Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten picnic

Hike up to the famous Punakha memorial dedicated to peace and harmony

The essence of a picnic at the Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten

Set off in the early morning to explore the Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten (Buddhist shrine), a mere 20-minute hike from the Punakha suspension bridge. Chat with local farmers and gain insight into the traditions of the Bhutanese people and their simple way of life. The Chorten displays fine Bhutanese architecture, with lower whitewashed walls, below an intricately carved wood fa├žade, laced with crimson and gild embossed lines. The flat, layered timber roof dominates the multi-storied structure, and a gold dome sits atop the crowning tier. Built by the Bhutanese Queen, Ashi Tshering Yangdon with the specific purpose to safeguard the fifth king, the kingdom, all its residents and every conscious being, the temple reveals animated depictions of various idols and effigies from the century old master Dudjom Rinpoche, a Nyingmapa master, who hoped to remove any harmful presence that prevented peace. End the tour on the Chorten grounds and stroll around landscaped gardens and paved pathways, finding the ideal spot for your picnic breakfast.