Results tagged “Bhutan” from The travels of Mary Loosemore
... all 779 of them taken on Wild Frontiers' Bhutan: Land of the Thunder Dragon - Spring Festival Tour in March 2008.
Photos day by day
Saturday 15 March 2008: UK - Delhi
Sunday 16 March 2008: Delhi - Bagdogra - Jaigaon (Hotel Anand)
Monday 17 March 2008: Jaigaon/Phuentsholing - Paro (Hotel Paro)
Tuesday 18 March 2008: Paro Festival (Hotel Paro)
Wednesday 19 March 2008: Taktshang (Tiger's Nest) trek - Thimphu (Pedling Hotel)
Thursday 20 March 2008: Thimphu: Folk Heritage Museum - National Institute for Zorig Chusum - National Textile Museum - 2008 Smithsonian Folklife Festival rehearsal - Motithang Takin Preserve - Post Office and Bank of Bhutan - shopping (Pedling Hotel)
Friday 21 March 2008: Thimphu - Huntsho Community Primary School - Dochu La Pass (3116m) - Lobesa - Wangdue Phodrang dzong and town (Dragon's Nest Resort)
Saturday 22 March 2008: Wangdue Phodrang - Khuruthang Goemba - Khamsum Yuly/Yuelley Namgyal Chorten and Mo Chhu river valley walk - Punakha dzong - Lobesa farmhouse and family - Wangdue Phodrang (Dragon's Nest Resort)
Sunday 23 March 2008: Wangdue Phodrang bazaar - Pele La pass (3420m) - Chendebji chorten - Trongsa dzong - Zungney village textile shops - Bumthang valley - Jakar (Lodge Rinchenling)
Monday 24 March 2008: Jakar - Chokhor valley walk (Jampey Lhakhang - Kurjey Lhakhang - Polling station - Tamshing Goemba) - Wangdichholing dzong - Yoser Lham shop (aka the Swiss farm shop) - Jakar town - Hot stone bath - Jakar (Lodge Rinchenling)
Tuesday 25 March 2008: Jakar - Shertang La pass (3590m) - Ura village - Thrumshing La pass (3750m) - Langur monkeys - Mongar (Wangchuk hotel)
Wednesday 26 March 2008: Mongar - Kori La pass (2400m) - Yadi - lemongrass distillation "plant" - Trashigang town and dzong - Rangjung town and Monpa or Brokpa ladies, local weaving - Bonfire and Quiz - Rangjung (Rangjung monastery guesthouse)
Thursday 27 March 2008: Rangjung - Thakcho Kunzang Choeden Anim nunnery - Radi valley walk (Khardung - fern-headed man - Khuru contest - weaving - farmhouse lunch) - Rangjung (Rangjung monastery guesthouse)
Friday 28 March 2008: Rangjung - Trashigang - National Handloom Development Project, Khaling - Samdrup Jongkhar - Guwahati (Dynasty Hotel)
Saturday 29 March 2008: Guwahati - Kolkata: Victoria Memorial / St Paul's Cathedral / market - Kolkata (Tollygunge Club)
Sunday 30 March: Kolkata - UK
Next on the photo list: dad's 70th birthday dinner in Broadway (only four months after the event...)
Having spent last Saturday and yesterday shrinking and rotating my only-just-less-than 1000 photos taken on the Land of the Thunder Dragon trip, I'm now starting to work my way through them, adding highlights to my Land of the Thunder Dragon set on Flickr.
I may be some time.
What you see so far is days 1, 2 and 3..... most of which were spent getting to Bhutan. Day 4 we spent at the Paro festival where I took a bazillion photos of whirling dancers and Bhutanese dressed in their best togs .... and day 5 featured the fantastic Tiger's Nest monastery trek and is almost as bad in terms of the number of photos I took.
Maybe it wasn't such a good idea for Phil to buy me another 2GB memory card in anticipation of my Central Asia trip this autumn ....
It may be tricky adding my photos to the Flickr Map mind you:
Paro is somewhere around here - to the West of Thimpu and North East of Haa:
(06 July 2008: photos fully Flickred: Bhutan - Land of the Thunder Dragon)
Tired, but a great trip - although I wouldn't rate it as highly as the Hindu Kush Adventure or Iran trips - Bhutan doesn't quite have the same edge. Plus there was a lot of driving in India at the end, and the Tolly Gunge Club didn't really provide the 'high note' finale. It felt altogether too worldly and self important after a fortnight up in the mountains and high pastures.
Days 4 and 5 were the highlights for me, featuring the Paro festival and the hike up to the Tiger's Nest. We were there during the country's first democratic elections, which was fascinating, and I returned with a commemorative calendar, prepared in advance of the Fifth King's coronation (due to happen this year - no one knows when!) and lots of woven baskets. Oh, and a taste for cheese and chilli dishes, plus a developing daily G+T habit.....!
Returning home to BJH via the 'new' St Pancras International has added somewhat to the out of body experience resulting from our 90 minute nap prior to driving across Kolkata to check in (early) for our 4.45am flight, which kept ahead of the dawn all the way back west to London Heathrow. I was a bit of disgruntled 'customer' even before we got to the airport. Still, the glamour of St Pancras and a mezze lunch Au Pain Quotidien with Phil, Paul and Jahraj sorted me out!
Work tomorrow. I'm taking my Kings of Bhutan commemorative calendar in for moral support.
(06 July 2008: photos fully Flickred: Bhutan - Land of the Thunder Dragon)
... my track record of unwittingly foreshadowing unrest and/or international incidents on my travels seems to be continuing unblemished...... and I thought Bhutan was meant to be a peaceful place!
March 2008 - Bhutan: "2008 January and February - A string of bomb blasts hits the country ahead of elections set for March 24. The attacks are blamed on groups fighting for the rights of ethnic Nepalis exiled in 1991." (BBC Country Profile - Timeline: Bhutan) 'Maoists killed' by Bhutan police (BBC news)
April/May 2007 - Iran: "2007 March - Diplomatic stand-off with Britain after Iran detains 15 British sailors and marines patrolling the mouth of the Shatt al-Arab waterway separating Iran and Iraq. 2007 April - President Ahmadinejad says Iran can produce nuclear fuel on an industrial scale." (BBC Country Profile - Timeline: Iran)
October 2006 - Pakistan: "Raid on an Islamic seminary in the tribal area of Bajaur bordering Afghanistan kills up to 80 people, sparking anti-government protests. The army says the madrassa was a training camp for militants." (BBC Country Profile - Timeline: Pakistan)
January/February 2005 - Nepal: "King Gyanendra dismisses Prime Minister Deuba and his government, declares a state of emergency and assumes direct power, citing the need to defeat Maoist rebels." (BBC Country Profile - Timeline: Nepal)
Maybe I should add flak jacket to my birthday list......
OK OK, so it's a week premature, but for me part of the enjoyment of a trip is in the preparation, the anticipation and the packing! The rucksack is down from the top of the wardrobe and the things to take are piling up on the spare bed.... so I thought I'd share my preparation and packing list:
(+ photocopies to passport identity page, Indian visa page and tickets)
India visa: multi entry tourist visa - in advance [done - thanks Hazel!]
Bhutan visa: 2 passport size photos and $20 cash (visa issued at the border)
International Certificate of Vaccination
Typhoid, Tetanus, Polio and Hepatitis A [tick]
Personal first aid kit:
Immodium / rehydration sachets
vitamin B tablets
cash: mixture of pounds sterling and US dollars
plastic carrier bags
travel kitty wallet
novel - flight out
novel - flight back
novel - spare (x2?)
3 pairs of trousers
2 light cotton shirts
1 long sleeved T-shirt
1 long sleeved cotton top
1 light woollen jumper
1 hooded cardigan
underwear (16 days)
sunscreen & lipsalve & aftersun/moisturiser
1 warm jacket
1 pair of trekking boots
1 pair flip flops
silk sheet sleeping bag
toothbrush & toothpaste
shampoo & conditioner & intensive conditioner
hair brush and comb
hair bands and hair clip
small packs of tissues and wet wipes
washing up gloves
universal sink plug
Swiss Army knife
watch with alarm
photos of home
notebook and pen(s)
camera, cables, battery recharger unit
Feeling in need of a travel-related highlight for the near horizon, I spotted Wild Frontiers' Easter trip to Bhutan.
Hazel proved keen too, and after a recce of the alternatives at the Adventure Travel show, we've booked on the Land of the Thunder Dragon Spring Festival Tour, which is timed to include the Paro Teschu.
Very excited now it's definite!
Destination: Bhutan (and India)
Why: Holiday with Hazel, timed to catch the Paro festival
When: March 2008
How: Land of the Thunder Dragon Spring Festival Tour, with Wild Frontiers:
- Day 1: Depart UK
- Day 2: arr Indira Gandhi International Airport Delhi, onward flight to Baghdogra/Guwahati (dep from IGIA Terminal 1b). Onward travel to India/Bhutan land border crossing at Phuntsholing
- Day 3: Phuntsholing - Paro
- Day 4: Paro Festival
- Day 5: Paro Festival - Thimpu
- Day 6: Thimpu: Dechen Prodrung
- Day 7: Thimpu - Wangdue: Huntsho Community Primary School
- Day 8: Wangdue - Punakha - Wangdue
- Day 9: Wangdue - Trongsa - Bumthang
- Day 10: Bumthang
- Day 11: Bumthang - Mongar
- Day 12: Mongar - Trashigang
- Day 13: Trashigang
- Day 14: Trashigang - Guwahati
- Day 15: Guwahati - Calcutta / Kolkata
- Day 16: Calcutta/Kolkata - UK
- Wikipedia: Bhutan
- Wikitravel: Bhutan
- FCO travel advice: Bhutan
- BBC country profile: Bhutan
- Lonely Planet: Bhutan
- Local English language newspaper: Kuensel
- Other websites:
- Dzongkha (official language of Bhutan)
- Sharchopkha (major regional language spoken in eastern Bhutan)
- Bumthangkha (regional language of Bumthang area)
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