Karbandi Monastery was founded by the royal grandmother Ashi Phuntsho Choedron in the year 1967. It is located above the town of Phuntsholing at a height of about 400 meters. The best way to get there is by a cab or a private car.
The Monastery is absolutely beautiful & the view around the Monastery makes this a must visit place if you are ever in Phuntsholing.
The view of Phuntsholing & Jaigaon town is absolutely unparalleled, coupled with the prayer flags flying in the wind.
The Sunset from here looks absolutely beautiful as well. We spent a beautiful evening here.
In the Monastery you will come across large statues of Buddhist deities, Shakyamuni Buddha, Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal & Guru Rinpoche. While we were there, the monks were praying & the monks in training were beating the drums. The entire experience was almost ethereal. Coupled with the sounds you are almost transferred to another world entirely.
Once outside in the garden, you will find 8 chortens or stupas as we call them in India.
Legend has it that an Indian couple who did not have any children visited this Monastery & prayed for a child. Shortly after their visit, thy were blessed with one! It is since then that couples hoping to have a child visit this monastery & pray that they conceive.
This monastery for me was the high point of my visit to Phuntsholing. Little did I know, this was just a beginning of things. As I continued with my journey, one after other, the beauty of Bhutan just left me mesmerized! Stay tuned for more!
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