I had just returned from a ten-day adventure to Bhutan. It has been 10 days since I returned. I still have a trip-over, a lasting hangover from the trip. I did not have time to blog from the place known for its Gross National Happiness.
Help me through my hangover, as I share photos and videos from the last Shangri-La.
Weeks before my trip to Bhutan, I was filled with much anticipation for my trip. I was anxious to experience the frigid winter. I am an island girl after all, most comfortable in sundresses and flip-flops, not wool coats, thermals and layers of clothing. But the excitement of going to a culture to different from my own was thrilling.
Bhutan didn’t disappoint. Even before touchdown, I enjoyed the scenic landing of the pilot with fascinating aerial views of the Himalayas. Ask for the left side window seat. Even the airport is gorgeous, with the intricate detail of Bhutnese architecture. Despite being eep-deprived from my flights and waiting in airports and light-headed from the high altitude, I was wowed by the images in my first 24 hours in Bhutan.
|Bhutan's gorgeous airport...|
|Giddy like a little child|
|Ornate paintings characteristic of Bhutan architecture|
|The first of many photos you will encounter of the King and Queen|
|You are looking at 50% of the international fleet, Druk Air only has 2 airplanes currently flying from Thailand and India.|
|another angle of the airport|
|mud houses seen from the drive from Paro to Thimphu|
|scenes from the drive from Paro to Thimphu|
|First meal.. at Bhutan Kitchen, of course!|
|organic potatoes with cheese|
|the Ema-datsi, a chili and cheese dish eaten with almost every lunch and dinner|
|Egg and Cheese|
|Look at this gorgeous vegetarian meal I plated|
|Prayer wheels... at the National Memorial Choeten|
|At the National Memorial Choeten|
|Sitting by the butter lamps|
|It's getting hot at Folk Heritage museum|
|Traditional Gho and Kira are worn by Bhutanese men and women for work|
|Dochula pass at over 3000 meters above sea level, still has snow on the ground|
|Photogenic Dochula Pass|
|at Sangchen Dorji Lhundrup Lhak|
|A quiet nunnery in Punakah, the winter home of the monks and nuns|
|lovely detail to temple door|
|Extremely shy nuns...., but they taught me that happiness means living simply!|
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