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Bhutan

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Find true happiness in the land of the Thunder Dragon!

Bhutan is famous for

Mountains

Places of Worship

Wildlife

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Getting to Bhutan

Transit time: 4hrs from major cities

Cost ₹6,000 per person

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Kiran B kutinha

Kiran B kutinha5.0/5

14 reviews

In the Kingdom of Happiness!

It feels so right to be lost in the right direction.

Bhutan may be a traversed destination; but after having visited this paradise we ask ourselves why? This beautiful country has definitely been on our bucket list for multiple reasons and let me start by saying Bhutan did not disappoint in anyway; in fact it surprised us at every point. It is the first country to adopt happiness as a measure of success and this does translate in every aspect. Just when you think you've seen, heard and felt it all, you find yourself standing in correction. Known as the, Land of the Thunder Dragon. Bhutan is exotic, mystical, almost otherworldly- It feels that way too. This tiny country straddled by the Himalayas, is such a joy to travel to. It is truly a feast to the eyes and for every visitor a magical cultural experience.

It started off with a comfortable flight and then as we saw the breathtaking view outside our windows, it struck us that the Bhutan airport is said to be one with the most dangerous landing in the world. The airport is located 7, 300 feet above sea level, surrounded by 16, 000 feet Himalayan peaks, and has a landing strip only a mile long. It is said to be the only airport in the world where the altitude exceeds the length of the landing strip; therefore requiring pilots to dodge the mountains and houses on either side as they come in for landing. But honestly maybe we were exhilarated and intoxicated with the view outside that we think the only dangerous part of our landing was realizing this feeling of seeing something beautiful before you even land in a new country' may be much to beat.

Most will tell you Bhutan is one of the most unique places to visit on the planet and we could instantly see why. Once your feet touches the ground you just know you are in a very special place. The next few days were spent exploring the dzongs, marveling the exquisite Himalayas, eating chilies, chillies and more chillies with cheese, understanding a little about Buddhism and creating possibly one of the most unique travel experiences of our lives. We immersed ourselves in the gorgeous dzongs, temples, monasteries and more. Every place we stepped into; gave us back something unexplainable. Sometimes it was the architectural magnificence, sometimes it was the delicious local cuisine and a lot of times it was the warm hospitality from the locals.

Thimpu, the capital of Bhutan has much to offer; from the Cheri Monastery, textile museums, preserves, spin prayer wheels at the Memorial Chorten, or the Buddha Dordenma (which is said to be the largest sitting Buddha in the world). Our visit to Punakha also was equally overwhelming with the amazing Punakha Dzong sitting on the banks of the alluring Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu Rivers with its intense distinguishing color confluence and crossing the longest suspension bridge in Bhutan. The Dochula Pass deserves a mention, it is a high mountain pass (3, 150 meters) on the road between Thimphu and Punakha, here we could get a glimpse of snookered Himalayas. In Thimphu we got to experience what a crazy exciting night out with the locals on Christmas Eve can feel like and let me tell you it was awesome being the only tourist in the nightclub. Well, then it was time to move on to Paro; a historic town with many sacred sites and historical buildings scattered through the area. It is significant for being home to the International airport and your base to start the hike up Tiger's Nest. Here we had some of the yummiest local buffets and also tried the absolutely traditional drink Ara (a home brewed multi-grain wine).

And of course finally the hike we've been badly looking forward to- Tiger's Nest, also known as Paro Takstang. This is a Buddhist temple complex which clings to a cliff, 3120 meters above the sea level overlooking a spectacular valley. As we climbed this very steep trail over the vertical switchbacks and dirt uneven paths, the monastery seems to appear and disappear in and out of the trees and the misty skies. It took us a couple of hours of slow but even paced climb to arrive at the entrance to the Tiger's Nest, a rock overlooking a vast chasm, with the monastery on the one side. Beneath this promontory of rock, and across the chasm from the monastery, the cliff drops a couple of thousand feet to a gorge below. Carved into the exposed cliff face are about 700 stone steps leading you to the famous Tiger's Nest monastery. This hike has to be one of our most memorable ones to date, the hike was quiet, serene and very exciting; we were possibly amongst the first few to commence and return to base having started at the first light of day, the altitude acclimation, minus temperatures and off-beaten paths gave us a sense of achievement on completion (and yes, it called for a beer celebration on our return to base).

Visiting Bhutan has been an unforgettable experience, we are thrilled we could do this and there's no saying when the mountains will call us back. It's glorious, larger than life yet humble in its own restrained manner. It's one of those travel goals we got to tick off our list and it was just exciting. Absolutely stunning and fascinating in equal parts and that's what makes it one for the memories.

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Nilesh Shah

Nilesh Shah5.0/5

2 reviews

Amazing Bhutan!

Bhutan is one of my most memorable place in my travel history. Paro and Thimpu were excellent. A must visit country. True to its claim of Gross National Happiness Bhutan is an inspiration to many countries. Bhutan is a mix of tranquility, happiness, natural beauty and a very rich cultural heritage. Unforgettable experience of hospitality business.

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