The Night Beauty – Thimpu

The Night Beauty! - Thimpu

The Night Beauty! – Thimpu

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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!!

Sikkim & Bhutan -16

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

Planning & Research Courtesy: Insignia

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.

Sikkim & Bhutan – 15

Today we visited Druk Wangyal Chortens and other Thimpu attraction and headed to Paro

Planning & Research Courtesy : Insignia

Before leaving Thimpu for the day one last attraction was remaining to be seen which we saw on the way out. This place was Thimpu Chorten, where ceremonial atmosphere was there for few days because of Royal ritual and prayer being offered by masses.

Thimpu Chorten!

Thimpu Chorten!

After spending half of the day in and around Thimpu, we headed for Paro which is also nearest International Airport and gate way to Bhutan for many people choosing to come Bhutan by Air.

We took taxi to Paro and reached there by same day evening covering around an hour journey. Rest of the evening spent in checking in hotel, roaming around local market and watching practice session of National Game of Bhutan – Archery

National Game of Bhutan - Archery!

National Game of Bhutan – Archery!

Followed by visit to Rinpung Djong, Paro along side banks of Paro Chu.

Next day was big day because of Trek to Tiger Nest

but more about that in next post.

Keep Smiling, Stay Happy!

Sikkim & Bhutan -14

We reached Thimpu and Visited Tashi Dzong.

Planning & Research Courtesy : Insignia

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.

Sikkim & Bhutan – 13

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

Planning & Research Courtesy : Insignia

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.