Bhutan – The Buddhist kingdom

When I came across a poster of a Bhutan trip, did not even think twice before booking it. It was one country I wanted to visit from quite sometime. So my mom and me were set to take the 8 day journey to the land of the thunder dragon.

We had to fly from Hyderabad to Delhi to Bagdogra and by early evening we were at the small Bagdogra airport. From there we started off on a 4 hour ride to Phuentsholing, the border town in southern Bhutan.  We ended our Day 1 after the long travel at the hot Phuentsholing.

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On the way to Phuentsholing

Next day we had to take our permits. Bhutan does not require a visa for Indians but we need to take a permit slip. After a long wait at the crowded immigration’s office we finally were on our way into the country.

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India – Bhutan Border
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India – Bhutan Border
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A temple in Phuentsholing

Our first destination was Thimphu, the capital and the largest city of Bhutan.It was a long 8 hour drive but we had a great view of the Bhutan Himalayan scenary.

Next day we took a day trip around Thimphu city visiting National Memorial Chorten, Motithang Mini Zoo , National Library , Buddha Point, Folk Heritage Museum and Tashichodzong.

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National Library
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National Memorial Chorten
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National Zoo – National Animal Takin
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Big Budha
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Apsara’s at Big Buda

Our fourth day was to Punakha with a stop at Dochula Pass (approx. 3080m). Here we can view and admire the Chorten, Mani wall, and prayer flags which decorates the highest point on the road. If the sky is clear, the following peaks will be visible from this pass (left to right): Masagang (7,158m), Tshendagang (6,960m), Terigang (7,060m), Jejegangphugang (7,158m), Kangphugang (7,170m), Zongphugang (7,060m),a table mountain dominates the isolated region of Lunana- finally Gangkar puensum, the highest peak in Bhutan at 7,497m.But it was a foggy day, leave the mountains we could not see our path also 🙂

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Dochula Pass

We took a lunch stop in a park on the bank of the two rivers the Pho Chu (Male River) and Mo Chu (Female River.). Then after lunch we spent sometime in the river water chilling by the bank with our feet in the cold waters.

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Beautiful Bridges
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Cold Waters

Our next stop was Punakha Dzong is one of the largest Dzongs in Bhutan. Take the suspension bridge to arrive at the Dzong. Punakha Dzong was initially called Druk Pungthang or Dechen Phodrang (Palace of Great Happiness), for many years until the second king of Bhutan assumed power. Punakha Dzong happened to be the seat of the Government for a long time.

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Punakha Dzong

We ended out day in Punakha.

Day 5, we visited  Chimi Lhakhang which is a short hike. Chimi Lakhang Temples lies in the fertile Lobesa village of Punakha Valley. The temple is dedicated to the divine madman-Saint Drukpa Kuenley and the temple is also known as the Temple of Fertility. We also saw young monks getting trained there in different subjects.

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Chimi Lhakhang – short hike

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Chimi Lakhang – Students

We proceeded to Paro next and by the time we reached the city it was evening.

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Bhutan Airport

Day 6 was all about Tiger’s Nest..The place for which I cam e to Bhutan.Its a small hike for 6 hours to reach the Taktshang Monastery or Tiger Nest. The hike was through a nice forest, mountains, stairs until we could reach the Monastery which was standing on a mountain.

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On way to Tigers Nest
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On way to Tigers Nest
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Tigers Nest

 

Evening we went around the Paro town shopping 🙂

To end the trip we had some nice dancers show us the local dance.

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Local Dance

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Local Dance Video – 5

Seventh day and it was time to go back. We drove back to Phuentsholing and had a local tour of the town.

Final day we bid farewell to Bhutan for the lovely trip and off were to home.

Overall its a beautiful county and i would recommend everyone to take a leisure holiday to the Druk country.

 

 

 

 

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