Meri Puensum Hotel Breakfast.
Burnt down dzong that we passed by on our way to Gangtey.
The happiness index, most of the time we see a lot of Bhutan people sitting by the road or sitting outside their homes chatting.
Typical housing in Bhutan.
Welcome to the national highway of Bhutan, mainly 2 way mud road.
Lunch stop, according to our guide, the king does stop by this restaurant when he travels from Thimphu to other parts of Bhutan by car. This room is his resting lounge.
The sauteed potato with onions was so delicious that we asked for 2 plates for it. 😛
More rice fields along the way.
It was raining incessantly along the 3 hours drive to Gangtey, when we arrived at the valley of Phobjikha to start our nature hike. The rain had stopped and it become sunny so that is why we decided to push on for the hike.
Almost 45 minutes into the hike, we felt that it wasn’t such a good decision at all as the trek was all muddy and we had to try our best to dodge the manure.
However the views were awesome and the air exceptionally fresh after the rain.
You can also get almost up close and personal with the cows and horses along the way. They didn’t really bother us as they look like they are probably used to people walking past them frequently.
Lots of Lichen growth on the trees in Bhutan.
Valley view and from here, it started pouring 😦
By this time, though the whole valley was misty due to the rain but it was freezing cold and all of were drenched. We didn’t even have mood to admire the view any more and just wanted to finish the trek to get into the car. By this time, we don’t care about the mud, the manure or the cows that just brushed right by us……
Arriving super drenched at Dewachen hotel.
Immediately we asked that they start up the fire for us to warm ourselves and try to dry our clothes as much as possible.
Right outside our room, was some cows grazing on the side.
No TV, wifi and heater in the hotel so we quickly adjorned to the restauant for a quick meal
Dinner spread at Dewachen.
Since there was no entertainment for the night, I stayed up for the night to keep watch on the fire which die out really fast as the chopped wood was pretty moist.