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This hike follows the old tracks taken by yak herders through lush forests. Enjoy the splendid forest trail before breaking into the open to head out for the Jele Dzong set upon a ridge. Soak up the nuances of history and religious icons of the fortress before returning to enjoy a nice soak in the spa.
After an early breakfast, we set off on the 2-3 hour hike to the Jele Dzong through pristine forests and valleys following traditional tracks used by yak herders. Straddling a vantage point on a high ridge this small fortress, which
dates back to several centuries, afforded a break for travellers passing this way between Paro and Thimpu. This robust little fortress, it is said sits on a site of some importance. Jele Dzong once served as the residence of Ngawang Chhogyel (1465–1540), the cousin of Lama Drukpa Kunley. The Zhabdrung is believed to have spent time meditating here before heading going down to Paro to defeat an invading Tibetan army. It’s a stiff walk up to the fort, but you’ll get distracted by the gorgeous views and the impressive Lhakhang, inside which stands a 4m-high statue of Sakyamuni. When you are done exploring the fortress you can hang your own prayer flag to join the others fluttering in the merry morning breeze. On your return from Jele Dzong chill out at the spa to relieve those overworked muscles in your calves!
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