Monday, December 4, 2023

Published December 04, 2023 by Nidup Jamtsho with 0 comment

Hike to Chhumphu Ney: Paro

The journey to Chumphu Ney was a memorable experience for me and my family. The hike, lasting 4 to 8 hours, unfolded through serene forests, offering shade and a cool breeze that made the walk enjoyable.

Reaching the temple, we were captivated by the presence of Dorji Phamo, the "floating" goddess. The medium to steep climb added an element of adventure, and witnessing a money note smoothly pass beneath her feet left us in awe of the sacred atmosphere.

Exploring the Guru Rimpoche Caves felt like stepping back in time, imagining the meditation practices of Guru and his consorts. The waterfalls, believed to be Guru's bathing place, and the rock opening considered the gates of Heaven, added a sense of wonder to our visit.

Inside the temple, the caretaker shared fascinating details about the floating statue, emphasizing its mysterious origins and the belief that wishes made beside greed come true. The prohibition of photography inside the temple heightened the sense of reverence.

Venturing beyond the temple, we discovered the caves used by Guru Rinpoche and his consorts, each resonating with spiritual history. The small lake, carved into the rocks with a beautiful waterfall, and the rock opening believed to be Heaven's gateway provided moments of tranquility and reflection.

Sharing this experience with my family was truly special. Recommending this hike to others is not just about the physical journey; it's an invitation to immerse yourself in the spiritual and serene ambiance of Chumphu Ney, leaving an indelible mark on the hearts of those who embark on this adventure.

Picture: Neygo Dhimi Bu, the key to the sacred site 


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