A Glimpse of Bhutan

Sat, 2018-12-08 12:55 -- gsparrow
8 Dec
Alan Oatway
Taktsang Monastery - the Tiger’s Nest

There’s no doubt about it – Bhutan is very different. I’ll begin by trying to set the scene.

It is a small country, about half the size of Indiana, about 200 miles from west to east, and 100 miles from south to north. In that latter direction, it rises from a low point below 100 m above sea level to a little over 7,500 m. That makes it pretty steep! The southern border is on about the same latitude as Laredo, Texas; the climate is tropical, yet the northern border is clearly a hostile mountain environment. Almost three quarters of the land is forest, and a mere 2.5% is cultivated. 

 

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