Sunday, March 7, 2010
Washing Day Punakha Dzong
The iconic Punakha Dzong is one of the most photographed images in Bhutan. It's about half a day's drive from the airport, and so most people who visit get to see it. The dzong is amazing inside, with hundreds of temples, and the whole thing was renovated from about 2000 to 2005. All of the 20 or so dzongs in Bhutan were made without nails or architectural plans. Beams were lashed together with rope, so the whole thing would give during earthquakes. This picture was taken on a Sunday morning at the little rest stop on the road where everybody stops and takes this picture. I have many images of Punakha Dzong, but what I love about this picture is all of the monk's robes on the banks of the Mo Chu (Mother River), and draped over the wall to dry. Photo is by Joe Barker.