Being a Buddhist nation, Bhutanese have this particular inclination of drawing the nation’s topographical features to Buddhist beliefs and philosophies.

The wise of he past, who had to conquer hills, wade rivers and cover vast valleys to reach the next village, or a neighbourhood are said to be likely sources of what continues to be used as drops of Buddhist wisdom today.

Trails that go uphill are associated with hurdles, challenges and bad experiences life is riddled with. Similarly, just like steep ascents that end at the pinnacle bringing a sense of triumph to those that scale it, it is so about overcoming hardships in life, bringing a sense of immense gratification.

Valleys following every hill are representative of the calm in life, happiness and how they sustain for a while until the next elevation presents upfront.

Allusions like these make better sense considering one is, every minute of every day, on the move, much like how the common cliché “life’s a journey” explains existence.

Zigs, which present themselves aplenty on Bhutanese roads and trails, are associated with the unseen and unexpected, surprises that await us, pleasant or unpleasant, from which we can choose to either retract and never learn of the possibilities, or draw lessons from to wage on.

Likewise, fogs are related to complexities and confusions from lack of clarity of vision, which we deal with on a regular basis.

All of these allusions point up to one underlying Buddhist tenet, that of impermanence.

Nothing lasts, except some longer than others.

The best prepared in life are those that travel wide and far.