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Upper Punakha Valley

Punakha served as Bhutan’s capital for over 300 years, before it was moved to Thimphu, with the first king crowned here in 1907. It sits in a fertile and beautiful valley at the junction of Mo Chhu (Mother River) and Pho Chhu (Father River).

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Suspension bridge

The 4-hour hike through rice and mustard fields started by crossing the river over a suspension bridge and ended on top of the mountain to visit a temple.

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Mustard field

The guides call this “Deep Trekking” — journeys that takes one under the surface and given with the opportunity to interact and connect with people, landscape, religion and culture.

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Typical farm house

A gracious farmer invited me to see the inside of their 80-year old house. It was a bit tricky maneuvering the stairs, but it was worth it.

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Typical farm house beside an older ruin

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Wood carving around windows in farm houses

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Stairs to the living quarters in farm houses

It started raining half way through, but finally reached the destination! Whew (and panting)!

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Khamsum Yuelley Namgyai Temple

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Chortens in Khamsum Yuelley

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Another suspension bridge to get back to the other side

Talo Monastery is a monastic school which is home to around 30 students.

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Talo Monastery

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Talo Monastery

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Talo Monastery

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Talo Monastery

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Talo Monastery

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