The next day morning we woke up to drizzling skies. After a sumptuous complimentary breakfast, we started on our sightseeing for the second day. Before I go ahead, I would like to mention that the food they produce is organic. The honey there, is simply awesome.
First we went to the National Memorial Chorten. We learnt that the ticket to go in was 300 rupees and then we would be allowed to just go around the Chorten and not inside it. So we chose not to go into the compound, instead took pictures from the road.
In the slight drizzle, we proceeded to the statue of Sakyamuni Buddha on the Kuensel Phodrang hill.
Shakyamuni Buddha is a 51.5 meter long bronze statue, plated with gold. The statue sits atop a meditation hall with another big statue of Buddha and many smaller statues in it. The construction started in 2006 and it was completed in 2015.
Stupa at the entrance
The place is so beautiful, you can have an uninterrupted view of the valley and it is also known as the Buddha View point. Though we got wet slightly in the drizzle, we didn’t have any regrets because due to the weather the views we had were amazing. Clouds covering the Mountains and the serene atmosphere of the place gave us so much happiness. Inside the meditation hall the work on the pillars is also beautiful. After sitting in the hall for sometime, we came out, took pictures and started back.
Next we were to go to the Changangkha Lhakhang, which was an important religious structure dating back to the 15th century. But some restoration work was ongoing, so we were not able to go there. Then we went to the Takin Zoo, but it was drizzling a lot by then and we didnt want to pay 300 rupees for a ticket in that weather where we would have lesser chance of sighting the animal. But Mr Ganesh took us to a point where we had a chance to see the Takins from an elevated area.
From there we went to a place where we could see the Trashi Chhoe Dzong from a distance. It is a Buddhist monastery and a fortress which houses the Throne room and offices of the king, the Secretariat and the Ministries of Home and Finance. It is out of bounds for visitors and we had a view from afar.
Trashi Chhoe Dzong
From there, we went to a place called Simply Bhutan. It is a place where the culture and way of living of the Bhutanese is showcased. The ticket is 300 rupees for the entrance and if you want to take a picture in the local dress, it is an extra 100 rupees. Paid for both and went inside. Was impressed at the way the whole tour was held. It is in such a small area, but with compactness they have showcased their way of living so well.
This is so similar to what our grandmothers used to grind pulses.
Dried up vegetables to sustain them in the winter months.
Enjoyed thoroughly at Simply Bhutan. There was a little sample of archery also at the end which entertained us a lot.
Overall enjoyed the second day in Bhutan.