Ancient Buddhist culture, breathtaking scenery, and graceful people are all in abundance in Bhutan. As I traveled in the country from Thimphu – Punakha – Trongsa – Bumthang – Phobjikha – Paro, I was be treated to a succession of jaw-dropping panoramas of mountains, valleys, and rivers, punctuated by fabulous man-made landmarks. Find below a gallery of images from the
Kingdom of Happiness.
Buddha’s Point, Thimpu, Bhutan
Ta Dzong, the watch tower, built to defend this Dzong and surrounding region.
A rainy day in Paro, Bhutan
Tiger Nest, Paro, Bhutan
While happiness flutters in the air, the artistic beauty of nature mesmerizes!
There is a rare combination of harmony and accord in Bhutan, amidst a landscape of incredible natural beauty.
Open meadows, virgin pine, spruce, and hemlock forests with enormous trees.
All the beautiful colors are in abundance for colors are believed to bring prosperity.
Prayer flags are everywhere in Bhutan. It is believed that when the wind moves prayer flags, these prayers and blessings are carried through the air in a spiritual vibration across the vicinity.
Very tall white prayer flags, Manidhar, are raised on behalf of a deceased person, as a way of remembering the person who died. Buddhists believe that after a family member has died, hoisting up 108 flags helps line the path and ease the dead into their next life.
The grand architecture in Bhutan is represented best in its monasteries and elaborate fortresses (Dzongs).
Unlike conservation of castles and fortresses practiced around the world, Bhutanese Dzongs are still in use. As in the past, they serve as the administrative and monastic center of the district.
Punakha Dzong – Crowning of the hereditary king of Bhutan takes place here.
Dochula Pass has 108 Chortens. These were built as a tribute to the Kings of Bhutan for their selfless service and leadership they offer to the people of Bhutan.