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A Buddhist workout: young monks chop firewood in Bhutan's remote Phobjika Valley. Gangtey.

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Hidden behind a cloud of midst, Taksang, Bhutan's revered pilgrimage site, appears as just another spec of snow resting on the mountains surrounding the Paro valley. Kichu.
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Sister and housekeeper of the Lhakhang Karpo temple. Haa Valley.
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Festival goers queue up for a chance to receive a blessing from a rimpoche and to grab a sunki, a colored blessed thread to wrap around the neck during Paro Tsechu. Paro.
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Haa Valley vs. Paro Valley. Football Final. 2,670 meters.

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A late snow fall on the Himalayan peaks. Spring, Paro Valley.

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Partygoers dance inside a local nightclub. Bhutan's government have attempted to strictly enforce a nationwide ban on smoking in public places, however at most local bars and pubs, the rules have been amended to serve customer's demands. Punakha.. 

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Archers enjoy a victory dance after hitting the bullseye during a weekend match. Bhutan's national sport, dha, requires that its players wear a gho

, the national dress; however footwear is up to the archer's discretion. In this Himalayan version of the sport, the targets are set 140 meters apart -- nearly 3 times the length of the Olympic standard. Paro,

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Tour guide Jigme makes his way through a spring blizzard at Bumdra, a yak herder's camp at around 4,000 meters in Paro. Wearing his national dress - the gho - Jigme was ill prepared for the weather. Paro.

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A novice monk memorizes daily mantras outside Chumpu Nye,

also referred to as the Floating Goddess Temple. Chumpu.

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Heavy monsoon rains drain into the muddy waters of the Punakha River. Punakha.

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Monks prepare for a masked dance at the first annual Peling Tsechu in the country's capital. Thimphu.

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Entering the main temple of Kila Goempa. Chele La.

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Practicing archery, Bhutan's national sport on a spring day. Bumthang.

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A young girl searches through a crowded audience during a trance dance performance at the annual Paro Tsechu festival. Paro.

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Crowds gather for an annual military festival, an event shared by the Indian and Bhutanese armed forces. Haa Valley. 

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In the winter season, roads are lined with ice and snow, an inevitable recipe for disaster for speeding Indian and Bhutanese hydropower trucks. Dochula Pass. Paro.
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Ugyen and Namda warm up together inside their family's newly constructed traditional hot stone bathhouse. Ringpung, Paro.


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Local residents share a laugh before festivities celebrating the 36th birthday of their "Dragon King" Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck begin at the capital's national stadium. Thimphu

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Youths start a snowball fight inside the remains of the ancient Drugyel fortress. As soon as the first flakes of snow hit the ground each year, the government declares it a national holiday - allowing workers time to leave the office to enjoy the first day of powder. Drugyel.

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Rinpung Dzong monks enjoy the gym facilities at the luxury resort, Uma Paro. Paro.

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A horseman leads his animals to a resting point for the night. Bumdra Camp.

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A boy carries firewood by strapping two pieces of cloth to his back for his home bukhari, or Bhutanese fireplace. Chuzom.
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Nature loop in the Phobjika valley. Gangtey.

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Yatra, shawls made from yak wool, are seen on display at the Yathra Centre. Bumthang.

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Youngsters soak in a popular sulfuric hot spring that is believed to cure both physical and spiritual ailments. Punakha.

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In addition to their Buddhist studies, the nuns of Kila Goempa receive a lesson in carpentry as the monastery undergoes a facelift. Chele La.
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Llama Neten, head of the valley's monastic body, performs a long life puja. Paro.

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Civil servants and monks walk inside Pungtang Dechen Photrang Dzong, the administrative and monastic center of the valley. Punakha.
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In Bhutan, spicy chilies star as the main ingredient in most curries. Cooking over a campfire. Punakha.

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A young girl adjusts the sleeves of her national dress as she exits Rinpung Dzong. Paro.
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Traditional homes peek through pines in the Bumthang valley. 

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Young anims walk through the courtyard of the Pema Choling Nunnery nunnery in Bumthang. 

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