Uncover your past and future
Experience a personal astrology reading at the monastic astrology school housed within ancient Pangri Zampa Lhakang. This collection of 16th-century temples were built by Ngawang Choegyel, the great-grandfather of the Zhadrung, the lama who unified Bhutan. Previously used as the Zhadrung’s residence when he arrived in Bhutan during 1616, the temples are now dedicated to interpreting the past and foretelling the future as guided by the heavens. A private reading can also be arranged back at Amankora Thimphu.
Master Bhutan’s official national sport
Join the passionate spectators at one of the frequent archery tournaments on the festival calendar or take a personal class at Amankora Thimphu and learn to master the bow. Archery – or ‘Da’ – has been Bhutan’s official national sport for five decades, but the importance of the bow and arrow has been celebrated in the country’s myths for thousands of years.
Engage with spiritual leaders
Learn about the rich history of Buddhism in the Himalayan region from Mynak Trulku – the 12th reincarnate lama of Mynak Rinpoche who is the spiritual leader of the Mynak province in the Eastern region of Tibet. Mynak Trulku’s insightful lectures take place in Thimphu Lodge’s library twice a week or can be offered privately on request.
Marvel at the Buddha Dordenma
Stand in awe before the fulfilment of an ancient prophecy – one of the world’s tallest Buddha statues erected in 2015 not far from Amankora Thimphu. Within this towering golden monument are over one hundred thousand smaller Buddha statues, also made of bronze and gilded in gold. Built to bestow blessings, peace and happiness on the whole world, the statue is surrounded by almost 950 acres of protected forest and overlooks the southern approach to the capital.