Bumthang

When a flight attendant on Bhutan Air told me that Bumthang looks like Switzerland, I had my doubt. But he was right. This central heartland of Bhutan is filled with green meadows, blooming orchards, grazing cattle, pine forests, and traditional Bhutanese houses that look deceivingly similar to Swiss chalets. They even have a factory producing Swiss cheese here. But what I remember most about Bumthang is the local nightlife 🙂 Their tiny village bars have all elements you’d expect from big clubs – alcohol, disco lights, young female dancers, dashing guys showing off their moves – but it’s nothing like you’ve seen before in your life 🙂

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Yotongla Pass – on the way to Bumthang

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The area is much greener than Western Bhutan

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The local market
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Newly ploughed fields

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Prayer flags

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Our guide, driver, and the four of us – all in Bhutanese traditional costumes.

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My friends in kira

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We saw a beautiful orchard and asked our guide to take us in

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Here’s the orchard’s owner, who kindly let us in without any question

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Tamshing Lhakhang

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We saw some elderly people visiting the temple in the morning.

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Kurje Lhakhang

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A local monastery

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Our driver

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The Swiss cheese factory

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Membar Tso – The burning lake

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The burning lake

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Jakar town

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Dried yak cheese

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Beautiful door handle and lock

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Many houses are decorated with the phallus image which is a symbol of fertility in Bhutan

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We met some school kids while walking back to our hotel

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