Bhutan

Bhutan's commitment to the environment

A. J. T. JOHNSINGHSONAM WANGCHUKDECHEN LHAM Photographs by A. J. T. JOHNSINGH
Kuenselphodrang National Park. It was established in July 2006 to protect the forest around the 169-foot Buddha Dordenma statue, one of the tallest Buddha statues in the world. Photo: A.J.T. Johnsingh
Bhutanese children in Gasa, where the headquarters of Jigme Dorji National Park is located. Photo: A.J.T. Johnsingh
On the journey to Haa from Thimphu, a scenic view of the ripening wheat fields. Photo: A.J.T. Johnsingh
Rosa macrophylla, a common flower in Bhutan’s moist valleys. Photo: A.J.T. Johnsingh
In June, the peak flowering of rhododendrons had come to an end, and yet late flowering species such as Rhododendron setosum adorned the trail. Photo: A.J.T. Johnsingh
In June, the peak flowering of rhododendrons had come to an end, and yet late flowering species such as Rhododendron lepidotum adorned the trail. Photo: A.J.T. Johnsingh
A Rosa sericea plant, whose fruits are possibly eaten by pheasants and barking deer. Photo: A.J.T. Johnsingh
Euphorbia griffithii, one of Bhutan’s many colourful flower species. Photo: A.J.T. Johnsingh
The flowers of cutleaf buttercup (Ranunculus brotherusii) looked like specks of molten gold on the forest floor. Photo: A.J.T. Johnsingh
The Mo chu (mother river) gushing out of Jigme Dorji National Park. Photo: A.J.T. Johnsingh
Gasa Dzong in Jigme Dorji National Park. It was built in the 17th century. Photo: A.J.T. Johnsingh
The fertile Paro valley. Photo: A.J.T. Johnsingh
A painting on a wall in a resort in Haa. Photo: A.J.T. Johnsingh
The densely forested mountains of Jigme Dorji National Park. Photo: A.J.T. Johnsingh
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