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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 ...
Come join us as we hike to Thimphu's Tango Monestery and check out the Takins. We then travel to Changangka, the ancient temple above Thimphu and also visit the Big Buddha Dordenma on the hill above Thimphu.
QUOTE OF THE DAY:
"...and with the snap of his fingers "The Devine Madman (Lama Drukpa Kunley) took the goat's had and stuck it to the bones of the cow...and then with a snap of his fingers ...
... still practiced in rural areas)... instead of a wedding a man will try to sneak in to a woman's bedroom. If she lets him they are considered married. Apparently it is a good idea to keep hot water or dried chilies on hand to ward off advances in the night
- As you enter each sanctuary there are three steps representing past, present and future. There are also often three Buddhas (past, present and future)
- When you have ...
... 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 ...
To quote the Lonely Planet guide:
'Start early today; you have a long and tiring trek ahead of you.'
No s**t! We knew this was going to be the most challenging day and it didn’t disappoint! We crossed a lot of steams using stepping stones (no bridges) and slipped slided our way across slippery boulders and tufty grass for 5 1/2 hours before starting the ‘real’ ascent. The trail is very narrow and carved steeply up the mountain and to make ...
Other places to stay in Bumthang
Jakar Village, Bumthang | Hotelfrom $70