By the time we reached village it was dusk and we were already shivering a little. The curious villagers gave us the same answers that there is no homestay here and we should not have come here without preparation and prior knowledge. Till now Tshering was leading the conversation in Dzongkha language and it appeared little disheartening to all of us. Then I spotted a 15 year boy looking at us. I guessed he might be going to school and knowing English. His name was Karma.
Me: Is there any place to stay overnight?
Me: So where do the guests stay when there is a function in village
Karma: They stay in the hall beside the temple
Me: So why can’t we stay there
Karma: Coz the hall is locked and key is with the village authority
Me: Can we try and get permission?
Karma: Yes, Let me talk to him. But do you have mattress and blanket?
Me: No, we have few thin blankets only. If you can arrange 2-3 mattresses we will manage for the night.
Karma: Okay. I will try
Me: Where can we have food?
Karma: You can go to the end of village. Take a left turn and walk 100 meters. There is a shop out there.
We took out torches and started walking towards shop. I asked others if they are scared. Half of them replied yes. The shop was so small that it was hardly visible. We helped the uncle in shop keep some newly arrived packages of groceries. Later we tried to explain him that we need food. He was sympathetic but could not understand a word in English or Hindi. He then called out a 10year girl named Nimomo for translation. Nimomo was much smarter than her age and managed to explain our situation. We cooked our food – potato curry, egg bhurji and rice at their home. They also served us hot tea and we had good time interacting with sign languages and taking photographs.
It was 9pm and we decided to return to temple area. We were trembling in cold and didn’t even try to guess about we are going to do with some thin blankets and bedsheets we carried in our bags. Our eyes couldn’t believe what we saw there. Karma had arranged a mattress and Kambal for all of us. We invited him and his friend Nima Dorji to spend night with us and later taught them to play cards. Nima Dorji was of same age and about to start his career to become a monk. They told us that there is a hot water spring located approximately 4 hours (two hours drive and two hours trek) from the village.