ARCHERY, THE NATIONAL SPORT OF BHUTAN.
Archery is a sport which the locals are very passionate about. There are ranges all over Bhutan, and even each Dzong has an area set aside for a field of target. The competitions are colourful and noisy, the team members howl, chant, dance and in general make a 'big song and dance'. The target is placed 140m away from the archer, (the olympic standard is 50m). The traditional archery equipment is a long bamboo bow, but most archers nowadays use a state-of-the-art carboite Hoyt brand bow. The archers here are in the traditional dress of men, the Gho. So if you get a chance, make sure you visit one of these picturesque and colourful events. Traditional bamboo bow. orState of the art carbonite bow with a pulley system that released the bows at a incredible speed.