|Me and Karma on our way from Thimphu to Paro|
Despite not having enough sleep and arm being injured the night before (being knocked down by the reckless driver), Karma still kept his words and fetched me this morning from Thimphu all the way to Paro. Thank you Karma!!!
|Beautiful Rinpung Dzong and Ta Dzong from afar|
On our way, we passed by the beautiful Rinpung Dzong. Rinpung means 'heaps of jewels', was built with stone in 16th century. However, all its treasures were gone with the wind due to fire in 1907. Only one thangka, known as Thongdel, was saved. It was so sad that many Dzong and other historical places in Bhutan were burnt by fire or destroyed by earthquake and many of them had to be rebuilt and had lost its originality and preserved cultures. That was one of the main reasons on why people would love to visit Bhutan.
On the hill above, you could see Ta Dzong, a National Museum of Bhutan. Just realized that I'd been to these two places last year on my first visit there, but we went there from different road. Hahaha....
Even after a year, Paro valley was still looking beautiful as usual. We stopped by at one of the shops in Paro town. At there, I managed to buy a full plastic bag of snacks for altar offering, a strand of prayer flags, and a bottle of mineral water. I was fully prepared for this journey. Overcome, jia you!!!
|Distance between me and Taktsang (on top of the hill far above us)|
|Reaching the meeting point at one hour time|
After that, we took our own sweet time as people mentioned that right now the Taktsang was closed for lunch until 2pm. So we walked, took a rest, and took lots of pictures. I reached that at 2pm and drank a holy water once I reached the base staircase to the Monastery.
|Taktsang Monastery or Tiger's Nest in Paro, Bhutan|
After that I went to the other room. There were few young Bhutanese who went at the same time. One of the girls, later on I found out that her name was Tshewang, was waiting for me outside one of the rooms I visited. She noticed that I was alone with no one guided me and didn't exactly know what to do or where to go. She then became my guide (even left her friends just to accompany me), brought me from one place to another, told me what to do, such as: to distribute snack first, to bow to this direction, then to that direction, donate some money, take the water from the monk, etc.
With her, I went to many more places than where I visited before. We went into the cave, few other prayers' room, got blessings from Head of the Monks who was there to start the afternoon prayers, and also to try to put our finger to the eye of the Buddha with our eyes closed hahaha.... There were many Indian armies who visited the place and they allowed both of us to cut the queue as we were women. They were laughing too when saw me point my finger to the wrong places for few times. I was given three chances anyway and managed to point my finger to the eye, of course, with my eyes slight opened... hahaha.... :P
I enjoyed my time there with Tshewang and once we went out, I asked her to give me her number as I didn't remember what my phone number was and my bag was with Karma. I didn't take photo with her too as my camera was also with Karma. However, after the visit, we still kept in touch, even after I returned back to Singapore. Thank you Tshewang for your kindness and help!! I appreciated it very much and let's keep in touch, ok?
|Path taken to Tiger Nest|
|Kyichu Lhakhang in Paro, Bhutan|
We continued our journey. I requested Karma to stop at Kyichu Lhakhang. This was another temple that I would love to visit and pray. It was one of the oldest temple in Bhutan. I was so happy knowing that it was still open and both rooms were widely opened when I reached there so that I was able to go in and pray inside. The orange trees, that were believed to bear the fruit throughout the year, were still there with many fruits on the tree. It felt just like yesterday. It was all the same :)
Well, two missions to Paro were done!! It was time for us to go back to Thimphu. But we felt hungry, so we stopped by at one of the bakery shops in Paro town to buy mushroom and apple pies :) It tastes good, especially for hungry people like us hehehe...
We reached Thimphu when the sky has turned dark. I was all satisfied and happy. Thank you Karma for your time and effort to bring me there!!! Hope it will bring happiness back to your life for all good deed you have done to me :)