Twisty roads and temples galore

Wangdiphodrang Travel Blog

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buying persimmons through the van window

Traveling in Bhutan requires lots of driving.  There are no train lines, and only one airport.  The roads are in good condition, but they are wicked twisty, and often there's only room for one car at a time.  Suprisingly though there weren't any accidents that we could see.  Probably because you are required to have a driver as well as a guide on your trip (no travelers can go to Bhutan without using a tour company).

This was a day of much transit- woke up early and left Thimpu.  Drove to a very high pass in the mountains were we could see some of the highest peaks of the Himalayas.  This pass also has many little shrines, built by one of the queens (it has something to do with the sacredness of the heights). 

We visited the town of Wandiphodrang, which is in a valley.  It's so surprising that the valleys were so warm...these are the areas where the Bhutanese royal family lives during the winter.

We had some very pleasant days in the valley- the weather was so nice and I was able to wear my sandals again (Thailand has ruined me for wearing closed-toed shoes).  My favorite thing was walking through some rice fields- they are beautiful and the land has a pleasant rolling aspect to it that makes a walk most enjoyable.

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buying persimmons through the van …
buying persimmons through the van…
our crew at the pass
our crew at the pass
the shrines at the pass
the shrines at the pass
the Wandue Dzong
the Wandue Dzong
one of the many, many prayer wheel…
one of the many, many prayer whee…
a novice monk waiting for us in th…
a novice monk waiting for us in t…
a novice monk
a novice monk
one of the Thankas (aka mandalas)-…
one of the Thankas (aka mandalas)…
the warm valley
the warm valley
my rice! get away from my rice!
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"my rice! get away from my rice!"…
our very pious driver spinning pra…
our very pious driver spinning pr…
novices learning at the temple in …
novices learning at the temple in…
up to the temple
up to the temple
a rice field and the town attached…
a rice field and the town attache…
an irrigation cannal for the rice
an irrigation cannal for the rice
houses in the rice fields
houses in the rice fields
a local house
a local house
the valley
the valley
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photo by: Vanessa_Mun_Yee