Bhutan! It is often referred to as a magical Kingdom. Here are two examples of what just happens there.
Before the first trip began, Phil and I were meeting with Yougs, our good friend and outfitter in Bhutan, for lunch in our hotel restaurant. Suddenly he is bolt upright -on his feet like a soldier, then does a deep bow. We rise and turn to see a top Minister walking briskly toward him, greeting Yougs with kind words and questions as he takes his hand. We bumble into a bow, and he shakes our hands and welcomes us to the country. He then strides past, teenage kids in tow, and sits to eat at the next table. Bhutan Day One: Lunch with the Minister.
And here is a story that the first group recounted when we met them at the airport. Upon arriving in country, the Druk Air flight from Bangkok taxied to the area to deplane. There was a short delay as all were held onboard. From the window the group could see the red carpet being rolled out. And then, from business class, the Queen Mother and her entourage deplaned to the adoring smiles and bows of her loving citizens! Bhutan Arrival: Flight with the Queen Mother.
Due to the size and small population of Bhutan, it seems we are always “happening upon” some spontaneous event or innocent interaction that give us uncensored insight into the culture. However, the country is changing. We encourage you to join us -sooner than later, to experience the genuine sincerity and heartfelt encounters that occur frequently in the Land of the Thunder Dragon. We’ve got some great programs in mind for 2013. Check back here and on our website for updates.
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Here we are at the put-in on the Class III Wang Chu.
Just after touchdown. Can you tell we are happy to be back in Bhutan.
Terry and prayer flags on the Pa Chu.
Pre-paddling hike through rice fields on our way to the Temple the Queen Mother had built for her son the 5th King. Punakha Valley.
Nima’s truck bound for the put in on the Wang Chu.
Terry tries a heart rock on for size.
Leslie passes under the “Iron Monk” bridge on the Pa Chu.
Keith exiting the Class IV rapid on the Mo Chu.
Janet sharing with school girls walking home on the Nature Trail. Phobjika, Valley of the rare Black Necked Crane..
Griffon ready for action on the Chumkar Chu.
Prayer flags, rice fields and Chir pine..
Heather outfitting the only C-1 in the country. The kids seem to know this boat is very different!
Our cultural guide Karma teaches us about Buddism. Punakha Dzong.
Phil shows these kids their photo. The boy on the left is a Tulku, a reincarnate Lama, still living with his family in the Phobjika Valley.
Bhutan style heating. How’s this for a hot slate roof! Drying chilis.
Bark all night, sleep all day. WAKE UP!!!!!!
Brett puts the hammer down on the Pa Chu.
There is a dress code to be able to enter to the Dzongs. Here are the girls, “temple worthy”.
Moms the world round. April bonds with a mother and daughter.
Detail behind prayer wheel.
We work with an amazing and hard working crew. Karma in his gho is our main man and cultural guide. Expert kayak guide Kali comes to work with us from Nepal. Nima gets our boats to and from the rivers. San-ta our singing bus driver, literally holds our lives in his hands. Bhutan’s best kayak guide, Thinley, has worked with us more than anyone! Mary brings her joy, and Phil, who orchestrates everything! Thanks guys for al l your hard work!
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