Bhutan


November 2013

After reading the novel "Lost Horizon" by James Hilton we boarded the plane of Royal Bhutanese Airline "Druk Air" seeking for adventure in the last remaining Shangri-La in kingdom Bhutan in the Himalayas.


After two hours hiking we finally reached Tiger's Nest monastery


Bhutan counts "Gross National Happiness", not "Gross National Product"


Prayer wheels


Monks by afternoon study


Monk in Punakha Dzong


Our guide Jamyang Tashi


Buddhistic temple in Punakha Dzong monastery


View from room 1 in Uma Punakha Hotel


During the school break


Prayer flags on the chain bridge to Tachog Lhakhan


"Every new day is another chance to change your life"


After the morning prayer


Buddha with butterlamps


Inside a temple


Old man with prayer wheel


Return home from pasture


Harvesting rice fields in Punakha valley


One of impressive pictures from photographer Linsey Addario


"Happiness is a place"


Village life in Punakha valley


Arts & Crafts School in Thimphu


Main street in Paro


Punakha valley


With Dechen in traditional dress


Rice fields after harvest


Drying chili on the roofs


Collecting wood for the Winter


Transport of wood on Duchu-La


The film "Little Buddha" was directed in historical Paro Dzong


Friendly waiter Kinley in the restaurant of Uma Paro Hotel


Yak cows on Chele La Pass


National sport archery


Weekly vegetable market in Paro


The royal couple of Bhutan


Memorial with 108 stupas on the way from Thimphu to Punakha


Punakha Dzong at the river Mo Chhu


Prepared on the horseback for the way to Taktshang Lhakhang


In the garden of our hotel


With driver Lekden and guide Tashi


Early morning view to Himalaya