Bhutan IV is the first group to attend the Spring semester in Bhutan as participants in the Wheaton/Royal Thimphu College semester abroad program.  The first week brought us from Boston to Bangkok via Japan, and then finally, Bhutan, where we were oriented to the country by visiting some of its most spectacular and sacred sites. As the semester moves along in its often unpredictable ways, we come to experience many facets of Bhutan in our daily lives, special events, and excursions, both close to our new hillside home at Royal Thimphu College, and long rides and walks away: some carefully planned in advance, and others miraculously presenting themselves as unexpected and extraordinary opportunities.  This website is intended to provide us with a way of sharing those experiences in our own words and images. Click on “Bhutan IV” to return to this page.

Cham at Domkhar Tsechu

Arrival at Paro
Arrival at Thimphu and R.T.C.
Pizza, Momos, and Changankha Lakhang
Traditional Bhutanese Dinner
Paro Tsechu
Hot Springs of Gasa and the Gasa Dzong
Five Political Parties
National Archives
His Majesty’s Visit to RTC
His Majesty’s Barbecue
Thimphu to Phobjika via Punakha
Phobjika to Chumey Valley via Trongsa
Domkhar Tsechu and on to Jakar

Thongdrol, before dawn

Jakar to the upper Choekhor valley
Drapham Dzong Hike, Lakhang Puja,
and Dancing the Night Away

Re-building Koenchog Sum Lakhang
and other Bumthang Adventures

Visiting a Reincarnate Being
Pangrizampa and Dechenphu
Duechen-Nga-Zom at the Tashichoedzong
Haa: Day 1
Haa: Days 2&3
Zorig Chusum
Tango Monastery
Roommate Dinner Party
(All words: Bhutan IV; all photographs: Bruce Owens, unless otherwise noted.)