National Geographic : 1974 Oct
|IKE SMALL FRY the world over, a young ster in the front row of a coronation crowd (upper left) makes a face for the camera. But most Bhutanese received their influx of guests-150 foreigners, the largest number ever permitted to enter the kingdom-with innocence and good humor. The presence in Thimphu of thousands of countryfolk (above) was a measure of their loyalty to their young king. No paved road spans the nation. Many easterners traveled south into India, then westward more than a hundred miles before reentering Bhutan for the six-hour ride northward to the capital. Brandishing bells and rattling hand drums (left), dancers precede the king's Rolls-Royce to Changlimithang Stadium for a program of sacred dramas and sports events.