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Hollie | profile | all galleries >> Around The World Trip January, 2005 >> Bhutan tree view | thumbnails | slideshow

Bhutan

The Kingdom of Bhutan, in the Himalayas, has been isolated for centuries from the rest of the world. It opened for tourism in 1974 but only allows groups, not individuals, it limits the number of tourists visiting each year.

It adjoins India and China, near Nepal. Most people are Tibetan Buddhist, monasteries are everywhere.

Modernization is strictly monitored. Buildings must be built in the Bhutanese style so they all look similar. The people must dress in historic Bhutanese clothing and are fined if they are not dressed accordingly.
Himalayas surrounding Bhutan, Everest is in center
Himalayas surrounding Bhutan, Everest is in center
The Paro Valley, mountains are everywhere in Bhutan
The Paro Valley, mountains are everywhere in Bhutan
Another part of Paro Valley, all houses must be built in this Bhutanese style
Another part of Paro Valley, all houses must be built in this Bhutanese style
Monastery near Paro
Monastery near Paro
On the Road to Paro
On the Road to Paro
Downtown Thimpu, the capital
Downtown Thimpu, the capital
Traditional and Compulsury Bhutanese clothes for Men
Traditional and Compulsury Bhutanese clothes for Men
Ceremonial dancing in historic costumes
Ceremonial dancing in historic costumes
Dancer
Dancer
Ceremonial shoes, they don't wear these every day
Ceremonial shoes, they don't wear these every day
Typical Bhutanese architecture
Typical Bhutanese architecture
This type of decor is on all the buildings, more muted colors than Tibet
This type of decor is on all the buildings, more muted colors than Tibet
Tiger's Nest monastery perched on the edge of a sheer cliff.  Great for hikes.
Tiger's Nest monastery perched on the edge of a sheer cliff. Great for hikes.
Gold prayer wheels
Gold prayer wheels
Inside a Buddhist Nunnery
Inside a Buddhist Nunnery
Nunnery kitchen
Nunnery kitchen
Taking a Bath at the Nunnery
Taking a Bath at the Nunnery
Thimpu prayer wheels
Thimpu prayer wheels
These stupas are everywhere
These stupas are everywhere
An isolated village outside Paro
An isolated village outside Paro
Isolated village, typical architecture
Isolated village, typical architecture
Woman from village
Woman from village
Kids in the village
Kids in the village
Bhutan Map
Bhutan Map