Comprising five districts, the ancient truly meets the present in western Bhutan. It is a region that boasts the Kingdomai??i??s only airport and produces the worldai??i??s best red rice. Its beautiful landscapes are dotted with awe-inspiring castle-fortresses built on precarious mountain spurs, and magnificent temples filled with ancient lore and mysticism. Here, in the valleys carved by sparkling glacial-fed rivers and streams, one comes across nature in its most beautiful manifestations.
Paro valley and its world famous Takstshang monastery, National Museum, the ruined ai???Fortress of Victoryai???, the capital city at Thimphu, the kingai??i??s palace and office within the castle-fortress of Tashichhodzong, the ai???Temple of Fertilityai???, the ancient capital at Punakha flanked by ai???maleai??? and ai???femaleai??? rivers, Phobjikha valley, views of the Great Himalayas, White-bellied Heron and Black-necked Crane.