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A lhakhang where both genders are not allowed

Religion: Women are restricted from entering goenkhangs (sanctums) of any sacred lhakhang in the country but in Tharpaling Lhakhang in Chumey, Bumthang, even men are not allowed. Pilgrims to the sacred monastery, which is perched on a slope overlooking the Chumey valley, meet the koenyer (caretaker), Dechen Dorji, 75, outside ...

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Hitching a ride in Zhemgang

Lack of a frequent public transport system in Zhemgang forces many to depend on lifts

Transport: Sangay Wangmo, 20, and Lemo, 26, were waiting for a vehicle at the dzong and Tingtibi junction in Zhemgang town at around 2pm on December 28. They were sitting in a small shelter built for people waiting for vehicles.

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Gamung’s long wait for water

Water: In a small village called Gamung in upper Shali in Shumar gewog, winter means fetching water from a stream and searching for water sources. The village has been facing an acute water shortage for years. Villagers are frustrated with the water problem especially during the winter seasons. While the ...

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