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Bhutan

After flying from Kathmandu, Nepal to Bhutan, we spent a week in the country, visiting the cities of Paro, Thimphu, and Punaka.

Bhutan is one of the most isolated and least developed nations in the world. Nonetheless, according to its 'Gross National Happiness Index' it is also one of the happiest. Foreign influences and tourism are heavily regulated by the government to preserve the country's traditional culture and national identity. The landscape ranges from subtropical plains in the south to the Himalayan heights in the north, with some peaks exceeding seven thousand meters. Buddhism is the state religion and the population is predominantly Buddhist, with Hinduism being the second most dominant. Thimphu is the capital and largest city.
Drukair, the Only Airline, Flying into Paro, Bhutan, the Only Airport in the Country
Drukair, the Only Airline, Flying into Paro, Bhutan, the Only Airport in the Country
A Bhutanese Dzong
A Bhutanese Dzong
Punaka, the Summer Capital of Bhutan
Punaka, the Summer Capital of Bhutan
Punaka in the Early Morning Mist
Punaka in the Early Morning Mist
t4%2f28%2f417028%2f4%2f91718105.az2bYR23.jpg The National Library
The National Library
I Don't Think I'd Want to be a Builder in Bhutan
I Don't Think I'd Want to be a Builder in Bhutan
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Agricultural Bhutan
Agricultural Bhutan
t1%2f28%2f417028%2f4%2f92471591.y3Y7qX3h.jpg Part of the Bhutan Himalayas
Part of the Bhutan Himalayas
The Himalaya Range in Bhutan
The Himalaya Range in Bhutan
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Tiger's Nest Dzong
Tiger's Nest Monastery at  about 10,000' on the Side of a Mountain in Bhutan
Tiger's Nest Monastery at about 10,000' on the Side of a Mountain in Bhutan
The Whip is Actually Used When a Monk Violates a Rule
The Whip is Actually Used When a Monk Violates a Rule
The Modern Monk
The Modern Monk
A Takin, the National Animal of Bhutan
A Takin, the National Animal of Bhutan
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Children - Bhutan
Children - Bhutan
t4%2f28%2f417028%2f4%2f91718108.XW7UQufa.jpg t1%2f28%2f417028%2f4%2f92470829.a7AsfwB6.jpg Bhutanese Boys Wearing the Traditional Male Gho
Bhutanese Boys Wearing the Traditional Male Gho
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