Blissful Bhutan

Tripoto
26th Dec 2017
Photo of Blissful Bhutan by TUSITA SARKAR

There is something magical about Bhutan, the simple yet mesmerizing land somehow manages to touch your soul, balm it with peace, and even mend the broken heart. The salubrious climate, the breathtaking views, and the majestic monasteries, may seem a cliched way to describe the beauty of Bhutan, but each word used for this gorgeous country is in its purest form. Visiting and exploring Land of Dragon was indeed a wonderful experience, something I will never forget!!

Photo of Blissful Bhutan 1/4 by TUSITA SARKAR
Recreation Point
Photo of Blissful Bhutan 2/4 by TUSITA SARKAR
Streets of Thimphu
Photo of Blissful Bhutan 3/4 by TUSITA SARKAR
Clock Tower square
Photo of Blissful Bhutan 4/4 by TUSITA SARKAR
Night view
Day 2

So, I narrate from the extreme beginning,which started from Kolkata(Howrah station) . One of the cheapest ways to reach Bhutan from India is by rail :') .We left for New Jalpaiguri by Darjeeling mail and from there boarded New Jalpaiguri Alipur Duar Intercity Express for Hasimara.We reached Jaigaon ,the border of India and Bhutan that night.

The Immigration Office in Phuentsholing

Photo of Jaigaon, West Bengal, Bhutan by TUSITA SARKAR

The Immigration Office in Phuentsholing(the other side of Bhutan Gate ) issues permit . There are few documents that need to be verified before the tourist permit is handed out.We went there early in the morning, around 8 :00– 8:30 AM,to dodge long queue and get free early since we had to reach Thimphu that day .

List of Documents: 1)) Original & Copy of Voter’s ID or Passport 2))A duly filled form collected from that office itself 3))Booked Hotel’s Voucher (It is mandatory to show hotel booking confirmation of at least one hotel in Bhutan) 4))Passport Size Photo... (caution:do check the permits once you receive from the centre as a small error in it can cause trouble in your way in the checkpoints!!)

Day 3

We reached Thimphu that night.(Phuentsholing to Thimphu: 164 kms)

Buddha Dordenma Statue

Photo of Thimphu, Bhutan by TUSITA SARKAR
Photo of Thimphu, Bhutan by TUSITA SARKAR
Photo of Thimphu, Bhutan by TUSITA SARKAR

Bhutan King's Palace in Thimpu, Dechencholing Palace

Photo of Thimphu, Bhutan by TUSITA SARKAR
Day 4

THIMPHU: We went for sightseeing in Thimphu.First we vsited the huge 51m-tall steel statue of Buddha Dordenma commanding the entry to the Thimphu valley. The massive three-storey base houses a large chapel, while the body itself is filled with 125,000 smaller statues of Buddha. The Buddha looks best in morning light, or at night when it is illuminated.Next we headed to the Zoo which of much interest . There were some interesting recreation points on our way through Thimphu.Thimphu marketplace was very lively!!

Recreatioon Point

Photo of Thimphu, Bhutan by TUSITA SARKAR

Streets of Thimphu

Photo of Thimphu, Bhutan by TUSITA SARKAR

Clock Tower square

Photo of Thimphu, Bhutan by TUSITA SARKAR

Night view

Photo of Thimphu, Bhutan by TUSITA SARKAR

Another interesting thing we noticed in Thimphu was that there was no traffic light by the streets .Bhutan is the only country in the world that doesn't have a single traffic light in its capital city. Instead, policemen in Thimphu stand at major intersections and direct traffic.I was really impressed by the drivers who were quite cautious of the pedestrians.

Next day we headed to Punakha .We had Dochula pass on our way.It has 108 memorial chortens or stupas known as "Druk Wangyal Chortens" have been built by Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuk

Dochula Pass

Photo of Blissful Bhutan by TUSITA SARKAR
Photo of Blissful Bhutan by TUSITA SARKAR
Day 5
Photo of Dochula, Bhutan by TUSITA SARKAR

Reaching Punakha we went to Punakha Dzong. Entry fee for Indian tourist is ₹300 for most of the Dzongs(monasteries) in Bhutan.

Punakha Dzong is the ancient capital of Bhutan. Today, it is the winter palace for the monastic body of Bhutan as Punakha Valley has the lowest altitude.

Photo of Punakha, Bhutan by TUSITA SARKAR
Photo of Punakha, Bhutan by TUSITA SARKAR
Photo of Punakha, Bhutan by TUSITA SARKAR

The Dzong is located at the confluence of the Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu rivers

Photo of Punakha, Bhutan by TUSITA SARKAR
Day 6

Next day we headed for Paro. We went to Chelela Pass and the Paro Museum.Paro is the site of the country’s only international airport.

Crystal clear water of Paro River

Photo of Chele La, Bhutan by TUSITA SARKAR

Chelela Pass

Photo of Chele La, Bhutan by TUSITA SARKAR

Paro Museum

Photo of Chele La, Bhutan by TUSITA SARKAR
Day 7

Paro Valley

Photo of Paro, Bhutan by TUSITA SARKAR

Next day we were to trek up to the Tiger's Nest.The Taktsang Palphug (Tiger’s Nest) monastery clings to cliffs above the forested Paro Valley.

1. Tourists can enter the monastery as per these timings as long as your guide has arranged the standard permit in advance: 8 AM to 1 PM and 2-5 PM daily, October – March.Until 6 PM,April – September.

2. You have to register with the security at the entrance and deposit your bags and cameras.

3.Camera and Photography is not allowed inside the monastery.

Photo of Tiger's Nest, Paro, Paro, Bhutan by TUSITA SARKAR
Photo of Tiger's Nest, Paro, Paro, Bhutan by TUSITA SARKAR
Photo of Tiger's Nest, Paro, Paro, Bhutan by TUSITA SARKAR

Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery

Photo of Tiger's Nest, Paro, Paro, Bhutan by TUSITA SARKAR

Next day we began to return.....

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