Bhutan

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.

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Flying high above the highest mountain peaks (Everest and other 8000ers in view)

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My first abode, in Zemgang

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Out of Zemgang

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a street in Zemgang

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Surprised to see a healthy campaign in such a less populated place

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Zemgang to Trongsa

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Occasional red leaves for a contrast

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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.

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Cherry blossoms at Trongsa Dzong

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Covered bridge leading to Trongsa Dzong

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Monks practicing a ritual for the upcoming festival

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In the courtyard

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Intricate and detailed art work on the walls inside

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Young Monks in a discussion

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Dressing of prayer sticks

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Street in Trongsa

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Trongsa tower and museum

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with Bhutanese civil servants, in their official dress “Gho”.

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Into Bhumtang

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Carrying fern dry leaves

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Another Moountain pass, out of Bhumtang.

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Wangdue Phodrang Dzong. Puna Tsang Chu in the foreground.

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Clock tower, the heart of Thimpu

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Norzim Lam, the main road of Thimpu

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happening footpaths of the Norzim Lam

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Thimpu Cultural center

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Hotel Taj Tashi

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Women in their office dress “Kira”

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Woman weaving in her shop. Bought the piece that evening.

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Movie theatre (perhaps the only one then)

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Clock tower center

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Clock Tower

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National Chorten

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View of Thimpu

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Trail to the Takin preserve on the hill

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Takin, an Ungulate unique to Eastern Himalayas, is the national animal of Bhutan

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Kids, busy in the outdoor evening

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Weaving woman from the family of the keeper of the preserve

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Tashichho Dzong

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COvered bridge on the way to Tashichho Dzong

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Wooden cover bridge over Hejhong lam

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Tashichho Dzong

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National Museum in Paro

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Rinpung Dzong

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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.

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Impressive small structure over water drainage

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Mule service to the tired legs

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the footpath was laid for the tourists in the year 2000.

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Midway stop

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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”.

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To respect the sanctity of the monastery, i didnt take pics of its interior. Here, on my way back it continued to charm.

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Back to the start of the trail. Interesting structures on the water rill.

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Chortens at the entrance/exit of Paru

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Rinpung Dzong

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The Dzong outside Paro invited me once again into the beautiful Paro valley

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Kanchenjunga (3rd highest mountain) peak covered by cloud

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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.

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