Saturday, 09 Nov 2019
Very busy day today:
- Morning – started our journey (driving) to Punakha (4,450 feet)
- Dochu La Pass (10,230 ft.) – the views here were breathtaking (and this is the first of many Passes). We were very lucky to have perfect weather
- 108 Druk Wangyal Chortens/Stupas (at Dochu La Pass – 10,230 ft.)
- Had tea/coffee at the Cafe (at Dochu La Pass)
- Arrived to Punakha
- Lunch at local restaurant – was very good
- From the restaurant we took a short walk/trek up to visit the famous Chimi Lhakhang. Its one of the most unusual temples/places we have even visited. This temple is dedicated to the famous and unorthodox 15th century Buddhist master, Drukpa Kunley or popularly known as the ‘Divine Madman’ in the west, who is associated with the phallic symbols you would have seen on your travels in Bhutan so far. It is believed that this temple blesses women who seek fertility. A popular pilgrimage spot for the Bhutanese, it is frequented by childless couples and parents who have difficulty raising children.
- Short drive to visit Punakha Dzong, the “Palace of Great Happiness” and “a masterpiece of Bhutanese Architecture”, built in 1637 by Shabdrung Nawang Namgyel, the saint who unified Bhutan. The size and beauty of this place is remarkable.
- Checked into our hotel – Drubchhu Resort, Punakha
- Dinner at hotel
Photo Highlights from our 3rd day in Bhutan (Sat, 09 Nov):