This post is a continuation of my earlier post My Rendezvous with Paro.
After reaching our hotel in Paro we dumped our luggage in our rooms and set out to explore the place.
We were back on the road again. Our first stop was Kichu Monastery.
Kyichu Lhakhang or Kichu Monastery is one of the oldest monasteries in Bhutan. It is situated in a secluded place outside the town. The monastery, from its elevated position, offers wonderful views of the surrounding valley.
The monastery houses a golden statue of Padmasambhava or Guru Rinpoche inside the core temple. However, you are not allowed to take your camera inside.
As we entered the monastery I could see a blast of colors everywhere –
on the front fascia,
on the doors and windows,
on the prayer wheels,
and in the garden.
Even the old monk preaching at the gate of the temple looked quite a colorful person. Isn’t it? 🙂
There were orange trees in the temple courtyard that were full of ripe oranges even in June!
Kichu Monastery is a peaceful quiet place, ideal for spending some time contemplating amidst nature and sacred structures.
Even I tried to concentrate in prayer. But…you know, I found that it’s not my cup of tea… no matter where I am… 😀
P.S: This is Part VI of my Bhutan Tour Photo Essay Series. You can also check out the previous posts of this series for more photos and information on Bhutan travel.
- Thimphu through my lenses
- The Scenic Punakha and Dochula Pass
- A short drive through Wangdue
- Life in Thimphu
- My Rendezvous with Paro