An Eight Hour Journey, on Day Eight of Bhutan, to a Temple Built by Queens


Today we have decided to once again physically challenge ourselves by undertaking an eight hour trek that took us through rice paddies, chili and cabbage fields, up to a hillside temple recently built in 1999, by the four queens of Bhutan (Kamsum Chorten).  Upon arriving we are all humbled by its beauty and artistic presence. The structure itself is flawlessly built and strategically positioned to capture a panoramic, commanding view of the entire valley. The interior was adorned and decorated with religious artifacts that have been hand crafted by skilled artisans to pay tribute to their Buddhist faith. This just might be the most beautiful religious shrine we’ve EVER seen.


Visiting a Temple in Bhutan

Our day continued with a very strenuous trek to the ridge line, but we are justly rewarded with a bountiful picnic lunch overlooking the entire valley. The decent, although less taxing then the climb, was long and demanding and it is a very welcomed sight when we eventually reunited with our drivers, who gladly shared a smile and a transfer back to our hotel.  Upon arrival we enjoyed a glass or two of cabernet which never tasted so good.  Dinner was yet another special occasion, as the staff of the Aman provide a farewell dinner for us in a private dining room full of candles, local cuisine, bottomless wine glasses and incredible service. Bhutan has cast a spell on us and we NEVER want to go home.

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