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Inspiring musical performances at 4:05am, 4:45am and 5:30am from the dog in the alley outside my hotel room window, with a dramatic chorus of his compatriots shortly thereafter, offer yet another perspective on the Thimphu art scene. While the musicality of the event proved erratic at best,...

permalink written by  roel krabbendam on June 9, 2015 from Thimphu, Bhutan
from the travel blog: Bhutan



East and West

Invited to see a new hotel opening soon as part of a school for hotel management, I'm driven to a site dominated by a huge stone building punctured by irregular windows and somewhat encumbered by huge wood protrusions. Austrian design, Austrian engineering and Austrian money made it...

permalink written by  roel krabbendam on June 8, 2015 from Thimphu, Bhutan
from the travel blog: Bhutan



Past Present Future

We start the day at the National Library, which turned out to be way more interesting than expected. As a repository of its past I expected the usual and very stuffy vault of books, but we found instead a building with no books at all except in the shop: only scrolls. The one exception was...

permalink written by  roel krabbendam on June 7, 2015 from Thimphu, Bhutan
from the travel blog: Bhutan



Delay

We are scheduled to fly back across the country to Paro, but the 10am plane is said to have diverted to Kathmandu. Since this is in the opposite direction from that flight's origin in Paro, we assume business interests intervened or possibly relief efforts. In any case, after sitting at the...

permalink written by  roel krabbendam on June 6, 2015 from Thimphu, Bhutan
from the travel blog: Bhutan



Bhutan

The two best words I can use to describe Bhutan would be "rarefied" and "idyllic". I was drawn to Bhutan largely because of their unique metric for economic activity (called Gross National Happiness), their status as the world's newest democracy (first ever national election held in 2008), and...

permalink written by  Katy and Mark Lewis on July 10, 2009 from Thimphu, Bhutan
from the travel blog: India and Nepal



Day 10 (Continued)

We took more note of our route back the Thimphu this time, stopping to really look at the water prayer wheels, tatas, and flora that we passed along the way. The evening finished fabulously, with a delightful dinner at Palden's home, with Ellery and I both dressed in our Bhutanese finery.

permalink written by  shoshtrvls on August 30, 2006 from Thimphu, Bhutan
from the travel blog: Bhutan and India (2006)



Day 5

We spent the first hour of the morning (after Ellery finished throwing up@@) at the weekend market in Thimphu. Piles and piles of vegetables, fruits, and spices were offered fro sale, and we ended up buying some bananas for our drive. Then we crossed the bridge to the handicrafts market and...

permalink written by  shoshtrvls on August 25, 2006 from Thimphu, Bhutan
from the travel blog: Bhutan and India (2006)



Day 4

In the morning, we trekked up another mountain to the Tango Monastery, which hugs the side of the mountain. Ellery was a trooper and her complaints were few as she searched for flowers, trees and other markers. The final path was lined with flags. We toured the temple, watched the monks...

permalink written by  shoshtrvls on August 24, 2006 from Thimphu, Bhutan
from the travel blog: Bhutan and India (2006)



Day 3

Even though they had an American breakfast at the hotel, Ellery still insisted on eating just toast, butter and apples. I, on the other hand, ate cereal, eggs, toast with apple juice and coffee. We wandered a bit until Palden arrived promptly at 8:30. Our first stop of the day was the...

permalink written by  shoshtrvls on August 23, 2006 from Thimphu, Bhutan
from the travel blog: Bhutan and India (2006)



Day 2 (Continued)

On the drive to Thimpu, we passed Tamchhog Lhakhag, a private temple, and an old iron suspension bridge before arriving at Chhuzom, where the Paro Chhu and the Wan Chhu meet. Here we were stranded for about an hour because of road work, although this gave me (Ellery was asleep) time to walk...

permalink written by  shoshtrvls on August 22, 2006 from Thimphu, Bhutan
from the travel blog: Bhutan and India (2006)



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