Monday, January 06, 2014

Memories of Bhutan - Land of the Thunder Dragon

I have posted separately each of my journey since I needed time to write each story. It is more to the story of what I experienced during my trip there. Time flies. It had 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 :)

Memories of Bhutan - June 2017:
Journey to Merak and Sakteng: Day 1 - Bumthang - Trashigang - Rangjung
Journey to Merak and Sakteng: Day 2 - Rangjung - Merak
Journey to Merak and Sakteng: Day 2 - Fun loving time at Merak :)
Journey to Merak and Sakteng: Day 3 - Trekking from Merak to Sakteng (Part 1)
Journey to Merak and Sakteng: Day 3 - Trekking from Merak to Sakteng (Part 2)
Journey to Merak and Sakteng: Day 4 - Relaxing day at Sakteng
Journey to Merak and Sakteng: Day 5 - Sakteng to Mongar and Back to Bumthang :)

Memories of Bhutan - June to July 2015:
Bhutan Trip Day 1 and 2 - 23 and 24 June 2015 Blogger's Meeting in Thimphu
Bhutan Trip Day 2 and 3 - 24 and 25 June 2015 - Thimphu and Journey to Bumthang
- Bhutan Trip Day 4 - 26 June 2015 Nimalung Tshechu, Yathra Shop and Kurjey Lhakhang
Update on my journey in Bhutan - Day 17 - 9th July 2015
Summer in Thimphu
Bhutan Trip Day 5 - 27 June 2015 Learning how to make Sel Roti :)
Bhutan Trip Day 5 - 27 June 2015 Trip to Pema Thek Chok Choling Nunnery, Mebar Tsho, and Zangtopelri
Bhutan Trip Day 6 - 28 June 2015 Trip to Jakar Dzong and Bumthang Cheese and Wine Shop at Batpalathang
Bhutan Trip Day 6 - 28 June 2015 Harvesting organic veggies from the garden :)
Bhutan Trip Day 7 - 29 June 2015 Last relaxing day in Bumthang and Puta (buckwheat noodles) in the making :)
Bhutan Trip Day 8 - 30 June 2015 Long journey to Samcholing and private mask dance at Samcholing Palace :)
Bhutan Trip Day 9 - 1 July 2015 Visit to Langthel, Kuenga Rabten Palace and our leisure time around Samcholing school :)
Bhutan Trip Day 10 - 2 July 2015 Trongsa Dzong and Back to Bumthang
East Bhutan Trip Day 1 - 3 July 2015 Bumthang to Mongar
East Bhutan Trip Day 2 - 4 July 2015 Mongar - Lhuentse
East Bhutan Trip Day 3 - 5 July 2015 Mongar - Guru Rinpoche Statue at Takila, Trashigang Town, and Sherubtse College at Kanglung
East Bhutan Trip Day 4 - 6 July 2015 Gom Kora near Chazam and Chorten Kora in Trashiyangtse
Bhutan Trip Day 15 - 7 July 2015 Namling Waterfalls, Rinchen Jugney and Dechenling Lhakhang at Shingkhar, and back to Bumthang :)
Bhutan Trip Day 16 - 8 July 2015 Bumthang - Bumthang to Bajo Town - Wangdue Phodrang
Bhutan Trip Day 17 - 9 July 2015 Uma Village - Wangdue Phodrang, Bhutan Day 1
Bhutan Trip Day 18 - 10 July 2015 Uma Village - Wangdue Phodrang, Bhutan Day 2
Bhutan Trip Day 19 - 11 July 2015 Bajo - Thimphu - Phuentsholing :)
Bhutan Trip Day 20 - 12 July 2015 Phuentsholing - RIGSS, Kharbandi Goemba, CST, Milarepa Tower, RIGSS Coronation Hostel, NPPF Colony :)
Bhutan Trip Day 21 - 13 July 2015 Phuentsholing - Meeting up with bloggers plus eat, eat and eat :D

Memories of Bhutan - September 2013
- 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 stories related to Bhutan:
- Dining experience and culture in Bhutan
- Life of young and educated Bhutanese - in my own perspective
Chenrezig empowerment by the 70th Je Khenpo Trulku Jigme Chhoeda
- Beautiful Sketch by Au Kinzang Tshering
- A Bhutanese Art Exhibition - Impressions of Happiness 12-17 April 2014
- Opening of Impressions of Happiness
- The tale between the hare and the tortoise over a Bhutanese dinner
- A Story of Bhutanese Life in Australia
Weekend with two Bhutanese friends visiting Singapore :)
Gifts from Bhutan :)
A gift from Bhutanese blogger ;)
Long live Fourth King of Bhutan!!!
BBQ Bhutan and Singapore - Anchorpoint, 20 December 2014
Moments to remember - Kuenza and Sonam visit to Singapore
Luzee's visit to Singapore :)
Memorable evenings with food and drink in Singapore :)
Chilli Chop and Dhall
Happy 60th Birth Anniversary Fourth Druk Gyalpo - HM Jigme Singye Wangchuck :)
Special gift from Bhutan - Inside Kuzuzangpo la Inflight Magazine! ^^
Sunday with Sangay
Would you come back to Bhutan again???
I miss Bhutan for

Memories of Bhutan - my first time journey experiencing Bhutan in 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 :)

Books by Bhutanese authors or about Bhutan:
Then I Saw Her Face - book written by Bhutanese author and blogger Ngawang Phuntsho
Married to Bhutan by Linda Leaming
The Night Hunters - book written by Bhutanese author Dasho Lingi Jamtsho
What makes you NOT a Buddhist by Bhutanese Lama, Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche
Buttertea at Sunrise by Britta Das
The Circle of Karma by Kunzang Choden
Gyalo by Au Lingi Jamtsho

Bhutanese food recipes:
Bhutanese food recipes - Kewa Datshi (Potato with Cheese) and Phaksha Pa (Pork Curry)
Ema Datshi Recipe


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 Life 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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