many of today's architecture in Bhutan is also modelled on the dzongs as you can make out from this picture of the Clock Tower in the central square of Thimphu.
and entered it through this gate on the bridge that you can see in the picture above.
this was followed by two steep staircases
that we had to climb to reach the interior
to marvel at the glorious interiors. Unfortunately, photography of the temple with its massive golden statue of Guru Rimpoche was not possible.
Our next stop was Wangdue, another really picturesque town where mountains, river and our hotel -- the Dragon's Nest -- met at the same point.
Wangdue too has its own beautiful dzhong at the confluence of two rivers. Note the colour of the water of the two rivers, one clear and one muddy !
As you can see, the Wangdue dzong is also perched on a rather inaccessible mountain
Here are some pictures of the interior
and that is the courtyard
and here are some little lamas running around the largest dzhong courtyard in Bhutan.
after this we left for Paro and on the way we found some really cute brooks with quaint bridges over them.
Paro has the only functional airport in Bhutan and once again it looks like, what else but, a Dzhong. Here you can see the airport terminal building with the Paro dzhong in the background and even higher up, the Taa Dzhong.
we spent three days in Paro, walking the streets and shopping ...
Next day we crossed the river to climb the mountain on which the dzong is situated.
actually there are two dzongs in Paro ..
the main Paro dzong in front and up and to the left, there is the Taa Dzong.
which is of an unusual cylindrical shape and now houses the National Museum of Bhutan.
and it was time for us to leave the hills ... through the swirling clouds.
and then rise above the clouds to take the SpiceJet flight home !
For a more detailed story about our Bhutan trip, read these two posts [ Bhubanmohini Bhutan, and Bhubanmohini Bhutan 2 ] in Indira's Sonartoree Blog.