Bhutan is a unique country both culturally and environmentally. It is the world’s last remaining Buddhist Kingdom and only country that has developed the philosophy of Gross National Happiness; where development is measured using a holistic approach of well-being, not just based on gross domestic product. In fact, it is a great choice for an Indian’s first foreign trip.
We drove our Royal Enfield’s aka Bulls all the way from a city named Shahjahanpur in Uttar Pradesh. A brief itinerary of our day wise journey is as follows:-
The currency of Bhutan is Ngultrum having same value as INR. Bhutanese accepts and offers Indian currencies at every place. However, I would like to advise you not to carry the 2000 INR currency as this note is not widely accepted in Bhutan.
The hotels that we stayed in Bhutan
Thimphu:- Hotel Droelma Residence is a medium budget hotel. Phone No. +975 – 17684815. It is near Hotel Le Meridian and in the heart of the city. In the main road of Thimphu, Norjim Lam (Norjim Road. Lam means road in Bhutanese and Norjim Lam is Thimphu’s main road though it is a one way. Many roads in Thimphu are one way. Keep a watch out for road signs) there is one signal where police man gives hand signals. Take a left at the junction and after 50 mtr on left is the hotel.
Paro:- Hotel Sonam. It is at the end of the Paro town on left towards the Tiger’s Nest and Drukgyel Dzong road. Room tariff are about 2-2.5K but negotiable to 1.5-1.8K per night. Rooms are clean and spacious. You can email them at email@example.com. Contact number: 17004434 / 08274444 /08275555.
Dining in Bhutan
Bhutanese Cuisine is different from India. Their staple food is Red rice which is different from our rice and a must try.
Their daily home food are National Dish – Ema Datshi (Tomato, Cheese, Chillies), Keva Datshi (Potato, cheese, Chillies), Sumo Datshi (Mushroom, Cheese, chillies), Jasha Maru (Chicken spicy), Fish Maru and Fish Paa. Momos are also common here and tastes excellent.
Rice and Daal with potato curry and vegetable curry are staple food in most of the restaurants. Puri & Potato curry, Bread toast, Egg Omlette, Tea, Coffee is available for breakfast in every restaurant.