Words: Kim Jones
A palpable peace is felt upon setting foot on Bhutanese grounds. We’re fresh off the plane after a day in transit, and Paro Airport is silent. The only sound is the baggage carousel as it clicks into action and delivers the luggage.
Photos of Bhutan’s King Jigme and Queen Jetsun are displayed on the airport walls and on the badges that the airport staff wear on their traditional kira or gho.
Immediately you get a glimpse of the respect the Bhutanese people reserve not just for the monarchy, but also for the limited number of visitors who are granted visas as part of their “high value, low impact” tourism policy.