The view from our balcony is awesome! After a heavy rain the night before, the air feels even fresher.
Having our breakfast with such an awesome view made it even more delicious, even though it was just a simple bread toast and egg breakfast.
Glad that we are starting our day in such a nice weather! And with beautiful flowers welcoming us along the way.
We made some stops along the roadside to pick and try the tiny and wild strawberries, and interacted with the locals at a rest point on the way from Punakha to Gangtey.
Finally we reached Gangtey (Phobjikha) valley after a 3hrs mountain ride.
First, we visited Gangtey Goempa, an old monastery dating back to the 17th century. Gangtey Goempa is the largest Nyingma monastery in western Bhutan. It was founded in 1613 by Pema Trinley, the grandson of Pema Lingpa, the famous Nyingmapa saint of Bhutan. The monks’ dwellings are all around the courtyards while the central tower houses five temples.
We are lunching today at a local family’s house. Nothing beats a home cooked meal… simply delicious!
Met the Flower4 in Bhutan before we started our trek lol
Do you see a flying elephant? Heehee
The Gangtey Nature Trail starts from here. Such a wide, flat valley without any trees is an extremely rare experience in Bhutan where most of the valleys are tightly enclosed.
The picturesque Phobjika Valley, in the backdrop of the Black Mountain Range, has rich biodiversity of flora and fauna. With such blue skies, white clouds, and greeneries, trekking is such a joy. It was so scenic that I hope the trek never ends!
After the trek, we visited the Black-Necked Crane Information Centre. The valley of Phobjikha is well known as the winter home of the Black necked crane (Grus Nigricollis). Since it was not the season yet, Kato-san (a Japanese who is looking after the centre) pretended to be one lol.
On the way back to Punakha, the sceneries are so beautiful that we had to stop occasionally to take pictures.
Our dinner.. always happy to see more vegetables than meat 🙂