Mar 25 2017 | Article

An Exciting Itinerary : The Journey Begins in Charming Paro

Our itinerary for Bhutan is so exciting!

This incredible journey begins in Paro, Bhutan. The five of us will travel for over 20 hours from different parts of the world to meet in Bangkok and from there board our flight for the kingdom of Bhutan!

Paro is a historic town with many sacred sites and historical buildings scattered through the area. It is also home to Bhutan’s sole international airport! Paro international airport is 6 km from Paro in a deep valley on the bank of the river Paro Chhu. With surrounding peaks as high as 5,500 m (18,000 ft), the airport is considered one of the world’s most challenging airports, and only a select number of pilots are certified to land at the airport. Flights to and from Paro are allowed under visual meteorological conditions only and are restricted to daylight hours from sunrise to sunset

According to Lonely Planet Paro’s main street, only built in 1985, is lined with colorfully painted wooden shop fronts and restaurants, though these appear under threat as the town grows and multistory concrete buildings continue to propagate.

I am excited to explore the charming town of Paro with the team. My research shows Paro remains one of the best Bhutanese towns to explore on foot and is worth an hour or two’s stroll at the end of a day of sightseeing!

Our very first stop on day one is the National Museum in Paro. Learning a little more about the culture, heritage, rich traditions and history of Bhutan is important to better appreciate and understand the heart and soul of the nation and its people.

The National Museum is a round building said to be in the shape of a conch shell, with 2.5m-thick walls. It is home to precious exhibits like impressive collections of thangkas, both ancient and modern, depicting Bhutan’s important saints and teachers, as well as fearsome festival masks grouped according to their tsechu dances.

As we take in the sights, sounds and vibrant experiences Master Sande Zeig will be capturing every majestic moment on camera! Master Sande, one of Master Sha’s certified Master Teachers and well-known filmmaker is part of the 5 people team traveling to Bhutan.

Together with Master Sande, we will create short videos of our experiences in Bhutan and post it for all of you as we continue our travels.

From Paro we travel to Thimpu for the last stop of the day, a visit with her majesty the Queen Mother of Bhutan Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck. The Tarayana Foundation was founded by Her Majesty The Queen Mother and formally launched on 4th May 2003, by His Majesty Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, the then Crown Prince of Bhutan.

The mission of Tarayana Foundation is to maximize happiness and harmony among all Bhutanese people by providing opportunities for life improvement to the vulnerable communities in Bhutan.

By helping community members learn and integrate new skills, Tarayana Foundation promotes self-empowerment and the importance of serving each other. Their motto is service from the heart.

The difficult terrain and the scattered nature of Bhutan’s communities make it very challenging for many communities to access social services and markets. Tarayana Foundation with its focus on grassroots development lends itself well in serving the small and remote communities, one community at a time.

Click here to  read more about our collaboration with Tarayana Foundation. If your heart and soul want to support this worthy cause and the Love Peace Harmony foundation offer us your social reach by clicking on any of the social media button on this page!

In the next blog, you will meet another team member and find out what happens on next! Stay tuned.

With love peace harmony,

Master Firuzan
@firuzan.mistry

 

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