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Travel route

Bhutan is a beautiful Himalayan country and I explored many of the major parts of it. The following images will give you a glimpse into various sides of Bhutan, little of which I could capture in my lens. I will write detailed posts on each location over the next few months.

↑ Bhutanese flag from the window of the bus station in Phuentsholing.

Phuentsholing (Bhutan) – Jaigaon (India) is the border from which we entered Bhutan. There is not much to do in this border town, so after getting our entry permits ready, we boarded a bus to Thimphu, the capital city.

↑ Spinning the prayer wheels at a monastery in Thimpu
Thimphu is the capital of Bhutan, and the city has a youngish charm about it. Travel is quite restricted in the country, so you will likely need more permits to visit the interiors. This is the place to do it.

↑ Exploring the interiors of the the massive Punakha Dzong took quite a while!
Punakha was the old capital of Bhutan and this Dzong (fort-monastery which serve the dual purpose of a administrative garrison and a religious centre) is one of the most important monasteries in Bhutan.

↑ Perched on a hilltop, dzong at Wangdue
Strategically located Wangdue dzong offers a commanding view of the entire valley.

↑ Archers performing ceremonial dance before they start competing
Archery is the national sport of Bhutan, and people just love it! All I knew about archers and archery before this was my immense knowledge from the computer game Age of Empires… 😉

↑ Cheli La, the highest road pass in Bhutan, covered with prayer flags
Since there was no cheap or practical transport available, I hitchhiked to Cheli La at 3800m, located some 36km from Paro, the second biggest city in Bhutan.

↑ Bless me, oh mighty Gurus! Taktsang Lhakhang, a picture that defines Bhutan
A trip to Bhutan is incomplete without visiting the Tiger’s nest Monastery. The hike is strenuous, but the destination is rewarding beyond your wildest expectations.

Bhutan is a really beautiful country. I hope to bring some of that to you through this blog. Enjoy!