Thimphu / Paro
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We spent a day roaming around in Thimphu since that is the capital of Bhutan. We also met up with Ms Kencho from the travel agency where we had booked our trek with. We tried the local Bhutanese dish of chillies and cheese which was to be eaten as a vegetable dish. It was indeed spicy! A visit to the Thimphu library was a must to see the world’s largest book, so large that the librarian flips the page only once a month. It was a book with compilations of photos of Bhutan.
Back in Paro, we visited Kyichu Temple, one of the last three surviving temples among the 108 temples built in the 8th century by a Tibetan King. Till to date, only three had survived with two being in Bhutan and one in Tibet known as the Jokhang Temple in Lhasa. On the day of our visit, there was a special religious session and many pilgrims came to make their prayers. It was interesting to see the sincerity and devotion of the pilgrims.
There were interesting plants inside the temple grounds an orange tree where we were told that it was the only orange tree in Paro valley, the national tree which is cypress and a peach tree with two different colours of blossoms.