|Tourists and locals at Paro Tsechu festival|
It is not uncommon among chilips to wear local traditional clothes, the gho or the kira, especially kira for women as this outfit doesn't differ so much from Western clothing. The gho for men is a different story and you don't see too many foreigners wearing them. It is hard to put on and for the first time you feel a bit uncomfortable as you are basically wearing a skirt that could easily make your favorite underwear go public when sitting untrained. However, after some time you get used to it and it actually feels great. I really liked wearing it.
Even if disguised in local dress, it is easy to spot the tourists in the streets of Thimphu. Most of them have grey hair and glasses walking slowly in pairs or small groups in trekking boots when admiring their environment. They almost always carry big cameras with them and men tend to have gigantic camera lens that may be interpreted by some as the Western version of the phallus cult of Bhutan. They are rarely seen without their local tourist guide who shows them what to see, where to eat, and what to buy. Occasionally, you can see 'abandoned' tourists with no guide wandering around and they look like excited children who have just run away from home to have some adventure in the neighborhood with no parental supervision.
Should you want to visit Bhutan, hurry up. I heard rumors of the government going to increase the daily fee to $250 soon.
|Chilips watching Bhutan's strange animal, the takin|
|Big brother is watching, too.|
|At Paro Tsechu|
|At Punakha Dzong|
|Guide and his guided at Chimi Lhakhang|
|and a Thai lady at the King's birthday celebration in Thimphu|