Bhutan Day 4

Trip Start Aug 23, 1996
Trip End Ongoing

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Monday, October 20, 2008

The first noise heard on the earth was OM. When you are in Nepal, certain parts of India and here in Bhutan, you constantly here that song, the prayer, and I am now hooked, and the worse part of it is I'm not religious
Om Ma Ni Pe Me Hung
I sing it all day, at every temple, stupa or chorten. The locals are impressed, but secretly, I've been brain washed !!!
Off we drove into the mountains. Not hard really as they are everywhere, as we are in a landlocked country in the Himalayas !!! Now the drive is meant to take around two and a half hours, but I slept for about two of it, which is a little bit of a downer as I am missing all these mountain views.
We kept going up, until we arrived at our first site
Gangtey Gompa
It's another huge old manastery, which had just been restored and the head Lama had consecrated it last week. Well, only the temple has been restored, and all around the outside are sleeping quarters for the monks. They were everywhere, which is to be expected as it is a monastery.
After we had seen enough, Lucy needed the toilet. The guide said they were grim, but she is strong. On the way down, there was shit everywhere, so I took a piss outside, and Lucy being a girl went in. Once out, she said she'd never experienced a drop toilet like it. There were planks with huge holes, but there was shit everywhere as for some reason, the people who had used it, couldn't find the hole !!!
Once done, we had a ninety minute trek to do through the countryside to another temple. Whilst walking along, it was once again like the Annapurna circuit, well it was until we went down off of the track. Apparently there use to be a lake here, and the earth never dries, so it was wet, and then muddy, until we started to sink !!! Obviously, whoever is out there had not been listening to me sing OM !!! But the guide had so he came over and laughed, which kind of helped, because I pulled myself out, and onto the temple we went. I didn't get the name of this one, but it was old looking so we did the right thing and left a donation. I kind of felt a little sorry for the monks here as twenty of them sleep in the one room, and they did tell me it gets cold, maybe this was why I did what I did !!!
We left there and had a picnic style lunch, before we moved on up to the Pele La pass. It wasn't as good as the last one, so we left after the standard photo shoots.
Back down the mountain we went, back towards our hotel, but I don't remember much as once again, I slept !!!
And Finally
Not as much to see today, but it was still good. No matter how long I have been here, I never grow tired of the mountains. They are mesmerising, and maybe this is why I sleep so much !!!


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thistlemoon on

Om Ma Ni Pe Me Hung
I agree this is so addicting! I once took a meditation class and we learned this, and it has stuck with me for years! :)

John on

Uncle Dave, you would have enjoyed your trip more if you had a better attitude. At the end of the day, it is your frame of mind - negative or positive- that matters.

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