The flight path into Paro and out of Paro is the same – a quick ascent or decent to the runway followed or preceded by the steeply banking aircraft executing a hairpin turn. Fun to watch, fun to experience but not possible in bad visibility or at night. About 6 flights come into or leave Paro each day, none at night and apparently only 8-9 pilots in the world fly into the airport.
Our plane took off and executed the departure seamlessly. An added bonus was being seated on the right side of the plane by the window watching the Himalayas in all their glory slide by as we headed west for Delhi. We can’t help but share some more photos of the mountains that have followed us throughout our journey
Although cuisine is not rated as high on the list as a reason to visit Bhutan, we were pleasantly surprised by the vegetables and spicy chili cheese. We had an opportunity to stop at some of the many roadside fruit and vegetable markets as well as the main farmers market in Paro. Everything from the red rice beloved in Bhutan to multiple varieties of chili peppers plus any and all in between. The photos show a sampling of what we saw. We even saw dried Yak cheese (the white cubes on a string) , apparently it lasts for 25 years – who knew….. Meat is a luxury here and there are no abattoirs in Bhutan. All the meat that is consumed comes from India. We saw a rare chicken although eggs are plentiful. The only animal based products at the markets were cheese (local) and butter ( another Indian import).
Plastic bags are plentiful here but there is a conspicuous absence of twist ties. The photo below of the woman using a candle shows her sealing a plastic bag of red rice. The rice is the only agricultural product that Bhutan exports.
Cats, dogs, cows oh my!
Dogs are everywhere in Bhutan, as are cats and cows. The Bhutanese treat their animals very well. Although animals are often all over the road, the law in Bhutan is clear that if a driver hits an animal during daylight, they must bear the costs of any veterinary help or replace the animal if deceased. After dark it is a different matter as the citizens of Bhutan are required to have their animals safe at home, so the owners are responsible if an animal is hit by a vehicle after the sun goes down. The result is that drivers have become skilled at navigating through groups of wandering animals during the daylight hours and you rarely see an animal on the road after dark.
Bhutan is an amazing country, it should be on everyone’s list to visit!!!
See you tomorrow after our adventure exploring Old and New Delhi.