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Drown to Death

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Lift me up when you’re free
from underneath this pile of memories.
That’s where I refused to sink
but there, my life drowns to death.


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TRAVEL NOTE – TAKTSANG PULPHUG MONASTERY (TIGER’S NEST), PARO, BHUTAN

From 25th Sept. to 5th Oct. I visited Bhutan with my friends. Since I got a lot of good memories I decided to share one of the best of them. The following is my experience of the trek into the tiger’s nest of Bhutan.


I think it is usual that you have an experience that is so good that you find it so hard to explain it in the best way possible without losing its beauty. I think this is such a hard time for me but still I think it is okay if I am beginning with a morning that I had to wake up so early and to travel about half an hour from our hotel in Paro fully covered myself because of the cold that was penetrating into my body that may freeze my blood. I was actually very excited about this trekking day before reaching Bhutan but, I didn’t feel any particular excitement or happiness the time our bus reached the starting point, probably because I was still sleepy. I am really not a morning person!aaaa.jpg

The starting point was muddy and filled with a large number of dogs and as we started climbing they started following us. A few felt not at all okay because of the dogs. Anyway they were just walking with us and causing no harm; I really loved them. As we climbed up I started feeling very happy. I was breathless after half an hour watching the world around me and because I was tired. The sky that rose above the pine forest and a pool of cloud below my feet. I felt I am in some other world. As I proceeded my breath became faster and it started to be warm.aaa.jpg

The fog slowly faded away and escaped to the tips of pine leaves. After one and half hours we learned that we have a lot more to climb because we saw no trace of the peak of the hill. The small talks with friends actually reduced the effort of the journey. At some point we decided to take rest. Whatever I see around was beautiful. And at this point, I learned that the dogs are not following us but guiding us to the right path. That was one amazing part of this trekking. At many turns we were confused and what we did was following the dogs. The path started becoming steeper as we climbed more. After 2 hours we reached at a point where we could see the tiger’s nest far above on the rocks at the edge of a cliff as it looked familiar from the Google images that I admired before the trip. I can’t explain how happy I felt that time. I just wanted to scream to the world that is far below us.aaaaaaa.jpg

My paces started to be faster from that point. There was one cafeteria nearby and many of friends entered it for some refreshment but I didn’t want to rest at that point, I was too excited about getting at the peak. I had to wear my gloves again when it started to be cold again. The only food of that morning was the cold water from the natural springs on the way. Slowly the way became narrow and I became surrounded by large trees which covered all the view to the sky. For a few minutes I felt like I am in “Jungle Book” movie.

aa.jpgGradually I almost reached near to the cliff that is holding the monastery and the “Jungle Book” mood turned slowly into “Karate Kid”. The rest of the path was paved and contain steps. First I had to climb down near to waterfall that almost made me freeze. And this is a sweet spot for anyone who would love to capture some photos. Then I continued. I climbed up to the monastery with huge hunger. I could actually eat at least 2 plates of Indian meal at that time and I knew that I can eat only after finishing the trekking.

The tiger’s nest monastery looked beautiful. It was containing many Buddha statues, the meditation caves and to our wonder, a risky cave that we could enter which led us into the rocks to a small dark chamber. We wished if they allowed photography there. I was happy and fulfilled and not at all sad about the morning sleep I lost.aaaaaaaaaaaaaa

The return journey was quick. But again it was beautiful. I was so happy to meet a lot of people on the way and talk to everyone who are on the way up and to assure them that they worth the risky climbing. Along with two of my friends I relaxed a few moments at the cafeteria. I saw a lot of happy faces that day. It was indeed one of the best memories of my life. And I am sure that this will be a place that I will visit again in my life. I decided to travel more. I think it is a good thing to be consumed by wanderlust!IMG_201610dsada01_070432.jpg


For More Information  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paro_Taktsang