A long drive from Punaka to Phobjikha Valley.

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Views of Punakha behind the prayer flags.

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30 March and on a long drive from Punakha to the Phobjikha Valley.

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Terraced fields are common here given the steepness of the hillsides.

The highest point on our journey and our welcome pit stop with views of snow-capped mountains.

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Bhutanese dogs are everywhere and rather noisy at night.

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Walking through the pine forrest towards Phobjikha Valley.

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A woodsman gives directions to our guide to avoid the marshy land ahead.

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White prayer flags overlook the valley where black necked cranes settle in winter.

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Farm houses.

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Our tasty lunch of (local) red rice, grilled aubergine, greens, potatoes and vegetable dumplings.  Bhutanese are vegetarians.

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A typical (Good Luck Company) truck on the mountain pass.

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A board game on a roadside rock.

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Trucks loaded with timber make their way downhill.

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It was hard to find roads through the mountains wide enough for two vehicles, but most drivers seemed sensible and safe.

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Offical announcement of road closure; I don't think anyone was aware of this though.

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We wait while the road was repaired.

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Glad this road was dry. Note how sharply the road drops away!

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A group of monks at the roadside.

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