The AFAR Guide to Bhutan

With its mountain temples and legendary landscape, Bhutan gets at the heart of adventurous and cultural travel. Located in the eastern end of the Himalayas, the Kingdom of Bhutan is home to fewer than one million people, providing a stark contrast to its neighbors, India and China. While much of the country’s early history is shrouded in mystery, the evidence that Buddhism played a pivotal role in shaping its culture couldn’t be more clear.

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 all do a little jig in celebration. Their equipment was extremely high tech in this tournament but we saw others with what looked like regular gym class style bows and arrows. When in Bhutan you will have no problem findng a tournament to watch - the archery grounds are near the center of town usually near the river.
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