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.

This trip was really something special. This tiny country, hidden in the Himalayas, is a revelation. The people are still not used to foreigners in their land, but are always friendly and helpful. Day by day, the individual experiences throughout our visit to Bhutan amounted to an amazing time which can only be recommended to anyone interested in learning more about the world they live in.

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001. Arrival at Paro, in Bhutan
1. Arrival at Paro, in Bhutan
002. Paro dzong
2. 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 monastery
11. Approaching Taktshang - the Tiger's Nest monastery
012. Taktshang - The Tiger's Nest
12. Taktshang - The Tiger's Nest
013. Archers in Paro
13. Archers in Paro
014. Archery in Bhutan
14. Archery in Bhutan
015. Boy with Prayer Wheels
15. Boy with Prayer Wheels
016. Sabine with Prayer Wheel in Paro
16. Sabine with Prayer Wheel in Paro
017. Prayer Wheels in Paro
17. Prayer Wheels in Paro
018. Thimpu
18. Thimpu
019. Getting the right weight at the Thimphu Markets
19. Getting the right weight at the Thimphu Markets
020. Sabine and Tamdin at the Thimpu Markets
20. Sabine and Tamdin at the Thimpu Markets
021. Boy at Thimphu Markets
21. Boy at Thimphu Markets
022. The Four Harmonious Friends
22. The Four Harmonious Friends
023. The King's Memorial Chorten in Thimpu
23. The King's Memorial Chorten in Thimpu
024. Prayer wheels at the King's Memorial Chorten in Thimpu
24. Prayer wheels at the King's Memorial Chorten in Thimpu
025. Prayer Wheels at the King's Memorial Chorten
25. Prayer Wheels at the King's Memorial Chorten
026. Prayer flags over Thimpu
26. Prayer flags over Thimpu
027. Dochula Pass Stupas and Prayer Flags
27. Dochula Pass Stupas and Prayer Flags
028. Dochula Pass Prayer Flags
28. Dochula Pass stupas
029. Dochula Pass Prayer Flags
29. Dochula Pass Prayer Flags
030. Prayer Flags at Dochula Pass
30. Prayer Flags at Dochula Pass
031. Punakha Dzong
31. Punakha Dzong
032. Punakha Dzong
32. Punakha Dzong
033. The Four Harmonious Friends at Punakha Dzong
33. The Four Harmonious Friends at Punakha Dzong
034. The Four Harmonious Friends in Punakha Dzong
34. The Four Harmonious Friends in Punakha Dzong
035. Two monks in Punakha Dzong
35. Two monks in Punakha Dzong
036. A Young Monk in Punakha Dzong
36. A Young Monk in Punakha Dzong
037. Young Monks in Punakha Dzong
37. Young Monks in Punakha Dzong
038. A Large Prayer Wheel in Wangdue Phodrang
38. A Large Prayer Wheel in Wangdue Phodrang
039. General Shop in the Village of Wangdue
39. General Shop in the Village of Wangdue
040. A Wangdue family acknowledging visitors
40. A Wangdue family acknowledging visitors
041. Another Shopfront in Wangdue Village
41. Another Shopfront in Wangdue Village
042. Leaving Paro and Leaving Bhutan
42. Leaving Paro and Leaving Bhutan
043. Last view of Bhutan
43. Last view of Bhutan
   
 
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