We had a busy day today in Paro on the first official day of our trip. After the last of our Team Members arrived this morning, we did a gear check and short orientation to make sure that everyone was dialed in.
After lunch, we headed to the Rinpung Dzong overlooking the town. A Dzong is a combination fortress and monastery that also houses administrative offices. The dzong in Paro is said to be one of the finest examples of Bhutanese architecture and indeed it was impressive. It’s a massive structure with various courtyards, temples and a central tower. We got to see a number of the young resident monks practicing traditional dances for one of the upcoming festivals. We also toured the National Museum, which was originally a watchtower for the Dzong. On the way back to the hotel, we made a pit stop in town to buy prayer flags that we will have blessed tomorrow and carry with us on our trek.
We had a great dinner in town, which featured a number of local dishes including Ema Datse, green chillies with a rich cheese sauce, and Red Panda beer. After dinner, we tucked in early to be ready for our trip to the Tiger’s Nest Monastery tomorrow – everybody is really looking forward to that.
We’ll report back tomorrow. Thanks for following!