Thimphu – Capital City

Day 04 (30-Mar-2018)

We called the same driver for sightseeing at Thimphu city and it took 2 hours to cover all the significant places.

Semtokha Dzong

It was built in 1629 on the bank of Himalayan river and one of the oldest Dzong in Bhutan. We were allowed to attend the prayers conducted by the monks and had a wonderful experience by listening to drums music along with prayer slogans.

Tashichho Dzong Fortress:

 

Kuensel Phodrang (Buddha Point)

Memorial Chorten

Institute for Zorig Chusum

Changangkha Lhakhang

Dechen Phodrang

Clock Tower Square

Centenary Farmers’ Market

Very clean big market for a surprise. Farmers from surrounding of Thimphu villages place the stalls here to sell all fresh products.

Centenary Farmers Market

National Textile Museum:

National Textile Museum

Other places to see :Cheri Monastery, Phajoding Monastery, The Folk Heritage Museum,

Thimphu to Paro:

Around 12PM we left Thimphu and reached Paro by 12:45. Again we took shared cab and paid Rs 200/person.

Entry to Paro city and the drive through on Himalayan huge mountains along the Pachu river side was a spectacular experience and no one will get tired in watching the huge mountains and valley crossing us, the magnificent vista of Himalayan slow clad peaks , clean and cool breeze. Our hotel was next to airport and need to drive around 1 KM after the Airport, the hotels constructed on both the sides of the road and a slow entry of our car was astonishing.

Paro streets with snow clad mountain peaks at the backdrop

After hotel check in at Hotel Lhaki Yangchak, immediately we headed to Chele la Pass.

Chele la pass:

With a long deep breath started our journey towards Chele la to experience the snow, which is going to be our first snow fall experience. Lovely winding roads, full view of Paro city and airport, crossed few small villages and once we are about to reach driver showed us the temperature and it was just 2 degrees. Chele la pass lies at 13084ft above the sea level and one of the highest motor able road in Bhutan. Half way thru the drive we saw snow claud mountains bit close and after sometime the moment we started to see snow, we realized that’s the peak we are heading towards and got thrilled from that moment. Top of the peak was too windy with super cool breeze and 360 degree view of Himalayan mountains was enthralling. Don’t miss the hot soup, noodles served in a mobile van. And there is no permit to construct a resort or house at this place to preserve the natural beauty as it is.

360 degree view from Chele la pass

 

Chele la Pass

PARO TSHECHU festival local market:

Once we reached the Paro town back in the evening it was even more colorful due to their yearly PARO TSHECHU festival ( from 27-Mar to 31-Mar). We just stepped into the local market formed for the festival for shopping. Lots of cultural events were happening on the road side and it was a great experience to witness their culture, music and dance during their festival.

PARO TSHECHU festival local market

 

 

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