Monday 22 October 2012
A fantastic view over Trongsa from my hotel window - plush accommodation with a vista showing the dzong and watchtower in the distance. It wasn't the perfect angle for an early morning shot because it was looking into the east, but shortly after the sun cleared the mountains around 8.00 a.m., the scene lit up. The sun was top lighting the dzong and the smoke from the village fires softened the contrast.
The rest of the day was spent in the car. Although we only travelled 95 kilometres, the roads were challenging, especially the last 20 kilometres where we climbed and dropped through several valleys, ending up at Ogyen Chholing.
We stopped the cars at the bottom of the hill upon which Ogyen Chholing sits, then walked across the fields and up the hill to a small hamlet of a dozen houses and an antique palace. By the time I reached the top of the hill, the light was fading. The rambling ramshackle dwellings were to be our home for two nights. It was no hotel, but the experience earned an A+.