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Bhutan, A Kingdom In The Mountains

The most unique country we have ever visited, ever.
It is the only country in the world that is "carbon neutral" due to the fact that about 74% of the country is forested and only using hydroelectric energy for electricity. It also has fewer than 800,000 people living in the country! It has never been successfully invaded and it is situated between China in the north and India to the south. There were no paved roads until 1960 and it sealed it's border with China in 1959 when china invaded Tibet.(It still is sealed) There is a village of Tibetan refugees living now for 59 years in Bhutan, waiting to go back to their country. We visited the village and had a Tibetan meal in the home of a man, and his family, who came to Bhutan in 1959 and told his story to us.

Ten years ago the king of Bhutan told his people he was going to convert the country to a democracy and they had only their third election while we were visiting. The king's primary activity is said to visit all parts of the country and meet with his countrymen to listen to their concern. We were told he once visited a remote village that was a 5 day walk as there were no roads to it.

Another interesting fact...there are no traffic lights in Bhutan!
Life in Bhutan
Life in Bhutan
Great Buddha Dordenma
Great Buddha Dordenma
Land of Prayer Flags and Clear Water
Land of Prayer Flags and Clear Water
Dogs Are Everywhere In This Country
Dogs Are Everywhere In This Country
The Look of Bhutan...
The Look of Bhutan...
Old Man Turning A Prayer Wheel
Old Man Turning A Prayer Wheel
Young Monk and Prayer Wheels
Young Monk and Prayer Wheels
Good Advice...
Good Advice...
Flag Lowering Ceremony
Flag Lowering Ceremony
This Is The Capital of Bhutan
This Is The Capital of Bhutan
The King
The King
This Is How The Men Dress
This Is How The Men Dress
This Is How The Women Dress
This Is How The Women Dress
Tashichho Dzong Fortress
Tashichho Dzong Fortress
Prayer Flags
Prayer Flags
Prayer Wheels
Prayer Wheels
Paro River Suspension Footbridge
Paro River Suspension Footbridge
The Original Temple Bridge (15th Century)
The Original Temple Bridge (15th Century)
Tashichho Dzong Young Monk and Prayer Wheels
Tashichho Dzong Young Monk and Prayer Wheels
The Welcoming Committee...
The Welcoming Committee...
Boys and Girls From The Same School
Boys and Girls From The Same School
Downtown of the Capital City
Downtown of the Capital City
Construction Site
Construction Site
Construction Site #2
Construction Site #2
Worker With Child
Worker With Child
Prayer Wheels
Prayer Wheels