India, Agra, Taj Mahal  
I was told that Agra newspaper reported a high temperature of 47 C (116 F) the day before I arrived..... I was also told the paper always reports one less degree "so people do not panic". So it may have been 118 F the day visited the Taj!! Not too many tourists...I wonder why? The Taj Mahal was built by one of the famed Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan for his favorite wife. It took 23 years and the effort of over 20,000 workers to complete in 1653.

The entire inside and outside are decorated with inlayed marble.

The Taj Mahal Mosque.

Arch way of Mosque, note the huge beehive.

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Bhutan Buddhist Paintings 
The following are a collection of some of the shots of Buddhist art work I took while visiting Dzongs, Temples, Monasteries within Bhutan. I could only take a small fraction of what we saw as photos are not allowed within the temples. These are all pictures from outside walls and entrances......

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Bhutan Pictures part III 

Traditional dress Laya, Bhutan

Gasa Hotsprings pool

Dinner with monk. He has spent the majority of the last 15 years in hight mountain meditation very interesting fellow.

When we arrived in Bhutan farmers were harvesting wheat and when we left they were flooding the fields and planting rice.

Two young monks at the Divine Mad Man Temple

This is the busiest intersection in Bhutan. The city of Thimpu(Bhutan's capital) did put in the countries first street light here but it was quickly removed after much protest. Note the dog resting in the street...very common to have a few dogs sleeping in the intersection.

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Bhutan Pictures part II 

Our first yak butter tea in Laya

Laya Village

Temple in Laya

Our excellent guide and friend Passong. Enjoying a well earned mango juice at secret lake above Laya.


Phuntsko our cook and Tencho horse man. Phuntsko is cutting bitter gord.

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Bhutan Pictures part I 
The following are a few quick selections from Bhutan....I will break these down and include more later.

360 Panoramic above the mountain village Laya just south of the Tibet border. Secret lake can be seen on the left.

Jhomolhari Mountain

Tigers Nest Monastery

A few of our horses crossing a pass.

Herd of 70+ blue sheep

Tory enjoying some morning tea

The Awcto or Cordyceps worm like fungus that is harvested in the high Himalayan mtns.

Laya boy washing cloths

Walking the mini cow.

Passed a school getting out of class. The kids loved to see their picture on the digital camera.
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