Category Archive: Tibet, Bhutan, and the Himalayas

And Srila and Manjit

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We all took pictures

Forgive the self-promotion. It’s just that the background looks great.

A cool visitor of the great country of Bhutan

Gangkhar Puensum, the highest unclimbed mountain in the world

is in Bhutan. It is 7,570 meters (24,836′) high, and ~ I’m showing off here since Drukpa is so close to the Tibetan language, its name གངས་དཀར་སྤུན་གསུམ། means “white mountain with 3 peaks”.

Incence burners

are common sight in Bhutan.

Ah! These ridges!

When you leave Thimpu headed east, which is the only way to go unless you’re going back to Paro, you drive uphill for a while, and then you get to this stupendous view… Continue reading

The snacks of Bhutan

Here we see the whole range of delicious snacks available in Bhutan: from the very traditional yak cheese (white cubes which you suck on for up to a week at a time!), to… Continue reading

Shacks

Bhutan is a developing country. These look like shacks to us, but I don’t think the residents are squatters.

The largest seated Buddha in the world

Human folly or supreme respect paid to Buddha? This seated Buddha has been under construction since 2003. When we visited in 2011, it was almost ready. An assembly hall under the base of… Continue reading

Simtokha dzong

Simtokha Dzong is the first dzong built by Shabdrung, the great conqueror and pacifier of Bhutan, who came down from Tibet in 1629. He is revered throughout Bhutan. A dzong, incidentally, is a… Continue reading