Paro Taktsang Paro Taktsang a prominent Himalayan Buddhist sacred site and temple complex, located in the cliffside of the upper Paro valley, in Bhutan. A temple complex was first built in 1692 around a cave where Guru Padmasambhava is said to have meditated for three years, three months, three weeks, three days and three hours in the 8th century. Padmasambhava is credited with introducing Buddhism in Bhutan. It is also known as Tiger’s nest as it is believed that Padmasambhava came on the back of a Tiger to this place.
At Stage one climb upto the cafeteria in the Taktsangh path
The poor people own ponies down hill and it was quite an experience with her chanting "Om Mani Padme " There are three stages to doing this trek stage 1 : you can hire a pony as I did the path takes you upto the cafeteria from there you will have to do the next two stages on foot. Stage 2 on a rainy day can be quite challenging once you get past that you will have to finish the climb through steps that will go up and down.
In Bhutan, history and spirituality are indissolubly linked. It is said that there, “the earth is Buddhist and the sky is Buddhist”.The whole landscape is sacred. Every Valley is a site of pilgrimage and every rock, cave and river has a history ~ Matthieu Ricard (Buddhist Monk, Photographer and Author)
Tashichhoe dzong is a Buddhist monastery and fortress on the northern edge of the city of Thimpu in Bhutan, on the western bank of the Wang Chu.
Tashichhoe dzong is a Buddhist monastery and fortress in the city of Thimpu in Bhutan, on the western bank of the Wang Chu. It has traditionally been the seat of the Druk Desi (or "Dharma Raja"), the head of Bhutan's civil government. Tashichö Dzong was again destroyed by fire three different times as well seriously damaged by an earthquake.Each time it was rebuilt by the Desi and Je Khenpo of the time. In 1962, after the capital was moved from Punakha to Thimphu, the present Dzong was rebuilt by the third king, Jigme Dorji Wangchuk, as the seat of Government following a different plan from the old one.It presently houses the throne room and offices of the king, the cabinet secretariat and the ministries of home affairs and finance.
Buddha Dordenma is a Buddha statue under construction in the mountains of Bhutan. The statue will house over one hundred thousand smaller Buddha statues, each of which, like the Buddha Dordenma itself, will be made of bronze and gilded in gold. Upon completion, it will be one of the largest Buddha rupas in the world, at a height of 169 feet (51.5 meters).The construction has been delayed. About Buddhism: Believe nothing unless it agrees with your own reason ~ Buddha It can only show the path to you and you are solely responsible to follow the path to enlightenment. Buddhists are not atheists, they believe in God but only do not believe that the God’s will help you in any way to heal the suffering in life.
The Memorial Stupa, Thimphu, also known as the Thimphu Chorten, is a stupa in Thimphu, Bhutan, located on Doeboom Lam in the southern-central part of the city near the main roundabout and Indian military hospital. The stupa, built in 1974 to honor the third Druk Gyalpo, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck (1928–1972), is a prominent landmark in the city with its golden spires and bells. In 2008, it underwent extensive renovation. It is popularly known as "the most visible religious landmark in Bhutan". It was consecrated by Dudjom Jigdral Yeshe Dorje.
The Punakha Dzong, also known as Pungtang Dechen Photrang Dzong (meaning "the palace of great happiness or bliss”) is responsible for the administration of the Punakha District. It is the second oldest and second largest dzong in Bhutan.
A view of the Dzong in night
Day 3 after a tiring drive back to Thimpu and then Paro driver took me to an Orchard where I could witness this marvelous sight of Apples ... you can see this all across Bhutan is a common sight
Rinpung Dzong is a large dzong - Buddhist monastery and fortress in Paro. You can see a view of this Dzong from the Paro airport itself
Gross National Happiness supersedes over GNP . Development is weighed heavily by the Govt to see benefits of the same reflected in the people’s happiness. This wonderful thinking keeps Bhutan preserving their natural resources intact. GNH is measured by the Govt on a periodic basis to ensure sustainability of this thinking.
A view in Monsoon on the way back to Thimpu from Punakha
View of Paro and Paro Chu from Rinpung Dzong in Paro
Located over 3000 meters above sea level.108 stupas (chortens) were constructed as a memorial for the dead in the bloody Bhutan massacre in 2003 carried out by the Army to flush out Indian North East Rebels. Each one contains effigies of Buddha and religious text. On a clear day, the snow-capped mountains of the Himalayas can be seen.
The view of the monastery from the cafeteria
Valley view of Thimpu
I already presented them in my visit to Dharamshala...pls look for details on their significance
A Bhutanese get together that usually starts with Lama engagement followed by a social get together
Finally exiting the land of happiness. The land of the thunder dragon shall be back for more in Feb 2016. Paro airport is considered to be the most dangerous airport in the world. Only 8 pilots have been trained to land their airplanes here.
Even with all these profound scientific theories of the origin of the universe, I am left with serious questions: What existed before the big bang? Where did the big bang come from? What caused it? Why has our planet evolved to support life? What is the relationship between the cosmos and the beings that have evolved within it? Scientists may dismiss these questions as nonsensical, or they may acknowledge their importance but deny that they belong to the domain of scientific inquiry. However, both these approaches will have the consequence of acknowledging definite limits to our scientific knowledge of the origin of our cosmos. I am not subject to the professional or ideological constraints of a radically materialistic worldview. - The Dalai Lama
On the way to Taktsangh Lakhangh
Near Paro River on the way to Taktsangh Lakhang
The Seat is for Discipline masters only, It is strictly prohibited to sit on this Bench and also refrain from taking pictures inside the Kuenn Rea Lkhakhang
A chessboard-like painting, in which a poem can be read backwards and forwards
The takin, also called cattle chamois or gnu goat, is a goat-antelope found in the eastern Himalayas.