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Paro, Bhutan
It's kind of sad really, and I know that it makes things rough on my traveling companion, but I am motion intolerant. And not a little bit- a LOT motion intolerant. I spend the bulk of my travels with one of those extremely toxic patches behind my...
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Paro Archery Grounds, Paro, Bhutan
I LOVE this photo because it is the essence of Bhutan! Watching some of the world's best archers at the Archery Grounds in Paro is amazing- we could barely SEE the target from the end where the archers stood, but they hit is dead center time after...
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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...
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Paro, Bhutan
After walking for what felt like an eternity - the altitude got to me more than I had expected - we finally saw it up close. It was worth every deep breath going up!
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Paro, Bhutan
For a very long time, the empire of Bhutan has been closed off to tourism, and as a result, a lot of its rich history can still be seem everywhere, even in it's second largest city Paro. Though the Taktsang temple is the highlight of that area,...
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Taktsang trail, Bhutan
Countless people have made the arduous trek to Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery in Bhutan but I would venture to say that few have ever made it to the spot shown in the photo. This small, unassuming structure, nestled high up in the crook of the...
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Paro, Bhutan
My inspired travel friend, Liz, wanted to go on an adventure, somewhere sacred. Our research uncovered that Bhutan is a country focused on gross national happiness. Five weeks later we were having kind, Bhutanese women dress us in traditional...
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On a 2010 trip to Bhutan, I visited the Kichu Lhakhang Temple in Lamgong Gewog, of the Paro District. The Kichu Lhakhang is an important Himalayan Buddhist Temple, and is one of the oldest temples in Bhutan. I was immediately drawn to the gorgeous...
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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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Thimphu, Bhutan
This whitewashed monument is the Memorial Chorten located in Thimphu, Bhutan. The chorten was built in 1974 by Her Majesty the late Queen Ashi Phuntsho Choden Wangchuck in memory of her son, the third King, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck (1928...
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Punakha, Bhutan
A huge tapestry or thongdrel is unfurled to mark the birthday of Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal the founder of Bhutan at Punakha Dzong - the Palace of Bliss.
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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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Thimphu, Bhutan
Bhutan is a fascinating country in the Himalayas. The food is outstanding, and the people are friendly. The Buddhist temples are gorgeous. The landscapes are breathtakingly gorgeous. Few people get the opportunity to visit this county, and they...
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Semtokha, Bhutan
These paintings don't have any pornographic connotations. The phalluses protect against evil spirits, and are also a symbol of fertility for humans, and crops. As our guide explained: "If you are walking across a cemetery, and you feel threatened,...
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Chang Lam, Thimphu, Bhutan
The national sport of Bhutan is archery. Serious archery. These gentlemen (the Prince was a competitor before he became King) are so good they hit targets we couldn't even see from the competitors end of the grounds. When they did well they would...
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Thimphu, Bhutan
The experience of standing in front of Dechencholing Royal Palace in the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan is hard to explain. It feels so different and foreign, the culture is so connected to it's past. You almost feel like you are back in time. Nepal...
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Bhutan, not economically advantaged by any measure of monetary wealth & a least "developed" world nation, (70% a trekker's dream of forest) has ranked happiest in Asia. The 4 Pillars of Happiness, honed after the Throne declared Well-Being the...
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Punakha, Bhutan
Como Hotels and Resorts has three Bhutan properties. In the rarely visited western part of the Punakha Valley, Uma Punakha's 10 rooms and two villas all have unobstructed views of the Mo Chu River. The river rocks that line the...
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Thimphu, Bhutan
Mr Ganga had a cousin who was having a special annual blessing ceremony at his home temple. So he asked us if we would like to go to be a part of it. We were unsure of what to expect as we climbed the steep stairs into the home. Mr Ganga...
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Thimphu, Bhutan
On an excursion in Thimphu, Bhutan, I visited the Changangkha Lhakhang Temple. The Temple, dating back to the 12th Century, is the spiritual home of the children born in the nearby Chang Valley. Here I came across two elderly worshippers enjoying...