The view on the way up was beautiful (yes, again).
Although we've been in Bhutan for a few days, we were still wheezing and giddy trekking uphill. We took more than an hour to get to our destination. Slowly but surely, we got there.
There is no temple in Bhutan as elaborate as this and was built by the Queen Mother of the 5th King to bring universal peace in the world.
After our descent, we went for lunch and then onwards to the famed Punakha Dzong.
|Entrance to the bridge|
|The cantilever bridge into Punakha Dzong|
Placed strategically at the junction of the Pho Chu and Mo Chu rivers, the dzong was built in 1637 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, to serve as the religious and administrative seat of the region. It was here that the dual system of government was introduced in the 17th century and in 1907, enthroned the first King Gongsar Ugyen Wangchuck.
Damaged over the centuries by four catastrophic fires and an earthquake, the dzong has been fully restored in the recent years by the 4th King Jigme Singye Wangchuck.
|The entrance to Punakha Dzong|
|Outside the walls of Punakha Dzong. The 5th King had his wedding photo taken here|
|Inside the grounds of Punakha Dzong|
|Student monks waiting to go into the prayer room for their evening prayers|
|The Wheel of Life painted on the walls of one of the halls|
|Inside Punakha Dzong|
Our last destination of the day is a nunnery. It was right on top of a cliff and was built by the grandfather of the 5th King. In fact, his meditation retreat is a house just opposite the nunnery. Views as usual were spectacular.
|The King's grandfather's house across the nunnery|
|The grounds of the nunnery overlooking the mountains|
|The view from atop the stupa|
|This is their drainage for rainwater to flow down from the rooftop of the temple|
|The main temple of the nunnery|