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2013 Bhutan – Punakha

Thursday – Friday, October 31 – November 1 ~ To the sub-tropical river valley at Punakha
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From Phobjikha we continued west, then turn north up the Puna Tsang Chu river valley to the town of Punakha, and the majestic Punakha Dzong. Before the capital moved from Punakha to Thimphu, Punakha Dzong was the seat for the kings and lamas. It was strategically built in 1637 at the confluence of the Pho Chuu and Mo Chuu (meaning male and female rivers) that flow into the Puna Tsang Chu.

Here saw the extremely rare White-bellied Heron. It is estimated that there are fewer than 300. Hishey participated in finding the first nest in Bhutan in the spring of 2003, and since then more nests have been discovered in Bhutan.

At Samdingkha we crossed the river on a suspension bridge and walked back on an old trail ending at a suspension foot-bridge that is the longest one in Bhutan after visiting the might Dzong, the largest one in Bhutan.

Most of us were in dire need of Ngultrums (Bhutan money) and lined up at the only ATM machine in the town. Unfortunately we emptied it out, so the poor woman who had been standing in line waiting for us all, was out of luck.

The second evening here, we had a special treat. We visited the Sanchen Dorji Lhendu nunnery late in the day. Visitors were supposed to leave the grounds at 5 p.m. as the nuns chanted every evening from 5-7 p.m. We were extended an invitation to stay in the prayer room with its magnificent statue of the Buddha of Compassion while the nuns chanted. They served us tea. WE only stayed for 45 minutes but I could have stayed for the whole 2 hours. This was a special treat for me and probably the highlight of the trip.

Lodging: Meri Puensum in Punakha for two nights

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