Flag & Ceremony!

This video shows how Bhutanese people take the flag off, however it is not whole procedure as I could not capture all of it. Enjoy

The Night Beauty – Thimpu

The Night Beauty! - Thimpu

The Night Beauty! – Thimpu

Sikkim & Bhutan -20

Hello all, This is post is about our last couple of days while coming back from Sikkim & Bhutan but you can read here what all we have done so far.

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After visiting Punakha Dzong , which the most beautiful Monastery so far I have seen, It felt so nice at to finish the journey with a beautiful note. We returned to Thimpu after that and relaxed next day while exploring some remaining place like Post Office.

Post Office, Thimpu!

Post Office, Thimpu!

We got our personalised stamp here. I got clicked by the post office personal and she returned beautiful postal stamps with Bhutan in back ground. These stamps can be used for postal purpose.

It was a good day to relax and have coffee and eat after marathon of 15 days, however we did not rush our journey any where but still joy of just being and not having next destination in mind, sleeping and then eating again is amazing. It costed us couple of places at the end but one place for which I would definitely go back to Bhutan probably would be Bumthang, which also houses a National Park. Nevertheless that would be for some other day.

Next day we bought our drive back to Phuntsoling by Toyota Coasters which was mentioned in arrival post as well but now you can take look too.

Toyota Coaster Bus in Thimpu

Toyota Coaster Bus in Thimpu

Exiting Bhutan!!

Exiting Bhutan!!

After reaching to Jaigaon. India we explored local shop for couple of hours before resuming our journey to Siliguri, West Bengal. It took whole and next day we had our flight back from Bagdogra Airport.

IGI Airport Delhi!

IGI Airport Delhi!

We had great time during this journey exploring Darjeeling, Gangtok, North Sikkim, Thimpu, Paro, Punakha. We did not cover all places those are normally mentioned in travel guides but we are content with what we did. I personally hope I get more chances to come to this region few more times as it is a wonder place to trek and be with nature.

I hope it was my introduction to the region and there many more to come.

So what the this journey has come to its end part but we have some more things to discuss yet and you will see that in next post.

Sikkim & Bhutan – 19

Well, well, this memoire is nearing its completion and few more days left before travelling to land of Druk

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Chimi Lhakhang was great experience after so much of sincere Buddhism for so many days in Sikkim & Bhutan. However we have not had once in life time experience of Punakha Dzong yet. The Punakha Dzong, also known as Pungtang Dechen Photrang Dzong, is the administrative centre of Punakha District in Punakha, Bhutan and one of the most beautiful Monastery I have ever seen.

Punakha Dzong!!

Punakha Dzong!!

We had to stop here, even before reaching the Dzong, just to stare at this beautiful thing and capture it. As usual they have built it on bank of river and there is a bridge way to cross the river and enter the Dzong.

We headed to the suspension bridge almost 1.5 kms away from the Dzong, walking there had become an experience as we had a small conversation we local ladies working in the vicinity and then asked way to school girls.

IMG_2711The bridge is about 200 m long and help you cross the river. We did cross the river just have fun of it and we saw this house at the end which is visible in the picture. I initially thought it might be a monastery as well but it turned out to be a house, where people were going about their daily chores.

We spent some time at the bridge and returned to the Dzong to resume the return journey as this was the point where we truly started to return to the place where we started but before that we have couple of more places to talk about which we will in next post.

Till then I hope you enjoy Punakha Dzong! Stay Happy!

Serene!

Here I am, Enjoying my life in mountains and talking with them!!

Here I am, Enjoying my life in mountains and talking with them!!

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Hi Friends, yes, all 5 and .32 of you who read this page diligently. Every time I publish about things like Sikkim & Bhutan and like, let’s continue the Sojourn,

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Next we visited the monastery which houses a school as well, we saw a lot kids studying there lessons there. It was pleasant sight when a couple of kids looked back and smiled or I felt so.

The Monastery which house a school!

The Monastery which house a school!

Chimi Lakhang was our next stop which is also known as “Monastery of Mad Monk”. This monk had its own way of showing traditional monks how is it to be liberated. Which shown something like this

A peculiar Monk and peculiar Monastery.

A peculiar Monk and peculiar Monastery.

In Bhutan, felic is consider sign of thunderbolt and is a holy symbol. It has been in tradition since Chimi Lakhang was built. One can find all sizes of felic here and many forms and cane kept in home for good luck.

To reach chime lakhang one has to walk around 2-3 kms from main road toward to Monastery and cross the village which is nest of many handicraft seller where you can buy souvenir. The walk takes less then half an hour but it is fun walk if you have already done Tiger’s Nest.

Next we are heading to Punakha Dzong, keep watching, Stay Happy!

Sikkim & Bhutan – 17

Hi, guys, It had been brilliant journey so far covering Sikkim, Thimpu and Paro

After spending three hours trekking towards Tiger’s Nest we reached the Monastery and last  one kilometre is quite interesting as its very narrow lane along side the mountain and at many points at a time only one person can pass.

Tiger's Nest!

Tiger’s Nest!

We spent almost two hours in the Monastery being overwhelmed by the way Monastery was built and folklores associated with it, about the monk who rode the tigress, about how he reinstated Buddhism in the region.

One suggestion I would give to visitors is carry a small lock with you if you visit this place at your own as when you reach the Monastery, you are required to put your belongings like any leather article, cameras in the lockers at the entrance however you might not find locks there.

We started to descend after two odd hours and it took less then half of the time, when we reached starting point, it was time to shop for some trinkets and niceties, those were supposedly ancient and had been sourced from interior villages of Bhutan. I bought couple of things irrespective of I believe these claims or not.

On the way back we decided to go to 700 years old ruins of most powerful monastery of Bhutan and my god! Ruins sing glory of the older times.

Ruins of One of oldest monastery in Bhutan!

Ruins of One of oldest monastery in Bhutan!

Walking in these ruins one feels how is it to age and still be gracious about it. Every wall, nook and corner has thousands of words to say about time which has passed by. Magnificent or nothing at all, depending who looks at them and how.

We continue in next post.

Ceremony

During ceremonial closing of the Tashi Dzong.

During ceremonial closing of the Tashi Dzong.