Great view from the hilltop at the 108 Memorial Chortens located between Thimphu and Punakha.
There is a lovely cafe and the Druk Wangyel Lhakhang perch on another hill overlooking the Chortens and the stunning Valley's below.
The temple was built in honour of the fourth Druk Gyalop (head of the state of Bhutan), King Jigme singye Wangchuck; the open grounds in its front yard is a venue for the annual Dochula Druk Wangyel Festival which will be held this year on 13 Dec 2019.
// Bhutan: The Land of Black Necked Cranes //
“You must visit Phobjikha in the summer, Sir. That is when the valley is beautiful. That is when browns turn into greens and there is colour everywhere, added by the numerous blooming flowers”, said Nima, my guide, whom I spent my last five days during my recent tour of Bhutan.
“I see it beyond beautiful already, Nima. I cannot ask for more”, I murmured, giving myself up to the yūgen.
We started our ninety minute long leisurely stroll from Gangtey at 0800 hours BST three Sundays ago. Taking a path leftward from the multi-diversional point right at the entrance of the road that leads to Gangtey Goempa, we walked downhill for the first quarter of an hour, bathing our faces in the yellow morning sunlight; thereon placing a few steps on a log of wood to cross a stream, a stream one could quench their thirst from. Sauntering through a village for a little less than half an hour, looking at farms and houses and cattle, trying to decide between what to photograph and what to (only) feel, we entered into a pine forest where the tress grew lichen.
On continuing to walk south, parallelly eastward of the widespread marshlands, through the village and then the pine forest where a cattle of about thirty joined us, we marched on a narrow path which opened up to these hills that rolled down to the wetlands on the west. I was fortunate to spot some cranes from a distance of about thirty feet.
From a point, we could see the whole of Phobjikha. As the cattle grazed peacefully from the earth, we saw Aam Zam arriving to pick us up in her red hatchback.
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🏯The iconic "Phunaka Dzong" ! 🏯
This is the administrative centre of Punakha District in Punakha, Bhutan. Constructed by Ngawang Namgyal, 1st Zhabdrung Rinpoche, in 1637–38, it is the second oldest and second largest dzong in Bhutan and one of its most majestic structures.
We were buying something from her shop at the Craft Market, and her son was playing on the table, suddenly a guy came with his DSLR, clicked a picture of the baby and walked away. 🙄
What's wrong with people these days and where are the manners? Just because you own a camera and travel around, that doesn't mean everything around you is your subject of photography. She didn't say a word and even though I knew she wouldn't mind, I still went on and asked her if I may take their picture. And only after she said yes, this shot was captured. Permission is must before clicking portraits. One should keep that in mind, especially when minors are concerned.
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Paro Valley in Bhutan is so beautiful that you will soak in its beauty right from the airport itself. The peace and calmness of the valley can be experienced within an hour or two of being there 💙
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For the best opportunities consider visiting Bhutan in Springtime. It’s like Bhutan other times of the year, but better (at least we think so, although Bhutan all year round is still pretty awesome). It’s the peak tourist season so, hotels will be busier, flights fully booked (so book well in advance) and it’s felt to be more expensive BUT there are so many wonderful things that will tempt you/convince you/seal the deal, so book now for next Spring.
Fabulous blooms, special festivals and some beautiful weather, just a few things to make your Bhutan Spring Toyr a memorable one.
Town Square || Shangri La ||
If you want to experience Bhutanese urban culture, Head to the town square!
Overwatched by an old clocktower,
Vibrant life fleets by..
Under Gently swaying Willows.
Men dressed in traditional Gho and women in Khera walk about, heading to their destinations
Children frolick around, performing daredevil stunts on their bikes
Tourists throng and squabble for a decent price in the markets surrounding the square
While pigeons busily peck around foraging for food..
There is a constant buzz around the place yet for some reason this din is relaxing
As you sit under the warm sun gently caressed by the mountain breeze,
One can't just help but feel a little jealous of the clocktower..
Even though time passes for both of us but one has to go while timekeeper gets to experience bliss for eternity!
Paro Ta Dzong: The dzong was built in the mid-17th century as a watchtower overlooking Rinpung Dzong by Lanyongpa Tenzin Drukdra and Chogyal Migyur Tenpa. The circular dzong was renovated in 1968 to house the National Museum.