Punakha, Bhutan – Day 3(a)

Kisa Breakfast
For some odd reason, I liked the breakfast this morning. Maybe I just missed “western” food 🙂

Thimphua
It was a sunny day when we said our good bye to Thimphu and headed east towards Punakha. Here in this photo, we can see the Buddha point from ahead.

Dochula Pass
We have to stop at the state point for immigration check on our travel visa, this is mainly for the authorities to check on the flow of tourists in their country. At the check point, there were many stores selling Bhutan produced apples.

Dochula Pass

Dochula Pass at 3045m, this beautiful pass with its 108 Bhutanese stupas was built by Her Majesty The Queen Mother Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck to commemorate victory over the
Indian militants and to liberate the souls of the lives lost.

DrukAsia

Dochula Pass

Dochula Pass

Dochula Pass
If it wasn’t cloudy, we would have been able to see the snow capped tops of the Himalayas.

Dochula Pass
However, we were kinda of lucky as soon after we took photos of the stupas, the fog come in and everything turned out foggy and mysterious.

Dochula Pass
No luck!

Chhimi Lhakhang
Arriving at Chhimi Lhakhang for lunch where you can have a great view of the rice fields.

Chhimi Lhakhang
Phallus paintings in Bhutan are esoteric symbols, which have their origins in the Chimi Lhakhang monastery near Punakha, the former capital of Bhutan. The village monastery was built in honour of Lama Drukpa Kunley who lived in the 15-16th century and who was popularly known as the “Mad Saint” or “Divine Madman” for his unorthodox ways of teaching, which amounted to being bizarre and shocking. These explicit paintings, though embarrassing to many urbanites now (this folk culture is now informally discouraged in urban centres, can be seen painted on the walls of houses and buildings throughout Bhutan, particularly in villages, and are credited as Kunley’s creations.Traditionally symbols of an erect penis in Bhutan have been intended to drive away the evil eye and malicious gossip. – Wiki

Chhimi Lhakhang
After lunch short hike to……

Chhimi Lhakhang
Chhimi Lhakhang, the temple that is erected to honor the “divine madmen” who uses sex and drinks to preach with unorthodox ways of teaching Buddhism.

Chhimi Lhakhang

Chhimi Lhakhang
No matter what, be it a fertility temple or a divine who is unorthodox, he did blessed his temple in a very scenic location.

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