Takstang Monastery / Tiger Nest Monastery:
Tiger Nest Monastery was abuzz with tourist vehicles. There were avid trekkers all geared up with the right equipment. There were tourists who stood down, took photos, admired the view and moved on. Some took the horse and I ambitiously started my climb. Hushed, pushed, gasped, and now apart from lump in throat there was someone sitting on my chest! “Why don’t you take the horse? Trek has not even started!” told our guide and we walked back for the horse. Horse looked tiny in front of me and I refused to get on one. The group moved off and I wondered what to do. I again hushed, pushed, gasped and my heart was in my mouth! But I knew my fitness was not that bad. If anything that gives up first; it would be my legs, not my heart or will. Overwhelmed I sat on a rock to let my heart go back to its place. A monk passed by and said, “don’t walk alone, you will lose balance!” Ok! An aunty came down, “betaa kya kar rahi ho, thoo nahi chad paaogae!” When have I ever listened to others? So I again start up. But for once I had to listen to my heart otherwise it might have come out of my mouth.. I did not realize what was wrong then, it was only later when my nose ran dry and pricked of thorns did I realize it was acclimatization issue. So people, I did not do Tiger Nest trek! And I advice to keep it at end so you understand your body and either you listen to it or make it listen to you.
1. Paro National Museum
2. Rinpung Paro Dzong
3. Kyichu Lhakhang/ Monastery
This temple is one of the oldest in Bhutan. Apparently there was an emperor called Gampo who built 108 temples in one day in and around Tibetan region and this is one of it. Hence the first first Buddhist temple of Bhutan, even before the Guru Rinpoche times. There is a shrine for Gampo which is fully surrounded with many other idols. This is the oldest shrine. To both the sides you can see the thousand hand and thousand eye statues. Outside is another shrine for Guru Rinpoche. Huge statue! The guide (taxi driver) dutifully took me around the statue, made me bonk my head against Guru Rinponche’s feet to get rid of my sins. This is not a touristy place so more peaceful.
4. Drukgyal Dzong
Other side view of the dzong, flanked by snow capped mountains
5. Tara Temple
6. Paro Airport View
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