Bhutan – Around Thimphu

After lunch it was cruising around Thimphu time.

Chilling out on the roadside

Chilling out on the roadside

Tashichho Dzong

Tashichho Dzong

Overlooking Thimphu is one of he largest seated Buddhas in the world. Buddha Point was still under construction, but impressive none the least.

High up at Buddha Point

High up at Buddha Point

One of the largest seated Buddha statues in the world

Who can complain when they have the best seat in the house?

Thimphu Valley

Thimphu Valley

Safety First high up at Buddha Point

Safety First high up at Buddha Point

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).

Craft Market shop fronts

Craft Market shop fronts

Bhutanese handimade goodies

Bhutanese handimade goodies

"I'll trade you my Sunkist, for...your Sunkist."

“I’ll trade you my Fanta, for…your Fanta.”

Most of the shop owners were mothers with young children, so…

Market Kids

Market Kids

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.

Traditional Folk Music/Masked Dance

Traditional Folk Music/Masked Dance

Then back home to the hotel for a much needed rest. Tomorrow was gonna be a loooooong day.

Just another lazy day in Thimphu town

Just another lazy day in Thimphu town

*USELESS STATISTICS*
Big Buddha Count: 1

Visited 25 October 2013.

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About starksepicadventure

We are Andrew and Lakshi Starks, young married couple from Melbourne, Australia. We are travelling around the world on our Starks Epic Adventure!
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