Exploring Bhutan

Exploring Bhutan

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Do you dream of visiting a foreign land where people actually understand your language? A place that is closer to India yet different in taste and culture ? Then Bhutan will be a good place for you to visit .

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Bhutan has a limit on the number of tourists that can visit and there are no McDonalds! The more I read and learned about it, the more I wanted to go.

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Getting to Bhutan
You can fly into Bhutan via Bagdogra to Paro city in Bhutan , but we took the cheaper option of travelling by road from bagdogra airport to pheumtsholing , a border town in Bhutan .

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On our arrival, we met with our guide ,wearing traditional Bhutanese dress; like a fancy dressing gown, with knee-high socks and smart shoes. This dress code is required by all Bhutanese nationals throughout the daytime.

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Thimphu

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From here, we took a scenic drive towards Thimphu, the country’s capital, where we stayed for 2 days.

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Thimphu is a lovely city; clean and beautiful, with enough shops and entertainment for the evenings as well. (Fun fact: it’s also the only capital city without any road traffic lights. One was installed a few years ago but it was promptly removed as it was deemed to be too unfriendly!).

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While exploring the town we found a bar in the basement floor of a local hotel. We had a great time listening to Hindi songs played on karaoke.

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We also went to a nice bar called mojo park , and The zone which served delicious yak burger .

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The food was not excellent in most parts of Bhutan  ; lots of red rice, local vegetables and potatoes, and their national dish – Chillies and Cheese – which is red hot chillies mixed in with a Yak cheese sauce. It is a bit unappetising, but then you are travelling to explore.

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Most of your sightseeing in Bhutan will involve visiting’ Dzongs’, which are essentially existing or ex-government/royal buildings.

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These are extraordinary structures, normally with white walls and impressively decorative ceilings.

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Nearly all are attached to a Buddhist temple or monastery, so be sure to dress conservatively and be prepared to take your shoes off at each one.

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Paro

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After two nights in Thimpu we travelled to Paro for two nights.

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Our first  full day in Bhutan was spent in Paro, visiting the most famous sight in Bhutan. The Tiger’s Nest Monastery is an impressive working monastery, perched on a cliff face 900m up from the valley. It’s only reachable by a tiring trek which isn’t easy, but it’s a scenic hike, with fascinating views the whole way.

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The next day we did some sightseeing and said our farewell to Paro, and to our guide and returned to pheumtsholing to pack up and leave for Mumbai !

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To find out different places I visited in Bhutan please check my Instagram account .That’s it from me , keep exploring and Always Be Snazzy !

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