Khamsum Yulley Namgyal

Khamsum Yulley Namgyal stands majestically on a strategic ridge above the Punakha valley. Built over a period of 9 years, Bhutanese craftsmen including carpenters, painters, and sculptors consulted holy scriptures rather than engineering manuals, to construct this 4-storey temple.

It is a splendid example of Bhutan’s fine architectural and artistic traditions and the only one of its kind in the world. Built by Her Majesty the Queen Mother, this temple is dedicated for the well being of the kingdom and the benefit of all sentient beings.

Khamsum Yulley Namgyal

Khamsum Yulley Namgyal is a splendid example of Bhutan’s fine architectural and artistic traditions and the only one of its kind in the world.

Rice Fields on the Way to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal

Rice fields on the way to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal.

Miniature Chortens at Khamsum Yulley Namgyal

Miniature chortens surround the Khamsum Yulley Namgyal.

Khamsum Yulley Namgyal

Khamsum Yulley Namgyal, as seen from a distance.

Inside Information

Enjoy the Hike

A 30-minute drive from the Punakha Dzong will bring you to the base of the hill on which this temple is built. From the car park, you have to cross a suspension bridge and walk through rice fields before you start climbing a moderately inclined trail surrounded by pine trees. It takes about 1 hour from the car park to hike up to the temple, and 30 minutes to hike down. During the summer, the walk could be a bit muddy, so be prepared. A hiking pole is recommended.

Trail to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal

The 1 hour walk to the temple will take you through rice fields.The 30 minute walk to the temple will take you through rice fields.

The Best View of the Punakha Valley

The best view of Punakha is enjoyed from the top of this temple. If the caretaker is convinced that you will not take pictures inside the temple, and only shoot out of the temple, you will be allowed to take your cameras. On the top floor, you can step outside. Enjoy the view.

View of Punakha from Khamsum Yulley Namgyal

Spectacular view of the Punakha valley can be enjoyed from the top floor of the temple.

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