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These Photos Will Inspire You to Visit Bhutan

The tiny yet mystical Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan isn’t a popular destination in the west but should be. Tucked away between India and China, Bhutan is fondly called the “Switzerland of Asia” in the sub-continent. The picturesque country is known for breathtaking landscapes, unique architecture, legendary ancient temples, and fortresses. The people here have a strong faith in Tibetan Buddhism and lead a simple, happy, and peaceful life. 

Located on the eastern edge of the Himalayas, Bhutan is at a high altitude and the sceneries you will encounter here are full of mystique and wonder. It’s one of the best places to visit if you're looking for an unperturbed and rejuvenating vacation.

Photographer Yuichi Yokota has captured the various facets of Bhutan during his visit there a few years back. Scroll on and explore the magic of this unique destination. After seeing the pictures below you will surely be inspired to visit the beautiful country.

Related: Take a Stunning HD Tour of the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan

1. Paro Taktsang Monastery is a sacred Himalayan Buddhist site located 3,120 meters (1,0236 ft) above sea level on the cliffside of the upper Paro valley in Bhutan.

Beauty of Bhutan, Paro Taktsang Monastery
Image source: Yuichi Yokota

2. The cloud formation in Bhutan is often so fascinating

Beauty of Bhutan, cloud formation
Image source: Yuichi Yokota

3. The Pobjica valley in Wangdue Phodrang Province is over 2,900 meters (9,514 ft) above sea level. It is one of the largest natural wetlands in the country.

Beauty of Bhutan, The Pobjica valley
Image source: Yuichi Yokota

4. A lot of rice is grown in terraced rice fields in the mountains in the country

Beauty of Bhutan,  terraced rice fields
Image source: Yuichi Yokota

5. Tashichhoed-Dzong is a Buddhist monastery and fortress on the northern edge of the city of Thimphu 

Beauty of Bhutan,Tashichhoed-Dzong
Image source: Yuichi Yokota

6. Daily life of a monk

Beauty of Bhutan, monk
Image source: Yuichi Yokota

7. Dzongs are the most recognizable element of Bhutanese architecture. They are usually held together without nails and are built to house monasteries and royal administrative offices

Beauty of Bhutan, Dzongs
Image source: Yuichi Yokota

8. Tibetan Buddhist monks clad in red robes can be seen everywhere in Bhutan

Beauty of Bhutan, Buddhist monks
Image source: Yuichi Yokota

9. Bhutanese ceremonial masks

Beauty of Bhutan, Bhutanese ceremonial masks
Image source: Yuichi Yokota

10.  The Whooping Crane is revered as the "Bird of Heaven” in Bhutan and is culturally and historically important

Beauty of Bhutan, Whooping Crane
Image source: Yuichi Yokota

11. The Pobjica Valley is a place where grazing cows and horses live a carefree life

Beauty of Bhutan,  Pobjica Valley
Image source: Yuichi Yokota

12. Bhutanese consider it a good omen to see langurs

Beauty of Bhutan, langurs
Image source: Yuichi Yokota

13. Bhutanese women weave beautiful handloom textiles with intricate patterns. Weaving is prevalent throughout the kingdom and the technique has been handed down from generation to generation 

Beauty of Bhutan, Weaving
Image source: Yuichi Yokota

14. The land of happiness

Beauty of Bhutan,
Image source: Yuichi Yokota

15. The National Memorial Chorten is a stupa in Thimpu. For many Bhutanese, it is the focus of daily worship. 

Beauty of Bhutan, National Memorial Chorten
Image source: Yuichi Yokota
Check out more works of the photographer on his Instagram page. 
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