Bhutan – d4 / Buddha & the Road…

Pieter de Vries and I got up very early this morning to shoot some footage at the giant Buddha at sunrise. When we got there there was no sunrise, only drizzle…

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© Bill Bennett

But luckily the Buddha was lit with some floodlights and so we got a bit of golden shine… And some beautiful footage.

© Bill BennettAfter brekkie we checked out of our hotel and hit the bus for a long and torturous three and a half hour bus trip up vast mountains, and down vast valleys.

The road was a shocker. We averaged 20kms per hour.

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It was horrible. I kept my sanity by chanting –
Om mani padme hum –

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A rough translation is:
Get me off this bloody bus, and fast. 

Punakha is famous for its dzong. And here’s why…

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© Bill Bennett © Bill Bennett © Bill Bennett © Bill Bennett

We were going to camp out tonight but after that shocker of a road trip I nixed that. Instead we checked into a hotel.

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This beats a sleeping bag and a tent any day, he says, being the consummate true pilgrim…

I’ll finish this blog with my shot of the day – taken at a nearby store, of the shop assistant…

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3 thoughts on “Bhutan – d4 / Buddha & the Road…

  1. I could never blow bubbles that big!
    The road you travelled on Bill reminded me of a similar experience in the New Guinea Highlands; they are never to be forgotten. And thankfully not to be repeated too often Bill:)

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  2. So some of the Indian roads are nothing in comparison? !!! 🙂 … and OH that golden prayer wheel reminds me of the green one in Dharmshala – powerful moment that.

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