|Mongar District, Bhutan|
Our journey continued. From Mongar we traveled back to Bumthang. On the way there we passed by few places. Remember first day we came from Bumthang to Mongar? Read it here in case you missed or forgot the post :)
|Cooking the dried maize on the giant pans - Mongar, Bhutan|
Yeah, we passed by the village where maize was planted and taengma or kharang was sold and made on the roadside.
|Mongar District, Bhutan|
The view of the mountain during summer time in Bhutan never failed to mesmerize me :) It was all green. Light green, dark green, it was simply natural and beautiful!!!
|Few waterfalls on the other side of the mountain - Approaching Namling, Bhutan|
We stopped for our tea break and took few posts with various waterfalls on our background. It was beautiful, wasn't it?
|Few tall waterfalls on our background - Approaching Namling, Bhutan|
Most importantly, we were blessed with a very beautiful weather that afternoon. The fog and rain that we experienced before (when we went from Bumthang to Mongar) was all gone!!! Could you believe it??? :)
|Beautiful waterfalls at Namling, Bhutan :)|
|Our jolly pictures :) at Namling Waterfall, Bhutan|
We were sooo..... happy and grateful!!! :))) Otherwise we wouldn't be able to take such beautiful photos above and the memory was definitely priceless!!! ^^
|Another beautiful waterfall at Namling, Bhutan|
|Summer time wild berries - Bhutan :)|
After that, we sat back, relaxed, enjoyed the view outside our window, until we reached Shingkhar :) You can also do that now... :D
|Beautiful greenery of Bhutan :)|
|I called it 'moustache tree' hehehe... - Bhutan :D|
|Beautiful view at Sengor, Bhutan|
|My favorite varieties of pine trees in Bhutan :)|
|Beautiful mountain road - Bhutan|
|Great view for your lunch la!!! :) - Bhutan|
|Winding mountain road - enjoy it to the fullest!!! - Bhutan|
|Pine trees everywhere... Never get bored of it!!! :) - Bhutan|
|Foggy mountain - Bhutan|
|Simply beautiful!!! - Bhutan :)|
|Mysterious Bhutan :)|
|Among the fog - Bhutan|
|Beautiful Bhutan :)|
|I love Bhutan :)|
Ohhh... let me tell you... the view there was so beautiful!!! Hours of journey like this had feed my thirst of nature! Soon after we entered into Ura Valley, Bumthang.
|Entering Ura Valley, Bhutan|
|Prayer flags in Ura Valley, Bhutan|
|Beautiful Ura valley in Bhutan|
|Ura Makrong Village - Bhutan|
|Beautiful Ura Valley - Bhutan|
|The view was just marvelous!!! Ura Valley, Bhutan|
8 km from the main road, you could find the traditional village of Shingkhar.
|Colorful prayer flags - Reaching Shingkhar, Bhutan|
|Flying prayer flags - Shingkhar, Bhutan|
|Farmer's Storage House - Shingkhar, Bhutan|
|Rinchen Jugney Lhakhang up in hill - Shingkhar, Bhutan|
We went up to the Lhakhang on top of the hill, called Drokri Rinchen Jugney Lhakhang. It was established by Nyingmapa master Longchen Rabjampa (1308-1364).
|Rinchen Jugney Lhakhang from the outside - Shingkhar, Bhutan|
|Painting the entrance of the Rinchen Jugney Lhakhang - Shingkhar, Bhutan|
|Longchenpa statue inside the Rinchen Jugney Lhakhang - Shingkhar, Bhutan|
|Under construction - Rinchen Jugney Lhakhang from the inside - Shingkhar, Bhutan|
It was under construction when we reached there but the statue of Longchenpa remained. It didn't deter us from praying and circumambulating the temple. After that we went down to Shingkhar Dechenling Lhakhang. It was located in the central of the village and it was also founded by Longchen Rabjampa.
|Shingkhar Dechenling Lhakhang - Shingkhar, Bhutan|
|Entrance to Dechenling Lhakhang - Shingkhar, Bhutan|
|Wall mural in front of Dechenling Lhakhang - Shingkhar, Bhutan|
Once entered into the main temple, you would see three gonkhang (chapels for the protective deities) on the left. While on the right, there would be an altar with the main statues - Buddhas of the Three Times (past, present, future) - and the paintings represent the tertons (great discoveres of religious treasure) surrounding the Guru Rinpoche, as well as the three fundamental teaching cycles of the Nyingmapa school and a beautiful depiction of Guru Rinpoche's paradise - the Zangto Pelri.
During the restoration of the temple in year 2000, they found a stone seat and it was considered to be the throne of Longchen Rabjam. A clay statue of the 14th century master was built over the throne . When we visited, the caretaker told us that they found the Pema Lingpa's hidden treasure in the middle of the temple, which was butter lamp, and now was stored there too.
This temple was looked after by the lineage holder family and lay practitioners (gomchens). It also served as temple for the Shingkhar community. (Detailed info source: buthanculturalatlas.org)
|Evening tea break at Arya Zamlha Hotel and Bar - Bumthang, Bhutan|
Before continued our journey, we stopped for a tea break at the above store. At the same time, Luzee bought some tea leaves and buckwheat flour there. Later on we went all the way back to Neela and Devi's house. We stayed there for a night and had our dinner there. Thank you SB for the beautiful weather, safe and timely journey, also the good karma to visit the two Lhakhang in Shingkhar!!! It's been a wonderful journey and the magnificent road along our journey was indeed a blessing!!! Bhutan was lucky to have such beautiful natures :) Thank you, thank you, and thank you!!!
PS: Dear readers, hope you enjoy all the photos above and be amazed with what Bhutan could offer you with :)