AS you can probably guess, I survived the landing in Paro. We were picked up at the beautiful airport by our guide Tenzin, and then whisked off to a lovely hotel for the night. We toured around Paro a bit, seeing the spectacular Paro National Museum and Paro Dzong. We will head back in a few days and hopefully trek up to the Taktsang Lhakang monastery (also known as Tiger’s Nest). One of the most amazing things for me is the air here. I can’t believe how fresh it smells. And after the Delhi heat, it is blissfully cool.
Today we got up early and headed up to Thimpu, the capital, by national highway (read: dirt road). Once here, we started to piss off Tenzin a bit I think. He kept wanting to take us to museums and craft shops where we would purchase things (that I suppose he gets commission from). We wanted to explore the town on foot, clearly a no-no, as this would (to Tenzin’s horror) allow us to actually see things that weren’t planned. We might even have some unscripted less than perfect interaction with the locals!
I am sorry to say that you will have to wait for the pics. The fastest internet access I can find here is dial up, shared among many people. I hear that access is plentiful in Kathmandu, so until that time relax and imagine the splendor.