Zangto Pelri Lhakhang

Overview

Zangto Pelri is a Buddhist Monastery at the center of Phuentsholing, and Dasho Aku Tongmi built it in 1990. Dasho Aku Tongmi composed the National Anthem for Bhutan.

This beautiful shrine houses the statues of Buddhist Gurus. Some of these idols are as high as 4 meters. It is the tallest monastery of the district Zangto Pelri Lhakhang.

Phuentsholing has the most prominent religious community of the Zangto Pelri Lhakhang. Zangto Pelri Lhakhang is one of the eminent religious communities in the lovely kingdom and interacts with the heavenly house Guru Padmasambhava.

This private chapel is opposite a flowery park.

 

 

History/Legend

Zangto Pelri means 'celestial abode of Guru Rinpoche.' It is a replica or reproduction of Guru Rinpoche’s heavenly home and known as the heaven of Guru Rimpoche. It is a fun activity to learn about different religions and cultures apart from getting in-depth knowledge about the legend and historical records of Bhutanese monasteries.

 

 

Architecture

This monastery presents an exquisite example of the ancient architecture of Bhutan. Its ground level is home to the eight life-size statues of different manifestations of Guru Rinpoche. These manifestations are the principal forms that Guru assumed at different points in his life.

The second-floor houses eight Bodhisattvas and statues of Avalokiteshwara and Zhubdrung Ngawang Namgyal. You will see a beautiful idol of Amitabha Buddha on the topmost floor. A huge ball fountain, a small pond, and prayer wheels adorn the beautiful park.

Fascinating paintings and beautiful statues flaunt Bhutanese craftsmanship in this three-storied monastery. Guru Padmasambhava and other great saints of Bhutan have their paintings and murals on the Lhakhang walls. The paintings depict the life of Buddha.

The remarkable design of dzong and cloisters gives Bhutanese the reason to take pride in their social legacy and craftsmanship. This masterfulness is evident to all tourists during their visit to Zangto Pelri Lhakhang. While digging the foundation, an elephant skull in a box was found here.

The fascinating and vibrant interior and exquisite detail exterior of Zangto Pelri Lhakhang awe strike the visitor's first glance.

 

 

Park

The surrounding garden is pleasant, and the pilgrims spend time on a balmy evening. The gates of the park give a warm welcome to the tourists. Inside, visitors behold flower gardens and fountains. 

The rotating prayer wheels generate a tinkling sound that works as a therapy to soothe the ears and the mind. It sends their prayers spiraling up into the heavens. The ambiance is delightful.

 

 

Zangtho Pelri Lhakhang Travel Tips

Get bottled water.

Interact with pilgrims and locals to learn about various mythological tales and traditional customs of the kingdom.

 

 

Best time to visit Zangto Pelri Lhakhang

Morning hours during the prayer time is the best time to visit the monastery. The shrine stays open for the outsider from 8 am to 6 pm daily.

Weather is pleasant from April to June, with temperatures ranging between 25 to 30°C and blooming a variety of flowers. Weather is neither cold nor hot with a moderate wind from September to November (autumn). These are good times to visit. From June to August, the area receives plenty of rainfall and temperature soar up to 37°C during summer.  Winters (December- February) are extreme, so winter is not a good time to visit.

 

 

Places Around the Monastery

Bhutan Gate, Jaldapara National Park, Cooch Behar Rajbari, Gorumara National Park, and the Haa Valley are the places to explore around Zangto Pelri Lhakhang.

It is one of the most popular tourist places in Phuentsholing. You will get a glimpse into Bhutanese cultural heritage and witness their intriguing method of worship. While awaiting a tourist permit, you can make good use of time and loiter around Zangto Pelri Lhakhang in the second-largest Bhutan town.

Estimated Visit Time Required: 2-3 hours

Zangto Pelri Lhakhang is close to the Bhutan-India gate adjoined with a park in the heart of Phuntsholing. It is right in front of the Tashi telecom office. Hotels, the immigration office, and the bus station are nearby. It is in the southwest of the weekend market.

 

Timings

  • Sunday : 08:00 am to 06:00 pm
  • Monday : 08:00 am to 06:00 pm
  • Tuesday : 08:00 am to 06:00 pm
  • Wednesday : 08:00 am to 06:00 pm
  • Thursday : 08:00 am to 06:00 pm
  • Friday : 08:00 am to 06:00 pm
  • Saturday : 08:00 am to 06:00 pm

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.

 

How to Reach

  • By Road : The best way to reach Zangto Pelri Lhakhang is via road route and through Phuentsholing. You can take a bus or a cab to reach this beautiful temple.
  • By Flight : `The airport nearest to Zangto Pelri Lhakhang is Bagdogra Airport. Zangto Pelri Lhakhang is located at a distance of 163.5 km from Bagdogra Aiport. You can take a bus/cab from the airport to reach Zangto Pelri Lhakhang.

 

Ticket Pricing

  • Free Entry :

Things to Do

  • Elders circumambulate around the Lhakhang and spin the prayer wheels to spend their evening. Devotees count beads while circumambulating the temple perimeter.
  • At the same time, children play games and chit chat with other children.
  • Locals and tourists equally consider the park an excellent place to relax and rejoice their moments in natural and spiritual surroundings.
  • The park is famous among locals and tourists as it is a great place to relax and mellow their thoughts. People always flock here to perform Parikrama and to turn prayer wheel.
  • You can offer butter lamps to the Lama at the temple.

Address

zangto pelri Lhakhang, Trashiyangtse, Bhutan

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FAQs

Zangto Pelri Lhakhang is a famous tourist attraction in Bhutan as it is one of the holiest temples in Bhutan. It is located in the heart of Phuntsholing. You can sit and relax in the Buddhist Monastery,.
The best time to visit Zaangto Pelri Lhakhang is in the evening time of the day. This Buddhist Monastery is surrounded by trees and looks more heavenly during the sunset time.
As per government regulation, you must visit Bhutan only through a licensed Bhutanese tour company. You cannot hire a car and drive on your own. You have to have a guide and driver. This policy ensures that visitors immerse themselves in the Bhutanese environment, culture, and tradition, which has been preserved for tourism and the next generations.
Apart from Bhutanese and Chinese dishes, there are plenty of Indian restaurants all over the city. Bhutan's delicacies are Pa, Etsy, and datshi that any visitor should not miss during a visit to Phuentsholing. Hotel Galing is famous for tasty Indian cuisines, and Pamo is a cool place to savor authentic Bhutanese food. Some of the best restaurants are ZEN restaurant, NEC restaurant, Park Hotel Bhutan, Vatika Restaurant. Some bars serve Bhutanese brands of whiskeys, rums, brandies, gins, and a green concoction called sonfy.
You have to submit a photocopy of the passport in JPEG format, permanent address, and profession.
Hotels close to Zangto Pelri Lhakhang are Park Hotel Bhutan (0.06 km), Damchen Hotel (0.06 km), Hotel Ga Me Ga (0.16 km), Hotel Druk Phuentsholing (0.09 km) and Gadhen Hotel (0.16 km)
The restaurants around the monastery are Taj Tashi Hotel, Khamsum Inn and Majenla’s Hotel (Italian & Mexican).
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