Ranked 5 of 39 sightseeing in Thimphu

Hidden in the green and serene Thimpu valley is the peaceful Tango Buddhist Institute. This institute features some fine and distinctive architecture and is also home to numerous Buddhist artefacts. The monastery or the institute is place of knowledge for several Buddhist monks who reside her to attain enlightenment. More than 600 monks reside at this place. This institute along with offering spiritual experience also provides clean and fresh air.   

History

The current structure of the institute was created in the 17th century by Tenzin Rabgye and the original monastery was established by Lama Gyalwa Lhanampa in the 13th century. There are several legends regarding the origin of this place. According to local legend, the cave upon which this monastery is created is where the revelation of Avalokiteshvara as "the self-emanated form of the Wrathful Hayagriva” took place.

Reason to Visit

The monastery consists of total six temples and each one of these temples is full of intricate and detailed architecture. These temples have their own deity and these deities along with the temple form a rich architectural site. Tourists by visiting the Tango Buddhist Institute can have a glimpse of the lives of Buddhist monks. Here tourists can also learn a few courses and get informed about spirituality and Buddhism. This institute is a vital learning experience and tourists gain all round information and knowledge about meditation practices in Buddhism and other spiritual aspects.

As the monastery is situated away from the chaos of cities, tourists will find a rare state of calmness which rejuvenates the mind, body and soul. This institute is also an effective way of getting close to nature and experiencing natural beauty.

The walk to the institute through the mountains test skills of tourists but the scenic view of the surroundings from the top makes it worth and the entire experience is something to be cherished for rest of the life. Hence, a visit to Tango Buddhist Institute is a refreshing experience for mind as well as body.

Entry Guidelines

Reaching the monastery requires a trek of about one hour. The road is steep and hence tourists should come prepared for the walk. Although, it is not risky and very difficult, tourists should prepare themselves properly. For visitors, the monastery is open from 08 AM to 05 PM. However, it is beneficial if tourists intimidate the officials about their arrival in advance.

Where to Eat

As the Tango Buddhist Institute is located in the mountains, tourists won’t find much eating options nearby the institute. However, the monastery does offer vegetarian meals which are delicious and tasty. To avail food from the monastery, tourists need to inform prior of their visit so that authorities can make appropriate preparations. For other eateries, tourists have to search a bit and nice and tasty food can be easily food around the area. For non-vegetarians, the best and most effective way of having food is to reach the city.


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Operating hours

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8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sat:
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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