Chakhar Lhakhang

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Tags : Historical Site

Timings : Daylight hours,
May be closed on religious/national holidays

Time Required : 1 hour

Entry Fee : No Entry Fee

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Chamkhar Lhakhang, Jakar Overview

Located at a short distance away from Jambey Lhakhang, Chakhar Lhakhang was the site of the palace of the Indian King Sindhu Raja who invited Guru Padmasambhava to the province of Bumthang. It was originally made of iron and is hence also known as the Iron Palace. The place makes for a good visit and is said to have stood nine storeys tall and has a number of masks and hats on display which are used during festivals. Another site to visit would be the Lhodrak Kharchhu Monastery, situated about 3 km from Chamkhar (Jakar).

Built-in 14th century by Dorji Lingpa, the Chakhar Lhakhang stands quietly beyond Jampey Lhakhang. Giving its viewers the first impression of a house, the massive statue of Guru Rinpoche is of utmost significance here. There is a display of unique masks and hats, which are used in Jampey Lhakhang Drup festival. This iron-made monastery is worth visiting to get an insight into the history of the place.

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