Hike to Chimmi Lhakhang

Chimi Lhakhang is dedicated to Lama Drukpa Kunley (also known as the Divine Madman) and is popular among childless Bhutanese couples as a temple to seek blessings for fertility. The hike up to the temple is around 20 to 30 minutes as the trail cuts through a flat paddy field and gentle slope.

Thousands of people visit Chimi Lhakhang either to pray for a child who are childless or to seek protection for children that they already have.There are also anecdotes of tourists from the US and Europe who made the pilgrimage to Chimi Lhakhang and promptly got pregnant within a year after the visit.

The lhakhang has in it’s display a 10-inch ivory, wood and bone phallus as well as the bow and arrow supposedly used by the Divine Madman – Drukpa Kuenley himself hundreds of years ago.

While Chimi Lhakhang is renowned for its fertility blessings, locals come to the lhakhang to get a name for their child by picking up random bamboo slips placed in the altar inscribed with names of boys and girls.