My Roaming Spirit
It has been one of the most mesmerizing new year with the sighting of snowfall exactly on the eve of the new year. The plans were all set for the next stop to the mountains. One of the most holiest place for the Bhutanese, THE TIGER’s NEST!! also known as Paro Taktsang. The monastery is located 10 kilometers to the north of Paro and hangs on a cliff at 3,120 meters, about 900 meters above the Paro Valley.
We could feel the Dragon calling. It was about 5 hours of drive from Phobjikha Valley to Paro Taktsang. The drive came to an end just at the time of Lunch. And nothing works better than Aloo paratha for Indians to lift up their spirit.
We had an average of about 2.5 hours of climb ahead of us. It was already 2:45 and the gate to the monastery closes around 5 PM. We obviously had a time crunch but what could stop us. It contains steps as well as straight paths, so there is no correct numbers on how many stairs we climbed
I remember the days where we could play endlessly for the whole day and not get tired. Well that has surely changed in last couple of years. Its been nearly two third of a decade that any of us had the taste of it. So now you know what happens when you put a club boxer in the ring with a Pro. Our hearts were pounding and we could feel the blood flowing through our veins directly to our head. Each gust of winds felt like shrapnel piercing into our body. That said and done, half way through we fell on the ground catching our breath, but it was the race to reach the top that kept us going. That wasn’t the only thing but the scenic view of the mountain covered with the pine trees, the clouds, the waterfalls and the people all around us made the journey worthwhile.
We talk about discipline a lot in school but you can really experience it in Bhutan, there were no wrappers or garbage anywhere on the streets. People of Bhutan made sure