Phil's All Embracing Bhutan Slide Show
Bhutan and the Paro Valley
Finally! After a year in planning, and several thousands of dollars lighter
in the wallet, fourteen of us arrived at Paro International Airport in the almost
painfully brilliant sunlight of the Paro Valley. The plane ride (in an old Dornier
jet) reminded of the trip that Indiana Jones took to Nepal, but the views of the
snow-capped Himalayas (whose peaks were not that far from the plane!) were
What you see right here is Paro International Airport. One plane in and one plane
out every day. That's it. And only when the weather is fine. With high mountains
surrounding this very narrow valley, it makes for a dangerous landing.
The two story
building at the bottom left is the airport terminal. And the large white buildings across
the valley are the Paro Dzong and the Bhutan National Museum.
This is the view of the massive Paro Dzong (dzong: fortress-monastery) from above and
the Paro valley below. There are certain markings that designate temples and dzongs, such as a brown stripe on the upper walls and a yellow roof.