Our trip from Hyderabad started in the early hours of 23rd March, with us(me and my husband Pranov) taking a flight till Guwahati.Instead of flying to Paro,we decided to go via road as there are no flights to Paro on saturday. So, we booked a train from Kamakhya to New Alipurduar which is 60kms from Phuentsholing(our entry point to Bhutan). But, when we reached the station, we were informed that the train got cancelled!
We took the next train, reached New Alipurduar from where we took a cab till Phuentsholing(where our driver was waiting for us with the E-permit).
We can either take the permit after reaching there or through a valid tour agent.But since saturday and sunday are holidays the only way to enter Bhutan was to get the permits beforehand,which we had done through our driver cum guide.
So,finally around 6.30pm, we got our entry permits and then we started towards Thimpu which is approximately a 4.30hrs drive.The hotel we booked at Thimpu was Kisa Villa which is just around the Thimpu Dzong,so we had a great view of it and the stay was very comfortable where we rested for the night!
Day 2- Thimpu-Punakha
The next day, we decided to take a walk through the city and also to visit some cafe where we could have our breakfast.We passed through some scenic views on our way to Thijha Cafe(found through online websites). It was a cool cafe where we had toast and omlet breakfast set,cheese momos(they were really goooood!) and cappuccino.
On our way back to the hotel,we browsed through the local craft shops. After that we started towards Punakha.In order to reach Punakha,we go through Dochula Pass where one can see 108 memorial stupas located.Here, we stopped for lunch at Druk Wangyel Cafe where we had our first taste of Shamu Datshi(Mushroom,Cheese and Chillies) and instantly it was a hit for us.
After lunch,we started towards Punakha.On the way we hiked through the village to chimi lhakhang monastery(Divine Madman's temple).It is famous for particularly women seeking blessings to beget children.
In Punakha,we booked a homestay called Aum Wangmo (It had one of the best reviews in Airbnb and we understand why!).The road to the homestay is a bit rough wand we were worried if we made a wrong choice.But as soon as we reached there all our worries were vanished!
We had some of the great time of our stay here.The people were warm,the food hot and we also got to try the local rice wine(Ara,can be had in 2 ways-warm n cold) and also the famous butter tea!