Bhutanese Monastery


Tawang Monastery, located in Tawang city of Tawang district in the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh, is the largest monastery in India.
Tawang Monastery
Affiliation Tibetan Buddhism
Sect Gelug
Location Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh, India
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Can I stay in a monastery in Bhutan?

Breathe Bhutan can arrange you to spend a night or two at a monastery in Bhutan and have the monks host you in their monastery. You will get to interact with the monks and witness their way of life. You will also get to eat what the monks cook. Some of these monasteries can only be reached by 1-3 hour hikes.

Can I go live in a Buddhist monastery?

Yes, in some of the Buddhist monastery, you can help the monks as a volunteer and you can live in the monastery for certain period.

How many monasteries are there in Bhutan?

The unspoilt pocket of the Himalayas, Bhutan is not just known for its breathtaking beauty but also for its marvellous Buddhist monasteries.

Can I just go live in a monastery?

Anyone can stay in a monastery, regardless of religion. Should you want to participate in religious activities (e.g. mass), simply ask one of the friendly brothers or sisters and they will be happy to guide you further.

What is not allowed in Bhutan?

Selling and consumption of tobacco is strictly prohibited in Bhutan; however, tourists are allowed to carry tobacco products, but should consume them only in designated places.

Are monks allowed to have babies?

Monks, for example, are not allowed to get married nor have children. They leave their family forever and get a new family in the monastery.

Can you touch a Buddhist monk?

Do not touch people you meet and shaking hands is considered bad manners. Also, do not touch monks ever.

Can females stay in monastery?

1. Many monasteries accept women. It’s a common belief that only men can stay in monasteries, especially those run by monks. That is not the case and even if it’s not a women’s monastery, you might be able to stay.

Can Buddhist monk marry?

To this day, Buddhist monks and nuns in almost every traditional Buddhist country are still expected to adhere to a monastic lifestyle and are enjoined from getting married and starting families.


Officially, only men can become monks and novices in Thailand under a Buddhist order that since 1928 has forbidden the ordination of women.


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