Through clouds emerges the soil, the carpet of green earth that will welcome you when your feet first touch the ground at Paro International Airport in Bhutan. It is the country’s only international airport – its doorway and departure.
As you drive into the city you become more and more aware of the ornate, traditional buildings that surround you. Painted in vivid hues they stand in contrast with lush paddy and wheat fields, while the placid clear blue stretches visible from the skies turn to glittering trout-filled streams from up close. If Thimphu is Bhutan’s heart, then Paro is the country’s soul.