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Punakha Finale

Kuzuzangpola (that's "hello" in the Bhutanese language). Not an easy language!

Another great day. Wish the sky wasn't so hazy - apparently due to lots of forest fires.

Started out with a short hike up to a monastery, crossing a suspension bridge covered with fluttering prayer flags. Beautiful.

Don and Wangdi arriving at the monastery.

Lunch at a new hotel. The food has been great - obviously toned down on the chilies to suit the blander western palates. Some dishes pictured here are fried fiddlehead ferns, roasted tofu and cabbage, roasted veg, spinach, cheese cauliflower, rice, and my personal favourites - momos! Some of you may be familiar with these. They are delicious little dumplings filled with minced veg and cheese, among other things. Only problem is I shouldn't really have them because of the wheat flour - but I had to try!!

Later we returned to the festival one last time. Tomorrow will be a long day on the road, travelling back the same way we came (basically a one lane road with lots of bumps and hairpin turns) to Paro.

Performers at the festival:

The Punakha Dzong in which the festival is held. These dzongs used to be defensive forts, but now are monasteries.

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