The essence of the experience
Set off in the early morning, radiantly alight, to explore the phenomenal Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten, a mere 20 minute hike from the Punakha suspension bridge, amid viridian infused pastures and untouched jade-hued woodlands. Socialise with local farmers, glimpsing the simple and humble traditions of the Bhutanese people and their way of life. The Chorten exudes finer Bhutanese architecture, with lower whitewashed walls, below a stunning and intricately carved wood façade, laced with crimson and gild embossed lines. The flat, layered timber roof dominates the multi-storied structure, illustrating a towering, cylindrical, gold dome atop the crowning tier. The Chortel was especially built by the Bhutanese Queen, Ashi Tshering Yangdon, to safeguard the fifth King, the kingdom, all its residents, and every conscious being. The temple boasts animated depictions of various idols and effigies from the century old, schooling progression of Dudjom Rinpoche, a Nyingmapa master, endeavouring to remove any harmful presence that upends the balance of peace and concord. End the illuminating tour on the Chortel grounds, within landscaped gardens and paved pathways, savouring a pleasant picnic breakfast. Delight in sweet Bhutanese appetisers, fare and drink under a vast, powdered sky, in the back drop of pristine greenery and rocky outcrops, wondrously engulfed by plump, pearlescent clouds.