When we arrived in Bhutan, Chhimi, our guide and Kinley, our driver were waiting for us. We got to see an archery match on the way to our hotel. Archery is the national sport of Bhutan.
There was a lot of preparation going on because the royal wedding was only a few weeks away. The king is going to marry a commoner which is a big deal. Everyone loves the king and his soon to be bride and is very excited about the wedding. After a nice first night in Paro it was on to the Haa Valley.
During or time in Haa the king was also spending some time there because a couple weeks ago an earthquake struck Bhutan and did some damage. While we were in Haa we went on some great hikes. One of my favorites was to a monastery on the top of a mountain. When we reached the top we shared lunch with some friendly dogs.
Our next stop was Thimphu. The first night there we had delicious
mushroom pizza. When we woke up the next day we went to see one of the
world’s largest Buddhas. It is taller than a 15 story building.
went to their zoo to see a takin which is an animal that is
half goat and half cow.
While we were at the zoo we also got to see a
barking deer, a samba deer, and a baby mountain goat. Our last stop that
day was the school of art. It was awesome because they were working on
things for the royal wedding. One of my favorites was a horse sculpture
with intricate carvings.
I am excited to see more of Bhutan!