Saturday, December 24, 2011

Bhutan: The Himalayan Kingdom part4

Near the entrance.

Now a police station, local administration and working monastery are located on its territory. The stairs leading up are very steep.

Instead of the Gross Domestic Product the main characteristic of the economy of the country is the Gross National Happiness. This conception was invented by the king when he was 53. Now he is retired and it's his 29-year-old son who rules the country.
4 main principles of the Bhutan's politics.
1. Equal opportunities for every Bhutanese. 2. Just government. 3. National culture preservation. 4. Nature preservation.

Photography is forbidden inside the temple.

The general view of the dzong.

Bowmen competing near the dzong.

The distance to the target is 150 m. They compete during the whole day with short dinner breaks. 

Those who have already finished the competition, communicate with their families and friends.

Some Bhutanese children.

The road to one of the Bhutan's convents.

36 km to the pass.

A herd of yaks. They are aslo called grunting bulls because they always grunt when being discontent. 

View on the convent.

It is dotted with flags.

There are 2 types of flags in Bhutan: ritual and for good luck. The ritual ones are white.

During the next 21 days after the death of a man, his relatives must put 108 white flags and say a prayer of 6 words.

The place for flags is chosen by family. One usually tries to put them as high as possible - on the slopes of the mountains for example. Because such places often have a wonderful view on a valley or a river. 

And this type of flags is colorful.

They are put after some happy events happen - building a house, marriage or baby birth.

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