Production of incense in Mysore, India

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Tshenden Incense Factory

Western Bhutan

Just 1km from Bondey is this family-run incense factory, undergoing a multistorey expansion at the time of research. Get your guide to check in advance if you can still see the boiling, dyeing, extruding and drying processes of incense production.

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