Thimphu – The Modernized Valley of Bhutan

Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan, is a place to indulge in the city life of a modernized kingdom. The life in the valley gives you an opportunity to experience the magical old-world charm and the modern amenities, both at the same time. The city offers excellent varieties of local and international cuisines for the food lovers, remarkable architecture for the eyes of those seeking beauty and museums and serene landscape for those willing to explore the culture. We spent quite a few days in Thimphu and saw almost all major points of interest at our own pace, without the help of any tour guide or travel agent. In our opinion, some of the best things to do in Thimphu are:

Tashichho Dzong

The most prominent structure in Thimphu is Tashichho Dzong or Thimphu Dzong.

Thimphu Dzong, Bhutan

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Bhutan – The Land of The Thunder Dragon

Bhutan - The Land of Thunder Dragon

Bhutan – the land of the thunder dragon, has the potential to both, surprise you (with its beauty and culture) and shock you (with some never-seen-before things). It is the land of rich culture, majestic architecture, handicrafts, beautiful valleys, Buddhism and lovely people. The moment you enter Bhutan, you find yourself in a different world. The most noticeable attractions are – the old world yet very captivating and majestic architecture, a unique dressing style, religious people rolling prayer wheels and chanting, and almost everyone chewing Paan (betel leaves). You feel like you have time-travelled centuries back, to reach this amazing Himalayan Kingdom – Bhutan.

Surprises are good – they keep the excitement levels up but shocks can make any trip even more interesting and memorable. Let me share with you a few such moments which shook me completely. I couldn’t close my jaws when I saw a monk with a gun in his hand (children playing), a monk buying pork at a butcher’s shop and a married monk. Even more appalling was to see monks betting their money in some of the games at a local fair and to find out that following any religion other than Buddhism is an offence to the state. The other one is more like a matter of pride than surprise, that most of the major roads in Bhutan are constructed and maintained by Indian Military (Border Road Organization called BRO) only, through a project called Dantak. There was a lot to see and do in Bhutan. So here are N things which we liked a lot, in the order they are listed, which you too might appreciate if you visit Bhutan:

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Paro – The Most Beautiful Valley of Bhutan

Paro, a popular valley in Bhutan, is the house to the most iconic attraction of Bhutan – Taktsang, also popular by the name – The Tiger’s Nest. It is a naturally beautiful valley with cloud touching mountains, blue sky and a river flowing through the valley – an ideal landscape that we use to paint as children.

Paro Valley (6)

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Phunakha – The Old Capital of Bhutan

Phunakha – the old capital of Bhutan should definitely be on your list if you want to see the most beautiful Dzong of Bhutan – the place from where the present king of Bhutan got married, the longest suspension bridge of Bhutan – where you can swing with the bridge and the breeze, and the Lakhang (temple) of the Divine Madman, where you can get blessed with a baby if you haven’t already got one.

Phunakha

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Travel and be Happy

There is an old saying that there is a time in everyone’s life after which he/she starts loosing interest in his/her profession, routine activities and almost everything else. Everything seems trivial, and it becomes difficult to find motivation to take part in any activity. The wiser man may start questioning the reason of his existence. So did I!

Baba Mandir - Things to do in Gangtok

I started asking questions to my inner-self: what is the reason that I am working days and nights even when I am not happy? What is it that I would like to do in life? What can keep me happy? After carefully considering for few days or may be even months, I realized that traveling to beautiful places, admiring the beauty of the nature, participating in adventurous activities, eating/cooking good food, keeping people around me happy, remarkably boosted my happiness. Now, though I have identified activities which make me happy, I don’t have time – limited leaves you know. So, will I be compromising my happiness for the mundane activities of life? No, of course not! I might not have the answer today, but I have several alternatives in mind; the feasibility of these alternatives still need to be evaluated.

While I check, let me share with you how traveling makes me happy and can do the same for you. Though it may sound trivial, but nature’s fresh air and greenery can really reawaken your energy and enthusiasm. You can’t imagine this unless you have experienced it before. So don’t underestimate the power of this simple activity.

Phobjika Valley (1)

Watching beautiful birds and animals, playing with some of them or even running after them, can put back a broad smile on your face. Listening to the chirping of birds, the sound produced by a fish in the still water, enjoying the fragrance of flowers may become an amazing experience and even the time of your life.

Fragrance of

The adventure of traveling itself and the surprises on the course add spices to your overall experience. Moreover, I get to learn a number of new things about life, about myself and about nature while traveling. So guys, try it! This might work for you as well.

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Besides this, recently I had read an intriguing research report which stated that spending your money for experiences is a better choice for buying happiness rather than spending your money on products which may give you short-term happiness. So travel and see for yourself, how magical a travellers life can be.

Travel Angle: Why Should I Travel?

Student Travel or Dream Travel

Those who are still wondering why they should be traveling (many students who dream of traveling but can’t figure out the reason why they should be) need to stop thinking, as there are hundreds of logical reasons and even many more stupid reasons as to why they should travel.

There are many different rationales behind ‘why should you travel’. Some of these are:

  • Travel changes your personality and makes you a better person
  • Travel gives you an opportunity to see what’s happening around the world and gives you brilliant business ideas
  • Travel just because it can give you happiness
  • Travel for adventure, for networking or for getting lost
  • Travel for tasting variety of food and drinks if you are a foodie

The list can just go on. However, the silliest and the funniest one that came to me is – even the Mango is traveling the world. So, why shouldn’t I?

How to Reach Bhutan from India?

How to Reach Bhutan (Phuentsholing) from India (for Indian Travelers)?

Indians enjoy special privileges in Bhutan and it becomes evident from the ‘entry policy of Bhutan for Indians’ itself. We can enter into Bhutan even without a passport; just by showing the voter’s ID card. Continue reading