We were going to be in the kingdom of Bhutan for only six days and we wanted to experience and see as much as we can. From Paro, we drove to the capital of Bhutan which is Thimpu. This place only opened its doors to visitors 30 years ago so the place is virtually untouched by the west. In fact, it is so pristine that it has a negative carbon foot print measurement! How fantastic is that?
First order of the day!
This is traditional Bhutanese food.
It looks like Filipino food, no? It's kind of bland and spicier, though.
First on the agenda was lunch! I, for one, am the type of traveller who is very adventurous with food. I am willing to try anything so you can imagine how excited I was to try Bhutanese cuisine. The verdict? It’s quite challenging and it's an acquired taste. The flavor is quite bland and spicy so I suggest that you load up on fruits and vegetables. One of the highlights for me though was the chili cheese which is quite addicting and very good. As for the rest of the food, I would suggest you order small portions first and see how you like it along the way.
This is the capital of Bhutan called Thimpu.
The men wear their Gho on a daily basis.
The deep red color of the Monk’s garb is so inspiring.
What they lack in the cuisine department was overshadowed by the beauty and richness of the place. Everywhere you look at is so photogenic and beautiful. Right after lunch, we had time to walk around Thimpu and get a chance to see how life was like. I was really impressed with the fact that almost 85% of the people were in traditional garb and I told my guide that I wanted one for myself!
Colors and textures abound.
Everywhere I look is so photogenic. This is their local sari-sari store.
Striking a pose!
The Back of the Gho!
Peeked into the local barber shop.
The homes are decorated with these! LOL. Will tell you more about it in my next few entries.
I immediately popped in a fabric store and was so enthralled by their fabric and weaves. The patterns were kind of similar to our northern weaves but the Bhutanese fabrics were more colorful and more intricate. Developing weaves and embroidery was really quite inspiring. Sadly, they were also staggeringly expensive and each piece that I wanted to purchase was on average around 6,000 US$! I decided to take photos of them instead. LOL! We also visited a beautiful paper factory which was unbelievably photogenic!
In my element!
These are traditional sashes.
My friend Tina Bonoan having a blast!
So much beautiful textiles.
Bumped into a family coming home from school. Education is free in Bhutan and everyone speaks English.
The Thimpu sky
It was a bit cloudy that day but the sky was still vibrant.
At the most photogenic paper factory ever!
The view from inside.
My favorite person in the world! So happy that I get to see the planet with this lovely lady.
See how vibrant the colors are?
See the bee?
We then visited an artist in action.
Patiently painting these intricate paintings.
We got to see a "takin," which is Bhutan’s national animal. It's basically like a combination of a cow and a goat! It truly was quite unusual and interesting. We also got to have our faces placed on a national stamp which was fun. The highlight for me was visiting the Tashcichho Dzong where the King holds office. It is also a historical fortress. The fortress is taken cared of by monks and it was quite lovely to see Bhutanese architecture. We ended the day having dinner at our hotel. Thank goodness they had decent pizza and pasta. LOL!
Then we got to say hi to this creature called the takin!
This is Bhutan’s national animal.
He is like a goat and a cow combined.
Malu and the prayer flags.
I came here for this.
Meet the BHUTANgeras! LOL.
Really happy to be here.
Below us was our next destination.
This is an ancient fortress or a DZONG. It is also where the King holds office.
It was so majestic.
Saw the changing of the guards.
That incredible sky!
Cannot wait to go in! We can only go inside after 5:30pm.
There's something about the light here that makes the color pop!
My favourite travel partner of all time!
Tina! Wake up!
The beauty of a single rose.
Among the prayer wheels
At the steps! Malu looks so long.
Happy that Mani, our guide, was there to take our photos.
Great colour compositions.
Last monk of the day.
We are going to get licked! LOL! This is a great souvenir.
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