High Adventure; Journey Through The Thunder Dragon Kingdom
There's a place on earth where time stands still. A place where a reverence for nature and the Buddhist religion have preserved a kingdom that is often referred to as the world's last Shangri-la. A mythical and medieval land hidden high away in the Himalayas--an Eden called Bhutan.
In early 2004 I was hired by Yarkay Tours to photograph Bhutan, a small country just south of Tibet and north of India, to create a 60-minute documentary for Bhutanese and American television using both film and still images. Ever since I heard of this amazing country six years earlier, my passion was to explore its land and meet its people. Somehow I felt it was my destiny to go to Bhutan and now my dream was finally going to come true!
Along with a driver and guide, I spent the entire month of November traveling from the far west to the eastern regions of Bhutan capturing the day-to-day life of the Buddhist culture, the remote landscapes, imposing architecture, and powerful nature. Since I was officially considered a royal guest of the government, I was able to gain extraordinary access to numerous ancient ceremonies, secret festivals, religious events in monasteries, and the King's birthday celebration.
Traveling and trekking across Bhutan is very challenging and adventurous.
It has very winding roads with 3000-foot
drop-offs. The altitude usually ranges between 6000 and 12,000 ft in most locations.
The farther east you head, the more primitive the sleeping and eating accommodations
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