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Unless you take the masochistic overland route, Paro airport is currently the only way into the country.  It is all a little surreal with the peaks of the Himalayas poking out through the clouds for a few brief moments, then the plane plunges through the cloud layer and banks steeply left and right as it winds its way through the valleys; ranks highly in the "most dangerous airports in the world" list. 

All of a sudden it goes really quiet and you find yourself walking across the runway to the quaintly Bhutanese styled terminal building, with the Dzong just past the end of the runway.

The "capital" of Paro District, Tshongdue boasts not even one metaphorical horse and a population of 2,623.  Weird to think that the Chinese manage to classify a metropolis with a population of six million as a "village".

Home to the iconic Tiger's Nest hermitage clinging improbably to the side of a 1000 metre sheer cliff and which, though unmissable, will tend to sort of the men from the boys.  Fortunately and very conveniently there is a cafeteria towards the top with a viewing platform and, more importantly, cold beer.

Drukgyel Dzong Kyichu Lhakgang Taktshang Lhakgang Paro Tshongdue
   
Paro Airport Paro Dzong    

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