Bhutan, Summer 2020

Preparations are underway for Bhutan travel starting from the far eastern parts of the country heading west to Paro.  Our journey will depart from Albuquerque in late May on our way to Bangkok.  After an overnight in Bangkok, we will board a flight to Guwahati, the largest city in Assam, northern India.  From this spot we will make our way to Bhutan, traveling by van to the border village of Samdrup Jongkhar.  After a night at the border, we will travel about six hours to Trashigang, the farthest eastern Dzongkhag in Bhutan.

Our trip will wander the lateral road from east to west.  Stops will include a visit to the weaving villages of Lhuntse, a photo excursion around Mongar, and then a couple of days in Bumthang hiking the valley to visit Kurjey Lhakhang among other important historical sites.

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The Largest Sculpture of Padmasambhava in Lhuntse

 

As we head west we will make another stop at Orgyen Choling in the Tang valley.  Near here the famous lama Pema Lingpa found hidden termas (teachings/writings/messages) and wrote about his discovery transforming Vajrayana Buddhism for all future generations.

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Cleaning the butter lamps.

As we wind across the country, we will stop at Trongsa, Tsangkhap, and visit Tsangkhap Central School, Punakha, Thimphu, and finally Paro.  I’ll post detailed descriptions in the coming weeks as a way to reveal where we are going and what we are doing.

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