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Enchanting Bhutan

Bhutan through the lens

 

Tashichhodzong

Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal acquired Tashichho Dzong fortress of the auspicious religion in 1641. The Dzong was destroyed by fire in 1771 and earthquake in 1897. In 1952 King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck renovated the Dzong in traditional style using neither nails nor written plans.

The Dzong is located on the banks of Wangchu River and it houses the throne room, offices of the King of Bhutan and religious head of Bhutan, Je Khenpo.

Memorial chorten

Memorial chorten, popularly known as Thimphu Chorten is a prominent landmark in Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan. The chorten was built in 1974 to honor the third king of Bhutan.

The chorten is an extraordinary example of Buddhist architecture and artwork with its intricate sculptures and paintings. The visitors see that the elderly circumambulation the chorten throughout the day to reach one step closer to enlightenment.

Sitting Buddha

People do not believe that it is the largest sitting Buddha but they believe that it is the most handsome Buddha. Buddha Dordenma is sited amidst the ruins of Kuensel Phodrang, the palace of Sherab Wangchuk, the thirteenth Druk Desi, overlooking the southern approach to Thimphu.

The statue of Shakyamuni/Dordenma measures in at a height of 51.5 meters. The statue is made of bronze and is gilded in gold.

The statue fulfills an ancient prophecy dating back to the 8th century AD that was discovered by Terton Pema Lingpa (Religious Treasure Discoverer) and is said to emanate an aura of peace and happiness to the entire world.

Gross National Happiness

According to some Bhutanese GNH is every country man being contented with what they do, are and without desire for material wealth. It is the mental happiness derived from whatever one has as Bhutan being a regional country, every one believes that nothing but only inner happiness helps in attains nirvana.

One industry which has helped in both GNH and GDP of the country is hospitality and tourism. As Bhutan is one of those country which has its own and unique nature, culture and tradition which gives a lot of inner peace and happiness of the nature beauty and history told in the form of the dances and tails hold in a very unique manner.

Some of the foreigner that has come and visited Bhutan has nothing to say but only a smile on their face says it all. GNH as the measurement of the country’s development, it’s very difficult to say whether the country has been successes in it.

Gho -Bhutan National dress for men

A male model walks down the ramp wearing a beautiful Gho. The Gho is a long robe, which stretches on to the knee and it will be tightly held around the waist.

Kira- Bhutan National Dress for Women

A gorgeous model in a gorgeous hand woven Kira. A kira is the traditional attire of Bhutanese women. It is an ankle length skirt and is typically worn with Wanju and cover it a jacket known as a Tego.