Experience the profound nature of the Bhutanese people in Gangtey’s most renowned hermitage on a morning tour to the 17th century Gangtey Goenpa Monastery, offering guests a spiritual experience amid crimson clad monks. The Monastery is situated in the Black Mountain region on a jade-hued woodland hill with spectacular views of the entire Phobjikha Valley below. Fine Bhutanese architecture features lower whitewashed walls, intricately carved wooden accents interlaced with ruby tones that dominate the upper and middle façade and a flat layered timber roof with rainbow fringes leading up to a gold embossed dome, shining under the Bhutanese sun.
Built on the hilltop by Gyalse Rigdzin Pema Thinley, the progeny and reincarnation of treasure finder Pema Lingpa, the Goenpa is an important monastery of the Nyingmapa school of Buddhism. Partake in a Tshewang prayer ceremony, alongside monks, lamas and teachers of the dharma, wishing for personal empowerment and a fulfilling healthy life. The ceremony ends with the lighting of pale butter candles and a personal blessing from the Tulku, a reincarnated master, followed by a private tour of the holy shrine. Enjoy a Bhutanese inspired breakfast within the Monastery complex, overlooking the lush Valley below.