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... chatting with them. There were also some people on ponies making their way up. We also had to watch out for the ponies who liked to walk on the edge of the path which was less rocky and thus soft on their hooves.
It took us nearly 1.5 hours to reach the cafeteria, from where we started getting good views of Takstang, and it took us another 1.5 hours to finally make it to the monastery/ temple complex- the last section of steps going ...
... by dance or by whom or what they were representing. The second room had some wall hangings that dated back to the 15th to 19th centuries. They were all in excellent condition despite not being behind glass or specialized lighting. The final section of the museum displayed the natural history of the country. Geographically Bhutan is not a large country measuring only about 300 kilometres from east to west and 150 kilometres from north to south. Nevertheless, there is ...
... are beautiful as are the flowers planted around them.
Back in Thimphu, we went up to the Buddha point. There is a huge statue of Buddha seated on a lotus leaf. While the statue is complete, there is still a lot of construction around the site. It is meant to have parks and nature trails around the statue and be a gathering point. The plaza in front of the statue is a wonderful lookout over Thimphu. It gives a very good view of the valleys and ...
... plane about noon heading for Paro, Bhutan. It was only as I was boarding that I learnt there would be a stop over in kathmandu, Nepal.
I had a window seat, so a good view during the flight. India is in the midst of a heat wave, about 45oC and everything is baked brown. As we flew toward Nepal, it got cloudy, but I could see the tops of the mountains through the clouds. I have ...
... 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 ...