So it all started with a two month advance planning with the very trusted and recommend Druk Air to arrange this family winter vacay, 2018. [Pl consider Druk Air whenever you plan a trip to Bhutan.]
We were five of us (the trip cost above is a per head cost) , all working and had a good 7 day window post diwali to spend time in this landlocked country named Bhutan.
Let me first tell you that Bhutan Airlines fly out on only certain dates as the country has a restriction in the number of tourists that it can welcome (one of the first reasons for the country to be what it is :) read on). So, it is important and peaceful to be planning a Bhutan trip in advance.
Owing to the dates we could spare, the flight was only available from Mumbai. So we had to travel from two different cities - Dehra Dun and Nagpur to fly out of Mumbai. (No no, it was totally worth it!)
Off we took into the sky for a 5 hour flight to the mighty Himalayas. All was well till the pilot took us over the mountains which were of course covered with the whitest of clouds, and the tallest peak on this planet popped up! (pl note, the phone camera couldn't capture it, the peak was only visible through naked eyes).
The flight itself was adventurous enough - its not over yet. Just while we all were mesmerized and adjusting the focus of our eyes to find more and more peaks our plane entered into the thick clouds where all you could do is, sense the kind of air speed that we were at. Added with, of course, the turbulence where with every dip almost all of us were missing our heartbeats. (Don't worry, it was more about the setting. Turbulence is normal)
And now the best comes. Just as some people (Indians) thought that remembering Gods and Goddesses might help we came buff! out of the fluffy clouds and there it was - amongst the tall, natural walls was this pretty looking valley called Paro.
The plane circles above it some two odd times with I don't know how many calculations the best pilots on this earth do to make us, the tourists, land safely. Yes, the best pilots - because the Paro airstrip is one of the most difficult airstrips in the world and there are only some 7 pilots who are qualified to land a plane on it.
And thereafter the awakening trailer we had, there we landed on the happiest country on earth.
A cute little airport and hell lot of chill! The above click is when we could still ourselves in that cold wind and smile to the camera, at the airport.
So much thrill and happiness had already hit us even before we technically entered the country. And what it had more for us was completely elating.
With our luggage with hand written tags we walked out to be greeted with the ever smiling Sonam, no, not me..... Sonam Dorji our super talented guide and our personal and conscious driver Tenzin. (Sonam is a name for guys in Bhutan)
As he wrapped a white silk scarf around our necks, we immediately got introduced to the warmth that country had in stock for us.