Jakar Dzong in Bumthang / Preparations at Kurjey temple for the festival the next day...
...raising one of the tall prayer flagpoles
Ends of two long telescopic trumpets emerging from upper storey windows / View across the valley from Kurjey temple
There's one flagpole erected / The courtyard of Kurjey & the other temples
Religious mantra & tokens on rocks outside the temple entrance
Kurjey is a very sacred place. The temple is built around a meditation cave of Guru Rinpoche. The tree behind the temple
grew from the Guru's walking stick when he planted it into the ground, also liberating a spring of holy water
Nice old house / Road intersection in Jakar town. The royal family are very highly esteemed throughout Bhutan.
Pictures of the present king & queen & the previous ones are found in every shop, restaurant & home
Old monk enjoying a bowl of noodles in soup in small Tibetan restaurant / Jakar town
Traditional tents erected as sheltered seating for pilgrims attending a special blessing ceremony at the Kharchu temple
Unusual red prayer flags celebrating the blessings being bestowed by a high lama / Pilgrims queuing to obtain blessings