Karbandi or Karbandi Goemba is one of the oldest Monasteries in Bhutan situated 400 meters above an astonishing valley surrounded by coniferous trees. Ashi Phuntsho Choedron, the Royal Grandmother, built the monastery in 1967. She had a winter residence here. It is regarded as the modern temple in Bhutan.
The Karbandi Monastery houses four giant statues of Buddhist deities. The temple is home to impressive, giant statues of Shakyamuni Buddha, Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, and Guru Rinpoche.
The Kharbandi Gompa monastery lies amidst a garden of tropical plants, flowers, and colorful prayer flags that adorn the lush garden outside the monastery. The garden is home to eight different types of Tibetan chortens or Tibetan Buddhist Stupas.
Inside the monastery, monks blow trumpet, chant mantras in a low tone, and pound drums to perform sacred ceremonies. Grand statues of Buddhist deities and masters stand imposingly here. A long line of prayer flags dances to the rhythm of the refreshingly cold wind. The bells chiming at the prayer wheel greets both pilgrims and visitors on the pathway ascending to the holy edifice.
In front of the main temple, bright butter lamps in a separate room signify the enlightenment and wisdom of this place. Ancient Buddhist relics in several Stupas and structures guard the steps to the temple. All the surfaces are covered with ornate and vivid paintings. Paintings depict scenes from the life of Lord Buddha.
The monastery’s vantage point offers a captivating view of the entire Phuentsholing and the Bengal valley.
As the legend goes that an Indian couple prayed for a child, the prayers of the couple were granted for a child. This monastery is believed to bless infertile couples with children. After that, this temple became the last resort for couples hoping to conceive. Couples earnestly desiring a child frequent this famous shrine.
Pema Tshering, a 17 years old monk in Karbandi Monastery, arrived from east Bhutan. He preferred camaraderie and peace in his home town. Initially, he grew homesick, then gradually immersed into the religious life there and became comfortable. Pema loves learning from his teachers, playing football, and taking part in ceremonies with other monks in leisure time.
From Airport or Thimphu
Fly to Paro Airport near Thimphu.Board a bus from Thimphu to Phuentsholing and get a taxi to Karbandi Monastery from Phuentsholing.
Take a taxi to the monastery from Phuentsholing. The monastery is located above the town.
New Jalpaiguri and New Alipurduar are the nearest railheads in West Bengal. Siliguri is the closest big Indian city. You can board a bus from the towns in North Bengal.
You can take a cab or taxi from Bagdogra airport to reach Phuentsholing in five hours.
Royal Bhutan Government bus departs from Siliguri three times a day: the first bus leaves at 05:00 am and the last bus departs at 2:00 pm. The bus takes around 8 hours to reach Phuentsholing.
Small villages, wildlife sanctuaries, and the gushing, ice-cold waterfalls are the attractions as you move up the hill.
Timings are subject to change. You will be automatically booked into a time slot as part of the check out process. Please visit the official website to confirm the time slot before your visit.