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Wendy D'Agostino’s Bhutan

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Paro bhutan, satsam chorten, Paro, Bhutan
I visited Bhutan in the Spring of 2010, and had the opportunity to climb the mountain trail to Tiger's Nest. Tiger's Nest is a Buddhist sacred site and temple complex, located on a cliff 900 meters above the Paro Valley. To get to this popular...
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Each Spring the Paro Festival or Tsechu takes place in Paro, Bhutan. The festival is a wonderful event to witness. Masked, barefoot dancers jump and twirl, while trying to subdue evil spirits and celebrate the teachings of Buddha. The event takes...
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Punakha, Bhutan
In Bhutan, acts of faith emerge around every corner. This Buddhist monk felt called to walk and prostrate along 160 miles of winding road from Paro to Panukha and beyond. He prostrated 12 hours a day for 30 days. We gave him water. He gave us an...
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Officially called the “Palace of Great Happiness,” Punakha Dzong was Bhutan’s seat of government until 1955. Built in 1638, the monastery has hosted every coronation as well as last October’s royal wedding between King Jigme Khesar Namgyel...
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Southern Asia
For a one-night trek, climb to the Thousand Fairies Camp, 12,467 feet above the town of Paro. The next morning, descend to Tiger’s Nest, a 17th-century monastery built into the side of a cliff. The guru Rinpoche, who brought Buddhism to Bhutan,...
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a place that had no television until a decade ago, where the last king abdicated to pray and meditate full time as a monk and the measure of success of the government is not GDP but gross national happiness. this is as close to heaven on earth as...
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Paro, Bhutan
As much as it hard to walk up I would do it all over again. The walk up is as beautiful as the monastery itself. Prayer flags are everywhere (as well as tourists, even if we didn't bump into any Americans) but still it is worth it. The weather was...