Bhutan pictures: View of Thimpu city
Pictures show the sprawling view of the city.
Thimpu, in the Thimpu District, is the capital city of the Kingdom of Bhutan.
Thimpu is the largest city of Bhutan with a population of 98.676 (2005 PHCB).
Thimpu is located at an altitude of 7656ft (2320m).
Bhutan pictures: View of Thimpu city
Thimpu was a small settlement and King Jigme Dorje Wangchuk developed it to replace the ancient capital of Punakha.
Today, Thimpu is a sprawling city extending across the western slopes of the Wang Chuu river valley.
Tashichoe dzong is the 17th century monastery-fortress and is located on the northern end of the Thimpu city.
Bhutan pictures: Thimpu street lined up by taxis
Tashichoe dzong has been the center of the Government of Bhutan from 1952.
Several government buildings and offices are located around Tashichoe dzong.
Pictures of Bhutan: Chökhor Raptentse Dzong
Trongsa or Tongsa is a town in the Trongsa district.
Chökhor Raptentse Dzong at Trongsa was built in 1644.
It used to be the seat of power of the Wangchuck dynasty.
Pictures of Bhutan: Taktsang Dzong
Taktsang Dzong (Paro Taktsang or Taktsang Monastery or The Tiger's Nest) is built in the year 1692.
It is a monastery of the Nyingma sect, a prominent Tibetan Buddhist sect and is located on the cliffside of Paro valley.
Pictures of Bhutan: Trashigang Monastery
Trashigang or Tashigang, is a town in eastern Bhutan and the district capital of the Trashigang (district).
A monastery was constructed on a cliff overlooking the town.
Pictures of Bhutan: Punakha Dzong
Pictures of Bhutan: Gangkhar Puensum Mountains
Punakha was the capital of Bhutan until 1955 when the Thimpu was made the capital.
Pungtang Dechen Photrang Dzong or Punakha Dzong was built by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1637-38.
In 1907, the coronation of Ugyen Wangchuck as the first King of Bhutan took place here.
Pictures of Bhutan: Haa Valley
Haa is a district in Bhutan and is sparsely populated. Haa valley is the major attraction in this district.
It is a steep valley running north south, and wheat, barley and to some extend rice is grown in the low lands of the valley.
The highest mountain in Bhutan is Gangkhar Puensum.
It is one of the highest unclimbed mountain in the world.
It has elevation of 7570 metres and a prominence of over 2990 metres.
Pictures of the kingdom: Cham dancer
Bhutan mask dances locally known as cham are performed in festivities and are believed to bring good fortunes and blessings to the onlookers.
Pictures of the kingdom: Agricultural lands
Wheat, barley are the major crops cultivated in Bhutan.
Plains at the foot-hills, valley and mountain slopes are brought under agriculture.
Pictures of the kingdom: Phuentsoling town
Phuentsoling town is in the southern Bhutan and is on the border with India. Just opposite is the Indian town of Jaigaon. There is a thrieving cross border trade and the town has a population of 20,537 (as per 2005 census).
Pictures of Bhutan: National Library
The National Library of Bhutan (NLB), Thimphu,was established in 1967 under the patronage of HM Queen Ashi Phuntso Choden. It was started with small collection of precious documents. Its is established for the purpose of "preservation and promotion of the rich cultural and religious heritage" of the kingdom. New building shown in pictures.
Pictures of Bhutan: Chorten Memorial
The Memorial Chorten (the Thimphu Chorten), is a chorten (a stupa) located on Doeboom Lam in the southern-central part of the city of Thimpu, near the main roundabout and Indian military hospital.
It built in 1974 honouring the 3rd King of Bhutan, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck (1928–1972).
It is a prominent landmark with its golden spires and bells.
Pictures of Bhutan: Tongsa town
View of the Trongsa (Tongsa) town, capital of the Trongsa district. Trongsa means 'new village' in Dzongkha language. Drukpa Kagyu lama, Ngagi Wangchuk had built the first temple here.
The monastery seen on the forefront of pictures. The only road connecting the eastern and western parts of the country passed through the courtyard of the monastery.
Pictures of animals: Takin - National animal of Bhutan
Takin (Budorcas taxicolor) is a goat antelope occuring in Eastern Himalayas. There are four subspecies of Budorcas taxicolor. The Bhutan Takin is Budorcas taxicolor whitei. They are 100 - 130 cm tall and weigh upto 650 kg. Takin is the national animal of the Kingdom.
Picturs of animals: Golden langur
Golden Langur or Gee's Golden Langur (Trachypithecus geei) was brought to attention of zoologists by E. P. Gee in 1050s. It is a Old World monkey found in a small region of the foothills of Black Mountains of Bhutan and western Assam region of India. It is one of the most endangered species of primates.
Pictures of animals: Clouded leopard
The Clouded Leopard (Neofelis nebulosa) is a medium-sized cat found south of the Himalayas and in Southeast Asia. They occupy tropical and sub-tropical forests at elevations upto 3000 metres. Clouded leopards are highly arboreal and they rest and hunt on the trees. It has a tan or tawny coat, and is distinctively marked with large, irregularly-shaped, dark-edged ellipses.
Picture of animals: Binturong
The Binturong (Arctictis binturong) are arboreal animals belonging to family Viverridae, which includes the civets and genets. They are found in the forests of Bhutan, India, Bangladesh, Burma and south Asian countries. They primarily eat fruits and are also known to eat rodents and birds.
Pictures of Bhutan animals: Indian Rhinoceros
The Indian Rhinoceros (Rhinoceros unicornis) or the Great One-horned Rhinoceros or the Asian One-horned Rhinoceros is a herbivore and is primarily found in, Bhutan, north-eastern India, and Nepal. Their distribution is confined to the tall grasslands and forests in the foothills of the Himalayas. In the wild fully grown males are larger than females weighing from 2,000 to 3,000 kg.
Pictures of animals: Asiatic Elephant
The Asian or Asiatic Elephant (Elephas maximus), is the one of the endangered species of animals.
The elephants of Bhutan are mostly confined to the southern plains and foothills from Sipsu in the west to Dhansiri Chhu in the east along Indo- Bhutan border. In this kingdom the estimated elephant habitat is around 2,000sq.km and resident population about 60 to 100 animals.
Pictures of Bhutan animals: Indian leopard
The Indian leopard (Panthera pardus fusca) is a leopard subspecies widely distributed south of Himalayas on the Indian subcontinent. It is smallest of the four big cats namely lion, tiger and jaguar. They inhabit temperate forests and northern coniferous forests, dry deciduous forests and tropical rain forests. The are found up to an altitude of 2.500 m, bordering snow leopard habitat.
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pictures of birds: Indian cormorant
The Indian Cormorant (Phalacrocorax fuscicollis) belong to genus Phalacrocorax. They are found south of Himalayas in Bhutan, Nepal, India and south-west and south-eastern Asian countries. They are mostly resident birds, small and slender in size and measure upto 60 cm in length. They dive into the water and catch their prey, mainly fish.
Pictures of Bhutan Birds: Greylag goose
The Greylag Goose (Anser anser), also called Graylag Goose in US, belongs to the genus Anser.
These birds are distributed widely in the Old World. These birds have evolved for an aquatic existence with webbed feet, flattened bills and feathers with oily coating so that they do not get wet. They have a rotund, bulky body, a thick and long neck, and a large head and bill.
Pictures of Bhutan birds: Parrots
Indian-ringnecked Parakeet (Psittacula krameri manillensis) originates from the southern Indian subcontinent and has naturalized populations worldwide. They are non-migratory and show gender dimorphism.In the wild, they usually feed on buds, berries, fruits, nuts,vegetables and seeds. Wild flocks also fly several miles to forage causing extensive damage to farmlands and orchards.
Pictures of Bhutan birds: Striated Heron
The Striated Heron (Butorides striata), also known as Mangrove Heron or Little Heron, is a small heron. It found to populate the low lands and water bodies of Bhutan. It is a resident non-migratory bird. However they are distributed all over the world.
Pictures courtesy: Christopher Fynn, juandazeng, Jean-Marie Hullot, Thomas Wanhoff, Doniv79, Vearl Brown, Tassilo Rau,Douglas J. McLaughlin.