Amankora Gangtey

Paro, Bhutan | Hotel
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Auspicious Spirits & The Wheels of Fortune

A travel blog entry by marybc


My right arm aches a bit as I reflect on our time in Bhutan. Walking clockwise around all the temples and stupas (that is the most auspicious way) means that your right hand is the one to turn all the hundreds of prayer wheels you come across. At first my prayer was for good health (after a couple of us battled ailments) and it worked. We wanted good weather for our treks.... and it happened. We wanted to see the Rhododendron trees in ...

All change!

A travel blog entry by mrs.khaki


... auspicious sign and glad we had chosen the option to make this long journey rather than wait for the border posts to re-open which could take days/weeks. We finally reached our half-way point of Bumthang which we had visited briefly with the birding group a week earlier. Our lodgings were beautiful and we fell asleep after a huge  and delicious feast next to a wood burning stove in our room. We would have loved to have stayed here ...

The Tigers Nest

A travel blog entry by slobodanka


... replacements over the last 18 months. So then there were 7.
A little later Mieke started to feel unwell, nauseous and dizzy. A sign that the altitude was a problem for her. So she pulled out too and there were 6.
Not long after Robin had decided that she had enough and turned back, so there were 5.
She was closely followed by Ken and then there were 4 left.
Tony, Peter, Bonnie and I continued our slow ascent with our guide Thinley.
It was ...

Exploring Paro

A travel blog entry by mrs.khaki


... to. Then a room full of slightly dodgy taxidermy learning about the local flora, fauna and animal and bird species.

Next we visited the Dzong (fort/monastery) and Kinley told us the wonderful Buddhist stories which are painted on the interior walls.

A brief trek along the Paro Chu (river) where Mr. K captured on camera the Ibisbill, a Himalayan Wader species of bird.

Lunch was an incredibly tasty Bhutanese feast of tempura veg, chillies, garlic ...

A 55 metre buddha

A travel blog entry by russellgibson

Today we did the tourist circuit of Thimphu; the largest Buddha on earth, Simtokha Dzong (temple), Parliament house / fortress and the national zoo.

The Buddha was 55 metres from top to bottom which made this an impressive attraction but the Buddha was also simultaneously hard to look at. The sun was bright and the sheen from the tiles reflected that sun right back at you double!! I'm sure the gold plating was intended to make ...


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