Bhutan (Part 4/4)

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The next morning, we visited the Royal Botanical Park on our way back to Paro.

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Met 2 pretty ladies who look after a groceries shop in Paro Town where we had our lunch.

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We visited the National Museum Ta Dzong, which was originally built as a watchtower. It has a unique character and beautiful panoramic views over Paro Valley.

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It’s a season for flowers 🙂

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Stopped for some photo taking on the way to Paro Dzong…

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Paro Dzong, or Rinpung Dzong, was called by the locals as “The Fortress of a Heap of Jewels”.

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Some scenes in the 1993 film Little Buddha were filmed in this dzong.

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It currently houses the district Monastic Body and government administrative offices of Paro Dzongkhag.

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The painting of the The Four Harmonious Friends (http://thedailyenlightenment.com/2010/10/the-four-harmonious-friends-bird-hare-monkey-elephant/)

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It started pouring towards evening time…

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Shopping in Paro town…

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Checking in our hotel in Paro, the Tenzinling Resort, which we will be staying for 2 nights.

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Dinner was Indian buffet.. i like 🙂

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The next morning, we are finally making our way to the Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest). The path was wet and muddy due to the heavy rain the night before.

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Caught a glimpse of the Tiger’s Nest from a cafeteria where we took a break.

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The colourful prayer flags can be seen along the way. The Lichen or “Old-man’s beard” hanging on the trees, indicates that we are amidst pristine environment and breathing in fresh air.

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It was amazing to see the Tiger’s Nest appearing right in front of our eyes within minutes.

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The final route towards the Tiger’s Nest is to go down and up again.

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On this path, a large water fall, which drops by 60 metres into a sacred pool, is forded over by a bridge.

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Finally we reached the Tiger’s Nest after a 3-hrs trek. There is a security check where we have to surrender our belongings before entering the premises.

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According to legends, it is believed that Guru Rinpoche flew to this location from Tibet on the back of a Tigress and meditated in one of the caves. Guru Rinpoche performed meditation and emerged in eight manifestations and the place became holy. Thus, gaining the name Tiger’s Nest.

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At the ending point of the trek.. so happening 😀

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We proceeded to visit Drukgyal Dzong, once a fortress and Buddhist monastery, but now in ruins. It was built in 1647 to commemorate the victory over the Tibetan invaders, but was almost completely destroyed by fire in 1951.

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A boy studying by himself while admiring the beautiful sceneries. Looking at the view of green padi fields is a great way to relieve our eyes.

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The last temple we visited in this trip was Kyichu Lhakhang, originally built in the 7th century by the Tibetan Emperor, and hence the oldest temple in Bhutan. The most dogs we have seen gathering at one place at the same time.

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Our last dinner (and beer) in Bhutan before we depart to Singapore the next morning.

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An awesome view of the Himalayan mountain range on our flight out of Bhutan 🙂

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