Talo monastery with a backdrop view of daunting enormous Mountains sits majestically on a mountain ridge atop the plateau above Punakha Valley. Perched at an altitude of 9186 ft, Talo is famous for being one of the cleanest and pictorial villages in Punakha. Surrounded with dense forest of tree and conifer, Talo has become one of the must visit places in Bhutan and a favored sightseeing place in Punakha Valley. It also served as the summer retreat place for one of the Zabdrung of Bhutan.
The Talo festival takes place in the quaint village of Talo at Talo Monastery, approximately one hour drive from Punakha. The three-day festival is particularly popular for its mask and atsara dances. Indigenous to this festival is the classical dance ( Zungdra) by Talo dance group. The festival besides its religious significance, is an opportunity for villagers and families to come together and celebrated.
Today, Talo monastery contains an ascetic school with 105 priests in living arrangement, going in age from 7 to 26 years.
The village enclosed with traditional houses scattered along the ridge is a stunning sight. Every household in this region has maintained a flower garden of their own adding to the beauty of the village. Apart from cleanliness and hygiene of the village, Talo is known for its beautiful women. The Royal Queen Mothers, four sister queens of the fourth King of Bhutan belongs to the Talo region.
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Timing to Visit Talo Monastery
Talo Monastery or gumpha remain open from 6 am to 6 pm . This monastery remain close during few holiday in Bhutan. Please check here for the holiday list of Bhutan.
Map Of Talo Monastery
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