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.

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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.