Chimi Lhakhang Location

Chimi Lhakhang Location

Chime Lhakhang is located in Lobesa, a settlement under Barp Gewog in Punakha district. It is located at the junction where the highway from Thimphu branches to Punakha and Wangdue Phodrang. It is about 11km from Punakha, 12km from Wangdue Phodrang and 60km from Thimphu. The settlement is formed near the bank of Punatsangchu, at an altitude of 1300m. Chime Lhakhang and the surrounding settlements are connected by a stretch of 1.5km farm road from Thimphu - Punakha highway.

Chime Lhakhang sits on a round hillock making it the most prominent structure with prayer flags overlooking the surrounding in the settlement despite it being located at the end of the village.

There is a common parking space at the base of Chime Lhakhang which is mainly used by the visitors. The tourist vehicles are parked along the side of the highway near Sopsokha for those who prefer to walk through the traditional route to Chime Lhakhang.

All the houses and shops in Sopsokha village have paintings of phalluses on their exterior walls. The structures are also built in traditional architecture giving it a very rustic charm. There are also a few handicraft shops selling phallus souvenirs in all shapes, colours and sizes. If you opt to walk to Chime Lhakhang by foot, you will also pass through a large beautiful picturesque rice and mustard field. The stroll through the field to Chime Lhakhang will take approximately 20  minutes.

Chime Lhakhang is open from 9am to 5pm daily. 

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