Tuesday 16 Feb 2016
The day started with a visit to the giant golden Buddha, 169 feet high! Although work at the base is still going on, once complete it will be one of the largest in the world.
After a bumpy, winding, 3 hour drive we arrived in Punakha, with a stopover at Dochu La pass, a summit of 3100 meters. Unfortunately the clouds came in so we couldn't see the mountains. Awesome anyway.
In Punakha we arrived just in time for the special celebrations commemorating the warriors who fought back Tibetan invaders using imaginative trickery in 1639. The day was only marred by a crush of people as the procession filed through a gate which became a pinch point and I was almost caught in the middle of it. But otherwise a grand day....
The Golden Buddha of Thimphu:
Some of the 108 stupas of Dochu La Pass:
Interesting part of the procession at the Punakha festival: