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    Schoolchildren in the entrance to Paro Dzong, the religious, administrative, and social center for the Paro Valley

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    Schoolgirls wearing traditional kiras on a wooden foot bridge that leads to Paro Dzong

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    Western Bhutan's Paro River flows past the Paro Dzong.

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    A manmade river on the grounds of the new Zhiwa Ling ("Place of Peace") Hotel in Paro

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    Villagers dressed in traditional ghos spin prayer wheels in Paro

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    The Zhiwa Ling Hotel is constructed in the traditional Bhutanese architectural style.

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    Prayer flags symbolizing the five elements (earth, water, fire, clouds, sky) fly at the Zhiwa Ling Hotel.

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    The main lodge at the Zhiwa Ling Hotel

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    The Zhiwa Ling at night

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    White prayer flags called Wind Horses disseminate prayers through the Paro Valley.

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    The Punakha Valley in central Bhutan

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    The dawn mist rises from the Paro Valley.

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    A view of the elaborately carved temples inside the Punakha Dzong

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    A local in Wangdue Phodrang.

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    Girls dressed in kiras walk home from school near the town of Trongsa.

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    Costumed monks from the village of Ngalhakhang wait to perform a welcoming dance.

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    A costumed monk performs a dance in a Ngalhaklang village courtyard.

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    Villagers from Ngalhakhang watching the ceremonial dances from the local temple

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    A Buddhist welcoming ceremony before meditating in the temple at Ngalhakhang

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    The famous Tiger's Nest Monastery on a cliff overlooking the Paro Valley

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    Welcoming flags fly at a campsite near the village of Ngalhakhang.

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    A dancer at the temple in Ngalhakhang (Robert Thurman is in the background)

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