Srinidhi always wanted to visit Bhutan for its sheer beauty and its happiness quotient. So when the time came to visit the ‘land of happiness’, Srinidhi booked an exciting Bhutan tour package with his better half and had the most amazing time. Read on to know about his beautiful experience.
I wanted to visit a serene and a beautiful place for my honeymoon. As I did not want to travel to the places which would take a lot of time to reach, I shortlisted Bhutan as it’s a country whose development model is based on GNH (Gross National Happiness). Hence,I began searching for good Bhutan packages and after doing some research, I booked a package offered by TravelTriangle.
So we made the final arrangements, packed our bags and were ready to embark on an journey to a place where happiness is the only thing that truly matters.
Day 1: Enroute Bhutan
We boarded our flight from Bangalore to Bagdogra airport via Delhi. From there, we were transferred to Phuentsholing as we were to stay there for the night. We reached our hotel at around 8:30 pm and as we were really exhausted from the journey, we had an early dinner and called it a night.
Day 2: Touchdown Land of Blue Dragon
We woke up really refreshed the next day and I think it was majorly the Bhutan effect. We had to complete some permit formalities which took an hour. After completing the formalities, we quickly had breakfast and left immediately for Thimphu.
The drive from Phuentsholing to Thimphu is one of the most beautiful road drives I have ever experienced. The way the clouds matched their rhythms with mountains, slowly as sunlight danced its way between them while creating glitters, was a sight I will never forget. After sometime it started snowing which added more beauty to the place.
It took us some 4-5 hours to reach Thimphu and by the time we reached, the sun had already set. So, we decided to cover the main tourist spots the next day and just visited the king’s memorial and the coronation park in the evening. After walking around for a bit, we decided to explore the local Bhutanese cuisine and tried a local restaurant in the market. The food turned out to be pretty good. Post a sumptuous meal, we went back to our hotel and called it a night.
Tip: Indians have a knack for spicy food, nevertheless you are advised to try the Bhutanese cuisine with caution as it is very spicy!
Day 3: The Charm of Paro
Day 3 was reserved for sightseeing in Thimphu and Paro valley. We covered the famous spots in Thimphu such as Buddha point, which offers a panoramic view of the city and Tashichho Dzong, “fortress of the glorious religion”. The view from there was mesmerising and one didn’t want to come back.
After staying there for sometime, we had lunch at a local restaurant. Post lunch, it was time to head to the Paro valley. Bhutan’s sole international airport is in Paro which is also home to some of the most beautiful Tibetan monasteries and palaces of Bhutan.
It took us some 1-2 hours to reach Paro from Bhutan and on the way, we stopped at Chele La pass, which is one of the highest motorable passes in the world. It was a beautiful sight and helped us take some great pictures. Places like these bring out the photographer in me.
We reached Paro by mid afternoon and checked into our Hotel Galling Resort, a beautiful property right next to the river. The location of this place was perfect and the rooms were super comfortable.
After relaxing there for a bit, we proceeded for local sightseeing. We first visited the Dzongdrakha Goempa, the buddhist temple in Paro and it is said that Guru Rinpoche suppressed local demons here.
Hence, it is considered an important place of worship by the localites. We could see the view of Jhomolhari and Jichu Drake, the major Himalayan mountains of Bhutan. We spent the evening there and then came back to our hotel for dinner and sleep.
The Galling Resort in Paro is one of the best properties out there. The rooms are comfortable and the view is perfect; It is literally,right next to the Paro river. I would highly recommend stay there. The location of this property is such that is very close to the main town, so one can easily walk and try different restaurants and shop for local handicrafts without much hassle.
Day 4: Restless Trek & Mesmerizing Views
Day 4 was reserved for Paro Taktsang, also popularly known as Tiger’s nest. Guru Padmasambhava, who is credited with introducing Buddhism to Bhutan is said to have meditated for three years, three months, three weeks, three days and three hours in the 8th century. But it is not an easy task to reach this beautiful monastery.
One has to hike for two hours to reach here, but, trust me the view you get at the end of the trek is so worth it. After spending some time there, we visited a couple of monasteries and waterfalls nearby. It was all so serene and calm and one could have just stayed there for some days.
By the time we trekked down, it had got late, so we quickly packed our bags and left for Phuentsholing as we had to catch an early morning flight back to Delhi the next day. We reached our hotel around 9 pm and had dinner and slept off.
Next morning, we checkout of the hotel by 7am and boarded the flight to Delhi at 9 am.
Overall, I would say that this trip was perfect and was exactly how I had imagined it to be: full of peace and serenity. Bhutan is truly the land of happiness and the people here are the loveliest people I have come across. I am very thankful that I took this trip and I have made memories with my beloved that I will always cherish.
- The drive from Phuentsholing to Paro is beautiful. Highly recommend this serene road trip
- Hike to the Tiger nest is definitely worth it
- The weather in Bhutan can be really unpredictable at times
Tips for Future Travelers:
- Paro is more beautiful than Phuentsholing, so instead of landing in Phuentsholing, one can take a direct flight to Paro and save the travel time.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Bhutan
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Please refer to the official website of Bhutan Tourism
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Peak Season: March to May and September to November; Off Season: June to August