I am leaving for Pune today (the train is at 4pm) so I will just post some photos....
The Dzong and the National Museum (damaged in the earthquake, so no longer open to tourists) at Paro:
The stream flowing near it....
A huge flock of Red-billed Choughs that we saw on our way:
An unknown, beautiful blue wildflower:
The Royal Couple (they didn't come to meet me, alas)
Geetanjali working on our special permits at the Thimphu Immigration Office:
Parimala, Savitha and I went off to explore the handicrafts stalls....here are some masks and someone is trying one on....
The phallus is a symbol of strength and prosperity, and is painted on many house walls. Women who have no children also make votive offerings of masks and realistically-painted phalluses, which are on sale:
The bamboo baskets behind this girl are for packing lunch, and Savitha and Parimala bought some...one fits tightly into the second:
Ladies are the stall owners, and ladies sell ladles:
I popped into the Textile Museum very briefly:
In Bhutan everything...water, the air, the movement of a car, a human hand, can produce a prayer. Here, a mountain stream turns a prayer wheel constantly:
When in difficulties or bad health, families consult astrologers who tell them how many (hundreds or thousands) of these Tsa-tsas or "stupa cakes" made of wood or lime, to put at what locations:
I do love "zero" signposts!
At Dochu La, dusk was falling as we explored the 108 stupas put up there:
The Stupas and the arches made great silhouettes against the darkening sky:
The pass faces a range of the snow-capped peaks of the Himalaya:
Here's a detail from one of the 108 Stupas:
I close with this view of the main Stupa at Dochu La, with all the others behind it...pink and mauve in the gathering dusk....
I am now getting JAPANESE as well as Russian spam on LJ, and I am sure there are words that asakiyume would never use in polite circles! I am rarely able to post comments, and it's only a sense of cussedness that keeps me posting here. I will be putting up more photos on Facebook...do see them!