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.
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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.
2. The cloud formation in Bhutan is often so fascinating
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.
4. A lot of rice is grown in terraced rice fields in the mountains in the country
5. Tashichhoed-Dzong is a Buddhist monastery and fortress on the northern edge of the city of Thimphu
6. Daily life of a monk
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
8. Tibetan Buddhist monks clad in red robes can be seen everywhere in Bhutan
9. Bhutanese ceremonial masks
10. The Whooping Crane is revered as the "Bird of Heaven” in Bhutan and is culturally and historically important
11. The Pobjica Valley is a place where grazing cows and horses live a carefree life
12. Bhutanese consider it a good omen to see langurs
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
14. The land of happiness
15. The National Memorial Chorten is a stupa in Thimpu. For many Bhutanese, it is the focus of daily worship.
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