Meditation and travel are two different words with completely different meanings, but somewhere both share the same purpose for me: relaxation of mind and soul. Travel to me is akin to meditation: being now and here, only aware of the present surroundings and moments.
A gypsy, with a passion for writing, is how I would like to introduce myself to the world. I have recently published a book of poems” Reflections of a Woman’ and now trying to write a book on the Bravehearts of the 1962 War, my Father being one of them. Far from the typical touristy, I am not among the ones who like to visit typical monuments and forts but I like being more on an adventure side of a journey and mountains, rivers, clouds, forest, mist, waterfalls, streams, sea, beaches, rivers, snows and lakes are my biggest high. Being a writer by heart and a traveler by soul, it is but obvious to have a bucket list of the places I yearn to visit.
I have already traveled to many places, some of which are Leh, Chushul, Kargil, Drass, Jaisalmer, Shillong, Gurudongmar, Gangtok, Zuluk, Kurseong, Darjeeling, Siliguri Doars, Munnar, Alleppey, Cochin, Thekkady, Waynaad in Kerala and Coorg, the Andamans Island and this time I decided to explore the beauty of Bhutan strike it off from my bucket list. Since I usually travel on a budget, this time also I was looking for packages for budget travel to Bhutan when one of my friends told me about her trip and how TravelTriangle customized not only a budget-friendly but also a hassle-free holiday for them. So we too filled up our details on the website as required and got a quick response from the team. This set the ball rolling and despite the fact that the tickets cost had gone a little higher, it didn’t deter us. Travel Triangle responses and their follow-ups encouraged us to get nearer to our dream destination and plan our family trip to Bhutan.
Details Of Our Budget Travel To Bhutan
Trip Type: Family Trip
Cost: INR 52000
No. Of People: 3
Duration: 10 Days 9 Nights
Inclusions: Transfer all in private basis, sightseeing as per itinerary, Immigration Charges, Driver cum Guide, Per day 1 DBL bedroom 1extra bed, Airport pick-up and drop, Breakfast, one Tourist Sim-Card
Exclusions: Lunch, Evening Snacks, Dinner, entry fees to monasteries and museums
Our Customized Bhutan Itinerary
Day 1: Drive to Phuentsholling
Day 2: Arrival in Thimpu and day at leisure
Day 3: Sightseeing in Thimpu
Day 4: Drive to Punakha
Day 5: Sightseeing in Phobjikha
Day 6: Arrival in Paro and sightseeing
Day 7: A day at Haa Valley
Day 8: Hike to Taktsang Monastery
Day 9: Drive back to Phuentsholling
Day 10: Return
Bhutan’s Weather In June
We visited Bhutan in the month of June when the weather was immensely pleasant. In the daytime, the average temperature in Bhutan was around 20 degree celcius, whereas in th night time, it dropped till 10 degree celcius. Since the weather was favourable, we could enjoy some of the best experieneces.
Must-Have Experiences From Our Budget Travel To Bhutan
While traveling to some of the best places in Bhutan, we go to indulge in the experiences that we’ll cherish forever. Here are some of the highlights of our wonderful trip to Bhutan.
1. Bhutan’s Beauty
Shrouded in mystery and magic, Bhutan is a country that holds a bundle of surprises. The colorful monasteries and Buddhist tradition have always lured me to the place. Besides the Buddhist tradition, the scenic wonders of this wonderful country is simply beyond words. On our first day in Bhutan, we decided to explore the markets Phuntsholing. Buzzing with a variety of shops and a vibrant atmosphere, we had a great time shopping for cute little souvenirs and trinkets. We also came across wine and whiskey markets in the area where alcohol seemed surprisingly cheap.
2. Celebrating Shiraz’s Birthday in the Rain
Our next day in Bhutan was spent exploring the many gems of the city. We had a hearty breakfast, finished our immigration process and were all set to leave for Thimpu. It took us a while before our cab for ready but we finally started the journey at 1:30 pm. Halfway through our road trip, it started to rain but we had done our research and carried umbrellas with us. So we stopped for some pictures near a waterfall and then head for lunch. Today was also our friend Shiraz’s birthday which added to all the fun and excitement. However, we reached Thimpu by 8:30 pm but that did not bring out spirits down. We checked into the hotel, enjoyed a delicious dinner and caught up on some sleep to gear up for the next day!
3. The Many Scenic Wonders of Thimphu
Thimphu has a lot to offer to tourists that visit the city and we had quite a bit on our itinerary for the day. We started with the Golden Buddha Dordenma which was a beautiful sight amidst the serene mountains with beautiful statues all around. We took some amazing pictures here and then went on to visit the monastery. The intricate carving inside are truly fascinating.
Our next stop was the Zoo where we saw the national animal of Bhutan – Takin. You can’t really miss the national animal when visiting the zoo because the rest of it is quite similar to any other national park. You can also visit the Handicraft Market in Thimphu where you are sure to come across some attractive handcrafted pieces as well as some beautiful shawls.
After the zoo, we head to Coronation Park and the football stadium where we spent some leisure time, walking beside the river and exploring a few shops. A friend also suggested visiting the Mojo Park if we wanted to catch some music gigs but since that was much later in the night, we decided to skip it.
4. Sipping Coffee At Punakha
Our 4th day in Bhutan was a drive to Punakha which is a small town situated in the Himalayas. The drive was beautiful and we stopped at Dochula Pass for some amazing coffee and cream rolls. The sights we saw on the way, were all the more beautiful because of the rain. We also stopped at the Palace of Punakha before we finally reached the hotel. We checked-in and called it a night.
5. Joyride To Phobjikha Valley
The drive to Phobjikha Valley was one that I’m going to cherish for a long time. We drove through the clouds with lush green trees on both sides and the cool breeze against our faces. Since October is the season of Black Cranes, we also managed to catch sight of one. Scenically, the valley was beautiful and full of purple, yellow, red flowers. Next, we went to see the Suspension Bridge and crossed over to the other side. The bridge is a popular attraction and the sight from it are truly spectacular. You can’t really miss this when you are in Bhutan.
6. Paro: Gateway To The Last Shangri La
We woke and geared up for out drive to Paro which again was dominated by scenic beauty, You really can’t get enough of it! We stopped at a little monastery on our way and spent some time there as well. We finally reached Paro and checked into our hotel which was close to a number of handicraft markets and cafes. Paro is definitely one of the must-add places in your itinerary irrespective of whether you’re on a budget travel to Bhutan or not.
7. Picnic In The Haa Valley
Today was a simple day and we decided to visit the Haa Valley. We walked around for a bit and then enjoy a delicious packaged lunch. It was wonderful to spend some quality time with your friends in such a pretty surrounding. We were taken aback by the mesmerizing beauty of the valley and took a lot of amazing pictures.
The drive to Phuentsholing
We started out drive to Phuentsholing and decided to stop for some peach wine on the way. Unfortunately, Tuesday was a dry day and we couldn’t get our hands on one. Nonetheless, we had enough of souvenirs and memories to take back home with us.
Food In Bhutan
Fish is one of the major delicacies in Bhutan and during our trip, we got to enjoy various dishes prepared out of fish. We also savored a very popular dish of Bhutan, Emma Diachi which basically comprised of cheese and chili with potatoes and mushrooms. You might not find many choices of sweet dishes in Bhutan and therefore you cater for yourself. Cheese momos and noodles are a safe bet for most of the days, especially if you on a budget travel to Bhutan.
Must-Have Experiences On A Trip To Bhutan
1. Tiger Nest Monastery
2. Zoo In Thimpu
3. Picnic in Haa Valley
Bhutan Travel Tips For Future Travelers
1. You should always carry your windcheaters or umbrellas along
2. Tuesday is a dry day in Bhutan so one must carry their liquor along
3. Always carry water bottles and snacks along when traveling to a new place
TravelTriangle ensured a hassle-free experience for us on our trip to Bhutan. Everything was well-managed by the folks and we did not have to worry about our hotel check-ins or cab drivers. Everything was in the right place at the right time.
You are also not far from the mountains, monasteries, and magic of the mystical country. With so much to discover on the trails to Bhutan, customize your Bhutan trip with TravelTriangle and unravel the mysteries of the beautiful country. You’ll surely get to experience the best of budget travel to Bhutan.
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