17 March 2011
Last updated at 10:09
Mount Jomolhari straddles the border between Bhutan and Tibet. Considered sacred and standing at 7000m it has been climbed by only a handful of people because of access restrictions.
A young monk takes in the views close to Taktshang monastery, also known as Tiger's Nest, north of Paro. The monastery is built into the rockface at around 3000m, 900m above the Paro valley. Mahayana Buddhism is the state religion, though in southern areas Hinduism is openly practised.
National policy is guided by happiness instead of an emphasis on economic growth; the term Gross National Happiness (GNH) was coined by former king Jigme Singye Wangchuk.
Girls make their way home from school in the Haa Valley (left). Haa valley famers make butter and cheese (right). As well as producing dairy goods, farmers grow potatoes, chillies and cash crops on the floor and terraced hillsides of the valley.
A warden directs traffic in the capital city of Thimphu
Punakha Dzong is Bhutan's second oldest and second largest dzong, or fortress-monastery. It served as the seat of government until 1955, when the capital was moved to Thimphu.
A boy helps his friend handle a bow and arrow for the first time. The Bhutanese are passionate about archery, the country's number one sport. Tournaments happen throughout the year from local to national level.
The coronation of the new young king in November 2008 was celebrated over many days of festivities, including pillow fighting at Chang-Lime-Thang stadium in Thimphu
Dancers perform religious Cham dances at the annual Tsechu festival in Paro. Tsechu –'day ten' – are annual festivals held in each district of Bhutan on the tenth day of a month, usually around October. These large social gatherings celebrate the memory of Guru Padmasambhava and other saints.
Refugees of Nepalese origin left Bhutan after ethnic tensions in the early 1990s; tens of thousands live in exile in United Nations refugee camps in southern Nepal, while others have been resettled around the world.
A man in Bhutanese national dress takes in the view of the Paro valley from the site of a sky burial.
Night falls on a farmhouse in the Haa Valley