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Going off to a camel fair in the middle of nowhere took many bumpy hours in a bus and meant no access to the outside world for a few days.  We stayed in a temporary tent city, rode camels, looked at camels, watched camel trades and became one of the attractions!

The higher the nose, the more valuable the camel!

These intricate designs are painstakingly shaved into the fur and made this camel the hit of the show!

One of the traders.

Sometimes the family comes too.

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A whirlwind of sights and sounds and smells during our three days in Delhi.  Here’s some of the sights that inspired me.

After a wild paddy-cab (bicycle rickshaw) ride, we went to the Jama Masjid Mosque; the largest in India, built by Shah Jehan, the 5th Mughal emperor in 1650.

45,000 people can pray here.

Washing in the sacred pool

On to the Mahatma Ghandi Memorial, Raj G’haat, the stately cremation ground with a serene monument containing some of his ashes.

Children dressed for the occasion.

The simple memorial

School girls visiting with their class.

We also went to see Bangla Sahib Gurudwara, approx. 200 year old Sikh temple.  The building is all marble.

But the inspiring part was the kitchen where food is prepared to feed anyone who needs.

More to come…

Well it’s been a few days and I’m actually in Delhi, India but I wanted to say goodbye to Bhutan by sharing some pictures of the people. Everywhere we went people greeted us, smiling broadly. The children were infectious.

The families were multi–generational.

And the monks were inspiring

On our last day we visited a dzong at the same time as the Bhutanese Prime Minister.  He came over to our group, shook our hands and chatted about  Penn State football; he had done post grad studies there.  Although we weren’t allowed to take pictures as we were inside a very holy place, he spent several minutes with us to the astonishment of our guide, Tandy. From visiting a weekly market

to our unexpected encounter, it was  a day of memories.

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