Datse

Archery (datse) is the national sport of Bhutan. There are traditional bows and arrows with modern archery techniques... the targets spaced at 140m intervals (that is 153 yards!)... ceremony kicks off the tournaments with supporters singing and dancing... and women come dressed to impress... making this sport a SPORT. I could see how archery is truly a part of their identity just from this practice at the Archery Stadium in Thimphu. I got a kick out of the men standing close to the target taunting the players at the other end of the field. I was not dressed to impress as the local women but my time watching this archery practice was one of the top highlights in Bhutan. 

Photos: Charlane Brady