July 27, 2013

Thimphu, Bhutan

Photograph by Paul Chesley, National Geographic

Small moments stand out in Thimphu, Bhutan's colorful capital city. For more than a thousand years, Bhutan has survived in splendid isolation, a place the size of Switzerland tucked into the Himalaya. Closed off from the outside world both by geography and deliberate policy, the country had no roads, no electricity, no motor vehicles, no telephones, and no postal service until the 1960s.

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