So How did Phajoding happen to me? Well…. like they say curiosity is the mother of all inventions…Bhutan is known for its gorgeous alpine mountain lakes..and while I trekked a lot there but only once did i hike up to a holy lake..Lakes in mountains are generally in the high altitudes and i had only trekked up to Tehlela in Haa Valley..I wanted to explore other towns as well..And so i googled about the mountain lakes in Thimphu and that of course was followed by a whole lot of stalking random local trekkers on Instagram!! ..The first post that flashed on my screen was spellbinding Dungtscho! One of the students from the Thimphu College had written about it…and ever since then that picture remain etched in my mind..Though some reviews sounded a bit demoralizing for few hikers suffered from serious mountain sickness but then if you’ve not taken risks you haven't really lived at all! Right!? Since I was working in one of the schools in Haa, planning a hike during weekdays wasn't possible…And finally when the long extended weekend arrived, i packed my bags and set off for a journey that gave me so much in just three days!
I reached Thimphu on 8th evening..Sleep didn't come that easy to me that night..Ugyen called around 9pm to tell me that he would pick me up at 7 in the morning and that I should sleep well before the hike! I was super bummed for i’d finally be camping with lamas and hiking up to the gorgeous lake who’s picture was so deeply etched in my mind for almost a year but at the same time i was apprehensive of doing it alone with a guy i barely knew! I had never camped with random men before..but the excitement overpowered the apprehension..