You know the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan? Have a look at these everyday-life-pictures

The stunning photos offer a glimpse of Bhutan that many will never see – a country where success is measured by happiness instead of GDP – and its gross national happiness (GNH) takes precedent over material wealth and riches.

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Young Buddhist monks gather in front of the King's Palace in the capital city, Thimpu, in this photo, taken by His Majesty the King of Bhutan

Tibetan prayer flags overlooking Himalayan Mountains. In Bhutan, prayer flags are hoisted for happiness, long life, prosperity, luck and to offer karmic merit to all sentient beings. When someone dies, prayer flags are believed to guide the soul of the dead away from the netherworld

The pink lotus is  generally reserved for the highest deity, sometimes confused with the white lotus it is the lotus of the historical Buddha

Traditional Bhutanese painting in progress. In Bhutan, success is measured by happiness - and its gross national happiness (GNH) takes precedent over material wealth and riches.

The magnificent King’s Palace - or Dechencholing Palace - in Thimpu, which was built in 1953

Guards on duty at Tashichhodzong, Thimphu. The country is known for its natural scenic and cultural highlights and its welcoming people

The 170-foot Buddha Dordenma Statue, one of the largest statues of Buddha in the world, overlooking the  Thimphu Valley

Walking Buddha looks out over Centenary Park, Thimphu. The country has always drawntravellers thanks to its majestic Himalayan scenery

A Bhutanese boy sits alone as the country prepares for its first International festival, a ten-day celebration coinciding to the King's birthday

The impressive Buddha Dordenma Statue in silhouette. The ten-day celebration of arts and culture begins on February 14

A lone man washes among traditional wooden boats in Thimphu. The festival will coincide with the 5th King’s 35th birthday celebration and Losar, the Buddhist New Year

Prayer flags are raised outside homes, hung on bridges, hilltops, and places of spiritual importance

A Buddhist monk holds a red lotus flower, symbolising the original nature of the heart (hrdaya). It is the lotus of love and compassion

An elderly man snoozes on a traditional wooden boat. Until recently, Bhutan has been isolated due to geographical location, allowing it to retain its unique culture and heritage


Source: MailOnline

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