Day 05 (31-Mar-2018)
Today is the last day of the festival and our hotel receptionist suggested us to visit the Dzong in the early morning. The moment we stepped out and started to walk towards the Dzong thousands of Bhutanese were also walking along with us with their family in their colorful traditional dress. And we witnessed the rich ancient Bhutanese culture and history, when we stepped into the Dzong after seeing lots of Dzongs in the previous days. Also people said that, last day is very auspicious and unfurling of silk Thangka happens on this day, which is considered as sacred blessing to be present.
Rinpung Dzong is the largest Buddhist Monastery and fortress in Paro. And it also called as Rinchen Pung Dzong, which means “Fortress on a heap of Jewels”
Tiger Nest trek / Taktsang Palphug Monastery :
With colorful expectations we headed towards the much awaited “Tiger nest trek”.
Taktsang Palphug means “Tiger’s lair” and was first built in 1692. The temple is devoted to Padmasambhava, also known as Guru Rinpoche who said to have mediated here. He was an 8th century Buddhist master from Tibet.
Steps at the cliff to reach tiger nest monastery at last level
As usual we stopped a WagonR vehicle and he charged Rs 150/ person for one way. Same person dropped us back near the hotel and don’t forget to take the cab driver number.
- It took 3 hours for ascending and 2 hours for descending
- Lucky to experience snow fall during ascending at tiger nest trekking trail and while descending it was drizzling throughout, at the top of the cliff it was too windy with a mild snowfall and covered with foggy clouds was an awesome experience
- Carry snacks, water, lock and key to store your bags and mobile phones, better to wear winter wear in layers because climate varies at each level. Be prepared for sweat, cold breeze, drizzle and snow fall based on the month you travel. Google weather report helped to carry even hand glouse, woolen cap, rain coat to have a comfortable and pleasant trek.
- Carry a light weight small backpack alone
- Wear comfortable shoes
- Good to get the hiking stick for Rs 50 at the base camp.Also carry tissue or small hand kerchief because once we start ascending lots of people got mild running nose. No issues about altitude sickness if you take enough break and consume water mixed with electrolyte.
- After checkout from Paro hotel took cab from Paro to Phuentsholing (Jaigaon) and reached Hotel satyam again for over night stay at Jaigaon.
The hotel people were very much helpful and they suggested to take a bus upto SIliguri which will cost Rs 100 per person and the first bus starts at 6AM just in front of the hotel. Jaigaon bus stand is located just 1km away from the hotel and one can get bus or shared taxi from here also.