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A photoblog on people and culture of Bhutan - The Bhutan Odyssey

Bhutan is the only country in the world that measures the nation’s progress using the index of ‘Gross National Happiness’ instead of ‘Gross Domestic Product’. In our quest to understand Bhutan, we travelled extensively through Phuentsholing, Thimphu, Punakha, Phobjikha and Paro and we found entire Bhutan to be a photographer’s paradise. We clicked many photographs of people and places that we weren’t able to put in our previous blogs, but they are essential in understanding Bhutan, its people and its culture. So, we decided to create this photoblog so that we can share all those beautiful pictures with you. Stay tuned.

A lady with a child watching sports in a Bhutanese school_Bhutan photoblog
A lady with a child watching sports in a Bhutanese school_Bhutan photoblog
A lady with a child watching sports in a Bhutanese school_Bhutan photoblog
A lady with a child watching sports in a Bhutanese school_Bhutan photoblog
 

This is the 9th article of the series - The Bhutan Odyssey. If you have missed out on our previous articles of the series, read them by clicking on the links or photos below:

9. Photoblog on people and culture of Bhutan (This article)

 

Till 1950, education in Bhutan was mainly monastic. Bhutan opened its first secular school borrowing its curriculum from India under the rule of second King. The third King made English language as the official language of instruction. Today, you can see plenty primary, secondary and post-secondary institutions across Bhutan. We were fortunate to visit a school in Phuentsholing. And what struck us the most is their attention to sports. It was refreshing to see that sports-participation was compulsory for girls, unlike India. While we were able to witness a girls’ volleyball match, we were surprised to see how enthusiastically the boys cheered for the girl’s team. We also got a chance to interact with the kids who happily showed us their colourful classrooms and their textbooks.

Girls playing a volleyball match in a school in Phuentsholing, Bhutan_Bhutan photoblog
Girls playing a volleyball match in a school in Phuentsholing, Bhutan_Bhutan photoblog
Girls playing a volleyball match with audience cheering for them in a school in Phuentsholing, Bhutan_Bhutan photoblog
Girls playing a volleyball match with audience cheering for them in a school in Phuentsholing, Bhutan_Bhutan photoblog
A kid in one of the classroom in a school in Phuentsholing, Bhutan_Bhutan photoblog
A kid in one of the classroom in a school in Phuentsholing, Bhutan_Bhutan photoblog

Bhutan, being located at high altitude, has thinner air. Due to an increased fraction of red blood cells in the bodies of the locals, their cheeks are always flushed with redness. Bhutanese children generally are fair-skinned and have round faces with flushed cheeks. We came across some kids wearing the Bhutanese traditional dress and we couldn’t adore them more. The kids were lovely, cute, kind-hearted and innocent, just like any other kid and we weren’t able to stop ourselves from clicking their playful smiles. They held our hands, played with us, even sang for us and melted our hearts.

Kids of Bhutan_Bhutan photoblog
Kids of Bhutan_Bhutan photoblog
Kids of Bhutan_Bhutan photoblog
Kids of Bhutan_Bhutan photoblog
Kids of Bhutan_Bhutan photoblog
Kids of Bhutan_Bhutan photoblog
Kids of Bhutan_Bhutan photoblog
Kids of Bhutan_Bhutan photoblog
Kids of Bhutan_Bhutan photoblog
Kids of Bhutan_Bhutan photoblog
Kids of Bhutan_Bhutan photoblog
Kids of Bhutan_Bhutan photoblog
Kids of Bhutan_Bhutan photoblog
Kids of Bhutan_Bhutan photoblog