LAND OF DRAGON - B.H.U.T.A.N #bhutan 

Tripoto
5th Dec 2018
Photo of LAND OF DRAGON - B.H.U.T.A.N #bhutan by shelly pandey
Day 1

Bhutan - The happiest place on earth. It is a small landlocked country located in the southern foothills of the Himalayan mountain range, sandwiched between the People's Republic of China in the north and the Republic of India in the south.

We started our journey from Mumbai to Bhutan via Kolkata cause there are no direct flight from Mumbai. When you board your flight for Paro,Bhutan be prepared to get mesmerized by huge Himalayan mountain range and jaw dropping landscapes. You can also see the Great almighty Mt. Everest.

Himalayan Mountain Range

Photo of Paro, Bhutan by shelly pandey

Mt. Everest

Photo of Paro, Bhutan by shelly pandey

View from our plane of Paro city

Photo of Paro, Bhutan by shelly pandey
Day 2

We started our Day 2 exploring Thimpu city. Our first stop was Buddha Dordenma. Atop a hill in Thimphu, the capital and largest city of Bhutan, is a massive, golden Buddha sitting atop a gilded meditation hall. But the monument holds an invisible secret: This giant Buddha statue has 125,000 smaller Buddhas hidden inside it.

Photo of Buddha Dordenma, Thimphu, Bhutan by shelly pandey
Photo of Buddha Dordenma, Thimphu, Bhutan by shelly pandey
Photo of Buddha Dordenma, Thimphu, Bhutan by shelly pandey
Photo of Buddha Dordenma, Thimphu, Bhutan by shelly pandey
Photo of Buddha Dordenma, Thimphu, Bhutan by shelly pandey
Photo of Buddha Dordenma, Thimphu, Bhutan by shelly pandey

Memorial Chorten - The stupa, built in 1974 to honor the third Druk Gyalpo, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, When he was alive, Jigme Dorji wanted to build "a chorten to represent the mind of the Buddha.

Photo of Memorial Chorten, Chhoten Lam, Thimphu, Bhutan by shelly pandey

Tashichhoedzong is a Buddhist monastery and fortress. It has traditionally been the seat of the Druk Desi , the head of Bhutan's civil government

Photo of Tashi Choedzong, Chhagchhen Lam, Thimphu, Bhutan by shelly pandey

After our trip to Buddha Dordenma, we visited National Institute for Zorig Chusum. Students learns painting , woodcarving , embroidery or statue-making . It's hard not to be impressed with the skill and discipline of the young students. They sells good-value pieces made by students.

Photo of National Institute for Zorig Chusum, Thimphu, Bhutan by shelly pandey
Photo of National Institute for Zorig Chusum, Thimphu, Bhutan by shelly pandey
Photo of National Institute for Zorig Chusum, Thimphu, Bhutan by shelly pandey
Photo of National Institute for Zorig Chusum, Thimphu, Bhutan by shelly pandey

After the institute we headed towards our next destination which was Simply Bhutan. It is a living museum and a photo studio where you can experience the Bhutanese culture and heritage. They also arrange some cultural show, music and dances. At the end you get a chance to practice their national sports Archery. They'll greet you with their Traditional wine and butter tea.

If you are interested in Bhutanese culture , then this place is a must go.

Drukpa Kunley - a Tibetan monk who arrived in In the 15th century to spread the religion even further. He is actually known for a more notable skill: using imagery of the phallus to subdue demons and bless the people of Bhutan.

Photo of Simply Bhutan, Genyen Lam, Thimphu, Bhutan by shelly pandey
Photo of Simply Bhutan, Genyen Lam, Thimphu, Bhutan by shelly pandey

People dry vegetables & fruits by hanging them in front of their house so that they can stock their livestock for winter days.

Photo of Simply Bhutan, Genyen Lam, Thimphu, Bhutan by shelly pandey
Day 3

Day 3 started with drive to punakha city. On our way we cross Dochula pass - a beautiful mountain pass, which is about 20 km from Thimphu is a concentration of 108 memorial stupas known as “Druk Wangyal Chortens. It is one of the most beautiful mountain passes you’ll ever see. One can witness the most splendid views of the snow-covered Himalayas from here. On a clear day the high mountain peaks including Masaganang (7,200m), Kangphugang (7,170m), Tsendagang (6,960 m), Jejegangphugang (7,158m), and Terigang (7,060 m) can be seen from here.

Photo of Dochula, Bhutan by shelly pandey
Photo of Dochula, Bhutan by shelly pandey
Photo of Dochula, Bhutan by shelly pandey

After Dochula pass we reached our next destination and that was Punakha Dzong. It is administrative centre of Punakha District in Punakha, Bhutan. All of Bhutan's kings have been crowned here. The dzong is still the winter residence of the dratshang. The wedding of the Druk Gyalpo, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, and his fiancee, Jetsun Pema, was held at the Punakha Dzong on 13 October 2011.

Photo of LAND OF DRAGON - B.H.U.T.A.N #bhutan by shelly pandey
Photo of LAND OF DRAGON - B.H.U.T.A.N #bhutan by shelly pandey
Photo of LAND OF DRAGON - B.H.U.T.A.N #bhutan by shelly pandey
Photo of LAND OF DRAGON - B.H.U.T.A.N #bhutan by shelly pandey
Photo of LAND OF DRAGON - B.H.U.T.A.N #bhutan by shelly pandey
Day 4

On day 4 we decided to go for Chele La pass, highest motorable mountain pass in Bhutan... 3,796 metres.It's a 2 hour to drive up the extremely windy road from Paro to the pass.It is common to see frozen waterfalls in December. There is small van on the top which has the best tea and maggie. Views from the top are really beautiful. On a clear day the high mountain peaks including Mt. Jomolhari can be seen from here.

Photo of Chele La, Bhutan by shelly pandey
Photo of Chele La, Bhutan by shelly pandey
Photo of Chele La, Bhutan by shelly pandey
Photo of Chele La, Bhutan by shelly pandey
Photo of Chele La, Bhutan by shelly pandey
Photo of Chele La, Bhutan by shelly pandey

Paro Airport Bird's view, Paro

The international airport of Bhutan is among the top 10 most stunning and beautiful airports in the world. It is also counted among the 10 most challenging airports in the world, that only 8 pilots are certified to land the flights here.

Paro Airport Bird's Eye View Point is excellent experience one can have and it's very few of its kind.

Photo of Paro Airport Bird's Eye View Point, Paro, Bhutan by shelly pandey
Photo of Paro Airport Bird's Eye View Point, Paro, Bhutan by shelly pandey
Photo of Paro Airport Bird's Eye View Point, Paro, Bhutan by shelly pandey
Day 5

Day 5 started with hike to Tiger Nest also known as Paro Taktsang. It is a prominent Himalayan Buddhist sacred site and the temple complex is located in the cliffside of the upper Paro valley in Bhutan. It is stunning in its beauty and location.

It was constructed in 1692, around the cave where Guru Rinpoche first meditated. There is a legend that Guru Rinpoche was carried from Tibet to this location on the back of a tigress, thus giving it the name “Tiger’s Nest. Now, this monastery consists of four temples with residential accommodations for the monks. Despite the daily visits by tourists, Paro Takstang still functions as a monastery today.

Photo of Tiger’s Nest, Taktsang Trail, Bhutan by shelly pandey
Photo of Tiger’s Nest, Taktsang Trail, Bhutan by shelly pandey
Photo of LAND OF DRAGON - B.H.U.T.A.N #bhutan by shelly pandey

The visit to the Tiger’s Nest Monastery takes a full day. it takes between four and five hours to do the round trip hike, plus one more hour for the monastery. The way to reach there is by only hike. You can also hire a pony but they will go only till the cafeteria after that you have to a 1 Km hike. The trail to the Tiger’s Nest Monastery is a wide, dirt trail. It is uphill the entire way but not overly steep so take your own time and enjoy the view in your way.

Photo of LAND OF DRAGON - B.H.U.T.A.N #bhutan by shelly pandey
Photo of LAND OF DRAGON - B.H.U.T.A.N #bhutan by shelly pandey

On Day 6 we board our flight to Bombay from Paro. It was one of the best trip we ever had and i definitely plan to explore other parts of bhutan. If you're thinking about visiting Bhutan, it's better to go sooner rather than later.

We booked our trip through Deya Bhutan Tours and Travels via travel triangle and let me know tell you everyone was so helpful throughout our trip. They made our travel very comfortable. Our driver cum guide Jeewan was also very good explaining us the heritage and culture of Bhutan and helpful in suggesting local foods. The rooms given to us in Thimpu was hotel Bhutan boutique Residency and it was very good. The hotel in punakha was Pema Karpo, it was little out of the town. So we couldn't explore the town that day but the hotel was good.

So on the last note i would say book your tickets now and explore the land of dragon.

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