Clean Bhutan

Clean and air and pristine rivers are part of Bhutan’s national identity. The environment is so highly valued by Bhutanese people that they are developing hydroelectric power and other alternatives to dirty fossil fuels. Taking care of the environment is part of Bhutan’s policy to enhance Gross National Happiness, rather than Gross National Product.

Dochu La pass, Bhutan

Dochu La pass, Bhutan

Clear air, views to the Himalayan peaks, fresh and clean on this mountain pass not far from Thimphu.
view from bridge

Rivers drain from the mountains, rushing downhill swollen with meltwater, bringing fertility to the few valleys in Bhutan.

every bridge has its prayer flags

every bridge has its prayer flags

Every sight and aroma in Bhutan is clean and fresh, delighting the eyes and nose. Sounds are pure too: wind, bells, gurgling water.

prayer flags, Tigers nest monastery, Bhutan

prayer flags, Tigers Nest monastery, Bhutan

If you are interested in seeing how alternatives to the dirty western way of life can work, Bhutan could be a good example. It certainly was when we were there!

This post is for Ailsa’s travel theme Clean.



23 thoughts on “Clean Bhutan

  1. Ah yes, a country we know nothing about, because its people actually make an effort to behave themselves. Too bad good news doesn’t sell.

    Prayer flags are part of our church’s altar Lenten display this year (maybe I should post about that). Nice to see photos of them in their native setting.

  2. The little I know about Buthan reminds me in every aspect to the idilic place referred to by T’ao Yuan-Ming in his “Peach-blossom spring”… “there is no need to tell people outside”.

  3. Thank you for sharing these – this is a country I have wanted to visit for so long…but I still haven’t managed to get there. Very adequate choice!

  4. I just this past weekend watched a documentary on Bhutan and learned more about the peaceful way of life and Gross National Happiness. I was transfixed! The people have a lot to teach the world, if we’re interested in learning! Beautiful photos, Christine!

  5. Years ago, I read how the young king of Bhutan banned logging because he knew it would lead to devastating flooding. A country I would love to visit.

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