Land of Happiness - BHUTAN

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18th Nov 2018
Photo of Land of Happiness - BHUTAN by Rucha Shirudkar

Land of Happiness- Bhutan

My Journey begun from Mumbai Airport to Bagdogra. From Bagdogra our backpackers group travelled to Phuentsholing by a SUV. Approx. 3-4 hrs to reach the town.

Day 2 was all about exploring the Indo- Bhutan border and Immigration formalities. A great place to explore and spend some time while the guide makes arrangements for travel ahead to Thimpu. Tashi Market is a good place to shop souvenirs at a very reasonable prices.

For breakfast do visit- Kizom Cafe for delicious Carrot cake and sandwiches. (Ambience- 5/5, Food- 4/5).Also visit the small temple right in front of the Cafe.

Day 2

Oldest Building at the Bhutan entrance.

Photo of Phuentsholing, Bhutan by Rucha Shirudkar

Taste of Bhutan architect and designs !

Photo of Phuentsholing, Bhutan by Rucha Shirudkar
Day 3

Day 3 -Exploring Thimpu !!

Hike 1.0- Tango Monastery also widely know as Tango University of Buddhist Studies.

Descending from Tango Trek

Photo of Thimphu, Bhutan by Rucha Shirudkar

Post the Tango Monastery trek we visited the Great Buddha Dordenma. It is a gigantic Shakyamuni Buddha statue in the mountains of Bhutan. The statue houses over one hundred thousand smaller Buddha statues, each of which, like the Great Buddha Dordenma itself, are made of bronze and gilded in gold.

Very calming the inside and outside as well. The tiredness of the morning trek was relieved as we relaxed in front of Lord Buddha calming statue surrounded by surreal sunset and beautiful mountains.

Buddha Dordenma Statue

Photo of Buddha Dordenma, Thimphu, Bhutan by Rucha Shirudkar

Day 4- Travel to Punakha & Sightseeing

Day 4

Visited Takin Reserve to see Bhutan's National Animal - Takin and then drove towards Punakha. Places to visit in Punakha- Punakha Dozong, Suspension Bridge, Fertility Temple.

Enroute Punakha- Visit to Dochula Pass from here one can see entire Snow covered Himalayan range. The Dochula Pass is a mountain pass in the snow covered Himalayas within Bhutan on the road from Thimpu to Punakha where 108 memorial chortens or stupas known as "Druk Wangyal Chortens"

Photo of Dochula Chorten, Trashigang-Semtokha Highway, Hungtso, Bhutan by Rucha Shirudkar

Dochula Chorten

Photo of Dochula Chorten, Trashigang-Semtokha Highway, Hungtso, Bhutan by Rucha Shirudkar

Druk Wangyel Cafe

Photo of Druk Wangyel Cafe, Dochula, Bhutan by Rucha Shirudkar

The Three stair represent - Past - Present - Future ( Middle stairs are shut down and is only opened for the King Of Bhutan) This Dozong is winter HQ for Bhutan Ministers.

Photo of Punakha Dzong, Bhutan by Rucha Shirudkar

Interiors of Punakha Dozong

Photo of Punakha Dzong, Bhutan by Rucha Shirudkar
Day 5

Day 5- Travel to Paro

Enroute Paro - Visited Chele la Pass which is Located at 3810m (13,000ft), between the valley of Paro and Haa is Chele La, the highest road pass in the country. At the Pass do eat KOKA a much yummy version of Maggie Noodles.

Places to See in Paro: Tigers Nest Hike, Paro Dozong

View of Jhomolari, Bhutan's most sacred peak at over 22,000 feet from Chele la Pass

Photo of Chele La, Paro, Bhutan by Rucha Shirudkar
Photo of Chele La, Paro, Bhutan by Rucha Shirudkar
Photo of Chele La, Paro, Bhutan by Rucha Shirudkar
Photo of Chele La, Paro, Bhutan by Rucha Shirudkar

Day 6- Hike to Tigers Nest

Day 6

Day 7- Travel back to Phuentsholing- India

Bhutan makes you feel the happiness it has, as even the departing memories are pretty mesmerising and breathtaking. We were lucky to stop back at the same spots where we had started our journey. Beautiful mountains, passes, rivers with crystal clear water. Happiness lies in the very air of Bhutan. I guarantee that you will miss bhutan the moment you cross the border and are travelling back to Bagdogra.

Pitstop while returning back to Phuentsholing

Photo of Land of Happiness - BHUTAN by Rucha Shirudkar
Day 7

Last Sunset in Bhutan!

Photo of Phuentsholing, Bhutan by Rucha Shirudkar

Tips: Do try Ema Datshi and Kwea Datshi ( They dont taste same in any restaurant.) Loads of options for Non-Veg food. Limited Options for Vegetarians. Not to worry, we get plenty of North Indian, Italian and South Indian food options. This was a backpackers trip and was a low cost trip. Easily manageable in 35 k ( Inclusive cost of Flight, trips, food and Shopping)

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