Here we come Bhutan

by Kara on September 12, 2009

Map of Bhutan

Map of Bhutan

It won’t be long until we head to Bhutan. We just received our visas and our final itinerary. We will fly into Bangkok (thank you United frequent flyer miles) and stay overnight. The next morning, we will leave to fly into Paro. Other stops will include Thimphu (for the annual festival at the Thimphu Dzong), Punakha, and the Phobjikha Valley. One of the highlights of the trip will surely be the Taktshang Monastery, more popularly known as the Tiger’s Nest. It is built into a cliffside, and hiking there is definitely on our schedule. I am also excited about the Thimphu Festival. There should be lots of wonderful sites for Stephen to photograph.

Helm Field Guide to the Birds of Bhutan

Helm Field Guide to the Birds of Bhutan

Phobjikha Valley is the home of the black-necked crane, so I am hoping we get to see those. Supposedly they are somewhat tame due to being revered by the Buddhists, so maybe Stephen will be able to get close enough to take some good pictures. I managed to find a book on the Birds of Bhutan, which will be nicer than lugging the much bigger book I have on the birds of India. I never know what kind of bird watching opportunities we will have. In Peru and Costa Rica, we saw a huge variety of birds. In Hong Kong, most of the birds we saw were in an aviary, but my book on birds of China came in handy there anyway.

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michael moore September 13, 2009 at 7:25 am

I’m so jealious! I’m looking forward to living vicariously through the storys of your trip and stevens photos!!

Tamara September 13, 2009 at 6:49 pm

Make sure you think about me while you are on your trip (hehe) Have a lot of fun and explore everything!

Marinda September 17, 2009 at 1:04 pm

Well, the site looks wonderful. I have been following this via BookMooch.

We are off to Chicago for a weekend, mother and daughter bonding time. We will see the Harry Potter exhibit and enjoy the city. Hope all goes well on your journey

Jill Littlewood September 22, 2009 at 8:17 am

Hi Kara,
I read your query on the bookarts_list serv and, though I don’t have information about other places to visit in Bhutan, I would love to hear about the paper factory you will be visiting. In fact, everyone in the group I am president of, The Friends of Dard Hunter, would be interested; if there is some way we can get your writing and pictures on our blog that would be great.
Just coincidentally, we are meeting at the American Museum of Papermaking in less than a month – our annual conference. This is always a rich festival of papermakers who are eagar to see Dard Hunter’s collection of papermaking artifacts, collected while he traveled and studied papermaking all over the globe; his collection is curated at the Museum.
Jill Littlewood

Marilyn Stablein September 22, 2009 at 2:51 pm

Hi Kara,
I also read your post on the Book Arts list and would love a report. I’ll forward an article I published on visiting a Nepalese Lokta paper factory last year. A small operation. I read and write Tibetan so I presume the Nat. Library has fascinating Tibetan manuscripts.
My last book, Sleeping in Caves: A Sixties Himalayan Memoir (Monkfish publishers) details six years in that part of the world. I also have a manuscript of rat tales (which hasn’t been well received by squeamish publishers.) Rats are fascinating creatures.
Have a great journey.

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