The end of 2013 brings back memories of our travel to beautiful destinations. It also inspires us to plan a new calendar for the coming year, to welcome it with passion and determination to reach new heights.
Let’s look back at the year that was and remember a mesmerising location, Bhutan, with these top 10 pictures.
TOP 10 PICTURES OF BHUTAN
1. THE MOUNTAINS IN BHUTAN
The spectacular valley of Bhutan is beautifully carved in the midst of the Himalayan Kingdom. The rivers are fed by the glacial melts and monsoon rains. The Mountain Fortress of the Gods, Bhutan, has one of the most mesmerising views of the snow clad peaks. To Read more about Bhutan, Click here.
2. THE LOCAL MONKS
Bhutan’s Culture has a strong influence of Buddhism. This picture of Peter Eastway beautifully captures a local Monk as spotted in the valley of Bhutan.
3. PRAYER FLAGS
Prayer Flags have been a part of Bhutanese Tradition for years. Fluttering along the hilltops, these flags are a common sight, symbolic to the Buddhist beliefs, these flags are strung along the mountain ridges and peaks as prayers for good luck, prosperity and general happiness.
4. HAA VALLEY- STUD FARM
Experience the real Bhutan by visiting the beautiful Haa Valley. Located in the south west of Paro, the valley has a lot to offer from a picturesque view of the snow clad peaks and alpine forests to comfortable home-stays.
5. THE DRUK PATH- TREK
For the nature lovers, The Druk Path trek can be an abode as it offers one of the most extravagant views of Bhutan. The trail connects Paro to Thimphu and goes as high as 13,800 feet. It takes 5-7 days to cover Jeyla Dzong, Jangchulakha, Jimilangtsp, Semkotha, Doupchula la Pass, Phajoding to Thimphu.
6. LOCAL BHUTANESE INHABITANTS
The locals of Bhutan are better known as “Drukpas”, the term comes from Druk Yul- the name of the country in their national language- Dzongkha. The main ethnic groups are the Ngalops, Sharchops, Lhotshampas and the Lepchas.
7. MYSTIC BEAUTY OF BHUTAN
Bhutan is not just known for its mystic beauty, but also for the happy attitude of the people there. The concept of Gross National Happiness (GNH), a term coined by Bhutan’s fourth King, is the economic indicator of quality of life and well being.
8. TIGER’S NEST
The Taktsang Palphug Monastery, popularly known as the Paro Taktsang is also called the Tiger’s Nest. A sacred Buddhist Temple situated on the cliffside of the upper valley of Paro, this temple was built in 1692, near the Taktsang Senge Samdup cave. The temple got its name ‘Tiger’s nest’ from Guru Padmasambhava who introduced Buddhism to Bhutan and is said to have meditated in this cave for three years.
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9. FLAGS AT DOCHULA PASS
Dochula Pass is the famous pass of Bhutan connecting Punakha to Thimpu. It is approximately 3150 meters above the sea level and is a major spiritual destination owing to the presence of a famous temple, Druk Wangyal Lhakhang.
You will find a beautiful view of the whole of Bhutan, and a million prayer flags fluttering on the hilltop.
10. WOMEN FARMERS AT THE HAA VALLEY
The Haa Valley is also known as the “Hidden-Land Rice Valley”. You will see the locals working in the rice plantations. This area has recently been opened for travellers and is a great place for experiences like home-stays, trekking and mountain biking.
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