I made the best use of the week long national holiday last week. It’s more like doing one of the important things in my bucket list. Well people last week I was in BUMTHANG, it was a short four days trip with my family. And boy it was breathtaking; no wonder everyone wants to visit this beautiful place. To be honest beautiful is not enough to describe how I felt about BUMTHANG, actually I can’t even find the perfect word to describe it. It was like; God took most of his precious time to create this heavenly place. So in this article I ll use lots of pictures so that you can actually see for your self how BUMTHANG is like.
|Trongsa Dzong, view from the view point|
We started late on the first day so we could only manage to reach TRONGSA, we halted there for the night. It was a 5 hours journey till Trongsa from PUNAKHA (my village). But from Thimphu it’s almost 6-7 hours journey. We couldn’t visit much of Trongsa since it wasn’t in our plan but we did get good shots during our short stay in Trongsa on the first day and the last day (since we halted there again while returning to Thimphu)
|Ta Dzong, National Museum|
The following are the pictures taken on the way till Trongsa.
|Chendebji Chorten; there is a twin Chorten of this in Nepal|
|Tsheringma Drubchhu; believed to make your vocal melodious if you drink this spring water|
Basically Bumthang has four main valleys CHHUME, CHHOEKHOR, TANG and URA. I visited all the four valleys but couldn’t explore them well because for that four days are not enough. Anyways on our second day we reached Chhume valley and Chhoekhor valley. The moment we entered Chhume valley, my heart must have skipped a beat because it really deserved that. We took the ride real slow to enjoy what the Bumthang valley had to offer us. The view, the fragrance, the sites…I felt like a little kid in Disney land, trying to look at everything in one glance.
|Image of people erecting a prayer flag pole|
|Since it was during the Losar (new year), people were playing the national game, ARCHERY|
|New Chamkhar town|
|Industrial area of Bumthang; this way lead to the domestic airport of Bhutan|
Anyways, the first thing we went to visit was the JAMPA LHAKHANG, which is under Chhoekhor valley. It is said to be one of the 108 temples built by Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo in 659 AD on a single day to subdue a demon. One of the 108 temples that still exist in Bhutan is KICHU LHAKHANG in PARO. Here in Jampa Lhakhang, the sacred naked dance is performed during the TSHECHU (festival).
What fascinated me the most about this monastery was that it had the statue of three Buddhas, the Buddha of past, present and the future. And right before the statues were two stone steps (not man-made), according to the care taker; there is believed to be three stone steps from ancient times. But with the first Buddha gone, the first stone step disappeared. Like wise the remaining steps are expected to disappear with the present and the future Buddha.
The next place that we visited was KURJEY LHAKHANG. It is a very important and scared place since this monastery holds the body imprint of GURU RINPOCHE (a great lama) on the rock while he was meditating. I wish I could show what I saw but sadly photography is strictly prohibited inside the monastery. But from the outside, it’s the temple in between. The one on the right side of the temple has the statue of Guru Padmasambhhava. And on the left hold the ashes of Bhutan’s first three kings.
The one on the left is the image of the Chorten right in the middle of the compound.
The image below is the carvings for prayers on the stones outside the compound.
Right above this monastery, lays the Kurjey Drubchhu (spring water). It is believed to have been extracted out of a rock by Guru Rinpoche. Bhutanese believe that this Drubchhu can heal various physical and mental problems.
|people collect the spring water and take it home for those who were not there|
|offering prayers near the burning lake|
|View of the lake from above|
|Front view of the lake|
|Tried to capture the intensity of the lake b|
|Over view of the Ura town with the Ura Lhakhang|
Following are the sites I captured on the way.
On the fourth and the last day, we sadly returned home from TrongsaL. It breaks my heart to realise that I won’t be able to be in Bumthang as and when I want. I wish to have a house at Bumthang…haha…well I hope to see this wish coming true some day ^ _^
Following pictures were taken while returning to Trongsa