9. ChangangkhaLhakhang: Oldest Temple in ThimphuPerched on a ridge above Thimpu, is a 12th-century fortress-like temple and monastic school. Cute
Timings 6Am to 6 PM. Entry Fee - Nil
Have a hearty breakfast, you will need the calories for the 2 km long uphill climb from Nordzin Lam to the Changangkha Lakhang. You can always take a taxi, but the trek through parks and streets of Thimpu is highly recommended. The 12th century Buddhist temple, located on the top of a hill, offers stunning views of the clouds floating in and out of Thimpu Valley. The crisscrossed strings of prayer flags and the arrays of prayer wheels add to the atmosphere. Spend a few minutes soaking in the sights and catching your breath before you access the sanctum sanctorum. While shoes and cameras are not allowed inside, do not miss the experience on new born babies being christened amidst the deep throated chants of Buddhist monks. The Buddhist idol at this temple is exquisitely beautiful.
According to me this one is definitely a diamond among the haystack!! A place amidst the crowded city of Thimphu,perched on a ridge above central Thimphu regularly hums with pilgrim activity. This 12th century temple is very famous among the locals parents who'd come with their new born children to seek blessings from the protector deity Tamdrin and to get auspicious names for the new borns.