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BHUTAN

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 was limited to only 5,0000 when we visited in 1998 and is capped at 10,000 annually even now. 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.

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'. I must say we never met more polite children anywhere.

Shot entirely on Fujichrome Provia film.

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Bhutanese monks Bhutan A Friendly Student Monks In Prayer Whriling Dancer
Bhutan Taking in the Dancers Punakha Dzong Dance Color at the Autumns Festival Praying Hand
Antler Dance Bhutan schoolgirls Prayer Flags on a Ridge Children watching a festival Paro Valley
Twirling, leaping Dancers Young Buddhist Nun Hands with Buddhists Rosary Hillside Village Monk with Carnation
Young Boy Young Girl Drummers at the Festival Participant at the Autumn tFestival Bhutan
Bhutanese Boy Three Faces in a Wndow Prayer Flags Bhutan After the Rain
Taking in a Festival Bhutanese Monk at Fesitval Turning a Prayer Wheel Rainy Valley High Mountain Pass
Buddhist prayers Monk Hauling Water Our Travel Guide Archery is the National Sport Student at a Window
Woman in Traditional garb The Faithful gather at the  Prayer Wheels Friends Boys watching a dance festival Bhutan
Buddhist Nuns Monks outside Wangdi Dzong Wangdi at Autmun Festival Time Still Life with Horns Dressed in her Finest
Tashichho Dzong A Thimphu Street