GalleryIn 2015 I realized my long term dream travel experience of by discovering Bhutan “The Land of The Thunder Dragon”.
Little travelled Bhutan easily surpassed all that I thought it would be, amazingly hospitable and entertaining hosts, wholesome food, unique national dress, games & architecture in the background of The Himalayas. I’ve been fortunate to see many temples and shrines over many years of travel, but nowhere compares to the thousand year old monasteries and spirit of Buddhism that Bhutan holds, epitomized by the Tiger’s Nest Monastery built 3000ft upwards jutting out from a mountainous cliff face.
No sooner had I stepped off the plane (for what many describe as the most dangerous airport landing in the world!) I was watching archery and lawn darts being played with raucous fun and banter by men wearing traditional Bhutanese clothing (read men in skirts). Ancient traditions preserved and being lived out, a special site for a visitor to see.
Having travelled around South East Asia, it’s safe to say I’ve never seen so many monks as in Bhutan….and for sure they know how to have fun after their daily meditation and study rituals whether playing football, watching archery, debating or even one Monk I saw riding a Harley Davidson across the country! Buddhism resonates deeply here & can be witnessed in perfectly preserved monasteries, some more than a thousand years old & through the dawn until dusk spinning of prayer wheels by local residents.
My favorite place in Bhutan (an almost impossible pick) was Bhumtang, breathtaking scenery, temples and even some amusing nightlife with local handcrafted beer, but most importantly memorable characters from the cute little girl making scary faces when she saw my camera (she looks like a little demon, but was super cute), to the chestnut field workers (yes they have fields of chestnuts), shy nuns and the memorable Spiritual Guru who lives by the Burning Lake and offered his worldly advice to me :)
Now I fulfilled my dream of going to Bhutan…..my next dream is to go back and see more!