The Himalayan Kindom of Bhutan might be small but it packs a big punch. Bhutan is nestled between the powerhouses of China and India. But this is an independent nation that has never been conquered. Bhutan isn’t an undiscovered destination. But it does not get the crowds of it’s more illustrious neighbours. From epic mountains to tranquil villages. From ornate monasteries to ancient traditions, Bhutan is a photographer’s paradise. This Bhutan photo essay is going to make you want to visit the Land of the Thunder Dragon.
As a mountainous country, there are is no shortage of amazing views all across the country. Whether you decide to hike, drive or simply stop at viewpoints, vertigo-inducing views are amongst the best in the world.
It’s almost as if the Bhutanese are trained to offer those amazing perfect postcard moments. You’ll be driving along the road and stumble into a local festival. Or walking out in the wilderness and see monks dotted around the valley. It truly is a picture perfect scenario.
From farmhouses to monasteries, the intricate designs and artworks will have you gasping. A plethora of colour and stories, Bhutanese architecture is as unique as it is fascinating.
This is a country that has kept itself isolated for such a long time. So it’s no surprise that ancient traditions and rituals are still as important to daily life as they were all those centuries ago.
Mighty fortresses or “Dzongs” give a glimpse of why this small country had managed to remain unconquered through history. Whether you photograph them from the outside or inside they equally beautiful.
Imagine walking along a vast valley and being the only person there. Go during the low season and you’ll find even more solitude.
The Bhutanese people are amongst the friendliest in the world. It wouldn’t be uncommon for strangers to start a conversation with you, shake your hand or have a drink or two with you.
The Bhutanese are incredibly devoted to their religion. The vast majority are Buddhists and would take any opportunity to pray and offer donations. Head to Bumthang to discover where Buddhism began in Bhutan before spreading to the rest of the country.
You’ll find it difficult to be in Bhutan and not stumble into some form of a festival. These are an explosion of colour, music, dance and even history. Get there early to get a front-row seat and enjoy the show,
Paro Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest)
Not just any monastery, but the mother of all monasteries with one hell of a view. Perched on the side of the mountain and reached by a strenuous three-hour hike, this is one of the bucket list items that you need to tick off.
Everything about Bhutan screams big. But this small country is as beautiful as it is fascinating. An adventure to Bhutan will not disappoint…
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