Photographer's Note

Druk Yul or the "Land of the Thunder Dragon" is as mystical as the name suggests. Commonly known as Bhutan, it is a fairy tale world of dreamy mountains, dancing rivulets, green meadows, quaint hamlets among blurry pines and wild flowers, mystic monasteries straddling deep chasm, fluttering prayer flags, mighty Dzongs (fortresses) and simple, easy going, ever smiling people.

Roughly the size of Switzerland (47,000 sq. kms), Bhutan rises sharply from the Gangetic plains up to the snow covered mountains that act as a natural boundary with Tibet. It is perhaps the last of the Shangri-La, practically unmarred by the dizzying advances of time.

Located in Western Bhutan, Paro is one of the most scenic places in Bhutan. The Paro Chu (Chu means river) dances gaily through the valley and the Mount Chomolhari with its snow covered peak offers an imposing background to this enchanting valley.

The Rimpung Dzong, popularly known as Paro Dzong, was built by Shabdrung Namgyal in 1646. It stands majestically across the Paro river on a knoll rising in a straight climb from the river itself. It houses the monastic body of Paro, the office of the Dzongda (district administrative head) and Thrimpon (the judge) of Paro district.

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