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I first learned about Bhutan in 2013 and was immediately entranced by this isolated Himalayan kingdom that somehow had escaped my knowledge for more than two decades. The costs associated with visiting Land of the Thunder Dragon, however, put it in a TBD category in my mental filing cabinet. (I’ll cover this and how to visit Bhutan in an upcoming post.) But when a friend from college embarked on his funemployment trip and mentioned that Bhutan was also on the top of his wish list, we both threw caution and our budgets to the wind and decided to make a visit. We planned our trip for December 2016 in order to coincide with one of the country’s culturally rich festivals, and we had the most memorable six days in this last Himalayan kingdom. I’ll be sharing stories, photos, tips, and advice about Bhutan in the upcoming weeks, starting off with this visual introduction via 10 photos of the Bhutan that captured my heart.
1. Magnificient dzongs
2. Intricate details
3. Beautiful artwork
4. Monks everywhere
5. Mindblowing archers
6. Pristine, natural landscapes
7. Colorful festivals
8. Once-in-a-lifetime experiences
9. Astounding feats
10. The Tiger’s Nest
I hope this photographic sneak peek makes you eager to learn more about this beautiful country. The beauty of Bhutan is expressed in many ways beyond just visual beauty, and I’m excited to share them with you. In the meantime, here’s a bonus photo from the country where Gross National Happiness is much more important than Gross Domestic Product.
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