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Vietnam 2019 | BALI | INDIA | CHINA 1992-2008 | Faces of Asia | Vietnam 1995 | BHUTAN AUTUMN FESTIVALS | BURMA 1996 | Tibet & Nepal | LAOS 1996


Shot on Fujichrome Provia film in 1998, but new, improved scans being added... Sept 2020.

While Bhutan is definitely one of the smallest countries in the world, the cultural diversity and its richness are profound. A strong emphasis is laid on the promotion and preservation of its rich cultural diversity.
Bhutan's cultural diversity is enhanced by the variety of festivals that are is being observed. My visit was during the autumn festivals. Hoping to keep outside influences to a minimum to help preserve their traditional culture,Tourism in Bhutan began in 1974, when the Government of Bhutan, in an effort to raise revenue and to promote Bhutanese unique culture and traditions to the outside world, opened its isolated country to foreigners. In 1974 a total of 287 tourists visited the Kingdom of Bhutan. The number of tourists increased to 2,850 in 1992, and was still only 5,000 when we visited in 1998. Then rose to 7,158 in 1999 and peaked at 10,000. Although they have opened up to more adventure tourism such as river rafting and climbers and allowed a few high-end resort-lodges to be built.
Children are taught English from early on and are eager to practice with native speaking visitors.

The northern part of Bhutan lies within the Great Himalayas; the snowcapped peaks in this region reach an elevation of more than 24,000 feet (7,300 metres). High valleys occur at elevations of 12,000 to 18,000 feet (3,700 to 5,500 metres), running down from the great northern glaciers.
With the lowest crime rates in Asia, a simple farming based culture, rich lush valleys and picturesque streams and mountains, a devoutly religious population and a government more concerned with it's peoples happiness than it's GDP, Bhutan just may be the closest thing to the mythical Shangri-La valley of James Hilton's 'Lost Horizons.

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Leaping Dancer Girls in their Traditional Kira Wangdi Dzong During Festival Lively Festivities Novice Nun
Mountain Outpost Student Monks Masked Dancer Cosmos in the Mountain Mist Woman in Traditional Kira
Tashichho Dzong Paro Valley Look of Awe Deer Dance Monks & Musicians
A Young Student Young Boy at Festival Farm Land Patterns of the Paro Valley First Time at the Festival Main Entrance of Wangdhi Phodrang Dzong
Wooden Rosary in Nun's Hands Monks Studying Buddhist Texts Paro Valley Vibrant Festival Dancers Monk Participating in Festivities
Twirling, leaping Dancers Dancing Drummers High Mountain Pass Girls Relaxing Outside Wangdi Dzong Dancer in Action
Children Watching Festival Punakha Dzong High Mountain Valley Bhutanese monks Bhutanese Monk at Festival
Woman with Buddhist Rosary and Prayer Wheel After the Rain Lush, Terraced Hills Apple in Monk's Hands Women's Turn to Chant & Sing
Colorful Crowd at Festival Traditional Stringed Instrument Vibrant Dance Rugged Hand Elderly Man
Mountainside Rice Terraces Young Monks at Wangdi Dzong School Mates Souvenier Seller Waterfall High in the Mountains
Game Time Still Life with Geraniums Sudent Monks Bhutan schoolgirls Big Sister & Baby
Young Monk Dressed for the Festival Buddhist Novice Nun Children in a Colorful Window Daydreamer
Bhutan Whirling Drum Dancers Bhutanese Boy Buudhist Nun & Novice Buddhist Monk's Wooden Rosary
Festival Viewers Looking Up Young Monk at Festival Traditional Painted Door Beautiful Brocade Kira
Colorful Festival Dancer Dance Color at the Autumns Festival Drummers at the Festival Young Archers Young Festival Goer
Prayer Flags Bhuddhist Pilgrim Peppers Drying on a Rooftop Monk Spins a Giant Prayer Wheel Archery is the Bhutan National Sport
Design School Student Elderly Buddhist Nun Bhutanese Girls Taktsang Palphug Monastery / Tiger's Nest Suspension Bridge
Cosmos in theMist Monk's Flower Monk in Doorway Shop Window Colorful Window
Hauling Water Prayer Flags High in a Himalayan Pass Weary Traveler Nun with Rosary Praying Hand
The Faithful gather at the  Prayer Wheels Hillside Village Prayer Flags on a Ridge Hands with Buddhists Rosary Monk with Carnation
Bhutan Three Faces in a Wndow Turning a Prayer Wheel Rainy Valley Buddhist prayers
Our Travel Guide Student at a Window Friends Boys watching a dance festival A Thimphu Street