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Bhutan's King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck with Queen Jetsun Pema during a visit to Sarnath near Varanasi. Bhutan King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema after their arrival in Gaya. Bhutan King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema welcomed by Buddhist monks at Bodhgaya airport upon their arrival in Gaya. <b>Official Trip, Official Language</b> In Bhutan, Modi chose to speak in Hindi Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing the National Assembly in Thimphu, Bhutan. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj with Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh and spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs Syed Akbaruddin during a press conference in Thimphu, Bhutan. Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks at a banquet hosted by Bhutanese Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay in Thimphu, Bhutan. Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives to address the National Assembly in Thimphu, Bhutan. Prime Minister Narendra Modi waves at people who lined up in Thimphu to say goodbye, on his way to the airport for his departure. Prime Minister Narendra Modi being received by his Bhutanese counterpart Tshering Tobgay on his arrival at the Paro International Airport in Bhutan. Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurates the Supreme Court of Bhutan as his Bhutanese counterpart Tshering Tobgay looks on, in Thimphu, Bhutan. Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a ceremonial welcomed on his arrival at the Paro International Airport in Bhutan. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is welcomed on his arrival at the Paro International Airport in Bhutan. Prime Minister Narendra Modi with King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema at a reception at the Royal Palace in Thimphu, Bhutan. Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a reception at the Royal Palace in Thimphu, Bhutan. J. Dorji, the only Gentlemen Cadet (GC) from Bhutan with his colleagues at the India Military Academy passing out parade ceremony in Dehradun. Prime Minister of Bhutan Lyonchen Tshering Tobgay being greeted by Ruchira Kamboj, senior official  in the Ministry of External Affairs, upon his arrival at IGI Airport. Congress President Sonia Gandhi with King of Bhutan Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck  and the Queen Jetsun Pema Wangchuck, before their meeting  at her residence  in New Delhi. President, Pranab Mukherjee his daughter Sharmistha Mukherjee with Bhutan King, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen, Jetsun Pema Wangchuck during a meeting at Rashtrapati Bhavan. MoS for external Affairs, Preneet Kaur receives King of Bhutan Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck on his arrival at IGI Airport in New Delhi. Queen Grand Mother of Bhutan Ashi Kesang Choden Wangchuk arrives at Mahabodhi Temple in Bodhgaya. <p><strong>Snowman Trek, Bhutan</strong></p>
<p>Considered the most difficult trek in Bhutan, or indeed in all of the Himalayan range, this 20-day full-camping trek from Drukgyal Dzong to Sephu takes in several high passes and an ever-changing terrain ranging from coniferous forests to snowy wastes, and offers a window into remote Bhutanese communities. It brings you close to several beautiful Himalayan peaks like Jomolhari, Jichu Drake, Masagang, and Gangkhar Puensum.</p>
<p><strong>How to do it:</strong> Go only with reputed trekking operators like Guides of Bhutan (<a href=http://guidesofbhutan.com target=_blank>guidesofbhutan.com</a>), Bhutan Nomad Adventures (<a href=http://bhutannomad.com target=_blank>bhutannomad.com</a>) or Bhutan Trails (<a href=http://bhutan-trails.org target=_blank>bhutan-trails.org</a>)</p> <p><strong>Amankora Journey</strong></p>
<p>This circular pilgrimage (<i>kora</i>) is the happiest circuit of Bhutan there is. The Amankora series of lodges covers all the valleys you have to see: Paro, Thimpu, Punakha, Gangtey and Bumthang. Traditional wood-burning <i>bukhari</i> will warm up your luxurious wood-panelled lodgings with the fabulous views. It will be hard to give up reading on that window seat to go trekking. But you must. If only for the photographs. We recommend the Druk Path trek especially, including the Jili Dzong, a 16th-century fortress built for travellers, the Jimi Langtso alpine lake and the view off 14,000ft of Phume La. 11N itinerary $17,050 (double occupancy), <a href=http://amanresorts.com target=_blank>amanresorts.com</a></p> Congress President Sonia Gandhi with Bhutanese Prime Minister Lyonchhen Tshering Tobgay and his wife at a meeting in New Delhi. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with his Bhutanese counterpart Lyonchhen Tshering Tobgay during a meeting in New Delhi. Jangothang camp, also called the Jomolhari Base Camp One of the twin lakes of Tsophu, a two-hour walk from Jangothang We walk through a forest of juniper and conifers during the climb to Jangothang We visited the Taktshang Gompa or Tiger’s Nest Monastery before the trek. Associated with the Tantric master Guru Padmasambhava, the monastery lies improbably perched into the side of a sheer cliff that rises almost 900m from the Paro Chu valley Our support team strings out prayer flags at Jhari La (4,750m), the third pass on the trek A herd of bharal or blue sheep near Gogu La (4,440m), the second pass we crossed on the trek A woman at the yak village of Chebisa offers me zow, a crunchy roasted rice dish in a bangchung (woven basket), traditionally served to guests and weary travellers in Bhutan Beyond the Jomolhari Base Camp the trail winds its way up into spectacular highland country and remote yak herding Layap villages. The climb to Nyele La (4,870m), the first of the four passes The peak of Jichu Drake (6,794m) makes a stunning backdrop to a nomad herders’ home at Jangothang
The summit of Tiger mountain towering over the campsite at Limithang after the final pass of the trek After the marathon pass crossings, we descend to the roadhead at Gasa, renowned for its hot springs. The village of Laya with its unique language, traditions and dress makes for a lovely rest day. A painted yak’s head adorns the entrance to a home in the village Schoolgirls in Laya wearing black wool kiras with colourful borders and billos (bamboo hats) decorated with strings of beads 
A school match final of Khuru in progress at Laya. Khuru or darts is the most favourite sport in Bhutan after archery. It is played outdoors with the target placed a whopping 20 metres from the players Traditional jewellery of the Layaps Polling officials in Bhutan check electronic voting machines at a polling center on the eve of polling to the upper house National Council in Samdrup Jonkhar, Bhutan. Bhutan’s Prince Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck, left, listens to tips from an official as he practices at the national shooting championship in Hyderabad. Wangchuck is expected to participate in the 300 meters big bore event. President Pranab Mukherjee with Prime Minister of Bhutan Lyonchen Jigme Yoser Thinley during a meeting in New Delhi. Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi and King of Bhutan, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck shake hands as Queen Jetsun Pema looks on during a meeting in New Delhi. The President, Pranab Mukherjee, the Chief Guest of Republic Day the King of Bhutan, His Majesty Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, the Vice President, Mohd. Hamid Ansari, the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh and other dignitaries at the Salami Manch on the occasion of the 64th Republic day celebrations, at Rajpath. The President, Pranab Mukherjee and the Chief Guest of Republic Day the King of Bhutan, His Majesty Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck being received by the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh and the Defence Minister, A.K. Antony, on their arrival at Salami Manch, on the occasion of the 64th Republic day celebrations, at Rajpath, in New Delhi. The President, Pranab Mukherjee, the Chief Guest of Republic Day the King of Bhutan, his Majesty Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, arrive at the Salami Manch on the occasion of the 64th Republic day celebrations, in New Delhi. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, left, greets Bhutan's King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, second from left, as Bhutan's Queen Jetsun Pema and President Pranab Mujherjee, right, stand during a ceremonial reception for Wangchuk, in New Delhi. Wangchuck is on a seven-day official visit to India, will be the chief guest on Republic Day Parade. Congress President Sonia Gandhi shakes hands with King of Bhutan, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck during a meeting in New Delhi. The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh meeting the King of Bhutan, His Majesty Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, in New Delhi. King of Bhutan, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema paying homage at the Rajghat in New Delhi. King of Bhutan, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema being welcomed by MoS for External Affairs E. Ahamed on their arrival at IGI Airport in New Delhi. Prime Minister of Bhutan Lyonchhen Jigmi Y. Thinley during a visit to the peace temple Dhauli in Bhubaneswar. An abundance of stunning vistas and winding high-altitude roads make riding in Bhutan particularly fun for adventure motorcyclists. Here, the road to Bumthang The Rinpung Dzong is the administrative seat of the district of Paro. Rinpung Dzong means ‘the fortress of the heap of jewels’. Bhutan is probably the only country with a constitutional requirement of 60 per cent forest cover A stray mutt hams for food from the riders at a roadside break The ubiquitous Druk Taking a break at a roadside gazebo Two women spin the prayer wheel at Trongsa in central Bhutan Wary lamas eye the tourists A bank of whitewashed chortens on the road to Monger, east Bhutan The scenic road to Thimphu is perfectly paved and a motorcyclist's delight with many long sweeping corners A rider on the Tour of Bhutan gears up for the day ahead on a venerable circa ’70s Royal Enfield A new friend poses for the camera in Trashigang Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck, the Queen Mother of Bhutan, with lyricist and poet Gulzar at Jaipur Literature Festival 2012 in Jaipur. <b>But What About The Birdie?</b>
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So he’s used to having cameras trained on him at all times. Rahul Gandhi could have managed an open-mouth smile during the Bhutan royal wedding festivities. <b>Queen At The Wheel</b>
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Have Bhutan’s master-weavers finally found the brand ambassador they have so sorely missed in their elegant new Queen Jetsun Pema Wangchuck? Judging by her dexterous manipulation of the charkha in Sabarmati Ashram, a resounding ‘Yes!’. Bhutan Queen Jetsun Pema trying her hands on a spinning-wheel at Sabarmati Ashram in  Ahmedabad.  Bhutan's King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck, right, and Queen Jetsun Pema are greeted by Keio University President Atsushi Seike and officials upon their arrival at the university's Mita campus in Tokyo. The Himalayan king, currently in Japan as a state guest, was conferred the honorary doctorate degree of Economics at the university. Japanese Empress Michiko, center, walks with Bhutan's King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema after their meeting at the Akasaka guesthouse in Tokyo. Japanese Emperor Akihito has been hospitalised with deteriorating symptoms of bronchitis and he did not attend the welcoming ceremony for Bhutan's royal couple. Bhutan's King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck and his wife Queen Jetsun Pema pose for a photo during their visit to Jag Mandir palace in Udaipur, Rajsthan. Bhutan's King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck and his wife Queen Jetsun Pema visiting Mehrangarh Fort  in Jodhpur. Bhutan King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuk and his wife Queen Jetsun Pema arrive on horse carriage at  Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur on Friday. Bhutan King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuk meeting Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot in Jaipur on Thursday night during their three-day visit to the state. Bhutan King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuk and his wife Queen Jetsun Pema arrive on horse carriage at The Rambagh Palace in Jaipur. Bhutan King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuk and his wife Queen Jetsun Pema upon their arrival at Gandhi Nagar railway station in Jaipur for a three-day visit to Rajasthan. Bhutan King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuk shakes hands with Army chief Gen V. K. Singh during a meeting in New Delhi. Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha, Sushma Swaraj hugs Bhutan's Queen Jetsun Pema Wangchuk during a meeting in New Delhi.  Bhutan's King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk and his wife Queen Ashi Kesang Choden Wangchuck pay homage to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat, in New Delhi. MoS Communications and IT, Milind Deora is also seen in the picture. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, left, talks to Bhutan's new Queen Jetsun Pema during a ceremonial reception at the Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi. Bhutan's King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck inspects a guard of honor during a ceremonial reception at the Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, left, Bhutan's King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuk, center, his newly wed queen, Jetsun Pema, and President Pratibha Patil, right, pose for a photograph during a ceremonial reception at the Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi. Bhutan's King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk with his wife Queen Ashi Kesang Choden Wangchuck prepare to leave after paying tribute to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat, in New Delhi. King of Bhutan, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck and Queen Ashi Kesang Choden Wangchuck on their arrival at IGI airport in New Delhi. Bhutan's King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck, center, and  Queen Jetsun Pema, center left, dance the traditional final dance with guests at the main stadium, including AICC General Secretary Rahul Gandhi (second right) and MoS Jyotiraditya Scindia (left) in Thimphu.  Bhutan King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuk kisses Queen Jetsun Pema during their wedding reception at the Chang Lime Thang Stadium at Thimpu in Bhutan. Bhutan Royal family members clicking picture of AICC General Secretary Rahul Gandhi during wedding reception of King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuk and Queen Jetsun Pema at the Chang Lime Thang Stadium at Thimphu in Bhutan. AICC General Secretary Rahul Gandhi and MoS Jyotiraditya Scindia with Bhutan Royal family members during wedding reception of King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuk and Queen Jetsun Pema at the Chang Lime Thang Stadium at Thimpu in Bhutan. AICC General Secretary Rahul Gandhi with King of Bhutan Jigme Dorji Wangchuck during Guard of Honour ceremony at Secretariat in Thimpu, Bhutan. AICC General Secretary Rahul Gandhi  with one of the Royal Family members during their wedding reception at the Chang Lime Thang Stadium in Thimphu in Bhutan. A dance troupe performs during wedding reception of King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuk and Queen Jetsun Pema at the Chang Lime Thang Stadium at Thimphu in Bhutan. King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck, right, holds a young child as he greets locals with Queen Jetsun Pema during a celebration after they were married at the Punakha Dzong in Punakha, Bhutan. King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck, left and Queen Jetsun Pema pose after they were married at the Punakha Dzong, in Punakha, Bhutan. The 31-year-old reformist monarch of the small Himalayan Kingdom wed his commoner bride in a series of ceremonies. Minister of State Jyotiraditya Scindia with wife Priyadarshini Raje after attending the royal wedding of King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema at the Punakha Dzong in Punakha, Bhutan. King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck, right, and Queen Jetsun Pema greet locals during a celebration after they were married at the Punakha Dzong in Punakha, Bhutan. King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck, center, and Queen Jetsun Pema, center rear, greet locals during a celebration after they were married at the Punakha Dzong in Punakha, Bhutan. A Bhutanese student carries a portrait of King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck and future Queen Jetsun Pema, before hanging outside the Lungten Zanpa School, their alma mater in the capital of Thimphu, Bhutan. The 31 year-old reformist monarch of the small Himalayan Kingdom will wed his commoner bride in a series ceremonies set for Thursday. A Bhutanese Buddhist monk waits before a rehearsal for a dance to be performed during the wedding festivities of King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck and future Queen Jetsun Pema, in the capital of Thimphu, Bhutan. Bhutanese workers place a picture showing King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck and future Queen Jetsun Pema at an intersection in the capital of Thimphu. The 31 year-old reformist monarch of the small Himalayan Kingdom will wed his commoner bride later this week. Bhutanese students hold umbrellas as they practice a dance to be performed during the wedding festivities of King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck and future Queen Jetsun Pema, in the capital of Thimphu, Bhutan. The 31 year-old reformist monarch of the small Himalayan Kingdom will wed his commoner bride later this week. Bhutan's King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck with Jetsun Pema, whom he is marrying later this year. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar accompanied by Pavan K Varma, Ambassador of India to Bhutan with Bhutan King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck in Thimpu. Bihar CM is on a four-day visit to Bhutan. <b>In His Steps</b> Sangay with the Dalai Lama Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao (R) shakes hand with her Pakistani Counterpart Salman Bashir during the opening of the SAARC thirty eighth session of the standing committee meeting at Thimphu, in Bhutan. Foreign Secretaries of India and Pakistan met in a fresh attempt to put their stalled dialogue process back on track and try to bridge the trust deficit plaguing the relationship. Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao with her Pakistani Counterpart Salman Bashir and Bhutan's Dasho Daw Penjor pose for a group photograph during the Opening of the SAARC Thirty Eighth session of the Standing Committee meeting in Thimphu, Bhutan. Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao shakes hand with her Afghan counterpart during the opening of the SAARC thirty eighth session of the standing committee meeting at Thimphu, in Bhutan. King of Bhutan His Majesty Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck meeting the President, Pratibha Devisingh Patil, in New Delhi. King of Bhutan His Majesty Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck calling on the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, in New Delhi. <b>Life in bhutan</b> The SMS generation in traditional chic Monks at a Thimphu monastery <b>Isolated?</B> Dish antenna in a village on Thimphu outskirts Leo posters at a shop Bhutan Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, embraces Bhutan's King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck following a meeting in Thimphu. South Asian leaders unveiled a US$300 million fund to reduce poverty in the region and signed agreements on trade and environmental protection as a two-day summit ended. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh shakes hands with Pakistan's Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani prior to a meeting on the sidelines of the 16th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Summit in Thimphu, Bhutan. Breaking the ice, India and Pakistan today decided to resume dialogue at the level of Foreign Ministers as Prime Ministers Manmohan Singh and Yousuf Raza Gilani met here in their first substantive engagement in less than a year. Pakistan's Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani shakes hands with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, as from left Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai, Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed, (fourth from left) Nepal's Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal and extreme right Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina look on during the closing ceremony of the sixteenth summit of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) in Thimphu, Bhutan. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh looks on during the closing ceremony of the sixteenth summit of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) in Thimphu, Bhutan. Breaking the ice, India and Pakistan today decided to resume dialogue at the level of Foreign Ministers as Prime Ministers Manmohan Singh and Yousuf Raza Gilani met here in their first substantive engagement in less than a year. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his wife Gursharan Kaur being welcomed by Bhutanese Prime Minister Jigme Y Thinley (R) and his wife on their arrival at Paro Airport in Bhutan. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh being welcomed by his Bhutanese counterpart Jigme Y Thinley and his wife on his arrival at Paro Airport in Bhutan. PM will participate in the two-day 16th SAARC Summit. Foreign Minister, S.M. Krishna talks with Pakistani counterpart, Shah Mahmood Qureshi during a tea break at the 32nd session of the council of ministers, in Thimpu, Bhutan. Bhutan is hosting the annual summit of South Asian leaders for the first time on April 28-29. Bhutanese school girls holds flag of India and Pakistan as they wait for the arrival of dignitaries of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) in Thimpu, Bhutan. Bhutan is set to host the annual summit of South Asian leaders for the first time on April 28-29. Bhutan King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, President Pratibha Patil and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during ceremonial reception for the king at Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh shakes hands with Bhutan King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck during a meeting in New Delhi. Bhutan King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck being accorded traditional welcome by Bhutan Embassy officials on his arrival at IGI Airport in New Delhi. <b>Tuesday 29 May</b><br>
Bhutanese refugees carry the injured and shout slogans as Indian policemen are seen in background, in the border 
town of Karkarvitta, near the Darjeeling district of West Bengal. At least one Bhutanese refugee was killed and several 
others left injured when the Indian troops opened fire on hundreds of refugees at the India-Nepal border when they were 
trying to force their way through Indian territory to get home to Bhutan and threw stones at the Indian side. Though 
Darjeeling district administration has invited the refugee leaders for talks, the refugee leaders have served a 15 day 
ultimatum to the Indian government to lift off the barriers form the border points and allow them to continue their 'Long 
March' back to Bhutan from where they were evicted 16 years ago. More than 100,000 ethnic Nepalis - a Hindu minority 
in Bhutan for centuries - have been living as refugees in eastern Nepal since the early 1990s, when they were forced 
out by Bhutanese authorities who wanted to impose Buddhist culture across the country.
Oct 09, 2014
Bhutan's King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck with Queen Jetsun Pema during a visit to Sarnath near Varanasi.

- PTI Photo
Oct 05, 2014
Bhutan King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema after their arrival in Gaya.

- PTI Photo
Oct 05, 2014
Bhutan King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema welcomed by Buddhist monks at Bodhgaya airport upon their arrival in Gaya.

- PTI Photo
Jun 25, 2014
Official Trip, Official Language In Bhutan, Modi chose to speak in Hindi

- PTI
Jun 16, 2014
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing the National Assembly in Thimphu, Bhutan.

- PTI Photo by Atul Yadav
Jun 16, 2014
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj with Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh and spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs Syed Akbaruddin during a press conference in Thimphu, Bhutan.

- PTI Photo by Atul Yadav
Jun 16, 2014
Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks at a banquet hosted by Bhutanese Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay in Thimphu, Bhutan.

- PTI Photo
Jun 16, 2014
Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives to address the National Assembly in Thimphu, Bhutan.

- PTI Photo by Atul Yadav
Jun 16, 2014
Prime Minister Narendra Modi waves at people who lined up in Thimphu to say goodbye, on his way to the airport for his departure.

- PTI Photo
Jun 15, 2014
Prime Minister Narendra Modi being received by his Bhutanese counterpart Tshering Tobgay on his arrival at the Paro International Airport in Bhutan.

- PTI Photo/ Atul Yadav
Jun 15, 2014
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurates the Supreme Court of Bhutan as his Bhutanese counterpart Tshering Tobgay looks on, in Thimphu, Bhutan.

- PTI Photo by Atul Yadav
Jun 15, 2014
Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a ceremonial welcomed on his arrival at the Paro International Airport in Bhutan.

- PTI Photo/ Atul Yadav
Jun 15, 2014
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is welcomed on his arrival at the Paro International Airport in Bhutan.

- PTI Photo
Jun 15, 2014
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema at a reception at the Royal Palace in Thimphu, Bhutan.

- PTI Photo by Atul Yadav
Jun 15, 2014
Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a reception at the Royal Palace in Thimphu, Bhutan.

- PTI Photo by Atul Yadav
Jun 14, 2014
J. Dorji, the only Gentlemen Cadet (GC) from Bhutan with his colleagues at the India Military Academy passing out parade ceremony in Dehradun.

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May 25, 2014
Prime Minister of Bhutan Lyonchen Tshering Tobgay being greeted by Ruchira Kamboj, senior official in the Ministry of External Affairs, upon his arrival at IGI Airport.

- PTI Photo/Kamal Singh
Jan 07, 2014
Congress President Sonia Gandhi with King of Bhutan Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and the Queen Jetsun Pema Wangchuck, before their meeting at her residence in New Delhi.

- PTI Photo/Shahbaz Khan
Jan 07, 2014
President, Pranab Mukherjee his daughter Sharmistha Mukherjee with Bhutan King, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen, Jetsun Pema Wangchuck during a meeting at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

- PTI Photo
Jan 06, 2014
MoS for external Affairs, Preneet Kaur receives King of Bhutan Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck on his arrival at IGI Airport in New Delhi.

- PTI Photo
Dec 09, 2013
Queen Grand Mother of Bhutan Ashi Kesang Choden Wangchuk arrives at Mahabodhi Temple in Bodhgaya.

- PTI Photo
Oct 30, 2013

Snowman Trek, Bhutan

Considered the most difficult trek in Bhutan, or indeed in all of the Himalayan range, this 20-day full-camping trek from Drukgyal Dzong to Sephu takes in several high passes and an ever-changing terrain ranging from coniferous forests to snowy wastes, and offers a window into remote Bhutanese communities. It brings you close to several beautiful Himalayan peaks like Jomolhari, Jichu Drake, Masagang, and Gangkhar Puensum.

How to do it: Go only with reputed trekking operators like Guides of Bhutan (guidesofbhutan.com), Bhutan Nomad Adventures (bhutannomad.com) or Bhutan Trails (bhutan-trails.org)



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Oct 29, 2013

Amankora Journey

This circular pilgrimage (kora) is the happiest circuit of Bhutan there is. The Amankora series of lodges covers all the valleys you have to see: Paro, Thimpu, Punakha, Gangtey and Bumthang. Traditional wood-burning bukhari will warm up your luxurious wood-panelled lodgings with the fabulous views. It will be hard to give up reading on that window seat to go trekking. But you must. If only for the photographs. We recommend the Druk Path trek especially, including the Jili Dzong, a 16th-century fortress built for travellers, the Jimi Langtso alpine lake and the view off 14,000ft of Phume La. 11N itinerary $17,050 (double occupancy), amanresorts.com



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Aug 31, 2013
Congress President Sonia Gandhi with Bhutanese Prime Minister Lyonchhen Tshering Tobgay and his wife at a meeting in New Delhi.

- PTI Photo/ Atul Yadav
Aug 31, 2013
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with his Bhutanese counterpart Lyonchhen Tshering Tobgay during a meeting in New Delhi.

- PTI Photo/ Shahbaz Khan
Jun 26, 2013
Jangothang camp, also called the Jomolhari Base Camp

- Ahtushi
Jun 26, 2013
One of the twin lakes of Tsophu, a two-hour walk from Jangothang

- Ahtushi
Jun 26, 2013
We walk through a forest of juniper and conifers during the climb to Jangothang

- Ahtushi
Jun 26, 2013
We visited the Taktshang Gompa or Tiger’s Nest Monastery before the trek. Associated with the Tantric master Guru Padmasambhava, the monastery lies improbably perched into the side of a sheer cliff that rises almost 900m from the Paro Chu valley

- Ahtushi
Jun 26, 2013
Our support team strings out prayer flags at Jhari La (4,750m), the third pass on the trek

- Ahtushi
Jun 26, 2013
A herd of bharal or blue sheep near Gogu La (4,440m), the second pass we crossed on the trek

- Ahtushi
Jun 26, 2013
A woman at the yak village of Chebisa offers me zow, a crunchy roasted rice dish in a bangchung (woven basket), traditionally served to guests and weary travellers in Bhutan

- Ahtushi
Jun 26, 2013
Beyond the Jomolhari Base Camp the trail winds its way up into spectacular highland country and remote yak herding Layap villages. The climb to Nyele La (4,870m), the first of the four passes

- Ahtushi
Jun 26, 2013
The peak of Jichu Drake (6,794m) makes a stunning backdrop to a nomad herders’ home at Jangothang

- Ahtushi
Jun 26, 2013
The summit of Tiger mountain towering over the campsite at Limithang after the final pass of the trek

- Ahtushi
Jun 26, 2013
After the marathon pass crossings, we descend to the roadhead at Gasa, renowned for its hot springs. The village of Laya with its unique language, traditions and dress makes for a lovely rest day. A painted yak’s head adorns the entrance to a home in the village

- Ahtushi
Jun 26, 2013
Schoolgirls in Laya wearing black wool kiras with colourful borders and billos (bamboo hats) decorated with strings of beads

- Ahtushi
Jun 26, 2013
A school match final of Khuru in progress at Laya. Khuru or darts is the most favourite sport in Bhutan after archery. It is played outdoors with the target placed a whopping 20 metres from the players

- Ahtushi
Jun 26, 2013
Traditional jewellery of the Layaps

- Ahtushi
Apr 22, 2013
Polling officials in Bhutan check electronic voting machines at a polling center on the eve of polling to the upper house National Council in Samdrup Jonkhar, Bhutan.

- AP/PTI
Apr 16, 2013
Bhutan’s Prince Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck, left, listens to tips from an official as he practices at the national shooting championship in Hyderabad. Wangchuck is expected to participate in the 300 meters big bore event.

- AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.
Feb 08, 2013
President Pranab Mukherjee with Prime Minister of Bhutan Lyonchen Jigme Yoser Thinley during a meeting in New Delhi.

- PTI Photo/ Vijay Kumar Joshi
Jan 28, 2013
Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi and King of Bhutan, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck shake hands as Queen Jetsun Pema looks on during a meeting in New Delhi.

- PTI Photo/ Subhav Shukla
Jan 26, 2013
The President, Pranab Mukherjee, the Chief Guest of Republic Day the King of Bhutan, His Majesty Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, the Vice President, Mohd. Hamid Ansari, the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh and other dignitaries at the Salami Manch on the occasion of the 64th Republic day celebrations, at Rajpath.

- pib.nic.in
Jan 26, 2013
The President, Pranab Mukherjee and the Chief Guest of Republic Day the King of Bhutan, His Majesty Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck being received by the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh and the Defence Minister, A.K. Antony, on their arrival at Salami Manch, on the occasion of the 64th Republic day celebrations, at Rajpath, in New Delhi.

- pib.nic.in
Jan 26, 2013
The President, Pranab Mukherjee, the Chief Guest of Republic Day the King of Bhutan, his Majesty Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, arrive at the Salami Manch on the occasion of the 64th Republic day celebrations, in New Delhi.

- pib.nic.in
Jan 25, 2013
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, left, greets Bhutan's King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, second from left, as Bhutan's Queen Jetsun Pema and President Pranab Mujherjee, right, stand during a ceremonial reception for Wangchuk, in New Delhi. Wangchuck is on a seven-day official visit to India, will be the chief guest on Republic Day Parade.

- AP Photo/ Manish Swarup
Jan 25, 2013
Congress President Sonia Gandhi shakes hands with King of Bhutan, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck during a meeting in New Delhi.

- PTI Photo/ Manvender Vashist
Jan 25, 2013
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh meeting the King of Bhutan, His Majesty Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, in New Delhi.

- pib.nic.in
Jan 25, 2013
King of Bhutan, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema paying homage at the Rajghat in New Delhi.

- PTI Photo/ Subhav Shukla
Jan 23, 2013
King of Bhutan, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema being welcomed by MoS for External Affairs E. Ahamed on their arrival at IGI Airport in New Delhi.

- PTI Photo/ Vijay Verma
Sep 07, 2012
Prime Minister of Bhutan Lyonchhen Jigmi Y. Thinley during a visit to the peace temple Dhauli in Bhubaneswar.

- PTI Photo
Jul 04, 2012


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Jun 10, 2012
An abundance of stunning vistas and winding high-altitude roads make riding in Bhutan particularly fun for adventure motorcyclists. Here, the road to Bumthang

- Harsh Man Rai
Jun 10, 2012
The Rinpung Dzong is the administrative seat of the district of Paro. Rinpung Dzong means ‘the fortress of the heap of jewels’.

- Harsh Man Rai
Jun 10, 2012
Bhutan is probably the only country with a constitutional requirement of 60 per cent forest cover

- Harsh Man Rai
Jun 10, 2012
A stray mutt hams for food from the riders at a roadside break

- Harsh Man Rai
Jun 10, 2012
The ubiquitous Druk

- Harsh Man Rai
Jun 10, 2012
Taking a break at a roadside gazebo

- Harsh Man Rai
Jun 10, 2012
Two women spin the prayer wheel at Trongsa in central Bhutan

- Harsh Man Rai
Jun 10, 2012
Wary lamas eye the tourists

- Harsh Man Rai
Jun 10, 2012
A bank of whitewashed chortens on the road to Monger, east Bhutan

- Harsh Man Rai
Jun 10, 2012
The scenic road to Thimphu is perfectly paved and a motorcyclist's delight with many long sweeping corners

- Harsh Man Rai
Jun 10, 2012
A rider on the Tour of Bhutan gears up for the day ahead on a venerable circa ’70s Royal Enfield

- Harsh Man Rai
Jun 10, 2012
A new friend poses for the camera in Trashigang

- Harsh Man Rai
Jan 20, 2012
Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck, the Queen Mother of Bhutan, with lyricist and poet Gulzar at Jaipur Literature Festival 2012 in Jaipur.

- PTI Photo
Dec 21, 2011
But What About The Birdie?

So he’s used to having cameras trained on him at all times. Rahul Gandhi could have managed an open-mouth smile during the Bhutan royal wedding festivities.

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Dec 07, 2011
Queen At The Wheel

Have Bhutan’s master-weavers finally found the brand ambassador they have so sorely missed in their elegant new Queen Jetsun Pema Wangchuck? Judging by her dexterous manipulation of the charkha in Sabarmati Ashram, a resounding ‘Yes!’.

- PTI

Dec 05, 2011
Bhutan Queen Jetsun Pema trying her hands on a spinning-wheel at Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad.

- PTI Photo
Nov 17, 2011
Bhutan's King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck, right, and Queen Jetsun Pema are greeted by Keio University President Atsushi Seike and officials upon their arrival at the university's Mita campus in Tokyo. The Himalayan king, currently in Japan as a state guest, was conferred the honorary doctorate degree of Economics at the university.

- AP Photo/ Shizuo Kambayashi
Nov 16, 2011
Japanese Empress Michiko, center, walks with Bhutan's King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema after their meeting at the Akasaka guesthouse in Tokyo. Japanese Emperor Akihito has been hospitalised with deteriorating symptoms of bronchitis and he did not attend the welcoming ceremony for Bhutan's royal couple.

- AP Photo/ Yoshikazu Tsuno, Pool
Oct 30, 2011
Bhutan's King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck and his wife Queen Jetsun Pema pose for a photo during their visit to Jag Mandir palace in Udaipur, Rajsthan.

- PTI Photo
Oct 29, 2011
Bhutan's King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck and his wife Queen Jetsun Pema visiting Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur.

- PTI Photo
Oct 29, 2011
Bhutan King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuk and his wife Queen Jetsun Pema arrive on horse carriage at Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur on Friday.

- PTI Photo
Oct 28, 2011
Bhutan King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuk meeting Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot in Jaipur on Thursday night during their three-day visit to the state.

- PTI Photo
Oct 28, 2011
Bhutan King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuk and his wife Queen Jetsun Pema arrive on horse carriage at The Rambagh Palace in Jaipur.

- PTI Photo
Oct 27, 2011
Bhutan King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuk and his wife Queen Jetsun Pema upon their arrival at Gandhi Nagar railway station in Jaipur for a three-day visit to Rajasthan.

- PTI Photo
Oct 25, 2011
Bhutan King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuk shakes hands with Army chief Gen V. K. Singh during a meeting in New Delhi.

- PTI Photo/ Kamal Singh
Oct 24, 2011
Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha, Sushma Swaraj hugs Bhutan's Queen Jetsun Pema Wangchuk during a meeting in New Delhi.

- PTI Photo/ Kamal Kishore
Oct 24, 2011
Bhutan's King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk and his wife Queen Ashi Kesang Choden Wangchuck pay homage to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat, in New Delhi. MoS Communications and IT, Milind Deora is also seen in the picture.

- PTI Photo/ Vijay Verma
Oct 24, 2011
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, left, talks to Bhutan's new Queen Jetsun Pema during a ceremonial reception at the Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi.

- AP Photo/ Saurabh Das
Oct 24, 2011
Bhutan's King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck inspects a guard of honor during a ceremonial reception at the Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi.

- AP Photo/ Saurabh Das
Oct 24, 2011
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, left, Bhutan's King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuk, center, his newly wed queen, Jetsun Pema, and President Pratibha Patil, right, pose for a photograph during a ceremonial reception at the Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi.

- AP Photo/ Saurabh Das
Oct 24, 2011
Bhutan's King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk with his wife Queen Ashi Kesang Choden Wangchuck prepare to leave after paying tribute to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat, in New Delhi.

- PTI Photo/ Vijay Verma
Oct 23, 2011
King of Bhutan, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck and Queen Ashi Kesang Choden Wangchuck on their arrival at IGI airport in New Delhi.

- PTI photo?Kamal Singh
Oct 15, 2011
Bhutan's King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck, center, and Queen Jetsun Pema, center left, dance the traditional final dance with guests at the main stadium, including AICC General Secretary Rahul Gandhi (second right) and MoS Jyotiraditya Scindia (left) in Thimphu.

- PTI Photo
Oct 15, 2011
Bhutan King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuk kisses Queen Jetsun Pema during their wedding reception at the Chang Lime Thang Stadium at Thimpu in Bhutan.

- PTI Photo/ Swapan Mahapatra
Oct 15, 2011
Bhutan Royal family members clicking picture of AICC General Secretary Rahul Gandhi during wedding reception of King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuk and Queen Jetsun Pema at the Chang Lime Thang Stadium at Thimphu in Bhutan.

- PTI Photo/ Swapan Mahapatra
Oct 15, 2011
AICC General Secretary Rahul Gandhi and MoS Jyotiraditya Scindia with Bhutan Royal family members during wedding reception of King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuk and Queen Jetsun Pema at the Chang Lime Thang Stadium at Thimpu in Bhutan.

- PTI Photo/ Swapan Mahapatra
Oct 15, 2011
AICC General Secretary Rahul Gandhi with King of Bhutan Jigme Dorji Wangchuck during Guard of Honour ceremony at Secretariat in Thimpu, Bhutan.

- PTI Photo/ Swapan Mahapatra
Oct 15, 2011
AICC General Secretary Rahul Gandhi with one of the Royal Family members during their wedding reception at the Chang Lime Thang Stadium in Thimphu in Bhutan.

- PTI Photo/ Swapan Mahapatra
Oct 15, 2011
A dance troupe performs during wedding reception of King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuk and Queen Jetsun Pema at the Chang Lime Thang Stadium at Thimphu in Bhutan.

- PTI Photo/ Swapan Mahapatra
Oct 13, 2011
King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck, right, holds a young child as he greets locals with Queen Jetsun Pema during a celebration after they were married at the Punakha Dzong in Punakha, Bhutan.

- AP Photo/ Kevin Frayer
Oct 13, 2011
King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck, left and Queen Jetsun Pema pose after they were married at the Punakha Dzong, in Punakha, Bhutan. The 31-year-old reformist monarch of the small Himalayan Kingdom wed his commoner bride in a series of ceremonies.

- AP Photo/ Kevin Frayer
Oct 13, 2011
Minister of State Jyotiraditya Scindia with wife Priyadarshini Raje after attending the royal wedding of King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema at the Punakha Dzong in Punakha, Bhutan.

- PTI Photo/ Swapan Mahapatra
Oct 13, 2011
King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck, right, and Queen Jetsun Pema greet locals during a celebration after they were married at the Punakha Dzong in Punakha, Bhutan.

- AP Photo/ Kevin Frayer
Oct 13, 2011
King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck, center, and Queen Jetsun Pema, center rear, greet locals during a celebration after they were married at the Punakha Dzong in Punakha, Bhutan.

- AP Photo/ Kevin Frayer
Oct 12, 2011
A Bhutanese student carries a portrait of King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck and future Queen Jetsun Pema, before hanging outside the Lungten Zanpa School, their alma mater in the capital of Thimphu, Bhutan. The 31 year-old reformist monarch of the small Himalayan Kingdom will wed his commoner bride in a series ceremonies set for Thursday.

- AP Photo/ Kevin Frayer
Oct 11, 2011
A Bhutanese Buddhist monk waits before a rehearsal for a dance to be performed during the wedding festivities of King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck and future Queen Jetsun Pema, in the capital of Thimphu, Bhutan.

- AP Photo/ Kevin Frayer
Oct 11, 2011
Bhutanese workers place a picture showing King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck and future Queen Jetsun Pema at an intersection in the capital of Thimphu. The 31 year-old reformist monarch of the small Himalayan Kingdom will wed his commoner bride later this week.

- AP/PTI
Oct 10, 2011
Bhutanese students hold umbrellas as they practice a dance to be performed during the wedding festivities of King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck and future Queen Jetsun Pema, in the capital of Thimphu, Bhutan. The 31 year-old reformist monarch of the small Himalayan Kingdom will wed his commoner bride later this week.

- AP Photo/Kevin Frayer
May 20, 2011
Bhutan's King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck with Jetsun Pema, whom he is marrying later this year.

- PTI Photo
May 05, 2011
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar accompanied by Pavan K Varma, Ambassador of India to Bhutan with Bhutan King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck in Thimpu. Bihar CM is on a four-day visit to Bhutan.

- PTI Photo
May 05, 2011


- AFP (From Outlook, May 16, 2011)
May 05, 2011
In His Steps Sangay with the Dalai Lama

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Feb 06, 2011
Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao (R) shakes hand with her Pakistani Counterpart Salman Bashir during the opening of the SAARC thirty eighth session of the standing committee meeting at Thimphu, in Bhutan. Foreign Secretaries of India and Pakistan met in a fresh attempt to put their stalled dialogue process back on track and try to bridge the trust deficit plaguing the relationship.

- PTI Photo/ Manvender Vashist
Feb 06, 2011
Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao with her Pakistani Counterpart Salman Bashir and Bhutan's Dasho Daw Penjor pose for a group photograph during the Opening of the SAARC Thirty Eighth session of the Standing Committee meeting in Thimphu, Bhutan.

- PTI Photo/ Manvender Vashist
Feb 06, 2011
Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao shakes hand with her Afghan counterpart during the opening of the SAARC thirty eighth session of the standing committee meeting at Thimphu, in Bhutan.

- PTI Photo/ Manvender Vashist
Oct 22, 2010
King of Bhutan His Majesty Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck meeting the President, Pratibha Devisingh Patil, in New Delhi.

- pib.nic.in
Oct 20, 2010
King of Bhutan His Majesty Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck calling on the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, in New Delhi.

- pib.nic.in
Jun 02, 2010
Life in bhutan The SMS generation in traditional chic

- AP
Jun 02, 2010
Monks at a Thimphu monastery

- Tribhuvan Tiwari
Jun 02, 2010
Isolated? Dish antenna in a village on Thimphu outskirts

- Swapan Nayak
Jun 02, 2010
Leo posters at a shop

- Swapan Nayak
May 17, 2010
Bhutan

- SWAPAN NAYAK
Apr 30, 2010
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, embraces Bhutan's King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck following a meeting in Thimphu. South Asian leaders unveiled a US$300 million fund to reduce poverty in the region and signed agreements on trade and environmental protection as a two-day summit ended.

- AP Photo/Manish Swarup
Apr 29, 2010
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh shakes hands with Pakistan's Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani prior to a meeting on the sidelines of the 16th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Summit in Thimphu, Bhutan. Breaking the ice, India and Pakistan today decided to resume dialogue at the level of Foreign Ministers as Prime Ministers Manmohan Singh and Yousuf Raza Gilani met here in their first substantive engagement in less than a year.

- AP Photo/Manish Swarup
Apr 29, 2010
Pakistan's Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani shakes hands with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, as from left Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai, Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed, (fourth from left) Nepal's Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal and extreme right Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina look on during the closing ceremony of the sixteenth summit of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) in Thimphu, Bhutan.

- AP Photo/Manish Swarup
Apr 29, 2010
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh looks on during the closing ceremony of the sixteenth summit of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) in Thimphu, Bhutan. Breaking the ice, India and Pakistan today decided to resume dialogue at the level of Foreign Ministers as Prime Ministers Manmohan Singh and Yousuf Raza Gilani met here in their first substantive engagement in less than a year.

- AP Photo/Manish Swarup
Apr 28, 2010
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his wife Gursharan Kaur being welcomed by Bhutanese Prime Minister Jigme Y Thinley (R) and his wife on their arrival at Paro Airport in Bhutan.

- PTI Photo/Kamal Singh
Apr 28, 2010
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh being welcomed by his Bhutanese counterpart Jigme Y Thinley and his wife on his arrival at Paro Airport in Bhutan. PM will participate in the two-day 16th SAARC Summit.

- PTI Photo/Kamal Singh
Apr 27, 2010
Foreign Minister, S.M. Krishna talks with Pakistani counterpart, Shah Mahmood Qureshi during a tea break at the 32nd session of the council of ministers, in Thimpu, Bhutan. Bhutan is hosting the annual summit of South Asian leaders for the first time on April 28-29.

- AP Photo/Manish Swarup
Apr 26, 2010
Bhutanese school girls holds flag of India and Pakistan as they wait for the arrival of dignitaries of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) in Thimpu, Bhutan. Bhutan is set to host the annual summit of South Asian leaders for the first time on April 28-29.

- AP Photo/Manish Swarup
Dec 22, 2009
Bhutan King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, President Pratibha Patil and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during ceremonial reception for the king at Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi.

- PTI Photo/Shahbaz Khan
Dec 22, 2009
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh shakes hands with Bhutan King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck during a meeting in New Delhi.

- PTI Photo/Kamal Kishore
Dec 21, 2009
Bhutan King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck being accorded traditional welcome by Bhutan Embassy officials on his arrival at IGI Airport in New Delhi.

- PTI Photo/Kamal Singh
Jun 04, 2007
Tuesday 29 May
Bhutanese refugees carry the injured and shout slogans as Indian policemen are seen in background, in the border town of Karkarvitta, near the Darjeeling district of West Bengal. At least one Bhutanese refugee was killed and several others left injured when the Indian troops opened fire on hundreds of refugees at the India-Nepal border when they were trying to force their way through Indian territory to get home to Bhutan and threw stones at the Indian side. Though Darjeeling district administration has invited the refugee leaders for talks, the refugee leaders have served a 15 day ultimatum to the Indian government to lift off the barriers form the border points and allow them to continue their 'Long March' back to Bhutan from where they were evicted 16 years ago. More than 100,000 ethnic Nepalis - a Hindu minority in Bhutan for centuries - have been living as refugees in eastern Nepal since the early 1990s, when they were forced out by Bhutanese authorities who wanted to impose Buddhist culture across the country.

- AP Photo/ Bikash Rauniar
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