<p>In serene isolation, a <em>dzong</em>, or monastic fortress, in central Bhutan reflects the spirit of this Himalayan kingdom, thrust into the glare of modern times after centuries of solitude.</p><p>—From "Bhutan: Kingdom in the Clouds," May 1991, <em>National Geographic</em> magazine</p>

Monastic Fortress

In serene isolation, a dzong, or monastic fortress, in central Bhutan reflects the spirit of this Himalayan kingdom, thrust into the glare of modern times after centuries of solitude.

—From "Bhutan: Kingdom in the Clouds," May 1991, National Geographic magazine

Photograph by James L. Stanfield

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