Bhutan – The Land of the Thunder Dragon

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The Kingdom of Bhutan is a landlocked country in Asia, and it is the smallest state located entirely within the Himalaya mountain range. Located in the Eastern Himalayas, it is bordered by China and India. Bhutan is a democracy and constitutional monarchy. The Bhutanese monarchy was founded in 1907. It held its first democratic elections in 2008. Bhutanese call their home “Druk Yul,” which means “the Land of the Thunder Dragons,” because of the extremely powerful storms which constantly roar in from the Himalayas. Bhutan is the only country to outlaw tobacco and Plastic bags have been banned since 1999.

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Paro, Taktsang Goemba (Tiger’s Nest)

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Paro, Taktsang Goemba (Tiger’s Nest)

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Paro, National Museum, Ta Dzong

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Paro Dzong (aka Rinpung Dzong)

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Thimphu, Buddha Dordenma

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Paro, bridge, dzong and Ta Dzong

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Punakha Dzong

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Dochu La Pass, 108 Druk Wangyal Chortens

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Chendebji Chorten

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Phobjikha Valley, Gangteng Monastery

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Around Jakar, Jambay Lhakhang

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Lhuntse Dzong

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Lhuntse Dzong

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Tashi Yangtse, dzong

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Tashi Yangtse, Chorten Kora

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Tashigang Dzong, practising for a tshechu

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Jakar tshechu, school girls washing their sins away

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Jakar tshechu, thongdrel unfurling

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Jakar tshechu, Guru Tshengye, atsara, Loden Chogse manifestation

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Jakar tshechu, Guru Tshengye, Nyima Oezer manifestation

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Jakar tshechu, Guru Tshengye, Guru Senge Dradog manifestation

credit: Arian Zwegers

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