Places in Western Bhutan
The charming town of Paro lies on the banks of the Paro (or Pa) Chhu, just a short distance northwest of the imposing Paro Dzong. The main street, only built in 1985, is lined with colourfully painted wooden shop fronts and restaurants, though these appear under threat as the town grows and multistorey concrete buildings continue to propagate.
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Tips and articles
Seeking the yeti, mythical monster of Nepal, Tibet, India and Bhutan
Everyone has heard the stories. The grizzled mountaineer who stumbles from his tent high in the Himalaya to find enormous footprints in the snow...
Know your gompas: a Lonely Planet guide to Tibetan Buddhist monasteries
One of the most surprising things about the Himalaya is how this desolate, almost monochrome landscape has produced so much vivid colour...
Planning your dream Himalayan trip
For mountain lovers and the vertically inclined the Himalayas represent nothing less than the crowning apex of nature's grandeur...
Bhutan: kingdom of the clouds
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