Gangtey Monastery

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The Gangtey Monastery, generally known as Gangtey Goenpa or Gangtey Monastery, is an important monastery of Nyingmapa school of Buddhism, the main seat of the Pema Lingpa tradition. It is located in the Wangdue Phodrang District in the western part of Bhutan.

The Monastery, also known by the Gangten village that surrounds Monastery mainly by the families of the 140 Gomchens who take care of the Monastery. Situated atop a hill at an altitude of 2800 m, Gangtey Monastery offers a stunning view of Phobjikha valley . It is in the Phobjikha Valley where winter visitors – the black-necked cranes – visit central Bhutan to roost, circling the monastery three times on arrival and repeating this circling when returning to Tibet.

The Monastery’s history traces to the early 17th century and back to the prophecies made by the well-known Terton (treasure finder) Pema Lingpa in the late 15th century.

The monastery complex has five temples that surround the main central tower. The main hall in the monastery called the tshokhang has been built in Tibetan architectural style. The hall is built with eight very large wooden pillars, which are stated to be the largest in Bhutan. The monastery is now maintained by 100 odd lay monks (locally known as the gomchen). The monks are also assisted by Buddhist devotees whose families reside in the village near the Gonpa.

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Best Time to visit Gangtey Monastery

The best an ideal time to visit this wonderful valley would be around the long stretches of October, November and December. In the event that you visit the valley in November, at that point you are in the correct time for the Crane Festival that happens each year, giving the dark necked crane a big name status.

It is suggested that you shouldn’t visit the valley during the monsoon and winter season, because of dropping temperature. In the event that you visit Bhutan in the start of the spring season, you’ll explore the wonderful blossoms that bloom by the beginning of this season.

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