Buddha Statue In Thimphu

Buddha Dordenma in Thimphu, Bhutan

The Prophesized Statue
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About Buddha Dordenma in Thimphu

The Buddha Dordenma is located at the southern entrance to the Thimphu Valley in the Kuensel Phodrang Nature Park. The 51.5 m tall bronze statue is gilded in gold and is one of the largest statues of Buddha in the world. The Buddha Dordenma Statue houses 100,000 8-inch Buddha statues and 125,000 12-inch Buddha statues, effectively outnumbering the human population of Thimphu which sits at around 99,000. The Buddha Dordenma statue of Thimphu was built with an expense of almost $100 million in 2015 to commemorate the 60th birthday of the fourth king of Bhutan. The Shakyamuni Buddha statue is situated in the ruins of the Palace of Sherab Wangchuk, 13th Desi Druk of Bhutan. The meditation hall which forms the throne of the Buddha Dordenma also accommodates the name of sponsors and countries that helped in the construction of the statue.

The Buddha Dordenma Statue Bhutan, apart from adding to the significance of the site, also fulfils two prophecies. The first being Yogi Sonam Sangpo who foresaw a Buddhist statue that would ‘bestow blessings, peace, and happiness to the whole world’. The other was done by Guru Padmasambhava who also known as the second Buddha in the 8th century A.D. The construction of the statue began in 2006 with scheduled completion in 2010 but was delayed until 2015. The Kuensel Phodrang Nature Park that houses the statue was opened in 2011, and the 145 acres of the park was gifted to the monks of Bhutan.

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      Excellent! Planned a Bhutan trip with them in the month of July and it was amazing! They also assisted us personally in getting the permits and made the process smoother. The provided guide/driver, Sonam was a super amazing guy and a cool person. He was well on time, drove very safely and told us many facts about many places during sightseeing. Hotels were also great especially the Khamsum Inn at Thimphu. Overall, the trip was a memorable one, all thanks to Sanju! :)
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      Sumedh Dorwat

      Bagdogra, a month ago

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      Hotels : All hotels Bhutan was good. The hotel in Thimphu was so far from city the we had to pay separately for cabs to commute to city if needed. However, in Paro (Sinchula villa) was not clean and services were not great. Powring guest house in gangtok was good. Marvel international in darjeeling was the worst of all.. The room was unclean and the location was such that we had to carry our luggage to the hotel as the cab drivers resisted to come to hotel. The cab drivers were asking money directly or in directly at times. Travel agent services were good except that i was promised for a innova to Nathula pass but we were made to go in Alto. The agent has also promised to pay back extra money which was given to cab driver during darjeeling city tour since he asked for it. Every place was covered except a very few of them.. So it was a good experience overall.
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      Anup Veerapur

      Bengaluru, 2 months ago

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      tour was good and everything was organized by bhutan inc (on travel triangle). no headache was there. hotels were good. in thimphu and paro hotels are located outside the city , self exploring was not possible.
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      Dipankar Saha

      Kolkata, 2 months ago

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      It was awesome trip to Bhutan with wonderful memories of life time, It was our best decision to choose Deya Bhutan Tours & Travel as our Trip Planner for Bhutan Trip ,we stayed at Taj Tashi at Thimphu,Clean & Peaceful City, Le-Meredian and Naksel Boutique at Paro which had an awesome view Overall, all 5 of us traveling together from 7th to 12th June were very happy with the personal care taken by Deya Tours, Ms Hema was very friendly & accommodative. We would highly recommend Deya Tours & Travel if you are planning for Bhutan.
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      Rajan Patel

      Mumbai, 2 months ago

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      I booked my Travel plan through Traveltriangle.com and was service by Bhutan Govt Authorized "Bhutan INC" Travel Agency. Initially I was skeptical whether I should pay up 3 installments, since I had no clue the agency existed or not, since there address were not showing up in Google maps. Later on after interaction with Hari I felt all ok. Mr Hari was extremely helpful and was available most of the time on whatsapp to answer any query. He arranged nice set of two double rooms for my 4 adult plus kid. The Itinerary was planned well and Car was available as expected and I never felt any issue in Bhutan. My Trip was from 20-May-2019(Mon) to 26-May-2019(Sun) - Day1 at Hasimara Stantion to Phuentsholling, stay at Hotel Tseringma, Day2- Travel to Thimphu via Gedu Chhukha, Day3 - Thimphu singhtseeing and then travel to Punakha via Dochu La Pass, Day4 - Punakha Dzong, Suspension Bridge and then travel to Paro via Dochula Pass, Day5- Haa Valley via Chele La Pass, Day6 - Tigers Nest Hike, Day7-return to Hasimara Station. Our complete travel plan was organized well and we enjoyed our stay at Bhutan. Hotel Tseringma (Phuntsolling) was good, Hotel Dhey Kyid(Thimphu) was nicely located in Clock Tower Square, Hotel Yak Herder Boutique Inn (Punakha) was nicely located besides river, Hotel Kuenphen (Paro) was a good hotel. Our chauffeur Mr Wangchuk was extremely helpful and a very nice person who made our travel very comfortable. He helped us to get the Permit, he helped up during Tigers Next entry when Locker was full and he kept my Bag, and he arranged all things for travel well. Thanks to Mr Prakash of Bhutan INC who arranged our Punakha and Haa Valley restricted Permit obtained at Thimphu, without any trouble to us. Overall I am very much satisfied with BhutanINC and to TravelTriangle for letting me get in touch with BhutanINC. Note: You may search for my name and Bhutan Travel and will find video of my Bhutan travel in youtube.
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      Arindambasu

      Kolkata, 2 months ago

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      starting 3 days were average and we had to face some issues with many things like no prior information was given about hotels changed in Punakha, driver was not gud.dint understand till date about the permit that was to be kept ready was not ready, there we had to face lot of issues , wasted our around 2 hrs.he dint guide us properly . after being demanded to change the driver then our last 3 daz were very nice. hotels and resorts in thimphu and paro was awesome.
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      Deepa Jain

      New delhi, 2 months ago

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      Himanshu Patel

      New delhi, 2 months ago

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      We, me and my wife, started exploring for our summer trip and we choose to visit Bhutan after reading amazing experiences of travellers and tourists of Bhutan. I wrote to some renowned travel agency in Bhutan and requested them to share the itinerary with price quotation. I also thought of writing to one Indian travel agency and chose Travel Triangle due to my past experience with them. I was surprised to see the price difference, Bhutan INC (also listed with Bhutan Tourism Council) through Travel Triangle offered almost 1/3 to 1/2 of the prices quoted by other agencies in Bhutan. The other agencies were offering some additional value like tickets to monuments/museum, complimentary hot stone bath and better car for transfer from Bagdogra to Bhutan and from Bhutan to Bagdogra. I did my math, and the value of additional services was not more than 10K. The price quoted by Bhutan INC was very reasonable, I think, if you try to book hotels, vehicle, guide and airport transfer on your own, you would end up paying equal or maybe higher amount with all the hassle. I also read the reviews about Bhutan INC and I was certain to book my trip through them only. Hari form Bhutan INC was my single point of contact, he was always reachable to answer my any and all the questions. We finalised the itinerary for our 7 days trip in discussion with him and he almost covered all the places and destinations given by other agencies in their itinerary. I also read about hotels in different cities we were planning to visit and gave a list to Hari, he got us all the hotels I requested. I have explained about the hotels separately below. We were all set to visit Bhutan and planned to visit Phuentsholing, Thimphu, Paro and Punakha. We planned our Trip from 16th May to 22nd May. I requested Hari to share the cab details for airport transfer and here Prakash from Bhutan INC joined the journey. He shared the cab details 1 day prior to our flight, I read some reviews and people got jittery due to delay in sharing of cab details, but trust me guys, everything is taken care of. Day 1: 16th May We landed at Bagdogra, Mr.Nima was our driver for transfer to Bhutan was already there at the Airport. He received us at the Airport and we started our journey in his WagonR. The road quality from Bagdogra to Phuentsholing (Bhutan border town) is good. Only at some places or for very short length you would get a bumpy ride. We covered the journey in 4.5 hrs including a stop at Dhaba. After 30-40 mins of reaching the hotel, we were surprised to know that our guide Tshering Wangchuk (later we started calling him shri) was there to meet us. He was there to collect our docs for next day immigration clearance. We had a yummy dinner at Asian Kitchen (Must try Zumzin wine and egg fried rice) Day 2: 17th May As promised our guide was on time, 8:30 in the morning. We also met our driver Tobten. We went to immigration office for clearance and it took us 2 hrs approx. as I was travelling on voter ID, because my Passport got expired. Here one thing I want to point out; Indians can travel to Bhutan on Passport or Voter Id. But with passport you can apply for e-permit and get your immigration clearance really quick. I saw many people with Indian passport, but they didn’t apply for e-permit and spent a long time in the queue. After clearance we headed towards Thimphu, we skipped visit to Kharbandi Gonpa due to paucity of time. On our way to Thimphu we passed through Gedu, Chukha and Chuzom. We had our lunch at Gedu but it was expensive in comparison to Phuentsholing. After reaching Thimpu, we visited Memorial Chorten. It is built in the memory of 3rd King, but with due respect not a great place to visit since entry in the structure is not allowed. There is no point paying Rs. 600, you can see the structure from outside road. Later we checked into our Hotel. We had dinner at Cloud9 café, it’s a bit expensive and you’ll get pizza and burger to eat with beverages or alcohol. Day 3: 18th May After having breakfast at Hotel, we visited Buddha view point (152 ft Buddha statue, highest in the world), Changangkha Lhakhang, the oldest temple in the valley, Simply Bhutan – A living Museum (must try Bhutanese lunch here). We left for Punakha and stopped at Dochula pass to visit Druk wangyel Lhakhang, here if you are lucky and sky is clear, you may see highest unclimbed mountains in Bhutan and the Kanchenjunga. After reaching Punakha, we checked in our resort and had dinner in the resort only. Day 4: 19th May We started our day with Chhimi Lhakhang (temple of Fertility), it is situated in a village and you may find yourself in odd situation, if you are with your elders. You’ll see phallus (the male sexual organ) paintings or small wooden replica on the way to the temple. We also visited Punakha Dzong and Punakha Suspension bridge before departing for Paro. We reached Paro via Thimphu only and had our lunch at “Fulka”, a decent option for Indian food. We checked in our Resort in Paro which was very close to Tigers Nest base and had Dinner in the Resort only. Day 5: 20th May The most special day of our trip, hike to Tiger’s Nest. It was really challenging and fun activity, since the altitude is fairly high (almost 3000 meters), you’ll feel breathless while hiking. It is quite a physical activity; if you want to hike this, move up at your own pace. You might need a break after every 2-3 mins hiking. Try not to have heavy breakfast right before the hike. You should carry water bottles or you can buy from cafeteria en-route to the Nest. Please wear full sleeves, continuous sun and shadow may cause skin burn. Put-on good sports shoes or hiking shoes, you need good grip while going up and specially coming down. We took 6 hrs to complete the hike, visit to temples and tea/coffee at the cafeteria. We skipped other site seeing for the day and had rest after the hike. Day 6: 21st May After checking out of the hotel, we went to National Museum; there is a good view point, you might see landing or take off the plane from Paro Airport. We skipped going to Paro Dzong, since our guide suggested it was same like Punakha Dzong. We went for shopping to Paro market. It is very expensive, especially the woollen stuff. It is advisable to explore few shops before buying and negotiate hard, there is significant difference in the prices for the same product. We had our lunch at traveller’s restaurant and headed to Phuentsholing. We had our dinner at Kizom Cafe and Pizzeria, some people find it expensive, but it is cheaper than food outlets at the Airport and food is really delicious. Day 7: 22nd May We had to reach Bagdogra Airport by 11 am and Mr. Nima assured us of timely pickup, the cab reached on time and we reached Airport in 4 hrs without any stop on the way. Hotel: Day 1 and Day 6– Damchen Hotel, Phuentsholing The hotel is decent 2 star facility, it is in the centre of the city, close to market and right opposite to Zangtho Pelri. You’ll get good eating options nearby and a public park right opposite the hotel. You won’t feel like in a hotel room, but it is clean and breakfast is good. They also packed our breakfast on last day as we had to check out by 6 am to reach the Bagdogra Airport. Day 2 – Galingkha It is a good 3 star hotel in the centre of city. The room feels of higher standard but the wooden floor was sticky and looked unclean. It is very close to market. The drawbacks are; the food in the hotel is very bad, we tried Hakka Noodles and it was Yuk. The on street dogs can be sleep spoiler during night time. Day 3 – Meriphuensum Resort The best resort/hotel of the whole trip. It is located at height in serene environment. You’ll get private balcony attached to your room and view of river is amazing. It is a 3 star resort but the service is higher standard. The food was good and breakfast was elaborated. Only minus is you would be out of town and can’t visit local market, but there is not much to visit in Punakha town. Day 4 and Day 5 – Taktsang Boutique Resort After Meriphuensum, I had very high hopes from this resort but sadly it was not that amazing. The room was really good, we got the deluxe room. It is located very close to Tiger’s Nest base and surrounded by forest. The food here is good, especially the non-veg is really delicious (best of the trip). Minuses are; you won’t feel like in a resort, deluxe room is just outside the welcome hall so you get all the noises and the outer sitting area attached to the room is not private. Bhutan INC It was a wonderful experience and value for money service. As I have already mentioned, Hari was always available to resolve my queries. Prakash continuously checked with me about the arrangements during the trip. I strongly recommend Bhutan INC for future tourists, you can thoroughly enjoy your trip and let Bhutan INC worry on your behalf. Guide and Driver I saved best part for the end, our Guide Tshering Wangchuk and Drive Tobten made this trip most memorable. They always maintained that host-guest relationship and gradually we were like friends, it was really fun with them. Tshering had good knowledge about Bhutan, monuments/sites we visited and he was honest, if he didn’t know anything. You can’t ignore his good sense of humour and he would always create the moments full of laughter. He was very sensible also to give us our space. We made him learn Punjabi songs and during Tiger’s Nest hike he was humming the Punjabi music in his Bhutanese accent. Tobten has graduated from India, he has good knowledge about India; be it bollywood, cricket, politics, places etc. and we connected with him very easily. He was always calm and courteous and showed us many places significant in his life. We chatted at length with him and you feel happy after interacting with him. He was never in hurry, drove (Hyundai Santa Fe) really safe and always asked, whether he was going too fast. Even after so much travel and physical toil, we truly wished, the trip could be longer. These two guys made our trip and we wish to meet them again in future.
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      NAVEEN MALIK

      Raipur, 3 months ago

    • Trip to Thimphu

      We, me and my wife, started exploring for our summer trip and we choose to visit Bhutan after reading amazing experiences of travellers and tourists of Bhutan. I wrote to some renowned travel agency in Bhutan and requested them to share the itinerary with price quotation. I also thought of writing to one Indian travel agency and chose Travel Triangle due to my past experience with them. I was surprised to see the price difference, Bhutan INC (also listed with Bhutan Tourism Council) through Travel Triangle offered almost 1/3 to 1/2 of the prices quoted by other agencies in Bhutan. The other agencies were offering some additional value like tickets to monuments/museum, complimentary hot stone bath and better car for transfer from Bagdogra to Bhutan and from Bhutan to Bagdogra. I did my math, and the value of additional services was not more than 10K. The price quoted by Bhutan INC was very reasonable, I think, if you try to book hotels, vehicle, guide and airport transfer on your own, you would end up paying equal or maybe higher amount with all the hassle. I also read the reviews about Bhutan INC and I was certain to book my trip through them only. Hari form Bhutan INC was my single point of contact, he was always reachable to answer my any and all the questions. We finalised the itinerary for our 7 days trip in discussion with him and he almost covered all the places and destinations given by other agencies in their itinerary. I also read about hotels in different cities we were planning to visit and gave a list to Hari, he got us all the hotels I requested. I have explained about the hotels separately below. We were all set to visit Bhutan and planned to visit Phuentsholing, Thimphu, Paro and Punakha. We planned our Trip from 16th May to 22nd May. I requested Hari to share the cab details for airport transfer and here Prakash from Bhutan INC joined the journey. He shared the cab details 1 day prior to our flight, I read some reviews and people got jittery due to delay in sharing of cab details, but trust me guys, everything is taken care of. Day 1: 16th May We landed at Bagdogra, Mr.Nima was our driver for transfer to Bhutan was already there at the Airport. He received us at the Airport and we started our journey in his WagonR. The road quality from Bagdogra to Phuentsholing (Bhutan border town) is good. Only at some places or for very short length you would get a bumpy ride. We covered the journey in 4.5 hrs including a stop at Dhaba. After 30-40 mins of reaching the hotel, we were surprised to know that our guide Tshering Wangchuk (later we started calling him shri) was there to meet us. He was there to collect our docs for next day immigration clearance. We had a yummy dinner at Asian Kitchen (Must try Zumzin wine and egg fried rice) Day 2: 17th May As promised our guide was on time, 8:30 in the morning. We also met our driver Tobten. We went to immigration office for clearance and it took us 2 hrs approx. as I was travelling on voter ID, because my Passport got expired. Here one thing I want to point out; Indians can travel to Bhutan on Passport or Voter Id. But with passport you can apply for e-permit and get your immigration clearance really quick. I saw many people with Indian passport, but they didn’t apply for e-permit and spent a long time in the queue. After clearance we headed towards Thimphu, we skipped visit to Kharbandi Gonpa due to paucity of time. On our way to Thimphu we passed through Gedu, Chukha and Chuzom. We had our lunch at Gedu but it was expensive in comparison to Phuentsholing. After reaching Thimpu, we visited Memorial Chorten. It is built in the memory of 3rd King, but with due respect not a great place to visit since entry in the structure is not allowed. There is no point paying Rs. 600, you can see the structure from outside road. Later we checked into our Hotel. We had dinner at Cloud9 café, it’s a bit expensive and you’ll get pizza and burger to eat with beverages or alcohol. Day 3: 18th May After having breakfast at Hotel, we visited Buddha view point (152 ft Buddha statue, highest in the world), Changangkha Lhakhang, the oldest temple in the valley, Simply Bhutan – A living Museum (must try Bhutanese lunch here). We left for Punakha and stopped at Dochula pass to visit Druk wangyel Lhakhang, here if you are lucky and sky is clear, you may see highest unclimbed mountains in Bhutan and the Kanchenjunga. After reaching Punakha, we checked in our resort and had dinner in the resort only. Day 4: 19th May We started our day with Chhimi Lhakhang (temple of Fertility), it is situated in a village and you may find yourself in odd situation, if you are with your elders. You’ll see phallus (the male sexual organ) paintings or small wooden replica on the way to the temple. We also visited Punakha Dzong and Punakha Suspension bridge before departing for Paro. We reached Paro via Thimphu only and had our lunch at “Fulka”, a decent option for Indian food. We checked in our Resort in Paro which was very close to Tigers Nest base and had Dinner in the Resort only. Day 5: 20th May The most special day of our trip, hike to Tiger’s Nest. It was really challenging and fun activity, since the altitude is fairly high (almost 3000 meters), you’ll feel breathless while hiking. It is quite a physical activity; if you want to hike this, move up at your own pace. You might need a break after every 2-3 mins hiking. Try not to have heavy breakfast right before the hike. You should carry water bottles or you can buy from cafeteria en-route to the Nest. Please wear full sleeves, continuous sun and shadow may cause skin burn. Put-on good sports shoes or hiking shoes, you need good grip while going up and specially coming down. We took 6 hrs to complete the hike, visit to temples and tea/coffee at the cafeteria. We skipped other site seeing for the day and had rest after the hike. Day 6: 21st May After checking out of the hotel, we went to National Museum; there is a good view point, you might see landing or take off the plane from Paro Airport. We skipped going to Paro Dzong, since our guide suggested it was same like Punakha Dzong. We went for shopping to Paro market. It is very expensive, especially the woollen stuff. It is advisable to explore few shops before buying and negotiate hard, there is significant difference in the prices for the same product. We had our lunch at traveller’s restaurant and headed to Phuentsholing. We had our dinner at Kizom Cafe and Pizzeria, some people find it expensive, but it is cheaper than food outlets at the Airport and food is really delicious. Day 7: 22nd May We had to reach Bagdogra Airport by 11 am and Mr. Nima assured us of timely pickup, the cab reached on time and we reached Airport in 4 hrs without any stop on the way. Hotel: Day 1 and Day 6– Damchen Hotel, Phuentsholing The hotel is decent 2 star facility, it is in the centre of the city, close to market and right opposite to Zangtho Pelri. You’ll get good eating options nearby and a public park right opposite the hotel. You won’t feel like in a hotel room, but it is clean and breakfast is good. They also packed our breakfast on last day as we had to check out by 6 am to reach the Bagdogra Airport. Day 2 – Galingkha It is a good 3 star hotel in the centre of city. The room feels of higher standard but the wooden floor was sticky and looked unclean. It is very close to market. The drawbacks are; the food in the hotel is very bad, we tried Hakka Noodles and it was Yuk. The on street dogs can be sleep spoiler during night time. Day 3 – Meriphuensum Resort The best resort/hotel of the whole trip. It is located at height in serene environment. You’ll get private balcony attached to your room and view of river is amazing. It is a 3 star resort but the service is higher standard. The food was good and breakfast was elaborated. Only minus is you would be out of town and can’t visit local market, but there is not much to visit in Punakha town. Day 4 and Day 5 – Taktsang Boutique Resort After Meriphuensum, I had very high hopes from this resort but sadly it was not that amazing. The room was really good, we got the deluxe room. It is located very close to Tiger’s Nest base and surrounded by forest. The food here is good, especially the non-veg is really delicious (best of the trip). Minuses are; you won’t feel like in a resort, deluxe room is just outside the welcome hall so you get all the noises and the outer sitting area attached to the room is not private. Bhutan INC It was a wonderful experience and value for money service. As I have already mentioned, Hari was always available to resolve my queries. Prakash continuously checked with me about the arrangements during the trip. I strongly recommend Bhutan INC for future tourists, you can thoroughly enjoy your trip and let Bhutan INC worry on your behalf. Guide and Driver I saved best part for the end, our Guide Tshering Wangchuk and Drive Tobten made this trip most memorable. They always maintained that host-guest relationship and gradually we were like friends, it was really fun with them. Tshering had good knowledge about Bhutan, monuments/sites we visited and he was honest, if he didn’t know anything. You can’t ignore his good sense of humour and he would always create the moments full of laughter. He was very sensible also to give us our space. We made him learn Punjabi songs and during Tiger’s Nest hike he was humming the Punjabi music in his Bhutanese accent. Tobten has graduated from India, he has good knowledge about India; be it bollywood, cricket, politics, places etc. and we connected with him very easily. He was always calm and courteous and showed us many places significant in his life. We chatted at length with him and you feel happy after interacting with him. He was never in hurry, drove (Hyundai Santa Fe) really safe and always asked, whether he was going too fast. Even after so much travel and physical toil, we truly wished, the trip could be longer. These two guys made our trip and we wish to meet them again in future.
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      NAVEEN MALIK

      Raipur, 3 months ago

    • Trip to Thimphu

      The trip was really well arranged. Himavat Travels was really helpful. From the starting by hotel booking till we reach back home, they were continuously in touch. Himanshu from himavat was specially very much helpful. All the steps were taken care very professionally. Only one small concern was the hotel in Thimphu. The first hotel was not at all at 2 star level. But it was taken care of very fast. All over really great experience. I would again come back for my next trip. I am really impressed. Also a special thanks to Varun from travel triangle for all the help. Can’t point out anything special. But the scenic beauty of Bhutan is gorgeous. It’s literally the heaven on earth. Although I really enjoy the Dzong visit at Punakha. The scenes were extraordinary.
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      Mrinmoy Sengupta

      Kolkata, 3 months ago

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