Monday, January 06, 2014

Memories of Bhutan - Land of the Thunder Dragon

I've posted separately each of my journey since I needed time to write each story. It's more to the story of what I experienced during my trip there. Time flies. It's been more than 3 months since my last visit there. However, the memory still remains here and will be kept in this blog for a longer time, I hope.

So, below please find the link of the trip, to make it easier for you to find the information you want to know, such as: what places can you visit in Thimphu, how does the Bhutanese picnic feel like, what can you see in the Festival in Bhutan, how their dining cultures feel like, etc., in case you want to find out more information before traveling there.

Kingdom of Bhutan - Happiness is a place :)

Below are the links:
- Bhutan trip day 1 - 5th Sep 13: Reached Bhutan, visit Memorial Chorten and Changangkha Lhakhang in Thimphu
- Bhutan trip day 2 - 6th Sep 13: Morning walk to Sangaygang, see Bhutan national's animal - Takin, and experienced nightlife in Thimphu city
- Bhutan trip day 3 - 7th Sep 13: Visited Centenary Farmers Market, Changangkha Lhakhang (second visit), evening walking and dinner Bhutanese food at local restaurant
- Bhutan trip day 4 - 8th Sep 13: Visited Taktsang or Tiger's Nest Monastery and Kyichu Lhakhang in Paro
- Bhutan trip day 6 - 10th Sep 13: Journey to Haa - Tried Hoendey (Haa specialty's dumpling), visited Damthang (near China border), and Fisheries
- Bhutan trip day 7 - 11th Sep 13: Visited Lhakhangs, walked around Bhutanese farmers' houses, cycled around Indian Army Camps, and experienced unimaginable Drayang in Haa
- Bhutan trip day 8 - 12th Sep 13: Experienced Haa Tsechu or Haa Festival for the very first time as special guest and went back to Thimphu through the Chelela Pass (first time experience hailstones too!)
- Bhutan trip day 8 - 12th Sep 13: Spent night time in Thimphu with Riku's besties - Night view from Sangaygang and coffee time at Taj Tashi Hotel at midnight time
- Bhutan trip day 9 - 13th Sep 13: Met up with my friend, Sonam and tasted Changkey for the first time to celebrate Gyeltshen's newborn baby
- Bhutan trip day 11 - 15th Sep 13: Journey to Gelephu by local bus - Part 1
- Bhutan trip day 11 - 15th Sep 13: Unforgettable journey to Chuzargang village in Gelephu - Part 2
- Bhutan trip day 12 - 16th Sep 13: Experienced life at Chuzargang village (Riku's village) and Gelephu Tshachu or hot spring at Tatopani
- Bhutan trip day 15 - 19th Sep 13: Mid-Autumn Festival in Thimphu - Visited Buddha Donderma statue in Kuensel Phodrang and Memorial Chorten (again)
- Bhutan trip day 16 - 20th Sep 13: Journey from Thimphu to Bumthang by local bus - enjoyed the beautiful view along the way and warm welcome by Bhutanese families
- Bhutan trip day 17 - 21st Sep 13: A great and wonderful experienced - picnic at Bumthang on Blessed Rainy Day or Thruebab Duechen
- Bhutan trip day 18 - 22nd Sep 13: Visiting Lhakhangs or temples and Mebar Tsho (Burning Lake) in Bumthang - Part 1
- Bhutan trip day 18 - 22nd Sep 13: Visiting Lhakhangs or temples in Bumthang - Part 2
- Bhutan trip day 19 - 23rd Sep 13: My Birthday - Saying goodbye to Bumthang and meet the Bhutanese bloggers at DYS's Cafetaria

Additional related to Bhutan:
- Dining experience and culture in Bhutan
- Life of young and educated Bhutanese - in my own perspective
- Then I Saw Her Face - book written by Bhutanese author and blogger Ngawang Phuntsho
Married to Bhutan by Linda Leaming
Chenrezig empowerment by the 70th Je Khenpo Trulku Jigme Chhoeda
- Beautiful Sketch by Au Kinzang Tshering
- The Night Hunters - book written by Bhutanese author Dasho Lingi Jamtsho
- What makes you NOT a Buddhist by Bhutanese Lama, Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche
- A Bhutanese Art Exhibition - Impressions of Happiness 12-17 April 2014
- Opening of Impressions of Happiness
- Buttertea at Sunrise by Britta Das
- The tale between the hare and the tortoise over a Bhutanese dinner
- A Story of Bhutanese Life in Australia

Below are the memories of Bhutan - my first time journey experiencing Bhutan in 16-20 Aug 2012:
- Memories of Bhutan - Part 1 - Simtokha Dzong, Memorial Chorten and other places in Thimphu; Watched Archery, Kuensel Phodrang (Buddha Point) from afar, National Institute of Zorig Chusum, National Textile Museum, Folk Heritage Museum, Institute of Traditional Medicine, and visited Tashichhoe Dzong in Kira
- Memories of Bhutan - Part 2 - Stopped by the Dochula Pass, visited beautiful Punakha Dzong, watched the ruin of Wangdue Phodrang Dzong from afar, walked inside National Museum of Bhutan and Rinpung Dzong, first time visited the Kyichu Lhakhang in Paro
- Memories of Bhutan - Part 3 - First time went to Taktsang or Tiger's Nest Monastery, first seeing 'doma'- areca nuts,and some clips my friends were playing Khuru :)

Share with you too:
- Beautiful natures of Bhutan
- Tharingsa - last night in Bhutan - this memories stay vivid in my mind and can't stop me smiling and laughing :)


kinleywangchuk said...

Wow Overcome, you have taken a tour almost all around Bhutan and visited most places within a month which even i haven't been to though being in bhutan for 20 years. Seems you really had a good time. :)

Overcome said...

Thank you Kinley for your kind words! Yes, the trips were memorable and lots of fun. And that's because of the Bhutanese that I met throughout my journey ^^

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