large prayer wheels in their special center. The major attraction of the temple is the Bodhi tree and the temple itself. The golden spire and intricate wall patterns depict the centuries-old tradition of Bhutan.
It took 9 years to construct the Namgyal Temple:
Yes, you read it right, the Namgyal Temple is a three-storey building which was built by craftsmen including sculptors, painters, and carpenters for 9 long years. It also has a unique story attached to it. The figurine of Namgyal Temple faces the Punakha Valley which depicts the story of conquering a demon by putting her feet on his body. Travelers are allowed to visit this temple anytime between 6 am to 6 pm.
Places of attractions in Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten:
As mentioned earlier the temple itself is the major attraction of the place and is a must visit during your Bhutan holidays. Other attractions of the place are:
- The bunch of white chorten marking the entrance of Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten
- The three-storey building of the Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten
- The halls of the Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten with murals and paintings of the deities
- 360-degree view of the Punakha Valley
Do not get late to book a package from a trusted tour operator for Bhutan Tour and during your visit to the “Land of Happiness” you must pay a visit to the Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten to witness this lesser known and unexplored beauty of Bhutan.