Photographer's Note

This is the Chendebji Chorten, a stupa from the 18th century, supposed to be built on the spot where an evil spirit was subdued after having manifested itself as a gigantic snake. People come here to pray for protection against all kinds of demons.

Chendebji Chorten is located in Trongsa district, 41 km west of Trongsa town on the road from Wangdue Phodrang, at the moderate altitude of 2 430 meters.

This is an area mostly covered with forests, so it's quite a typical Bhutanese scenery. Aboout 70 percent of the surface of Bhutan is estimated to be covered with forests, and according to the law the share of forests must never be allowed to go below 60 percent of the country's total area. The government has looked at Bhutan's neighbours and seen the problems caused by the devastation of the forests. Slash-and-burn agriculture is prohibited.

Generally Bhutan is one of the most environmentally conscious countries in the world. Environmental studies are among the core subjects in the schools from an early level. Protection of the nature is the basis of all economic and social planning. In case of a conflict between mining, industry or the extension of hydro-power with environmental needs, the environment wins.

Compared with most other countries in the region, or anywhere in Europe, the Bhutanese towns are remarkably clean. Campaigns to protect the environment are coordinated with campaigns not to throw litter in the streets. Probably only Singapore is cleaner.

An alternative photo can be seen in the WS. The map coordinates 27.474978 90.34911 will take you to this place. Just click Map: view.

Both photos were scanned from Kopachrome slides. Here is a larger version of the main photo.

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