When I first arrived in Bhutan to work for the Centre for Bhutanese Studies (CBS), they couldn’t find me any accommodation. In the meantime, they suggested the Thimphu Hotel, a cheap, loud and cheerful place that looked down on the only traffic island in the entire kingdom, from where I could see the dancing traffic cop in his painted box being completely ignored by everyone.
It has not been long since we decided to come in terms with our age and agreed to do short hikes on a Sunday. In May 2018, after executing several hikes in and around Thimphu, my friends and I, we set out to execute the two day hike to Bumdra in Paro, Bhutan. Here are some pictures I took from the trek.
His Majesty the King of Bhutan trekked across Lunana from the 1st to 11th of July 2018, visiting villages and meeting with the people of the most inaccessible parts of the country. All photographs in this album are by His Majesty and was shared by His Majesty's Facebook Page on the 16th July 2018.
People in rural villages are incredibly kind and hospitable towards visitors. You will not only get to interact with locals and listen to their stories but also indulge in their customs, food, games and farming activities. If you are feeling adventurous, spend a night with a rural family.
Farmers in the Eastern and Western parts of Bhutan feed marijuana to the pigs. It is claimed that farmers feed pigs marijuana as fodder because of local preference for pork that is fatty. Marijuana inebriated pigs tend to sleep more and grow fatter faster.
Sprinting the Snowman trek in Bhutan the toughest trail in the world at a record-breaking time of 15 days and nine-hours that typically takes 25 to 30 days, a team of four ultra-marathoners sets a record.
Three of the treks were characterised by driving rain, calf-deep mud, thigh-deep water, swept-away bridges, and overgrown trails, crawling up slippery slopes on hands and knees and lots of bloodsucking leeches.
Attending my hometown festival for the first time I was exploring the stalls for hoentay, tongba and rainbow trout delicacies, and there was no way a piece of rope woven from yak hair could draw my attention.