2012 Trip to Asia

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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      



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







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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