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Paro is Bhutan's most well-known valley. It has the country's only international airport even though valleys are very rarely associated with international airports. It has the most sacred religious site of Bhutan – The Tiger’s Nest. Tigers generally are not known for nesting. It is also one of the most fertile valleys in Bhutan which has contributed to its progress as a hub for agricultural development.
The structure in this postcard is the ruins of a house built using traditional methods. The main construction material used in this house is earth. After the frame for the walls are built from wood, earth is poured in manageable layers. Women, men and children then jump and dance and pound on the earth into rock-solid walls that withstand the harsh weathers of Bhutan.
This structure, which stands prominently on the highway from Paro to Thimphu is believed to be more than 500 years old. It does not show any signs of surrendering to the forces of nature yet. In fact, some believe the ruins are protected from the weather and people by a guardian deity.