Jiligang Lhakhang བྱི་ལི་སྒང་ལྷ་ཁང་།

JRGX+9QH, Punakha, Bhutan
Buddhist temple

Jiligang Lhakhang བྱི་ལི་སྒང་ལྷ་ཁང་། is a buddhist temple located in Punakha, Bhutan. The average rating of this place is 5.00 out of 5 stars based on 2 reviews. The street address of this place is JRGX+9QH, Punakha, Bhutan. It is about 2.82 kilometers away from the Punakha Suspension Bridge. Jiligang Lhakhang བྱི་ལི་སྒང་ལྷ་ཁང་། is open seven days a week from 09:00am to 06:00pm.

Jiligang Lhakhang བྱི་ལི་སྒང་ལྷ་ཁང་།'s timetable
Saturday 09:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Sunday 09:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Monday 09:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Tuesday 09:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Wednesday 09:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Thursday 09:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Friday 09:00 AM - 06:00 PM
User Reviews

5 Jamyang Choden - a year ago

Hike to Jiligang Lhakhang is a moderately strenuous day hike through the cool shades of pine trees and spectacular view of the Punakha Valley and the Punakha Dzong. It takes roughly two hours to get there.

I would say that the best time for the hike is in autumn, when the rice field are colorful giving you the best golden view of the valley below as well as you can enjoy the aesthetic view of meandering Mochu. In addition, you get to meet with the kindest caretaker and experience their warm hospitality.

Jiligang Lhakhang is said to be built in 15th century by Lam Drukpa Kuenley- The Divine Madman. It is said that Lam Ngawang Chogyal (brother of Lam Drukpa Kuenley), to prove his spiritual attainment to his brother, threw a cat through a hill in Sonagasa and the cat came out through a hole which is just below where the Lhakhang is currently located.Thus its named as Jiligang - Cat Peak.

Enjoy the hiking adventure and savour wild gooseberries on the way!

5 Explore With Sonam Jerry - 4 months ago

Jiligang Goemba is a beautiful 2storied temple located at a mountain of punakha district.
Legend has it that to challenge and to prove the power of his meditation Ngawang Chogyal the valley got its name Jiligang which literally means the ‘Cat Peak’ when Ngawang Chogyal to prove the power of his meditation to his brother Lama Drukpa Kuenley the Divine Madmen.  threw a cat through a hole in the hill in Sonagasa which lies at the bottom of the valley. The cat came flying through the hole in a tree just below where Jiligang is now located. Hence the name, jiligang- The Cat Peak.

The Monastery was built by Lama Drukpa Kuenley in the mid 15 Century and the current caretakers’ ancestors had been taking care of it ever since. From the hilltop you can enjoy 360 degree of the nearby mountains, nine villages to be precise and spectacular view of the snowcapped mountains in the distance. Jiligang Monastery is believed to have the same values and blessings as Chimi Lhakhang, the Temple of Fertility located in Punakha as well.

Interact and experience the hospitality of the caretaker and her family at the monastery, which is part and parcel of Bhutan travel and Bhutan holiday.

Enjoy this hiking adventure and be amongst the few to have visited this legendary place

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