Category Archives: Bhutan

Trip to Bhutan in 2010

Bhutan – Tiger’s Nest Monastery, Paro

We drove from Thimpu past Paro to the end of the road below the monastery. We then hiked for about 90 minutes to a look out point, about half way up, where we stopped for lunch. This was the second … Continue reading

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Bhutan – Thimpu

We arrived in Thimpu in the early afternoon, and headed for the hotel in the downtown. We got a suite with a separate living room – quite luxurious. Rinzin took us to a fabric store, where Peter bought some fabric, … Continue reading

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Bhutan – Bumthang to Wangdi – Dochula Pass

Day 6 would prove to be the longest day of the trip, as we headed back west to Wangdi a distance of nearly 270km, and which we had covered in two days heading to Bumthang. We went for a 30 … Continue reading

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Bhutan – Bumthang

We arrived in Bumthang in darkness, and headed to the Peling Hotel, which had indoor heating, WiFi and another all you can eat buffet – a return to civilization! We spent the next day exploring Bumthang. There seemed to be … Continue reading

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Bhutan – Phobjikha to Trongsa to Bumthang

The first stop was at the stupa on the way into the Phobjikha Valley as this was a scene in the “Travelers and Magicians” movie. After taking a few photos we headed over the 3420m Pele La pass and stopped … Continue reading

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Bhutan – Phobjikha – Black Necked Crane Festival

The third day would prove to be the main cultural experience of the trip. We drove to Phobjikha, the home of the Black Neck Crane Festival. The festival was relatively new, and celebrates the migration from Tibet to Bhutan of … Continue reading

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Bhutan – Chimi Lhakhang to Punakha

A short half hour drive bought us to the entrance to Chimi Lhakhang (abode of fertility).  This temple, built in 1499, is dedicated to the Divine Madman who used humor, songs and outrageous behavior to dramatize his teachings. We followed … Continue reading

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Bhutan – Paro to Thimpu to Wangdi

We left Paro and headed for Thimpu the capital town, 45 minutes away. The narrow roads followed the rivers down, the Paro Valley, and then up the neighboring valley to Thimpu. The landscape was more subalpine than tropical, with glaciated … Continue reading

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Bhutan – Into the Land of the Thunderdragon

Nestled in the Eastern Himalayas is the mysterious land of the Thunderdragon. Medieval monasteries clinging to towering mountains over valleys with clear azure rivers below the bright sunlight piercing the clean air. The gentle people dressed in their colorful traditional … Continue reading

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