Nov 10, 2010

Faces & Places - Bhutan Diaries - (part 2 of 4)

The Phajoding Goemba Trek

The Phajoding Goemba (11,942ft) is a 5 km walk uphill from the outskirts of Thimpu. This was founded in the 13th century by Togden Pajo, and built around 1748. That morning as we started our ascent, the mist lay heavy on Thimpu. The Wang Chhu river in Thimpu, meandered lazily below.

We passed Wangditse Goemba and after a good 2 hr climb came upon Chhokhortse Goempa. It was here that we sat in the sun and interacted with the monks who very kindly got us piping hot milky coffee and crackers. We met Ishi llama here, one look at us and out came his doubts about how Phajoding was way too difficult for us especially given the time we'd taken to get there. There after he accompanied us for a short distance, went about giving us detailed instructions on how to get to Phajoding and continued to check on us from time to time as we progressed on our own.

It took us about 6hours to get to Phajoding Goempa, trudging along little by little. What was amazing is the flora and fauna, the vast expanse of the forests, the wild flowers, the numerous butterflies, the yaks and lovely birds along the route.

However, the most rewarding part of the trek was the sight at the Goempa, a courtyard full of young novice monks, sitting in the sun and studying history. Among them four little pups are playing about, the little monks are clearly distracted and follow every move of the pups and then with an exaggerated effort try and get back to their books only to break into fits of subdued giggles at the sight of the pups. Its beautiful to see these boys in their robes; embarking on a life of simple purity and the joy in their young faces.

5 comments:

Siddhartha Joshi said...

interesting post...the place looks great :)

the last pic is nice...

Jishnu A said...

How did you know that u r going to write 4 parts even before the trip.. Good blog.

Aditi Das Patnaik said...

@ Jishnu

I knew I wanted to spread my experiences in 4 parts, not before going to the trip!

nikitha said...

You should atart writing a novel.. or maybe non fiction.. Whatever just get published..! Im serious! :-)

nikitha said...

OMG..!! I just saw your book "Colours of Silence". So you are published!! Not bad i can recognise talent! ;-)