In the fall of 2010, i travelled in Bhutan.
If there is a civilized place that i would like to go (“wildernesses” are always my favourtites though) it will be Bhutan for sure. The peaceful and pleasant people of this Himalayan country have left a happy imprint in my mind and heart.
Flying high above the highest mountain peaks (Everest and other 8000ers in view)
My first abode, in Zemgang
Out of Zemgang
a street in Zemgang
Surprised to see a healthy campaign in such a less populated place
Zemgang to Trongsa
Occasional red leaves for a contrast
View of Trongsa Dzong, the largest in Bhutan. Dzongs are massive architectures with towering exterior walls surrounding a complex of courtyards, temples, administrative offices, and monks’ accommodation.
Cherry blossoms at Trongsa Dzong
Covered bridge leading to Trongsa Dzong
Monks practicing a ritual for the upcoming festival
In the courtyard
Intricate and detailed art work on the walls inside
Young Monks in a discussion
Dressing of prayer sticks
Street in Trongsa
Trongsa tower and museum
with Bhutanese civil servants, in their official dress “Gho”.
Carrying fern dry leaves
Another Moountain pass, out of Bhumtang.
Wangdue Phodrang Dzong. Puna Tsang Chu in the foreground.
Clock tower, the heart of Thimpu
Norzim Lam, the main road of Thimpu
happening footpaths of the Norzim Lam
Thimpu Cultural center
Hotel Taj Tashi
Women in their office dress “Kira”
Woman weaving in her shop. Bought the piece that evening.
Movie theatre (perhaps the only one then)
Clock tower center
View of Thimpu
Trail to the Takin preserve on the hill
Takin, an Ungulate unique to Eastern Himalayas, is the national animal of Bhutan
Kids, busy in the outdoor evening
Weaving woman from the family of the keeper of the preserve
COvered bridge on the way to Tashichho Dzong
Wooden cover bridge over Hejhong lam
National Museum in Paro
Set for the Taktsang monastery (also knows as Tiger’s Nest). Viewed from the start of the trail head, the white speck on the central hill.
Impressive small structure over water drainage
Mule service to the tired legs
the footpath was laid for the tourists in the year 2000.
Bhutanese love their King. This i heard again and again. Here is one more tribute: ” Walk to Guru’s glory. Take back memories of a Kingdom. For here in this Kingdom rules am unparallel benevolent King”.
To respect the sanctity of the monastery, i didnt take pics of its interior. Here, on my way back it continued to charm.
Back to the start of the trail. Interesting structures on the water rill.
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Chortens at the entrance/exit of Paru
The Dzong outside Paro invited me once again into the beautiful Paro valley
Kanchenjunga (3rd highest mountain) peak covered by cloud
Once again the highest Mountain peaks at the horizon, Mt Everest at extreme left.
Bhutan is the only country in the world to measure its prosperity based on the “Gross Happiness Index”. I felt this during my travels in this tiny coountry. Hope it remains so for a long time.