How we escaped from hustle-bustle to land of happiness, BHUTAN.

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16th Mar 2019
Photo of How we escaped from hustle-bustle to land of happiness, BHUTAN. by Chinmaya Sahu
Day 1

We were a group of 5 people travelling from Dhanbad, Jharkhand. We took train upto Siliguri and took bus from Siliguri to Jaigaon. Jaigaon is the Indian side of the Indo-Bhutan border. We booked our travel package from Jaigaon with All ways tours and travels. They charged us 39,000/- for 5 people. They covered the travelling, petrol and lodging charges. Food in Bhutan is slightly expensive than India, so food was upon us.

Bhutan accepts both passport and voter id card for Indian permit. Monday is usually rush at the permit office. So it's advisable to go to the permit office as early as possible. For bikers, vehicle permit and traveler permit are required.

Some points to remember while entering Bhutan:

1. Water in Bhutan costs more than India. So buy water bottles from Jaigaon.

2. Road from Jaigaon to Thimphu is steep with lot of curves which will cause vomiting and breathing problems. So buy medicines from India.

3. Take proper winter clothes as temperature in Bhutan is between 1-5 degree centigrade.

4. Exchange Indian rupee to Bhutanese Ngultrum and carry enough Ngultrum as Bhutanese banks charge heavy fine for ATM withdrawals.

Waking up to the mountains on the Bhutan side.

Photo of Jaigaon, Bhutan by Chinmaya Sahu

At the Bhutan permit office in Phuentsholing.

Photo of Jaigaon, Bhutan by Chinmaya Sahu

Thimphu city starts from here.

Photo of Jaigaon, Bhutan by Chinmaya Sahu
Day 2

Went for sightseeing near Thimphu.

1. National textile museum(Entry fee 50 Ng)

Saw the traditional Bhutanese dress and how they are woven. A must visit if you want to know the traditional history of Bhutan.

The main building of the textile museum.

Photo of Thimphu, Bhutan by Chinmaya Sahu

2. Buddha Statue( Entry free)

Located atop a hill this Buddha statue looks magnificent when viewed just in front of it. The surrounding hills and the picturesque background make it a perfect location for Instagram clicks.

The Buddha statue

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Hills surrounding the Buddha statue

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3. Takin zoo(Entry fee 300 Ng)

Takin is the national animal of Bhutan. Takins are only preserved in this zoo. Apart from Takins you will also find sambar deer.

4. Handicraft museum(Entry fee 50Ng)

Bhutanese handicrafts items were showcased in the museum. A must visit to know how ancient Bhutanese people survived in such high terrains. Local Bhutanese wine at this museum is a must try. You should also try the Bhutanese dish available at a restaurant inside the museum, especially the beef.

The traditional Bhutanese dish

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Day 3

Checked out from our hotels at Thimphu and headed straight to Punakha. For Punakha, extra permit is required which will take some time. So it's advisable to leave early for Punakha.

Most of the sightseeing are on the way from Thimphu to Punakha.

1. Dochula Pass(entry free)

The view of the Dochula pass is mesmerizing. Covered within the clouds the 108 chortens(stupas) create a heavenly atmosphere.

Panaromic view of the Dochula pass.

Photo of Punakha, Bhutan by Chinmaya Sahu

2. Punakha Nunnery(entry fee 100Ng)

Located at the top of a hill, it is a must visit viewpoint from where you can view the entire Punakha. It is actually a nunnery, so you can talk with the nuns and view the nunnery from inside.

The Punakha nunnery

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3. Punakha suspension bridge

Connecting two hills, this suspension bridge is initially frightening but as you move ahead you will swing along with the bridge. If you want to get some instagrammable pictures, click pictures with the hills in background.

Punakha suspension bridge

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4. Punakha Dzong(entry 300Ng)

Just a few km distance from the suspension bridge is the massive Dzong(fort). You will get discounts if you are a student. A guide guides you through the fort. If you are in Punakha, the Dzong is a must visit.

The Punakha dzong

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Day 4

After the sightseeing we checked in our hotels and next day headed to Paro. Paro is popularly known as the airport city of Bhutan, as it has one of the most important airports in Bhutan.

1. Paro Airport

If you are in Paro, visit the Paro airport viewpoint. Building an airport in such an hilly terrain is really an engineering marvel. Within the mountains the airport gives a pleasant surprise to the eyes.

Paro Airport

Photo of Paro, Bhutan by Chinmaya Sahu

2. Ta Dzong national museum(Entry fee 25Ng)

It is a must museum in Paro. You will come to know how Bhutan came to existence in this hilly terrain. It also gives a slight glimpse to the existing Indo- Bhutan friendship. It's also sort of a Paro viewpoint, so perfect for pictures with mountainous background.

Ta Dzong national museum

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Paro viewpoint from the Ta Dzong

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2. Rinpung Dzong

You can easily trek from the Ta Dzong to the Rinpung Dzong. Rinpung Dzong is one of the prominent Dzongs of Bhutan with rich historical attachments. Situated in a valley, the view is breathtaking.

Rinpung Dzong

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3. Tiger's nest trekking(Entry fee 500Ng)

We ended our Bhutan trip with the trekking. It's advisable to buy walking sticks, it will help in slopes. You must go for this trek as the trail is adventurous as well as there is a monastery at the top of the trail which shows how Buddhist monks meditated in that monastery.

Tiger's Nest

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Paro's night market is a must visit. If you want to buy souvenirs for your loved ones, try to explore Paro's markets and you will definitely get one.

Some Do's in Bhutan:

1. Go for cycling in Paro. There are many cycle rentals which rent cycles at affordable prices.

2. Try Bhutanese red wine(Takin), it's much cheaper than India and tastes great.

3. You can also try Bhutanese whiskeys and Brandy(Rock bee).

4. Try the local Bhutanese fast foods especially the momos and thukpas.

5. There are a lot of karaoke in Paro and are mostly entry free. If in Paro, go for one.

6. Try the traditional Bhutanese dress. They rent it for 200 Ng.

Some Dont's in Bhutan

1. Public smoking in Bhutan is a criminal offence and they charge heavy fines. So prevent public smoking.

2. Bhutan is a monarchy country. So when in Bhutan don't do stuff which will disrepect his Highness.

3. Don't lose passport while travelling.

The group.

Photo of How we escaped from hustle-bustle to land of happiness, BHUTAN. by Chinmaya Sahu
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