On April 25, 2015, Nepal was rocked by a 7.9 magnitude earthquake, flattening villages, damaging landmarks, and triggering a major avalanche on Mount Everest. Nearly a year later, even the most adventurous spirits are still leery of heading to the “Roof of the World.”
While visiting Bhutan’s capital, Thimphu, the esteemed Indio-Anglian author and journalist Khushwant Singh heard numerous references to what he called “a wandering ascetic who combines preaching religion with sex and liquor.” This “Divine Madman” was, as Singh recounts in his book, The Freethinker’s Prayer Book: And Some Words to Live By, the “most unconventional holy man the world has e
To behold a flock of endangered black-necked cranes in flight can only be described as sublime. The birds’ aerial displays are so beautiful, and their preening dances so balletic, that the Bhutanese people have long believed them to be the souls of reincarnated Buddhist monks returned to earth in avian form.