Tang Rimochen Lhakhang

Tang Rimochen Lhakhang stands surrounded by prayer wheels, tucked underneath a cliff on the western bank of the Tang Chhu. Wild bees buzz between the shapely hives that hang from the rock face and the flower-filled meadows nearby, while elderly worshipers slowly circle the monastery, spinning prayer wheels as they go. Tang Rimochen's modest three-story structure was built in the fourteenth-century by Bhutan's famed relic-finder, Pema Lingpa, to mark the spot where Guru Rinpoche and his consort Yeshe Tsogyal meditated and left imprints of their hands and feet. The very rocks that surround this holy place are imbued with spiritual significance. The monastery's original name — "Tiger Stripe Temple" — comes from the yellow and black stripes that mark the rock face above, and two boulders standing in front of the monastery are held to resemble male and female garudas, the sacred bird of Buddhist mythology.