Sikkim & Bhutan -18

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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!

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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.

Sikkim & Bhutan -16

We left from Thimpu, Checked in Paro and concluded the day with stroll right beside the Paro Dzong.

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Next day we were supposed to trek to Tiger’s nest or Takshang Lakhang or Paro Takshang or Takshang Monastery. We started early from Paro and reached the start point in less then an hour.

When you reach there, you get to choose options to go up there the mountain. These options are by foot or trek, by pony. However ponies do not deliver you to the last point and last leg of the trek which is not really difficult.

Information Board at Start of Trek

Information Board at Start of Trek

We took almost three hours to reach to the Monastery with several short breaks ( few minutes) and one long break ( ~half an hour, at the cafe which is en route the monastery ) while following standard precaution of drinking water in regular interval etc. which all trekkers now a days and I am skipping on that part.

When you trek up the monastery there are several trails and you can pick any of them as most of them lead to the monastery. I happened to take one of those trails and came to know not all the roads lead to Rome. This trial led me to take a little detour and I reached to a house where few people were going about daily chores.

After having a chat with them I came to know these were residents and lived there and currently were in process to add some portions to their heights. These locals offered some more insights about local weather and their life style being on a mountain. They also happened to have something to do with local pony business. They very politely redirected me to correct trail towards Tigers nest.

Trail

Trail

To know further, keep watching this space.

interesting!

Two Monks discussing something in Tashi Dzong!!

Two Monks discussing something in Tashi Dzong!!

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Sikkim & Bhutan -14

We reached Thimpu and Visited Tashi Dzong.

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Weather in Thimpu was cool and for some it could be called cold though according to locals it was start of summer. Temperature hovered around 8 degree Celsius in Thimpu.

Office of SAARC!!

Office of SAARC!!

We started for Dochula Pass which is at altitude of 3050 m and offers 360 degree panoramic view of Himalayas. This place also have 108 Druk Wangyal Chortens and Druk Wangyal Lakhang beautifully built majestically in middle of the pass amidst tranquility of the  mountains.

Druk Wangyal Chortens!

Druk Wangyal Chortens!

It was peaceful experience to be there for some time and just stare at mountains, it feel enriching to one’s inner self.

We got back to Thimpu after this and went to under construction Buddha Statues which sits above the city and visible from anywhere in the city.

Giant Buddha Statue!

Giant Buddha Statue!

We visited Changangkha Lakhang after that and returned to our hotel in order to leave for Paro.IMG_2561

What happened in Paro?  For that keep watching! Stay Happy.

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This sign is predominantly can be seen in Buddhist painting on the walls of Monasteries

This sign is predominantly can be seen in Buddhist painting on the walls of Monasteries. However this picture has been taken off a door.

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Sikkim & Bhutan – 13

So far we had reached Bhutan, finished formalities and paper works and had sumptuous Bhutanese Dinner 

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Next day we headed to bus stand at Phuntsoling and boarded a bus to Thimpu. I was surprised to see Toyota Coasters as mode of transport as these are reliable and fairly comfortable. Later during my time in Bhutan I realised Toyota is one of most dominating automotive brand in Bhutan especially in category of personal vehicle

We started to move towards Thimpu and shown our permits at appropriate places. I felt really comfortable the way Bhutanese treat Indians. We can use our own currency in mostly all denominations ( however it is not advisable to carry bills/ notes in 1000s).

Chitin Lam, we had our hotel on this road. There are many other hotel situated on the same road like Le Maridian etc.

Chhoten Lam, we had our hotel on this road. There are many other hotel situated on the same road like Le Meridian etc.

After reaching Thimpu our first priority was to check into a hotel and head out again for visiting the city, which did not came out to be very time consuming as Thimpu virtually has no traffic. We reached Norjin Lam in some 20mins and talked to couple of hotel receptions, checked out prices and asked for suitable one for us,which we settled in really quick.

We headed to Tashi Dzong which was not far away from our hotel, after resting for some time. Tashi Monastery is Magnificent fortress and depicts how closely Buddhism has been part of Bhutanese life. Buddhism has been integrated in administration of the country and government offices are being run from Dzong which is head quarter of religious and administrative authority in every district out of total 20 district of Bhutan. Tashi Dzong is one of top most authorities in country after the King himself.

We saw the Monastery for more then two hours and I was overwhelmed so grandeur and serenity it offers at the same time. Visitors are not allowed all parts of Dzong and one can only see main campus.

IMG_2449We came back from the Dzong and on the way back one see this local craft market where many kind of relics and handicrafts like bags, keychains etc. can be bought. We surfed this market and saw many Bhutanese articles and then concluded the day with dinner.

What more Bhutan offer you?

Keep watching this place and stay happy.