BC: To be continued to "TO BHUTAN, the 3rd story"...
FC: TO Bhutan, the 2nd story
1: Finally we arrived at the Punakha Dzhong, where we will look around and enjoy the Drubchenserdn/ Punakha Festival there!
3: We learned that the Bhutanese warriors (whom their ancestors fought the Tibetans long time ago) gathered from all around Bhutan to this festival.
4: THE PUNAKHA FESTIVAL!! :D
5: All about the journey | Good times
6: We walked around the Dzhong a bit. Then we saw the chief in yellow, because this week was the Punakha festival. He was...pretty short haha...
7: There were a lot of monks during the festival...
8: The Warriors danced, sang and shouted at the same time in the big courtyard.
9: Then they all lined up in two rows (still shouting and singing), and rushed to the other side of the Dzhong
10: Our bags are full. | There were a lot of Bhutanese out side of the main building of Dzhong, since the Punakha festival only takes place once every year (but it lasts for several days). They were waiting for the warriors to throw oranges to the children to wish for a good luck in that year.
11: Let the journey begin | Some of the warriors were on the donkeys and ran passed out from the Dzhong
13: LIFE IS A JOURNEY | After we watched the festival for 1 hour, we left the Dzhong for lunch. On the way to the bus, I found this awesome old monk who happily allowed me to take his photos. On the other hand, Mr.G bought a 'fake' necklace from a Bhutanese old woman that was pretty expensive. After about 10 minutes of a bus ride, we stopped at the school outdoor art area for lunch. Because there were empty white stone canvas available, I drew the scenery around the Punakha Dzhong with pencil--and Mr. G told me that it won't stay there after the rain comes. BLEH I don't care!
14: Good times | Making memories | MADMAN | Divine | TEMPLE
15: All about the journey | Good times | After lunch, we went back to Punakha Valley to visit the Dvine Madman's temple. We had to walk for about 40 minutes to get to the temple from the village. We saw a lot of mustard fields as well as the locals on the way...
16: "To travel is to live." -Hans Christian Andersen
17: Often the couples visit this temple to pray for having children, so we found an album that had photos of those couples who succeeded to have children after visiting the temple; it was very interesting. And it was more interesting how Divine Madman could directly send the animals to heaven when he hunted them down. After looking around the temple, we walked back to the bus. But we visited a particular shop where it sold a lot of handcrafts, including the sculptures of penus--everyone started to take photos, so it was really hilarious and awkward at the same time!
18: BON VOYAGE | FEB 20th 2013 | It was supposed to be 30-40 minutes of hike, but it only took us 20 minutes to hike up to the Buddhist temple in the morning. Most of the people went across the hill to do shortcut, but I didn't because as a Buddhist, I need to finish what I've started with no shortcuts at all.
19: When we entered the temple (no photo zone), I went around the Buddha statue three times with Tenzin and Kesang while chanting 'Om Ma Ni Bam Meh Heum'. Cool thing was that we could go up to the roof and take photos of the scenery. When we were going back to the bus for lunch nearby the river, we found the stack of stones that the last year's trip member brought!
20: The 1st Dance | The first dance we saw was the 12 animal mask dance; each dancers wore different masks (like dragon, cow, dog etc) and danced danced in circles. They circled their heads while leaping and playing the hand drum; they repeated the movements and danced along with the trumpet beats in the background. | By the time we arrived in Punakha Dzhong, we saw different types of dances taking place in the courtyard