The land of the thunder dragon.

26 March, 2011 (04:58) | Life | By: Olivier

Rinpung Dzong, the fortress on a heap of jewels

After a difficult year, I managed to squeeze in some much needed vacation and headed out for the remote kingdom of Bhutan, in the Himalayas. For years I had wanted to visit this tiny country  (only 660k people), having heard of their concept of Gross National Happiness and seeing so many beautiful pictures and movies coming out of it. And so, after a gruesome journey of 22 hours from Paris through Hong-Kong, Bangkok and Dhaka, I finally landed in Paro.

It would be nigh impossible for me to describe this land and its people, so deeply infused with myths and magic yet valiantly trying to move into the 21st century. However, the pictures probably speak for themselves:

Ta Dzong, the old watch tower Archery: the Bhutanese's favorite sport Kyichu Lhakhang - 13 Old lady at Paro's market A monk inside Rinpung Dzong Farmers nearby Kyichu Lhakang One hundred butter lamps

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