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Life in Bumthang Valley

Life in Bumthang Valley

Walking through the Bumthang valley and see Bhutanese still only lightly touched by western influence.

Though more common sights are monks with mobiles, Dzongs and Stupas, the devotion of some who walk around  a temple all day can not stop the local youth hanging about on street corners and garish signs adorning shops.

 

YouthsSignsOld trails are marked by prayer walls, used as way marking for ancient routes, many now trekking trails,  and have to be passed on the right, clockwise. Hence driving on the left?

PrayerWall

 

Though legs are often a more practical form of transport

Packponythan wheels.

Truck

Hydro-power came early to Bhutan, to power prayer wheels which chime played like hand bells. Power which is now being harnessed to make Bhutan self-sufficient in clean energy and hydro stations increasing with demand.

PrayerWheel

Bhutan may have missed a medal at the Olympics, due to lack of the latest bows,

ARchery

but the ones here are pretty high tech and the passion for the sport is clear when each point is celebrated by a victory dance.

Dance

Children hone their skills with these giant darts and begin archery with bamboo bows.

ChildrenDarts

Dart

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bamboo is prolific in many areas and as well as feeding yak and red panda becomes scaffolding in construction.

Village houses keep to traditional design with open space under the roof originally being used to dry hay and store animal feed. Chillies adorn roofs as they dry, along with satellite dishes

roof

with buckwheat seed and buckwheat pasta dried on the floors.

DryingBuckwheat

Fertility of the valley means a diversity of crops. Potatoes being sorted in huts.

SortingPotatoes

Turnips growing and picking.

TurnipPickiing

Buckwheat, used for pancakes and porridge.

buckwheat

With the ploughing still done by oxen

oxen

For how much longer?

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