Happiness is colors, colors, and more colors!✌🏼😊
This was clicked at the Simply Bhutan Museum, where we were treated to traditional dances, beautiful murals, delicious rice cakes and some archery games too!
Over the past few weeks, we've been showing and telling you all kinds of things about the wonderland that is Bhutan.
Time to turn the tables 😉 We know lots of you have questions about Bhutan, so let's get you some answers.
What's something you'd like to know about traveling in Bhutan?
I am wearing the Bhutanese costume - Kira, a long, ankle-length dress accompanied by a light outer jacket known as a Tego.
High on top of a mountain pass on the road from Thimphu to Punaka, overlooking the Himalayas, is a concentration of 108 chortens (stupas) built in memory of Bhutanese soldiers killed in the 2003 war against insurgents from India. #bhutan#bhutantravel#kira#dochupass
I've dreamt of exploring the Himalaya for as long as I can remember... of traversing the peaks and valleys, and getting lost in the alpine light. I've spent hours, and days, and months imagining what that might look like; how the air may smell, and what the breeze might feel like upon my cheeks. For every second spent imagining, this week's reality far surpassed expectations. Exploring Bhutan has felt nothing short of magical—a dream world brought to life.
This shot is from my Bumdra Trek with @b.h.u.t.a.n, captured at 13,500 feet as we hiked through prayer flags, descending from frosty peaks to our warm-tea-filled camp below.
What’s one place you’ve always dreamt of exploring? #bhutantravel
Sometimes the most beautiful places are also the most simple. Like this memorial stupa AKA chorten in the heart of Thimphu.
Day in and day out, people walk circles around the stupa. Some walk circles in prayer, while others just walk and talk with their friends.
Our @GrayLangurTours guide told us it's common for families to bring their elderly parents and grandparents to the stupa in the morning, and leave them there to hang out for the day.
The elderly people can then sit and socialize with their friends in a pleasant place, rather than be alone in the house or some kind of nursing home. It's sweet 😊
One afternoon, I (Alex) visited the stupa and saw volunteers handing out free bowls of stew to the elderly visitors. They insisted I take one too.
Despite being foreign, much younger than all the other visitors, and not speaking the local language, a group of old ladies insisted I sit with them.
I spent half an hour cackling with them, resisting their attempts to feed the crap out of me, and being bowled over by the amount of stew little Bhutanese ladies can put away.
This stupa isn't the most impressive place in Thimphu, but it's definitely the most memorable 💜
Overlooking the southern approach to #Thimphu , the capital of #Bhutan , sits the Great Buddha Dordenma. This big bad buddha is 169’ tall (equivalent to a 15 story building!), and was built to commemorate the centennial of the #Bhutanese monarchy.
The #Buddha is sitting in the Bhumisparsa pose - “calling the earth to witness the truth.” It is always depicted with the right hand over the knee and the left hand in the lap. #Bhumisparsa is said to be Buddha’s hand gesture when he achieved enlightenment.