• Photo: Photo by Brian Doben

    Schoolchildren in the entrance to Paro Dzong, the religious, administrative, and social center for the Paro Valley
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    Schoolgirls wearing traditional kiras on a wooden foot bridge that leads to Paro Dzong
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    Western Bhutan's Paro River flows past the Paro Dzong.
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    A manmade river on the grounds of the new Zhiwa Ling ("Place of Peace") Hotel in Paro
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    Villagers dressed in traditional ghos spin prayer wheels in Paro
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    The Zhiwa Ling Hotel is constructed in the traditional Bhutanese architectural style.
  • Photo: Photo by Brian Doben

    Prayer flags symbolizing the five elements (earth, water, fire, clouds, sky) fly at the Zhiwa Ling Hotel.
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    The main lodge at the Zhiwa Ling Hotel
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    The Zhiwa Ling at night
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    White prayer flags called Wind Horses disseminate prayers through the Paro Valley.
  • Photo: Photo by Brian Doben

    The Punakha Valley in central Bhutan
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    The dawn mist rises from the Paro Valley.
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    A view of the elaborately carved temples inside the Punakha Dzong
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    A local in Wangdue Phodrang.
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    Girls dressed in kiras walk home from school near the town of Trongsa.
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    Costumed monks from the village of Ngalhakhang wait to perform a welcoming dance.
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    A costumed monk performs a dance in a Ngalhaklang village courtyard.
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    Villagers from Ngalhakhang watching the ceremonial dances from the local temple
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    A Buddhist welcoming ceremony before meditating in the temple at Ngalhakhang
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    The famous Tiger's Nest Monastery on a cliff overlooking the Paro Valley
  • Photo: Photo by Brian Doben

    Welcoming flags fly at a campsite near the village of Ngalhakhang.
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    A dancer at the temple in Ngalhakhang (Robert Thurman is in the background)
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