You may have heard of Bhutan being the Last Shangri-La the world will ever see, but other than that, this country has maintained much of its elusiveness being nestled within the Himalayas, preserving much of its timeless and untouched beauty.

Having set foot in this place, I left with an unexplained sense of attachment and fondness, even more now that I revisit old photo archives of my travels after all these years.

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Our journey was focused mostly within Paro and Thimpu, mainly to enjoy the simplicity of its landscape and intricate architecture of their national buildings and Dzongs that have a slight Tibetan influence to them.

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The one that’s more renowned among them would be the Punakha Dzong at Punakha District, a sight to behold from across the river.

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Being a Buddhist country, we visited many temples as we traveled through districts. My biggest highlight making that climb up to witness Paro’s Taktsang Monastery, or Tiger’s Nest as most people know it to be.

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Having been there, it wasn’t the sights and scenery that stood out, it was her people. Most of them still wear their traditional attire; it is compulsory for their men to wear them for work, especially for those who hold government positions.

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It is the look of content that was reflected amongst the people of Bhutan; that they were happy for all that they have, and also for what they didn’t.

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There is much nostalgia as I look through these photos, I hope the next time I return, there will be little change from where I last left off.

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