My visit to Paro last week gave me an opportunity to look at the town in a whole new perceptive. I have spent seventeen years of my life in Paro but it never felt that way until I spent these five years away. After having seen the changing faces of many Bhutanese towns the old street in Paro town is something that made me stop and wonder and then wish.
|The Beautiful Paro|
Paro Tshongdue the forgotten names means the business place, where the Bhutanese and Tibetan businessmen met to barter their goods long before we knew India and Bangkok. This town has history and it has the structural design well preserved to be called the Iconic Town of Bhutan. Interestingly many of these houses are converted into Handicraft showrooms thereby promising to remain so for years. But the desire for bigger and better houses has slowly eaten away at least two houses and many might want to follow soon.
Government could adopt the street and preserve it creatively, without hurting the sentiments of the landlords and without freezing their desire to move forward.
|The Last Bhutanese Town, Paro|
Towns bigger than Thimphu are bound to come with time but if we lose Paro history may never forgive us.