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... me a picture of the hill that the monastery was perched on and you can make out the face of the 2nd Budhha as the scary demon on the cliff. There were many rooms in the monastery but only three rooms are open to the public. In the 2nd room we went to, Numbgay and I sat and meditated for a while. The monk was very sweet and poured holy water which had saffron in our hands so we could drink it. He had such a sweet and warm face and his smile was so peaceful and kind. As I ...
Today was mainly a drive day. We left Gangtey and drove for about three hours and arrived in Trongsa. Trongsa is right in the middle of Bhutan and is separated from the east and west by high mountain ranges. Here we visited the Dzong which is the largest in Bhutan, built in 1643. It is located right on a cliff, with a sheer drop off the one side. The first two hereditary kings ruled from this Dzong. Tradition holds that the ...
... central Bhutan. The second pass, Yutong-la Pass was over 3,400 meters (or 11,250 feet). We went up through pine forests, rhododendrons in bloom, yaks quietly grazing, monkeys jumping and stunning vistas all the while
descending to stunning valleys before rapidly climbing the narrow road back up to the clouds and back down again.
There is another 17th Century fort in Trongsa, a town situated above a sheer drop to a rushing river below. The ...
... his little skirmish with the foreign oldsters. We had stopped at a phallus souvenir shop on the way and were promised more shopping but it didn't come to pass. The phallus shop also had a lot of very nice thankas and some appealing jewelry. Tony bought a t-shirt I think but it turned out to be too small.
This day was to be our highest in Bhutan - going over the pass and seeing the forests of this area before landing at the campsite. About ...
... are constructed from mud and wood. The shops all look the same with small hand painted signs giving you a clue as to what maybe inside.
Finally we all had a laugh trying our hands at the favourite National pastime of Archery. It's safe to say we didn't manage to do Robin Hood and Maid Marion proud but we both hit the target earning us a coloured belt to wear.
Back at 3pm and I needed a kip... sparko for 2 hours while Mr. K went for a walk.
After a good nights kip in ...
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