Trip to Bhutan – May 2009 – Exploring Paro

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Paro – i loved it from the minute we set off from the airport. the mountains, the forests, the fields, the quiet roads… it was all picturesque, and so peaceful. we spent the day exploring various places, the museum – which turned out to be much bigger on the inside than it looked, the paro dzong – that’s basically a fortress and houses both a monastery with the religious head and the administrative head and the courts.

there’s one in every district, all with their distinctive architecture – a wide expanse of courtyard, surrounded by the main buildings in traditional style. the traditional bhutanese clothes make everyone look graceful and well dressed.

we also got to see an archery competition! this was great fun, watching 2 teams trying to hit the mark, and when an archer hit bulls-eye, his team-mates did this little song and jig. the crowd was totally engrossed. i was quite impressed with the bows, they looked so sophisticated.

the evening we spent exploring the market! i couldn’t resist taking a photo of these 2 dogs, so happily asleep. such places as always make one wonder about the dogged corporate life, the time spent on needless chasing of deadlines, while there’s so much beauty out there to see; so this was no exception.

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