Changangkha Lhakhang is a 12th century monastery built on a spur identified by Lama Phajo Drugom Shingpo, one of the great ancient saints of Bhutan. Changangkha lhakhang is one of the oldest monasteries in Thimphu. This is one of the sightseeing places in Thimphu. Being in close proximity and open seven days a week this is one place you should visit. The monastery is built on a ridge so you will have to climb a flight of stairs. The base of the monastery has good parking space.
Changangkha lhakhang location
Changangkha lhakhang is approximately about 1km from downtown Thimphu and near most of the hotels in Thimphu. Its about 10 minutes drive from the main town.
A good pace walk will take you about 30 minutes from the city centre to this monastery. Since the walk is uphill its quite strenuous but once you reach the monastery the view from the monastery is stunning. Walking down from the monastery to the city centre is easy as its downhill and it will take you about 15 minutes.
Opening and closing time
The monastery opens early in the morning and is closed quite late depending on the day light. Monastery doesn’t allow access to visitors after dark. So, its always good to be in the monastery before 6pm. Changangkha lhakhang is open seven days a week.
Special events and ceremonies
From time to time special Buddhist rituals are organized here in this monastery. If your visit coincides with a Buddhist ritual being performed then you will be lucky to witness a nice event. This monastery is very busy during Buddhist auspicious days when thousands of devotees throng this place. So, you should plan your visit in the afternoon as there will be parking space problem in the morning. If you are interested seeing people then an auspicious day will be the right time as you will see how people pray and how people offer food to the temple.