From the Field: Entering an Earthy Culture in Bhutan

Crooked Trails travelers Carl and Sue recently returned from Bhutan with some great stories and photos to share. Here are some of the highlights!

Sue & Prayer Wheels in Bhutan

“Of all the experiences in Bhutan the homestay was the most memorable because it gave me the most intimate view of family life.  This gave me a sense of the role of family and community, religion and relative remoteness of the region.”


With our Homestay Hosts in Bhutan

“I felt like I was entering a very “earthy” culture, with the cows, chickens, churning butter, etc. Although we had separate sleeping quarters, and indoor plumbing available, I made a real connection with the himalayan and semi-nomadic culture as the family and guests all shared a single room sitting on the floor for meals, socializing and sleeping.  This rather forced a level of friendliness and socialness that I sense is missing in our western “compartmentalized” way of living.  For me this part of the experience pushed my comfort bubble the most.  I was impressed how well we seemed to communicate with limited understanding of each other’s language.”

Our Homestay Home in BhutanHanging Prayer Flags in Bhutan
“The home stay was an excellent complement to the other aspects of the trip and certainly enriched the whole experience of visiting Bhutan. Our family made us feel very welcomed and treated us graciously. The home stay offered us the opportunity to live inside one of the beautiful farmhouses that we were driving by – seeing the home’s shrine room, taking the stone bath, watching Deki cook = splendid experience.” -Sue

Our Host, Wangchuck in BhutanOutdoor Class monks in Bhutan
“On the return drive from the Haa Valley to Paro, Sangay spied what I had been waiting and watching for: yaks!  Tsering stopped the van and I scrambled out to sit in the field to watch the yaks graze (under Sangay’s careful eye as he warned me that yaks are “very dangerous.”).  A ½ mile down the road, more yaks!  And a photograph of a big one resting in a field of wild, purple primulas = the primrose that everyone in Juneau (where Carl & Sue are from) tries to grow in our gardens without the benefit of yak dung.” -Sue

Yak Among the Primroses in Bhutan

View from Khangkhu Resort in Bhutan

Young Women at Paro Tsechu in Bhutan

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