Bhutan 2009 Day Seven – Phobjikha to Wangdue

by Kara on October 5, 2009

Beautiful Phobjikha Valley, Bhutan

We had breakfast with the French ladies today, and had an interesting conversation regarding religion, including Mormonism and Scientology.

We left at 8:30 am to hike the Gangte Nature Trail up to the Gangte Goemba (temple). It was beautiful hike, most of which was flat, except for climbing up to the temple itself. Because they had been offering blessings at the temple the previous day, the surrounding area was a bit of a mess, with trash all over the place.

The hike took just over four hours, undoubtedly slowed by Stephen’s picture taking. It rained a bit when Stephen stopped to take a panorama of the vallery, but it didn’t last long. It was a beautiful hike. I seemed to be just about back to 100 percent, so I didn’t have any trouble with it.

Young girl with grandmother at Gante Goemba, Phobjikha Valley, Bhutan

After lunch, we got back in the car and drove back to Wangdue. On the way, Ugyen, our eagle-eyed driver, spotted some monkeys and pulled over for Stephen to take pictures. It was a fairly large family of Hanuman Langurs. It was hard to get good pictures because they were not right next to the road, but it was exciting to see monkeys in the wild. They were quite acrobatic. After that brief stop, we went on to Wangdue to stay overnight at the Dragon’s Nest Resort. It’s a nice spot away from the town. We should sleep well tonight.

Check out more of Stephen’s pictures of Bhutan.

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