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Gazette 125

BHUTAN October 2013

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Kurjey lhakang  Wine
Sheila & Karma at Kurjey temple / Bottle of Bhutanese red wine (the strange Takin animal is only found in the eastern Himalaya)

Sheila  Notice board
Sheila at the site of painted rock carvings of Pema Lingpa above Mebar Tsho (Burning Lake)
"It is a scared (sic) place for pilgrimage...Enjoy your visit and please be extra cautious on the trail."
The latter is extremely good advice...

Derek & Sheila  Derek & temple
Up in the hills to visit a new temple (
photograph © Karma Tenzin 2013) /
Derek at the unusual temple devoted to Guru Rinpoche's (C8/9 CE) universe
He is universally revered in Bhutan as the second Buddha

Momos  Karma, Sheila & Derek
Back at Day 3 of the festival:
Delicious fried barley momos (a speciality from the western Haa valley in Bhutan) with the inevitable chilli sauce /
We enjoy another glass or three of Bhutanese Druk 11000 beer (8%)

Masked dancers  Queue for blessing
The climax of the festival - the arrivalof the Lord of Death / Scamble to receive his blessing

Queue for blessing  Local people
For the local people, the festival is the major religious & social event of the year

Derek & Sheila
Well, we did enjoy the festival (
photograph © Karma Tenzin 2013)

Sheila with a little friend  House & car
We met this little girl at the festival & then chanced upon her when we ate that evening in her parents' restaurant in Jakar /
Karma & Sheila with our car, before setting out from the house to head back west

Jakar town  Karma & Derek
Jakar town, the capital of the central Bumthang region / En route beer stop

Arriving in Trongsa, where we spent one night

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Photographs © Derek & Sheila Henderson 2013