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Quite a hike

While culturally significant, this not the best temple. The divine madman played a significant... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
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Fascinating background - mad monk temple

Well, if ever odd behaviour can be rewarded I guess this is it - story goes that the mad monk had... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Sandy B
Melbourne, Australia
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Punakha, Bhutan
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

While culturally significant, this not the best temple. The divine madman played a significant role in the development of this Buddhist state. Our guide said this is also referred to as the fertility temple. What a hike to get to the place all up hill...More

Thank TAMAN1951
Reviewed 6 days ago

Well, if ever odd behaviour can be rewarded I guess this is it - story goes that the mad monk had sex with all the beautiful girls to see if they were really angels - what a great cover story! Made me wince quite a...More

Thank Sandy B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

In Bhutan, you'll have to walk mostly to get to any temple worth looking at. Theres 2 options : you can walking through the valley of Punakha, through these amazing rice fields and enjoy the 360 views of this beautiful place. See the people working...More

Thank airydreamer
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Okay but would choose another hotel if I ever return to Punakha Scenery and view from hotel is very beautiful but road to hotel is terrible. Location is far from the city so no chance for any nightlife.

Thank mjlubell
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

For those traveling by themselves take a taxi from town. The epitome of phallus worship, the scenery around is wonderful. Don't be embarrassed if you see a young woman way walking around the shrine with a giant penis in her hand

Thank regi g
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

a beautiful walk among the trees. the day we went very few people were there.. lovely temple, with the young monks playing around. very calm atmosphere.. even though it was a sunny day, the breeze during the walk made it very relaxing

Thank sans_gh
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

As others stated, there is not much to see and the walk is quite long. However the walk is through fields and you get to see some buildings with penis paintings. All to do with fertility.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

For traditional Indians, it comes as shock, when they see carvings and paintings of phallus in all its glory at this aptly named temple of fertility. It has a deep history and the phallus is nailed at the entrance of the houses to ward off...More

Thank Pradeep K
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

One of the popular temples in Bhutan, popular among couples to pray for children, need to take a taxi from Kuru, shared options hard to find.

Thank BlrTravR
Reviewed 13 September 2017 via mobile

The walk from our restaurant to this temple, took me through rice field, a stream and a little village where you could buy lots of souvenirs, before you had to walk up a tree lined boulevard to the temple. The story behind the temple is...More

Thank EkeneE
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28 August 2017|
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Response from nitintchoksi | Reviewed this property |
No fees are charged. But offerings are put in the temple. The Bhutanese believe that the ritual gives a child to the childless parents. we have not seen any non Bhutanese performing any special ritual except visiting the... More