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Mar 18, 2019 - Paro Festival Day

Monday March 18 Very lucky today to witness the day's activities at the annual Paro Festival which runs over 5 days. It's also 5 days of public holidays for the area and people come from far and wide to participate. Today was mainly cultural dancing of Bhutan (the main dance, The Black Hat Dance went for almost an hour). Before driving to Paro however from Thimphu we visited what is considered the largest Buddha in the world. It's brand new and very impressive. The Buddha sits atop a gilded meditation hall and is surrounded by a large open...

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Mar 17, 2019 - Flying over the roof of the world

Sunday March 17 We are now in Bhutan and what a lovely contrast to Nepal. Kathmandu has to contend with the dust and rubble resulting from the recent earthquake as well as a large population. Here in Bhutan the air is clear, the buildings look great and well looked after, the roads are bitumen, the cars are clean and modern and the drivers appear quite sane. The population of the entire country is only 750,000 so they don't have the problems of overcrowding that they have in Kathmandu. We flew Drukair (Royal Bhutan Airlines) from Kathmandu...

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May 3, 2016 - The crown jewel

The crown jewel. We had a resplendent breakfast at our incongruously western hotel (must. Not. Think. About) which has the most amazing pumpkin au gratin. AB take note. Off we went to ascend the Taksang, otherwise known as Tiger's Nest. I am sure you have seen pictures of it. The good news is we started early. This is some steep climbing. One could have enlisted horses for assistance to the halfway point, but this is not for purists. We slave drive the girls up scree, gravel, slick steep slopes, with our guide and driver bringing up the...

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Mar 10, 2016 - Heading to Paro & Thimphu

Starting our Bhutan journey, fly into to Paro and on to Thimphu...with stops at Genekha Primary School & RENEW Happy Home, Gagyel Lhundrup Weaving Centre and Buddha Point along the way! http://www.daraartisans.com/collections/bhutan-home/products/gagyel-lhundrup-weaving-center-bhutan-textile-jadrima http://www.tourism.gov.bt/western-bhutan/buddha-dordenma-statue Staying tonight at the Hotel Amodhara, Thimphu

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Jun 6, 2014 - Journey of a thousand steps to the Tigers Nest

Today was both a difficult day physically and mentally but also highly rewarding. We walked up to the famous Taktsang Monastery aka Tigers Nest Monastery. It sits around 1000m above the valley floor and is at an altitude of around 3000m, the altitude is what made the walk a challenging one. We started off in lovely forested woods with a steady incline before the steepness hit. A couple of times I was shown a shortcut, which was basically a steeper but shorter track. I refused most of them, as it was really starting to hurt and breathing was...

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Jun 5, 2014 - Back to Paro

Today we drove all the way back to Paro where we actually landed last Sunday. Back over the Dochu La pass, still shrouded in mist with no view, past Thimphu with a view to the golden Buddha an on past the airport. Today was apparently world environment day which meant no cars in Bhutans cities. Thus we took the bumpy dirt roads around the outskirts to visit the two sites in the afternoon. The first was the ruins of Drugyal Dzong. Drugyel Dzong was critical in keeping the tibetans out of Bhutan. However a butter candle burnt it down in the...

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May 17, 2014 - Yo, yo, yo, hah….

If you got your motherf**kin lighters…. Light em up, light em up, light em up, light em up We gonna take this time out, to smoke a blunt Ha ha, all you buddha smokers, roll it up Roll it up…. Straight from the madness of Kathmandu to the "divine madness" of Bhutan. (Well, I’ll get to that later). WOW! is this place relaxed, laid back and chilled out! It is the compete opposite from where I just was. So, needing something to help me get in the vibe wasn’t at all necessary. But if I did still partake in the recreational use of marijuana,...

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Apr 21, 2014 - Bhutan A Short Visit

Learnt a new mantra “Aum Mani Padyoham” We landed at Paro and settled at Taj Tashi at Thimpu an hour run from Paro.A beautiful property with outstanding hospitality. Bhutan is a happy Nation and with all the quietness around one has to adapt himself in the environment. In the night it was so calm and so still that coming from the bustling Mumbai life it took us time to settle down and sleep. We are not used to such high degree of silence and quietness around us. We went around the town the very next day and saw couple of monasteries and...

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BHUTAN A SHORT VISIT

Mar 11, 2014 - Bhutan

March 6-10 Bhutan We flew to Paro, Bhutan on Thursday and were met by our new private guide and driver (only way to travel), who took us to tour the local Dzong. Dzong means, loosely translated, fortress. A Dzong was built in every major district of Bhutan and was used to house the local governor and the army. A watchtower was incorporated/attached to the Dzong to guard against the many invasions from Tibet. Most were built in the 1600’s. (every district has a Dzong, as we came to find out, and ‘tour’, – we got dzonged out). In modern times...

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Nov 27, 2013 - Back to Paro

Last full day in Bhutan, we fly back to Kathmandu tomorrow. Kinley and Dole picked us up after breakfast and we made a quick stop at the Natural Medicine clinic and museum. Really interesting place with people waiting to see doctors, just like a hospital or clinic. The museum had a display of all of the traditional medicines used in Bhutan, including the expensive Cordiceps. Looked like a fuzzy plant, not a mutant, "Borg" caterpillar! After a stop at the Karma Cafe for one more cappuccino, we drove back to Paro. After the usual buffet...

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Nov 24, 2013 - Day 7 (Archery In Bhutan)

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Archery has been the national sport of Bhutan every since 1971 when Bhutan joined the United Nations. In the past, competitions were only held at the dzongs (fortress-monastery) but with the help of government promotion, tournaments are held all over the country. Archery has become very popular with people from all social strata, perhaps because it is both fun and provides physical exercise as well. An added benefit is that it builds concentration and promotes good mental toughness. There’s an archery ground next to the...

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Nov 24, 2013 - Day 7 (Tiger's Nest)

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet website has to say about the Taktshang Goemba (Tiger’s Nest): Taktshang Goemba is the most famous of Bhutan's monasteries, perched on the side of a cliff 900m (2,952ft) above the floor of Paro valley, where the only sounds are the murmurs of wind and water and the chanting of monks. Guru Rinpoche is said to have flown to the site of the monastery on the back of a tigress. On April 19, 1998 a fire (which some say was arson), destroyed the main structure of Taktshang and all its...

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