Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Destination Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Lhakhang Nunnery

The well organized holiday was put together by Eco Expedition in association with Norbu Bhutan. I would totally recommend them. 

After a quick stopover at Punakha town , we drove to one of the most beautiful locations in Bhutan. If only i could retire in a place similar to this!!. Have a small little business to keep me going and spend the rest of the time perched on a ridge amid pine trees , overlooking valleys with 360 degree panoramic view

Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Lhakhang Nunnery  overlooks valleys of of Punakha and Wangduephodrang.The temple houses a 14-foot main bronze statue of Avalokiteshvara (Chenrigzig chagtong chentong). Other statues include those of Guru Padmasambawa, Gautama Buddha, Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel, Tsela Namsum, the 21 Taras and Tsepamay (Buddha of longevity). The Avalokiteshvara statue, one of the biggest in the country, was the handiwork of entirely local Bhutanese artisans.  
The temple complex also houses a permanent higher learning and meditation centre for nuns where, apart from religious trainings, it provides life skill training such as tailoring, embroidery, statue making and thangka painting. 

We choose  Punatsangchhu cottages in Wangdue as a stopover in this region. A basic hotel overlooking the river with decent rooms and manageable food. It offered decent bird watching opportunities and that made up for everything.
We were fortunate to see the phenomenon of "River smoke" for the first time in our lives! The shallow fog was locally restricted to some parts of the river. The internet informed me that when the air is colder than the water, the temperature difference causes evaporation and forms the smoke. Interesting natural phenomenon, something i would not have come across in the city I live in. Another reason to travel!!! Earlier in the day, we also managed to see few otters at a distance. Happiness is looking out of the window and discovering something!

Opportunities multiply as they are seized - Sun Tzu

 Date : September 2014
Place : Punakha, Bhutan

Tip : Look out for otters in the river.
First : River smoke!
The travel connection : Experience natural phenomenons!

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