Snow falling in Paro, which was unexpected since I’d had short sleeves on moments before.

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Prayer flags of every kind can be found everywhere in Bhutan. Bumthang.

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The Taktsang Palphug Monastery (also known as Tiger’s Nest) is said to be the holiest side in Bhutan, where Guru Rinpoche materialized 1,300 years ago on the back of a flying tigress, meditated for three years, then converted the Bhutanese to Buddhism. It is located in the cliffs 3000 feet above the Paro Valley, and 10,000 feet above sea level. It’s only accessible via mountainous paths, but is well worth the climb for the gorgeous views along the way, and once you arrive.

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In Thimphu, the capital.

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Tashichho Dzong, or Thimphu Dzong, in Thimphu, houses the Bhutanese government, secretariat, throne room, and offices of King of Bhutan. The northern portion is the summer residence of the Je Khenpo and the Central Monastic Body.

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The Chendobi Chorten (a stone Buddhist monument often containing relics) sits by the side of the road, a few miles from the small village of Chendebji at around 8000 feet above sea level. Modeled after Swayambhunath in Kathmandu, it was built by a Tibetan lama in the 19th century to cover the remains of an evil spirit who was killed on the spot.

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High a top the Dochula Pass (approximately 13,355 feet above sea level), on the road from Punakha to Thimphu, with a spectacular view of the Himalayas, are 108 chortens (stupas), known as the Druk Wangyal Chortens, built in memory of Bhutanese soldiers killed during the 2003 war against Indian insurgents.

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Chimi Lhakhang is a small monastery built on a hill about a 25 minute walk from a road near Sopsokha. It was built in 1499 in honor of Lama Drukpa Kunley, or the “Divine Madman,” who was known for his unorthodox ways of teaching Buddhism, his liberal use of phallus symbols, his outrageous behavior, and for having subdued demons.

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The Taktsang Palphug Monastery (or Tiger’s Nest) is said to be the holiest side in Bhutan, where Guru Rinpoche materialized 1,300 years ago on the back of a flying tigress, meditated for three years, then converted the Bhutanese to Buddhism. Located in the cliffs 3000 feet above the Paro Valley, and 10,000 feet above sea level, you access it via mountainous paths with gorgeous views.

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