Bhutan

Slow climb to heaven

Gazing across the Himalayan vastness to Everest, Penny Watson discovers a vision splendid.

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Spirit of discovery

From Europe to Asia and back to Australia, Michael Gebicki finds 10 great journeys with meaning.

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One of the kingdom?s remote monasteries.

'Shangri-La' is no paradise

Saffron-robed monks wander the streets of Thimphu, where elaborately painted buildings feature lucky symbols like tigers and phalluses, all under the gaze of a huge gold Buddha atop a mountain overlooking Bhutan's tree-lined capital.

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One of the kingdom?s remote monasteries.

Moving mountains

The Himalayan kingdom known for its austere remoteness is embracing change. Now Buddhist shrines look down on ATMs and star-rated hotels, writes Louise Southerden.

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