Closed to the outside world until 1974, the mysterious Kingdom of Bhutan is quietly revealing itself to travelers. Discover a national park created for yetis, the iconic Tiger’s Nest Monastery, and a nation which gauges wealth by its citizens’ happiness levels, rather than GDP.
I’ve arrived to Yangon and had a chance to tour the old city on foot as well as visit all 13 rooms in the 5 floors of the National Museum. The cacophony of old and new was amazing, thee streets seemed to be an endless marketplace of diverse peoples, food, and goods. Yangon is the […]
Finished the Lanikai Pillbox Hike, also known as the Ka`iwa Ridge Trail. It is one of the Oahu hiking trails with awesome coastal views and vistas. Its an intermediate hike rising, a bit steep and eroded in places, just above beautiful Lanikai Beach.
Today, residents throughout the country celebrated the observance of the Death Anniversary of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel, the Unifier of Bhutan. All Government offices and schools in the Kingdom were closed. In Thimphu, residents visited Lhakhangs and Goendeys, including the Memorial Chorten and Changangkha Lhakhang and offer prayers and various gifts, primarily food. Zhabdrung Nawang Namgyel […]
Today, is a national public holiday in Bhutan. It is a day when Bhutanese remember and honor the birth anniversary of Druk Gyalpo Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, the Third Dragon King of Bhutan. It is also celebrated as Teachers’ Day because it is the Third Druk Gyalpo who is known as the Father of Modern Bhutan […]
I woke early before the sun rose over the Thimphu valley to hike to an area, home to the mythical creature known as the Takin or ‘Dong Gyem Tsey’. While fishing on the Haa Chhu river last weekend, I was told a legend about the origins of this mythical creature. Back in the 15th century, […]
Archery has been described as a “celebration of the Bhutanese way of life.” Although archery became Bhutan’s national sport only in 1971, love for the sport dates back more than 1500 years, when an Indian prince proved his aim, accuracy, and strength in an archery contest to win the heart of a beautiful princess. Historically, […]
Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan with a population of about 104,000 residents, is one of only two capital cities in the world without traffic lights. Ironically, the other one is the Kingdom of Tonga. A set of traffic lights, however, were in fact installed several years ago, but residents complained that it was too impersonal. […]
After a 3 hour flight, I arrived today from Thailand landing in the main airport in Paro. We arrived a bit early so we could avoid the arrival of the Bangalesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wazed who will be visiting Thimphu for the next few days. The airport is the sole international airport of the […]
The Blue Poppy, the National Flower of Bhutan, is known locally as ‘Euitgel Metog Hoem’. Its biological name was Meconopsis grandis (Papaveraceae). At one time, people considered this plant to be a myth because its existence had not been confirmed but they can be found along high mountain passes from the far eastern parts of […]