Where in the world?

Here’s a photo of a mystery place sent in by David. Do you know or can you guess where it is? Which languages are spoken there?

Mystery place

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8 Responses to Where in the world?

  1. Martin says:

    I think it’s from Tibet or Bhutan… In Tibet they speak Tibetan, and in Bhutan Dongkha.

  2. Joseph Staleknight says:

    Are you sure? It may be that the terrain looks African. Maybe it’s in South Africa, where they speak Xhosa, Afrikaans, and several other languages.

    Besides, they say S.A. is culturally diverse.

  3. Jangari says:

    The architecture looks quite Mongol or Turkic and the terrain isn’t altogether inconsistent with this. Looking for the middle-ground there, I’m tempted to say far-Eastern Turkic… so, Uyghur? Perhaps it’s further west, still with Turkic influence but more European flora. Perhaps Caucas or Georgia?

    Stab in the dark, really.

  4. rek says:

    It’s definitely Tibetan/Bhutani architecture, but the landscape is the issue. It’s not the Himalayas proper, so somewhere on the Tibetan Plateau perhaps. Or even northern India?

  5. d.m.falk says:

    I’d go with Bhutan (outside of Thimpu- I think this is the king’s monastary/palace), whose languages as Dzongka, Tibetan and Nepali, primarily. Bhutan has become in recent years open to tourism, particularly white-water rafting. The climate is milder than in Tibet proper. The king is trying to establish both economic and democratic reforms to provide a more open society based on happiness. Trying is the keyword, here.


  6. Simon says:

    The answer is – Thimpu, the capital of Bhutan. The languages spoken there, according to Ethnologue, include Dzongkha, Layakha, Nepali and Tibetan.

    The large building in the picture is The Tashichoedzong, a fortress monastery dating from the 13th century which has been the seat of Bhutan’s government since 1952.

  7. bizikar says:

    but,the picture is not taken by camera i think,it’s a 3d rendering picture,not a real world picture,althought it’s seems like Bhutan so much

  8. BG says:

    (I know this is late.) I kinda also had the feeling it wasn’t a real picture, but I didn’t really think about it (it was almost subconscious), until you mentioned it bizikar. One time when we were watching the 2004 Olympics in Athens I thought one of the “zooming in sequences” after a commercial was computerized, but my cousin didn’t think so. For the rest of the week every time a similar scene would play that wasn’t computerized he would ask me, “Is that computer?”, thus making fun of me (lightly).

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