Every time I travel to a new place, I make sure to devout some time to my favourite activity – people watching. I love observing people as they are busy in their routine.
Bhutan is the place where I met and observed some of the most interesting people. I spent three nights at a farm house in Paro, got invited to join Buddhist monks for a lunch, visited some interesting places, and ate delicious food while in Bhutan.
The ‘Faces of Bhutan’ project showcases photos of Bhutanese people engaged in their routine activities. This is the second part of the two-part series. The first part of Faces of Bhutan is found here.
‘Faces of Bhutan’ is a tribute to the people of Bhutan. It’s a thank you for all their love, hospitality, and a memorable time. I would love to receive your feedback on this project. Feel free to add your comments. If you like this project, please share it with others.
Note: All photographs copyrighted by Parvez Shaikh. Reuse of any of these photos is prohibited without prior arrangements. High resolution copies of these photographs are available for purchase.
Faces of Bhutan: Photography by Parvez Shaikh
1. A Woman with A Child on Her Back
A Bhutanese woman carrying a child on her back with a pack of instant noodles in her hand. Thimphu, Bhutan.
2. A Monk Outside a Temple
A Buddhist monk sitting outside a temple in Thimphu, Bhutan.
3. A Praying Man
An elderly man is photographed while praying at a Buddhist temple in Phuntsholing, Bhutan.
4. An Elderly Man
An old Bhutanese man photographed at Memorial Chorten, Thimphu. Elders are a common sight at Memorial Chorten throughout the day.
5. An Buddhist Monk Dressed in Red
A Buddhist monk photographed at Memorial Chorten, Thimphu.
6. Two Men Busy with Their Conversation
Two elderly Bhutanese men are busy in a conversation at Changangkha Lhakhang, Thimphu.
7. The Man in the Street
A Bhutanese man in photographed in a street of Thimphu.
8. A Smiling Bhutanese Lady
An old Bhutanese lady is smiling as she engages in a conversation with her friends at a temple in Phuntsholing.
9. Two Ladies in a Busy Street of Thimphu
Two women are having a conversation in a busy Thimphu street.
10. A Lady Spinning Prayer Wheels
A Bhutanese lady is photographed spinning prayer wheels at Changangkha Lhakhang, Thimphu.
11. A Praying Bhutanese Woman
A woman is praying at a temple in Phuntsholing, Bhutan.
12. A Monk by the Door
A Buddhist monk is photographed standing by a door of Changangkha Lhakhang, Thimphu.
13. A Bhutanese Man Dressed in Gho
A Bhutanese man wearing Gho and a hat photographed at Memorial Chorten, Thimphu. Gho is the traditional and national dress for men in Bhutan.
14. Bhutanese Ladies Dressed in Kira
Two ladies dressed in Kira – the traditional dress for Bhutanese women – circling around Memorial Chorten while having a conversation.
15. A Man Looks at the Camera
A Bhutanese man is photographed at Memorial Chorten, Thimphu, as he looks at the camera.