Founded in the 13th century, the Phajoding Monastery once had the pedestal of being one of the prosperous and highly decorated holy structures in the country. Though it has now dwindled from its former position of glory, it continues to provide shelter to monks and disadvantaged boys.
The monastery is spacious and big, consisting of several subsidiary buildings, relics and a Monistic School run by the State. It aims at propagating Buddhist teachings of compassion, hope and belonging. To improve the conditions of the monastery and the monks, several projects for donations have also been undertaken.
Quietly nestled among the hills of Thimphu, the three hour trek to the monastery provides serenity and peace that can be sought only amidst Mother Nature. It is ideal to visit in the summer time when the coolness of the mountains acts as a balm to the hot weather. Adding to the charm of the environment is a Lake, which is nearly eight hours away from the monastery. For the purposes of tourism, there are several cafes, rest houses and trekking paths provided for the ease of travel.
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