Bhutan highlights

Stock Photography By Heather Farish

Bhutan is very different to the other countries of south Asia with its low population density, tree-clad mountains and a traditional lifestyle that has been maintained by the country's rulers. Today cell phones and the internet may have arrived but still people wear the traditional gho and farm traditional crops. The country's focus on the environment and gross national happiness is evident where-ever you travel in Bhutan.

Monk in Punakha Dzong doorway
Monk in Punakha Dzong doorway
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Prayer wheel in Bhutan
Prayer wheel in Bhutan
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Phagchepo, the blue king of the south
Phagchepo, the blue king of the
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Punakha Dzong window
Punakha Dzong window
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Punakha Dzong in Bhutan
Punakha Dzong in Bhutan
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Mauve primula and Bhutanese mountains
Mauve primula and Bhutanese
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Paro Dzong in Bhutan
Paro Dzong in Bhutan
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A window of Paro Dzong in Bhutan
A window of Paro Dzong in
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Punakha Dzong in Bhutan
Punakha Dzong in Bhutan
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Punakha Dzong in Bhutan
Punakha Dzong in Bhutan
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Guide explaining Punakha Dzong in Bhutan
Guide explaining Punakha Dzong
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Bhutanese window decoration
Bhutanese window decoration
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Young monk and puppy in Bhutan
Young monk and puppy in Bhutan
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Shopfront in Paro, Bhutan
Shopfront in Paro, Bhutan
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Statue at the National Memorial Chorten in Bhutan
Statue at the National Memorial
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Vegetables for sale in Bhutan
Vegetables for sale in Bhutan
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Paro Dzong wall detail
Paro Dzong wall detail
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Tigers Nest Monastery in Bhutan
Tigers Nest Monastery in Bhutan
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Tigers Nest Monastery in Bhutan
Tigers Nest Monastery in Bhutan
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Traditional Bhutanese dress
Traditional Bhutanese dress
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Tall, white prayer flags in Bhutan
Tall, white prayer flags in
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Bhutanese prayer wheels
Bhutanese prayer wheels
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Punakha Dzong detail
Punakha Dzong detail
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Cantilever Bridge below Paro Dzong
Cantilever Bridge below Paro
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Cantilever Bridge detail
Cantilever Bridge detail
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Elderly women with prayer wheel
Elderly women with prayer wheel
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Farmer in the Haa valley
Farmer in the Haa valley
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Haa town as the sun goes down
Haa town as the sun goes down
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Red and yellow prayer flags
Red and yellow prayer flags
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1. Monk in Punakha Dzong doorway. Dzongs are high-walled fortresses with central courtyards that serve as both monasteries and an administrative centre in Bhutan. Punakha dzong is between the Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu rivers where they meet. One of the most spectacular dzongs in Bhutan, it was built 1637 by the Zhabdrung. The dzong has white walls have brown and terracotta trim.

2. Prayer wheel in Bhutan. Dzongs are high-walled fortresses with central courtyards that serve as both monasteries and an administrative centre in Bhutan. Punakha dzong is between the Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu rivers where they meet. One of the most spectacular dzongs in Bhutan, it was built 1637 by the Zhabdrung. The dzong has white walls have brown and terracotta trim.

3. Phagchepo, the blue king of the south. Dzongs are high-walled fortresses with central courtyards that serve as both monasteries and an administrative centre in Bhutan. Punakha dzong is between the Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu rivers where they meet. One of the most spectacular dzongs in Bhutan, it was built 1637 by the Zhabdrung. The dzong has white walls have brown and terracotta trim. Many painted frescoes such as this one of the Phagchepo, blue king of the south, adorn the dzong walls.

4. Punakha Dzong window. Dzongs are high-walled fortresses with central courtyards that serve as both monasteries and an administrative centre in Bhutan. Punakha dzong is between the Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu rivers where they meet. One of the most spectacular dzongs in Bhutan, it was built 1637 by the Zhabdrung. The dzong has white walls have brown and terracotta trim.

5. Punakha Dzong in Bhutan. Dzongs are high-walled fortresses with central courtyards that serve as both monasteries and an administrative centre in Bhutan. Punakha dzong is between the Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu rivers where they meet. One of the most spectacular dzongs in Bhutan, it was built 1637 by the Zhabdrung. The dzong has white walls have brown and terracotta trim.

6. Mauve primula and Bhutanese mountains. The Drumstick primula (Primula denticulata), a Himalayan primula seen frequently in Bhutan. Here the flowers are in front of the mountain ranges surrounding Paro.

7. Paro Dzong in Bhutan. Paro is the first town most people visiting Bhutan see as it is where the international airport is located. It is a small valley town with Paro Dzong and the Watchtower turned National Museum looking down on it. Dzongs are high-walled fortresses with central courtyards that serve as both monasteries and an administrative centre, in Bhutan. Paro is best known as the stepping off point for Tiger's Nest Monastery, Bhutan's number one attraction.

8. A window of Paro Dzong in Bhutan. Paro is the first town most people visiting Bhutan see as it is where the international airport is located. It is a small valley town with Paro Dzong and the Watchtower turned National Museum looking down on it. Dzongs are high-walled fortresses with central courtyards that serve as both monasteries and an administrative centre, in Bhutan. Paro is best known as the stepping off point for Tiger's Nest Monastery, Bhutan's number one attraction.

9. Punakha Dzong in Bhutan. Dzongs are high-walled fortresses with central courtyards that serve as both monasteries and an administrative centre in Bhutan. Punakha dzong is between the Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu rivers where they meet. One of the most spectacular dzongs in Bhutan, it was built 1637 by the Zhabdrung. The dzong has white walls have brown and terracotta trim.

10. Punakha Dzong in Bhutan. Dzongs are high-walled fortresses with central courtyards that serve as both monasteries and an administrative centre in Bhutan. Punakha dzong is between the Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu rivers where they meet. One of the most spectacular dzongs in Bhutan, it was built 1637 by the Zhabdrung. The dzong has white walls have brown and terracotta trim.

11. Guide explaining Punakha Dzong in Bhutan. Dzongs are high-walled fortresses with central courtyards that serve as both monasteries and an administrative centre in Bhutan. Punakha dzong is between the Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu rivers where they meet. One of the most spectacular dzongs in Bhutan, it was built 1637 by the Zhabdrung. The dzong has white walls have brown and terracotta trim.

12. Bhutanese window decoration. Dzongs are high-walled fortresses with central courtyards that serve as both monasteries and an administrative centre in Bhutan. Punakha dzong is between the Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu rivers where they meet. One of the most spectacular dzongs in Bhutan, it was built 1637 by the Zhabdrung. The dzong has white walls have brown and terracotta trim.

13. Young monk and puppy in Bhutan. Dzongs are high-walled fortresses with central courtyards that serve as both monasteries and an administrative centre in Bhutan. Punakha dzong is between the Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu rivers where they meet. One of the most spectacular dzongs in Bhutan, it was built 1637 by the Zhabdrung. The dzong has white walls have brown and terracotta trim.

14. Shopfront in Paro, Bhutan. Paro is the first town most people visiting Bhutan see as it is where the international airport is located. It is a small valley town with Paro Dzong and the Watchtower turned National Museum looking down on it. Paro is best known as the stepping off point for Tigers Nest Monastery, Bhutans number one attraction.

15. Statue at the National Memorial Chorten in Bhutan. In Thimphu, Bhutans capital, is the National Memorial Chorten, centred around a Tibetan-style stupa. This site is visited by many Bhutanese as it is considered an auspicious place.

16. Vegetables for sale in Bhutan. Haa is the main town in the Haa valley, an area in western Bhutan, across the mountain range from Paro, that less than 10% of the tourists to Bhutan visit. These vegetables were for sale outside one of the shops in Haa.

17. Paro Dzong wall detail. Paro is the first town most people visiting Bhutan see as it is where the international airport is located. It is a small valley town with Paro Dzong and the Watchtower turned National Museum looking down on it. Dzongs are high-walled fortresses with central courtyards that serve as both monasteries and an administrative centre, in Bhutan. Paro is best known as the stepping off point for Tiger's Nest Monastery, Bhutan's number one attraction.

18. Tigers Nest Monastery in Bhutan. Tigers Nest Monastery, or Taktsang Goemba, is the number one attraction in Bhutan. Located high up a mountain on the top of a sheer cliff, it can only be reached by hiking (or on a horse) only a prayer flag adorned path that meanders up the mountainside.

19. Tigers Nest Monastery in Bhutan. Tigers Nest Monastery, or Taktsang Goemba, is the number one attraction in Bhutan. Located high up a mountain on the top of a sheer cliff, it can only be reached by hiking (or on a horse) only a prayer flag adorned path that meanders up the mountainside.

20. Traditional Bhutanese dress. In Thimphu, Bhutans capital, a Weekend Market, which includes a produce- food section and a handicraft section, is held. The handicraft section includes prayer wheels, jewellery, paintings and many other souvenirs. Many of the stall sellers wear traditional dress such as this man in his gho.

21. Tall, white prayer flags in Bhutan. Wangditse Goemba is located above Thimphu in Bhutan and reached after a leisurely 1 hour hike through rhododendron and pine forests from the road end at the Telecom Tower. There are excellent views across the Thimphu valley from the temple and the hiking track there. the goemba was built in the 18th century. There are many prayer flags on the ridge approaching the temple.

22. Bhutanese prayer wheels. Prayer wheels at the entrance to the Bhutanese Kitchen restaurant in Thimphu

23. Punakha Dzong detail. Dzongs are high-walled fortresses with central courtyards that serve as both monasteries and an administrative centre in Bhutan. Punakha dzong is between the Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu rivers where they meet. One of the most spectacular dzongs in Bhutan, it was built 1637 by the Zhabdrung. The dzong has white walls have brown and terracotta trim.

24. Cantilever Bridge below Paro Dzong. Paro is the first town most people visiting Bhutan see as it is where the international airport is located. It is a small valley town with Paro Dzong and the Watchtower turned National Museum looking down on it. Reaching the dzong involves crossing this covered cantilever bridge, a short wooden footbridge. Paro is best known as the stepping off point for Tiger's Nest Monastery, Bhutan's number one attraction.

25. Cantilever Bridge detail. Paro is the first town most people visiting Bhutan see as it is where the international airport is located. It is a small valley town with Paro Dzong and the Watchtower turned National Museum looking down on it. Reaching the dzong involves crossing this covered cantilever bridge, a short wooden footbridge. Paro is best known as the stepping off point for Tiger's Nest Monastery, Bhutan's number one attraction.

26. Elderly women with prayer wheel. In Thimphu, Bhutans capital, is the National Memorial Chorten, centred around a Tibetan-style stupa. This site is visited by many Bhutanese as it is considered an auspicious place.

27. Farmer in the Haa valley. Haa valley is an area in western Bhutan, across the mountain range from Paro, that less than 10% of the tourists to Bhutan visit. The mountain slopes are either thickly covered in natural forested or intensively farmed for crops.

28. Haa town as the sun goes down. Haa is the main town in the Haa valley, an area in western Bhutan, across the mountain range from Paro, that less than 10% of the tourists to Bhutan visit.

29. Red and yellow prayer flags. Wangditse Goemba is located above Thimphu in Bhutan and reached after a leisurely 1 hour hike through rhododendron and pine forests from the road end at the Telecom Tower. There are excellent views across the Thimphu valley from the temple and the hiking track there. the goemba was built in the 18th century. There is a large number of prayer flags on the mountainside near the temple.

 

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