Bhutan photos – fully Flickred (finally!)

… all 779 of them taken on Wild Frontiers‘ Bhutan: Land of the Thunder Dragon – Spring Festival Tour in March 2008.

You’ll find them in my Bhutan – Land of the Thunder Dragon set on Flickr.

Zshana Ng Cham: Dance of the Black Hats with Drums, Paro Tsechu

Here’s what we did, day by day:

Saturday 15 March 2008
UK – Delhi

Sunday 16 March 2008 (Photos)
Delhi – Bagdogra – Jaigaon (Hotel Anand)

Monday 17 March 2008 (Photos)
Jaigaon/Phuentsholing – Paro (Hotel Paro)

Tuesday 18 March 2008 (Photos)
Paro Festival (Hotel Paro)

Wednesday 19 March 2008 (Photos)
Taktshang (Tiger’s Nest) trek – Thimphu (Pedling Hotel)

Thursday 20 March 2008 (Photos)
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 (Photos)
Thimphu – Huntsho Community Primary School – Dochu La Pass (3116m) – Lobesa – Wangdue Phodrang dzong and town (Dragon’s Nest Resort)

Saturday 22 March 2008 (Photos)
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 (Photos)
Wangdue Phodrang bazaar – Pele La pass (3420m) – Chendebji chorten – Trongsa dzong – Zungney village textile shops – Bumthang valley – Jakar (Lodge Rinchenling)

Monday 24 March 2008 (Photos)
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 (Photos)
Jakar – Shertang La pass (3590m) – Ura village – Thrumshing La pass (3750m) – Langur monkeys – Mongar (Wangchuk hotel)

Wednesday 26 March 2008 (Photos)
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 (Photos)
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 (Photos)
Rangjung – Trashigang – National Handloom Development Project, Khaling – Samdrup Jongkhar – Guwahati (Dynasty Hotel)

Saturday 29 March 2008 (Photos)
Guwahati – Kolkata: Victoria Memorial / St Paul’s Cathedral / market – Kolkata (Tollygunge Club)

Sunday 30 March 2008
Kolkata – UK

Other photos from the trip
David’s photos on Webshots
Maggie’s photos on Flickr
Hazel’s photos on Flickr

Next on the photo list: dad’s 70th birthday dinner in Broadway (only four months after the event…)

Previously…
The mammoth Bhutan-photo-a-thon begins
Back from Bhutan
Uh oh, here we go again….
Bhutan – preparation and packing
Land of the Thunder Dragon Spring Festival Tour: booked!

Land of the Thunder Dragon Spring Festival Tour: booked!

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:

Information

Language

  • Dzongkha (official language of Bhutan)
  • Sharchopkha (major regional language spoken in eastern Bhutan)
  • Bumthangkha (regional language of Bumthang area)

Weather

Average temperatures
Source: http://www.bootan.com/bhutan/weather.shtml

January to June (High/Low °C)
  JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN
Paro 9.4/-5.8 13.4/1.5 14.5/0.6 17.6/4.6 23.5/10.6 25.4/13.1
Thimphu 12.3/-2.6 14.4/0.6 16.4/3.9 20.0/7.1 22.5/13.1 24.4/15.2
Punakha 16.1/4.2 19.6/5.3 21.2/9.2 24.4/11.9 27.2/14.8 31.2/19.5
Wangdue 17.0/4.3 19.0/7.8 22.8/10.4 26.2/12.9 29.1/17.7 29.2/20.1
Trongsa 13.0/-0.2 13.9/0.4 16.7/4.4 20.1/6.6 21.0/11.6 22.2/13.6
Bumthang 10.8/-5.1 10.0/-1.4 16.2/3.5 18.7/3.9 21.3/9.5 22.5/13.5
Mongar 15.5/8.2 15.9/8.3 20.0/11.6 22.8/14.0 25.1/17.4 26.1/19.5
Trashigang 20.4/10.5 21.7/11.5 24.8/14.4 28.3/17.0 30.0/20.6 30.7/22.6
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July to December (High/Low °C)
  JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Paro 26.8/14.9 25.3/14.7 23.4/11.7 18.7/7.4 13.9/1.4 11.2/-1.7
Thimphu 18.9/13.4 25.0/15.8 23.1/15.0 21.9/10.4 17.9/5.0 14.5/-1.1
Punakha 32.0/21.6 31.4/19.8 29.9/20.0 27.8/18.9 22.3/13.0 15.0/7.9
Wangdue 18.4/16.2 29.1/20.0 27.5/19.1 26.1/14.7 22.6/9.6 19.1/6.3
Trongsa 25.3/15.3 23.8/15.0 22.6/14.2 21.8/11.7 19.8/6.4 18.2/2.5
Bumthang 14.1/10.9 23.0/13.7 21.6/12.1 19.5/5.9 16.1/-0.5 12.3/-2.3
Mongar 16.1/15.8 25.4/19.6 24.7/19.4 22.7/15.8 19.9/11.2 15.7/9.5
Trashigang 31.5/23.1 30.2/22.7 30.0/23.9 29.1/17.7 26.1/13.6 23.0/11.6

Forecasts