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Tryst with Thimphu

THIMPHU (Reuters) - Bhutan's capital of Thimphu may be the only world capital without a traffic light, but the largest city in this remote Himalayan kingdom does boast some 5-star hotels, an increasing range of restaurants, and several nightclubs.Full story

Bhutan charms, but "Shangri-La" is no paradise

THIMPHU, Bhutan (Reuters) - Saffron-robed monks wander the streets of Thimphu, where elaborately painted buildings feature lucky symbols like tigers and phalluses, all under the gaze of a huge gold Buddha atop a mountain overlooking Bhutan's tree-lined capital. Full story

Bhutan counts the cost of trying to buy happiness

THIMPHU, Bhutan (Reuters) - They say you can't buy happiness - and it's something Bhutan is finding out the hard way. Full story

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