Paro Taktsang, Tiger’s nest: Bhutan

I visited Bhutan after eight long years
in 2011. I went for a month but it felt like it wasn’t enough time. I will have to
extend up to 2-3 months on my next visit.
While I was there, I hiked up to Taktsang and various other temples in Paro. I always wanted to go to Taktsang when I was living in Bhutan but never had the chance to. Unfortunately I could not go there before the fire destroyed the top part of Taktsang in 1998. But they repaired it really well. Taktsang also known as Tiger’s nest is a very popular tourist area in Bhutan. It is located in Paro, which makes it very convenient for our tourists to visit because our only international airport is located in Paro. From the bottom to the entrance of
Taktsang, it is about 2-3 hours hike uphill or you can rent a horse like my dad
did for about $15.00. Personally, I would not recommend riding back on a horse
downhill because the saddle rubs up on the horse and it is torture for them.  If you are hiking with shorts, remember to bring a pair of pants with you because you will not be able to enter inside the temple if you are showing your knees (for women only). I took a half kira (modern traditional dress) in my bag. If you would like to make an offering to the temple, you can buy some incense sticks, Dalda (substitution for butter) or even flags to tie on the outside of the temple.  I had a great experience and it was like a dream. It felt like I achieved a great accomplishment when I got up there. It is so beautiful!!!
If you would like to travel to Bhutan and experience the beauty and peacefulness, please visit my other page.
Also, I was very excited when I recently discovered a great travel guide at a local Barnes and Noble bookstore.  It is called Bhutan by the Lonely Planet.  There was only one copy at the store I visited so it may be a tough find.  It was a great book and had lots of detailed information about visiting Bhutan, I highly recommend it.
Passportchop has some great tips on how to
ride a horse up and down the hiking trail.

“It is a small monastery hung far up on
a cliff overlooking a spectacular valley. It is also one of thirteen small
monasteries or “tigers lairs” where the Guru Rinpoche or “Precious Master” also
known as the “Second Buddha” of Bhutan is said to have meditated.”Cont..
Have a lovely day! Hope you enjoyed my post!!

While coming back from our journey, we saw some Golden Langurs too.



Oh, How I loVE CloUdS

This was on the way to lake Tahoe before it got dark. Isn’t that cloud gorgeous? It literally looked like strokes of paint.

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Through the clouds up in the sky!

It was a beau..tiful ride back home after the vacation. I had a wonderful flight from NE to Phoenix. In my opinion, people of Nebraska are friendlier than any other states. But, I felt it even more this time on the way to Phoenix from NE. I had an empty seat in between but the woman next to the empty seat was talking to a man in the next row the entire flight. The people on the back of my seat were talking, the people sitting in front of my seat were talking. Overall, it was a happy flight. I enjoyed the spirit of those people. And I also enjoyed taking pictures of the beautiful scenery beneath me. It was amazing to see how the landscape changed, even though, they looked really close to each other. Some parts were totally dry while some of the parts were snowing.Have a lovely day and enjoy the pictures!!

diy Bhutanese textile/tribal print bracelet.

Hi there,
How’s it going people? Hope ur day is awesome. If not, I hope it gets better!!:D Remember the tribal print diy boots, I made few days ago? well, check it out. :)
Anyhow, I made a bracelet out of the left over print I had from my diy tribal boots.
Yep, that’s how much I love the Bhutanese textile. It is valuable because it’s hand woven and each pattern is hand picked. In this video, she is weaving a kira, our Bhutanese National dress for Women. The print is so beautiful!!!

Made with leftover textile fabric from my diy boots,
8mm pyramid studs,
modpodge: slather around the bracelet to hold the textile thread from coming out.
magnetic bracelet clasp.

:) hope you like it! Happy DIY! Have a great day!
Examples of Bhutanese Textile:

Britto Makeup bag by Heys!!

I had to get this Britto makeup bag by Heys when I saw it on Ideeli. I am not a big money spender on things but This Luggage line is beautiful! I got this makeup bag for a pretty awesome deal ($60 with shipping). Usually I wouldn’t even spend that much for a makeup bag but I had to get it because of the design and the case is very well made, very easy to use, has a strap on the back to hook it to your luggage. Its definitely worth it. The website doesn’t have it anymore but amazon sells it for $182.26 for the same kind. And they have a satin one for $36.49.
Detail of the bag:
Large enough to hold brushes and toiletries yet small enough to fit into an overhead bin. Its like a mini suit case.
Features a high-gloss finish on the artistic design
Top rubberized carrying handle and optional crossbody strap
Zip around closure
Customized fully lined interior with multiple pockets to keep your products organized when traveling
Material: polycarbonate composite
warranty:7-year worldwise

Update: 12/13/12
The Heys sale is back for 2 more days! In case you were looking to buy. If you are not sure to buy it right away, you can click on the heart to save it under your favorites :)

Travel Bhutan This is their website but pictures of the resort is on this website.
It used to be called “Thrishing Yiwong Villa.” The place shown here is the EverestBhutan resort.
And here are some of my pictures I took when I visited Bhutan last summer. :)
These pictures are on the way to the resort.

This is the Restaurant.

This is the front of the restaurant. This apple tree is never picked from, so that the fruit is available for the tourists to pick and eat.

This is inside the restaurant at the bar.
My sister and nephew near a traditional wood burning stove in the restaurant.
This is one of guest houses. My sister and nephew are giving me a tour :) 
This is the beautiful view from the guest rooms.
Here is another view from the guest rooms.

This is the view from behind the guest housing.
These chickens provide fresh eggs for the guests ;) (Everything is organic in Bhutan)

One of the friendly dogs that roam around the resort. The apple sitting on the dogs head is a tissue culture apple.

Me and my nephew infront of the tissue culture apple tree. They are huge apples.