Dzongdrakha Goemba

Dzongdrakha Goemba situated on the western region of Paro Valley is a Cliffside Monastery in Bhutan. Due to its unique location Dzongdrakha Goemba is often referred as the "Mini Taktsang" of Bhutan. Dzongdrakha Goemba is not a single complex but a string of four chapels. Each chapel of Dzongdrakha Goemba is dedicated to a specific Buddhist deity, and they are Drolma (Tara), Guru Rinpoche, Tsheringma (Goddess of Longevity), and Maitreya (the Buddha of the Future).

Tucked in a cliff above Bondey village, Dzongdrakha Goemba with its pictorial hiking route and astounding legend has been one of the must visit places in Paro Valley for the nature lovers and inquisitive visitors traveling to Bhutan.

The Four Chapels Of Dzongdrakha Goemba

  • The first chapel which visitors will see after reaching the premises of Dzongdrakha Goemba is Jongsarbu Lhakhang.
  • The second chapel is Tshering Lhakhang which is mostly visited by the parents who have given birth to a son to get blessing
  • The third chapel of Dzongdrakha Goemba is Guru Lhakhang, the most important chapel as it is dedicated to the revered Guru Rinpoche himself
  • The fourth chapel of Dzongdrakha Goemba is Lhamey. Lhamey is the smallest shrine among the other three chapels of Dzongdrakha Goemba

Hike To Dzongdrakha Goemba

Perched on a cliff above Bondey village visitors need to hike their way through lush forest of blue pine and rhododendron to reach Dzongdrakha Goemba. Hiking to Dzongdrakha Goemba has been a favored thing to do in Paro Bhutan. It is an approx 40mins hiking route.

Distance: The distance between Paro to Dzongdrakha Goemba is 3 kilometers.

Things To See In Dzongdrakha Goemba

  • Along with the four chapels visitors will also find a huge white chorten marking the entrance of Dzongdrakha Goemba. The Chorten in Dzongdrakha Goemba was built during 16th century under the instruction of the first local king Chogay Dragpa.
  • The orange tree in the courtyard of Dzongdrakha bearing oranges throughout the year
  • Hidden Chamber of Guru Lhakhang
  • The immovable figurine of Sakyamuni Buddha in Jongsarbu Lhakhang of Dzongdrakha

Tales Of Flying Chorten Of Dzongdrakha Goemba

Bhutan has always been the land of mysticism and Dzongdrakha Goemba is one of the places, with its own strange legend of flying chorten.

Behind the main statue of Guru Lhakhang there is a secret chamber which houses a lone chorten. According to the local legend, the chorten is locked to prevent it from flying away.

How To Reach Dzongdrakha Goemba

Being a Cliffside Monastery the only way to reach Dzongdrakha Goemba from Para is taking the 40 minutes hike.

Best Time To Visit Dzongdrakha Goemba

April to June: During this time of the year the trail leading to Dzongdrakha Goemba is showcasing the vibrant vista of blooming rhododendron and primulas. Visitors can also enjoy the pleasant weather of Paro while hiking their way to Dzongdrakha Goemba in this season.

July to September: During this time of the year, the trail to Dzongdrakha Goemba becomes slippery and hard to approach since Paro average rainfall.

October to March: During this time of the year, there is little to no rainfall making it the best time to visit Dzongdrakha Goemba as the trail is dry and easy to hike. Along with the pleasant weather visitors can also witness the amazing view of snow capped mountains looming above the Paro Valley.


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