Bowled Over by Bhutan - 2007

The other really wondrous experience occurred in the evening at the Jakar Dzong. Just by a

fluke, we walked up to the dzong as the evening was coming on. In the large

central courtyard of the monastery half, we saw some monks milling about, laughing

and talking quietly. Then we saw the temple bells and the drums being brought out into the

courtyard as the three groups of monks began to look on expectantly. The monks

were arranged in different ages: young children, teens, and young adults up into their 30s


We realized that something unannounced was about to occur. Kelzang quickly

ascertained that we had happened upon a rehearsal for an important religious festival

that would take place in about three weeks.

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