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Bhutan 2010.

For me this visit to Bhutan enabled me to see how the country had changed since my previous visit in March 2000.

The main places visited were Paro, Thimpu, Punakha, Trongsa, Bumthang and Gangtey.  The highlight for me was being able to climb up to Taktsang or Tiger's nest.  This small monastery clings to a rocky cliff 900 metres above the valley floor.  It was a hard climb but well worth it.

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Flying from Calcutta to Paro.

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Mt Everest                                    Mt Kanchanchunga                               Himalayan Range


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Paro Valley                                                                                   Museum                                         Festival ground

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Paro Dzong

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Other views in Paro

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Taktsang or Tiger's nest

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The start of the walk.

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Dochla Pass (3150m)

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Lobesa Valley

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Chimi Lhakhang

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Suspension Bridge (Some of the group)

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Jakar - Bumthang

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Pele La Pass

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The above poster reads as follows:-

The Takin - a unique animal closely associated with Bhutan's religious history and mythology..

Lama Drupa Kuenlay (1455-1529), the 'Divine Madman', is one of Bhutan's favourite saints, known for his outrageous antics.  One day his devotes were gathered to witness his magical powers and they asked him to perform a miracle.  Before complying, he demanded that he be given a whole cow and goat to eat.  Having devoured both, leaving only the bones, he stuck the goat's head on the bones of the cow.  To everyone's amazement, upon a command uttered by Drukpa Kuenlay, the animal came to life, arose, ran to the meadow and began to graze.  The animal came to be known as the dong gyem tsey (Takin) and can still be seen grazing in mountain meadows of the kingdom.

Due to its uniqueness, the Takin continues to befuddle taxonomists.  Unable to relate it to any other animal, they have put it in a category by itself, Budorcas taxicolor.

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