As such, we checked out of Hotel Lobesa and headed westward, back towards Thimphu and Paro for an easy day.
For that, we had to backtrack, past Dochula Pass as there's only 1 road from west to east.
|Panoramic shot at Dochula Pass|
We reached Thimphu from Dochula Pass in about an hour and headed straight to the GPO for souvenirs. One nice souvenir you can get here is personalized postage stamp. You can actually paste it on a postcard and mail it to anywhere in the world for Nu30.
|Personalized stamps from Bhutan|
After "shopping" in Paro, we proceeded to our next destination, the National Museum (aka Paro Ta Dzong). It was originally built as a watch tower and now holds a collection of art, relics, religious thangkha paintings, Bhutan's exquisite postage stamps, coins and handicrafts, together with a small natural history collection.
|The grounds at the Museum|
The picture show below was the actual museum but it was damaged structurally in an earthquake a few years ago. It is currently undergoing restoration works and looks so much more stately. You can even see the wooden scaffolding preventing the wall from from toppling over.
After this, we checked into our 3rd hotel of the whole trip, and also the best hotel of the whole trip, Metta Resort & Spa.
|Main entrance of Metta|
|They decorated the tree with lights for Christmas|
|Our 2 bedrooms in the same building|
|Bathroom with warm air blower. Bliss in winter|
|Living area with a blower-type heater. So nice and warm|
|Even had kettle and cupboards in the room|
The wife of the boss is actually a Malaysian and we had yummy food that we've been craving. They even had a dessert tray (mango pudding, cakes and cookies), which was missing in the other 2 hotels restaurants.
I was so relieved to finally able to feel nice and warm in our hotel room and had a good night's sleep. Tomorrow will be the most difficult part, but also the highlight of the trip, Tiger's Nest.