Bhutan - Land of Tiger Nest Monastery

Tripoto
19th Mar 2015
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The bridge to Bhutan
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Road till Bhutan from New Jalpaiguri is worth taki
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From NJP to Jaigaon
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From NJP to Jaigaon
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From NJP to Jaigaon
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From NJP to Jaigaon
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From NJP to Jaigaon
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Petrol Pumps on the way
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Bhutan provides all kinds of accomodation.
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Trip worth remembering
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Thimpu from top
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Lot of colours all around
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Thimpu (Hotel View)
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Local junior Spiderman
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Way to Thimpu
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Its not just the people who are friendly :)
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Just entering Thimpu
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The way to King's palace
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The Lonely Sentinal
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Way to the Haa Valley
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Haa Valley
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Haa Valley
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Haa Valley
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Perfect place to take a walk
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Haa Valley
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Haa Valley
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Thats Viva :)
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Our only companions on this road
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Paro Airport Runway
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Paro
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Paro
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Cute faces all around :)
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Foodie's delight ...
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The first view of the misty mountains and the monastery
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Gurdians of the north
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On the way to Tiger Nest Monastery
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On the way to Tiger Nest Monastery
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Taktsang Monastery or the Tigers Nest near Paro, Bhutan at 3200 meters. Taktsan
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The final destination
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The mystic kingdom of Bhutan is a proud nation inhabited by some beautiful & friendly people who are more than just happy and contented with their extremely simple life. If one wants true peace and understand the real meaning of happiness - This is d place

I had just completed my MBA, one of my friends was getting married in November,the other one was about to be a father and the third one was about to leave for Canada on a long haul. So for all of us, this trip was very special. Old school friends finally getting together for a trip they would like to remember for the rest of the time to follow. Well Bhutan did not disappoint us. We just wished we had more time. Bhutan is not just another Himalayan destination. It is a potpourri of peace, happiness, colorful culture preserved sacredly over centuries and mouth watering food. The people would teach you how easy it is to be happy while leading a simple & ordinary life.

Go visit Bhutan; You would come back happy with peace of mind & with a different perspective of seeing life.

We got picked up by our friend and driver Sonam Sangpo at the NJP station. We did not wait there and started our trip as soon as we landed. Had breakfast on the way and got our vehicle (Scorpio) fueled.

Photo of New Jalpaiguri Junction Railway Station, Siliguri, West Bengal, India by Anupam Debnath
Photo of New Jalpaiguri Junction Railway Station, Siliguri, West Bengal, India by Anupam Debnath

Phuentsholing is the border town and the only entry to Bhutan through road. We had to do two things in Phuentsholing - Get our individual permits for Thimpu & Paro and get the vehicle permit. We managed with the first one and since all govt. offices close down by 3:30 local time, we could not get a vehicle permit. We did not wanted to reach Thimpu that day itself but had to stay in Phuentsholing. However it was good experience as Phuentsholing is a beautiful city and the moment one crosses into Bhutan from Jaigaon, everything around you chances. Be ready to be mesmerized with clean roads, less vehicle & people, standardised shops buildings & boards, zero smoking activity & Bhutanese people & officials in their majestic traditional attire. Hills starts from no where once you cross the open border gate between Jaigaon & Phuentsholing.

Photo of Phuentsholing, Chhukha, Bhutan (Jaigaon on Indian Side) by Anupam Debnath

We left early the next day for Thimpu. The roads are a combination of good & medium quality. There was beautiful scenaries that will force you to stop the vehicle and feel the surrounding. We reached in 7 hours and was greeted by heavy downpour. The entry to Thimpu is that of mixed feelings. It is too beautiful as a city but too small to be the capital of a country. Roads are good and traffic rules are followed very seriously. The dress & vehicles of the police has a touch of sophistication and has more semblance to that of global cities than with India.

Photo of Thimpu, Bhutan by Anupam Debnath
Photo of Thimpu, Bhutan by Anupam Debnath
Photo of Thimpu, Bhutan by Anupam Debnath
Photo of Thimpu, Bhutan by Anupam Debnath
Photo of Thimpu, Bhutan by Anupam Debnath
Photo of Thimpu, Bhutan by Anupam Debnath

We wanted to visit a place other than just Thimpu & Paro. Time was a constraint so we choose Haa Valley. It is a beautiful, small, sleepy hamlet valley just 15 kms from Tibet border. It has a seperate road to Paro through Chelela pass which we heard was a place worth crossing. Haa Valley has just 2 hotel & 1 resort. It mostly attracts foreign tourists and very few Indian tourists. it is a place that would give you simple yet memorable evening where you can talk a long walk with your loved ones. It has a small stream flowing, tiny shops providing sumptuous non veg snacks(chicken, beef & pork) & liquor (both local & foreign).

Photo of Haa Valley, Bhutan by Anupam Debnath
Photo of Haa Valley, Bhutan by Anupam Debnath
Photo of Haa Valley, Bhutan by Anupam Debnath
Photo of Haa Valley, Bhutan by Anupam Debnath
Photo of Haa Valley, Bhutan by Anupam Debnath
Photo of Haa Valley, Bhutan by Anupam Debnath
Photo of Haa Valley, Bhutan by Anupam Debnath
Photo of Haa Valley, Bhutan by Anupam Debnath
Photo of Haa Valley, Bhutan by Anupam Debnath
Photo of Haa Valley, Bhutan by Anupam Debnath

This is the pass that seperates Haa valley from Paro valley. From the top of the pass, one can see Haa on one side and Paro on the other side. It is one of those feelings that make your trip seems like a successfull venture. There was snow all the way and close to no traffic. It is place you would like to spend some moments alone in silence with your close friends or special ones. Yaks would give your company intermittently.

Paro is more popular among tourists than even Thimpu. We felt there were more people in Paro then even Phuentsholing which is a border town. It has the only airport from which you can enter Bhutan by air. Lot of hotels and eating places. We were all excited to Paro as the high point of our trip (Tiger Nest Monastery) started from there.

Photo of Paro, Bhutan by Anupam Debnath
Photo of Paro, Bhutan by Anupam Debnath
Photo of Paro, Bhutan by Anupam Debnath
Photo of Paro, Bhutan by Anupam Debnath
Photo of Paro, Bhutan by Anupam Debnath
Photo of Paro, Bhutan by Anupam Debnath

Tiger Nest Monastery or the Taktsang Monastery as it is locally called was the main destination of our whole trip. A successful rendezvous of the world renowned monastery among the misty mountains would have kind off decided the success or failure of our whole journey. Bhutan did not disappoint us. We started early to reach the point from Paro where we had to leave our car and start a 2 hour journey on foot. From there, started our trek through some amazing views of the surrounding low lying areas, lovely wood, lots of travelers. We could see the monastery multiple times from below while we were climbing up- clinged to the mountain, between the mists, high up as if it was some mysterious destination we have been travelling to reach for ever.

Photo of Taktsang Palphug, Paro, Bhutan by Anupam Debnath
Photo of Taktsang Palphug, Paro, Bhutan by Anupam Debnath
Photo of Taktsang Palphug, Paro, Bhutan by Anupam Debnath
Photo of Taktsang Palphug, Paro, Bhutan by Anupam Debnath
Photo of Taktsang Palphug, Paro, Bhutan by Anupam Debnath
Photo of Taktsang Palphug, Paro, Bhutan by Anupam Debnath
Photo of Taktsang Palphug, Paro, Bhutan by Anupam Debnath
Photo of Taktsang Palphug, Paro, Bhutan by Anupam Debnath
Photo of Taktsang Palphug, Paro, Bhutan by Anupam Debnath
Photo of Taktsang Palphug, Paro, Bhutan by Anupam Debnath
Photo of Taktsang Palphug, Paro, Bhutan by Anupam Debnath
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