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Buddha Day

We spend the next day in Trongsa Castle. Its Buddha’s birthday, so merits are worth a million times their usual value. Kindness pays today! I’m helping little old ladies up stairs, I’m handing out bits of cash at alters here and there, and I’m thinking only benevolent thoughts. I’m banking...

permalink written by   on June 2, 2015 from Tongsa, Bhutan
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Gross National Happiness

On the way to Trongsa, we stopped in at a primary school in a small town along the way. Despite the admonishment to dress appropriately, we invited ourselves in (politely!) for a visit. The buildings were beautifully constructed, the administration wonderfully accommodating, and the...

permalink written by  roel krabbendam on June 1, 2015 from Tongsa, Bhutan
from the travel blog: Bhutan



Yakkity Yak

The bus leaves early, the drive to Trongsa easily 8 hours on a single lane highway handling two way traffic. Rising slowly through deciduous forests along a steeply sloped river, through Wangduephodrang and Chuzomes and Samtengang and Nubding, to the turn at Ngesa where we crest a pass into a...

permalink written by  roel krabbendam on June 1, 2015 from Tongsa, Bhutan
from the travel blog: Bhutan



Day 6 (Continued)

From Wangdi we climbed (by car) to Pele La, a pass at 3420 meters. As with all the passes, it was covered with prayer flags and a chorten, which in this case marked the coundary between Western and Central Bhutan. The roadsides were covered with bamboo and eventually we stopped to take a...

permalink written by  shoshtrvls on August 26, 2006 from Tongsa, Bhutan
from the travel blog: Bhutan and India (2006)



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