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