Bhutan: Final Approach to Paro

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Welcome to one of the wildest airport landings on the planet!

This is Paro, Bhutan as seen from my Druk Air Royal Bhutan Airlines flight from Bangkok in 2005.
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On final approach, our pilot constantly banked the jet left-and-right through narrow gaps between hillsides filled with farms, homes and temples before a only-get-one-shot landing at Paro airport.
For the ultimate Indiana Jones experience, this approach and landing was second only to my flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, Nepal, in 2000.
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The splotches of crimson you see on top of the roofs of the structures below are red chili peppers set out to dry and destined to become Ema Datshi, the national dish of the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, made from peppers and cheese.
Photo copyright Ken Hunt and Whole Earth Images.com
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