If you want to have a hike to a quiet mountain, then Phajoding hike in Thimphu is just for you. The trail is 5Km to the monastery and it takes about 3-4 hours to reach up to the Phajoding monastery.
The hike is pretty steep, however there are several resting areas with canopies and wooden benches before you reach Phajoding monastery.
This particular monastery has seen a lot and went through the journey of riches to rags. It used to be one of the most prominent temples, but with years of ignorance and evolution it ended up in the list of Top 5 Endangered Monuments 2010 by World Monuments Fund. It encloses some of the oldest and unique artifacts and antiquities.
It Consists of a large complex that has several sacred buildings and remains. It also has a State Monastic School for the education of Buddhism to young aspirants.
You can take the pictures with young monks, enjoy the tranquility of the place and retrace the path.
You too have an option to stay back and experience the monastic life for a night. Next day you can join the little monks in their morning prayer ,visit the beautiful holy lake which is an hour walk from the monastery and then return to Thimphu.