2012 Trip to Asia

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Nepal

 

Syambhunath temple in Kathmandu Prayer wheels are a familiar sight at Buddhist temples Another name for the temple is the monkey temple The pinnacle of the stupa
 

Gurkha and modern Nepalese soldier Elderly men looked upon the coming and goings around Durbar square
 

Butter candles adjacent to the Boudhanath stupa Despite being a Buddhist temple, many elements of Hinduism are present Colourful prayer flags adorn every Buddhist temple and stupa
 

The pinnacle of Boudhanath stupa A series of Hindu shrines stands along side a tributary of the Ganges
 

Across the river, Hindus are cremated on the ghats in front of the Pashupatinath temple Makeshift bamboo swings are erected to celebrate the Dashain festival
 

Dyes in the market place Bhaktapur is a center of arts and culture in Nepal
 

 

 

 

Mount Everest from our flight to Bhutan      
 
 

Bhutan

 

Tashichho Dzong is the summer capital The Takin is the national animal of Bhutan Not living up to Bhutan's renowned friendliness
 

Part cow, part goat, said to be created magically Changangkha Lhakhang is both a temple and a monastery
 

A face of Bhutan praying at the Thimphu memorial chorten An almost thirteen story tall Buddha statues overlooks Thimphu valley Chilies are an essential part of Bhutanese cusine 108 chorten stand sentinel at Dochula pass
 

The pass stands at 3,150 metres above sea level Prayer flags on the way to Lungchuzekha Goemba monastery
 

At the end of the long climb to the monastery, a simple snack of hot tea and rice flakes was very welcome The picturesque Punakha Dzong
 

Archery is the national sport of Bhutan Our visit coincided with the harvest
 

The view of the valley below Khamsun Yuley chorten
 

Khamsun Yuley chorten with rude cow in foreground
 

Punakha Dzong again
 

Margaret with Daisy Everyone pitches in for the harvest Young monk
 

Water-driven prayer wheel Farmhouse hospitality including butter tea Chilies drying in the sun
 

Paro Rinpung Dzong Small cairns mark the steep climb to Taktshang monastery Taktshang monastery (Tiger's Nest) still a long way away
 

 

 

 

   
 
 

Myanmar

 

Seventy metre reclining Buddha at Kyauktawgyi Pagoda Timothy taking tea with the locals Gold leaf covers the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon
 

Sights, sounds and smells of the market
 

Shwezigon Pagoda
 

A series of tunnels illuminates the interior of a temple with natural light in Bagan The Kayan people are one of Myanmar's many ethnic groups.
 

Bagan is home to thousands of temples and stupas. Dhammayangyi Paya is the largest of Bagan's temples
 

Sunset across the Irrawaddy river Enjoying a sunrise balloon flight over Bagan Seeing Bagan from the air reveals the sheer number of temples and pagodas
 

 

Time for a quick swim after lunch Ananda temple
 

Maha Bodhi temple Thatbyinnyu temple You must be this tall to find Nirvana
 

Cruising the Irrawaddy
 

Modelling gold leaf Kuthodaw Pagoda
 

These 729 buildings each house one page of Buddhist scripture Entering the temples requires bare feet Nuns on the run Lunch time for the 1,500 monks studying at Mahagandayon monastery
 

 

Floating on Teungthaman lake Fishing in the shallow lake The U Bein bridge spans the lake
 

Leg rowing fisherman on Inle Lake Natural pigments for decorating parasols
 

Our hotel on Inle Lake
 

 

Sunset from our hotel  
 
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