Punakha and Points East

Our time in Bhutan is nearly up – we’ll try to keep the blog up to date by posting shorter entries. Here goes.

We head east from Thimphu over the Dochula Pass.

The 108 Druk Wangyal chortens

There are always things to see along the way.

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Terraced rice paddies

We stop to visit a market. Maria stocks up on fruit.

Village market

A pair of nuns walks from one village to the next.

We stay near Punaka in a town called Lobesa. We walk through rice paddies to the temple of Chimi Lhakhang.

This is the Punakha Dzong, located at the confluence of two rivers.

We model giveaway t-shirts for Bhutan Mountain Holiday

As we enter, we pass an aged monk pondering life’s eternal questions.

What’s so funny ’bout peace, love, and understanding?

There are giant beehives hanging above the main door.

The interior is pretty neat, too.

Wall art – Punakha Dzong
Courtyard – Punakha Dzong
Shrine room – Punakha Dzong
Gold doors – Punakha Dzong
Stupa – Punakha Dzong

There’s also a great suspension bridge over the river.

Sight or Insight of the Day – Punakha

The Chimi Lhakhang temple is known for its fertility-enhancing powers.

This means many buildings in the area are adorned with graphic paintings of phalluses.

Souvenir shop

What would Freud make of it all?