Cheri Monastery also called as Chagri Dorjeden Monastery is a Buddhist monastery in Bhutan established in 1620 by Ngawang Namgyal, The monastery, which is now a major teaching and retreat center of the Southern Drukpa Lineage of the Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism, is located at the northern end of the Thimphu Valley about 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) from the capital. It sits on a hill above the end of the road at Dodeyna and it takes about an hour to walk up the steep hill to reach the monastery from there.
According to Bhutanese religious histories, the place was first visited by Padmasambhava in the 8th century. Cheri Monastery was the first monastery established in Bhutan by Ngawang Namgyal in 1620 when he was 27 years old. The Zhabdrung spent three years in strict retreat at Chagri and resided there for many periods throughout the rest of his life. It was at Chagri in 1623 that he established the first Drukpa monastic order in Bhutan.
Favored with the nearness of many holy person and monk Cheri Monastery with its rich history and pictorial view has become an must visit destination in bhutan and a supported touring place in Thimphu for the explorers who need to get familiar with the Buddhist way of thinking.
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Timing to Visit Cheri Monastery
Visiting hours for all foreign visitors will be from 7 AM – 11 PM every day. Entry tickets can be purchased from the ticket counter. This monastery remain close during few holiday in Bhutan. Please check here for the holiday list of Bhutan.
Map Of Cheri Monastery
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