Paro, Bhutan

Paro is a town and seat of Paro District in the Paro Valley of Bhutan. It is home to Paro Airport, Bhutan's only international airport.Paro Airport has been described as "the most difficult commercial airport in the world", The airport has only one runway. Airplanes on approach pass by 5,500m Himalayan mountain peaks, and the 1,980m runway length presents a double challenge, due to the extremely high density altitude at the site.Rinpung Dzong a fortress-monastery overlooking the Paro valley has a long history.

The Paro Dzong was rebuilt by the penlop dawa Penjor after the fire. Housed within its walls is a collection of sacred masks and costumes. Some date back several centuries; others were contributed by Dawa Penjor and his successor Penlop Tshering Penjor in recent times. 10 km outside Paro is the famous Taktshang (Tiger's Nest) Hermitage on the face of a sheer 1000 m cliff. The place is highly sacred to the Bhutanese in that they believe Guru Rinpoche, the father of Bhutanese Buddhism landed here on the back of a tigress.

Images From Flickr : Gelay Jamtsho , Guldem Ustun , Shin--k, Arian Zwegers, Doug Knuth,

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Name:
Paro
Country:
Bhutan
Type:
District
Location:
Paro Valley of Bhutan
Elevation:
7200
Latitude :
27.433333
Longitude :
89.416667

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