Today the local temple held the annual "Black Necked Crane festival", it wasnt in the plans but we managed to work it in :)
Just the usual view from the hotel...
Just a normal hotel...
So as I said, this festival wasnt in the plan that the tour company had set out, but that didnt matter, Chimi reckoned we could get it done and make it to Thimphu in good time. We parked up at the bottom of the hill leading to the temple and walked up.. with about 100 locals all coming to see too.
Not much of a crowd just yet, so I wandered off to get some photos of the temple
A crowd started to gather round the edges
Then it all kicks off
These guys performed a dance to welcome the prime ministers wife to the festival, there was a ceremony of sorts with water and stuff
The crowd got larger..
Some sort of boring dance, not as fun as the others
These guys were monks, I'm not sure what the dance represented but I recognise the masks (but cant put a name to it). Next up were a bunch of schoolkids doing some sort of bird dance
The band chilled out a bit between gigs
Then another mask dance, I love these
Nice crowd, most of the surrounding area had come to see this
There was some sort of comedy skit after that, unfortunately it was performed in Bhutanese so most of it was lost on me
One last crowd shot before lunch
Chimi then let it drop that we had a 6 hour trip back to Thimphu, so we set off speeding around the mountain roads when we get stopped by..
..and road widening projects
Finally at 6:30 we arrive at Thimphu and stop off at the large stupa
Built by the 3rd kings mother as a memorial for him, looks awesome with the clouds like that :D
And finally I'm up to date with this blog, thank fuck for the ftp upload thing I've put in place, it'd be impossible without it!