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Often referred to as “The Last Shangri-la”, Bhutan (meaning the Land of the Thunder Dragon) is a Himalayan kingdom with a population of 700,000 people and landlocked between Tibet, China and India.

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Himalayan scenery from the plane before landing

Only the national airline, Druk Air, flies into the international airport at Paro, where all landings and take off are by visual flight rules, which means that the pilot must be able to see the runway before landing.

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Paro International Airport

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Airport terminal

First stop on the way to Thimphu is the Tamchhu Lhakhang, a temple accessible only through an iron suspension bridge.

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Karma, my guide in Bhutan. Hope he brings “good karma”!

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Not too easy to walk-thru, especially just coming off from a 4-hour flight!

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