After lunch it was cruising around Thimphu time.
Overlooking Thimphu is one of he largest seated Buddhas in the world. Buddha Point was still under construction, but impressive none the least.
Who can complain when they have the best seat in the house?
The local Craft Market is basically a really long line of shopfronts with a diverse collection of Bhutanese hand-made products, from tiny packs of coloured prayer flags to big hanging silk lanterns. Shop owners don’t hassle you or bargain hard, they are just all friendly. In fact, Bhutan is the land of happiness, where money means little and the gross-happiness index is more important. (Whatever that really means).
Most of the shop owners were mothers with young children, so…
We finished off the afternoon with a visit to a school where they practice Traditional Folk Music/Masked Dances. We got a whole show with male and female dancers with musicians and singing. As fascinating as it was to see authentic traditional culture, the music was a little irritating after a while. But, that didn’t stop us from buying a CD of their music as a donation.
Then back home to the hotel for a much needed rest. Tomorrow was gonna be a loooooong day.
Big Buddha Count: 1
Visited 25 October 2013.