Bhutan, 2006


The photos in this album were taken during our trip to Bhutan in April, 2006.

Bhutan is a tiny country (110 miles x 200 miles) in the Himalayas between India and China. Its people call the country "Druk Yul" - which means "The Land of the Thunder Dragon".

Bhutan has kept itself isolated from the rest of the world for centuries and its culture, religion and general way of life were not affected by "western development". Tourists have only been permitted into Bhutan since 1974 and the numbers have been, and still are, strictly controlled.

Bhutan is a strongly Buddhist country, with a population of about 800,000. It is mountainous, with long and relatively narrow valleys with fast running streams and rivers. Most towns and villages are in the valleys and, although the distances between towns may seem short, travel between them involves long climbs through mountain passes.

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001. Paro Dzong
1. Paro Dzong
002. Inside Paro dzong
2. Inside Paro dzong
003. Masked Dancer at the Paro Tsechu
3. Masked Dancer at the Paro Tsechu
004. Masked Dancer at the Paro Tsechu
4. Masked Dancer at the Paro Tsechu
005. Masked Dancer at the Paro Tsechu
5. Masked Dancer at the Paro Tsechu
006. Masked Dancer at the Paro Tsechu
6. Masked Dancer at the Paro Tsechu
007. Masked Dancer at the Paro Tsechu
7. Masked Dancer at the Paro Tsechu
008. The Devil is always among the Masked Dancers
8. The Devil is always among the Masked Dancers
009. The Thongdrol at the Paro Tsechu
9. The Thongdrol at the Paro Tsechu
010. The people surge forward to touch the Thongdrol
10. The people surge forward to touch the Thongdrol
011. Approaching Taktshang - The Tiger's Nest
11. Approaching Taktshang - The Tiger's Nest
012. Taktshang - The Tiger's Nest
12. Taktshang - The Tiger's Nest
013. Boy with Prayer Wheels
13. Boy with Prayer Wheels
014. Prayer Wheels in Paro
14. Prayer Wheels in Paro
015. Large Prayer Wheels
15. Large Prayer Wheels
016.Prayer Wheels in Thimphu
16.Prayer Wheels in Thimphu
017. Spinning Prayer Wheels in Thimphu
17. Spinning Prayer Wheels in Thimphu
018. Prayer Wheels at the King's Memorial Chorten in Thimphu
18. Prayer Wheels at the King's Memorial Chorten in Thimphu
019. A Large Prayer Wheel
19. A Large Prayer Wheel
020. Boy at Thimphu Markets
20. Boy at Thimphu Markets
021. Getting the right weight at the Thimphu Markets
21. Getting the right weight at the Thimphu Markets
022. Dochula Pass Prayer Flags
22. Dochula Pass Prayer Flags
023. Punakha Dzong
23. Punakha Dzong
024. Punakha Dzong
24. Punakha Dzong
025. A Young Monk in Punakha Dzong
25. A Young Monk in Punakha Dzong
026. Young Monks in Punakha Dzong
26. Young Monks in Punakha Dzong
027. A monk in Punakha Dzong
27. A monk in Punakha Dzong
     
 
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