Bhutan is a charming little country located in south- Asia right in between India and China. The entire country is covered in pristine pine forests and dotted by picturesque Buddhist monasteries, temples, Dzong fortresses and mystical mountains. The rich Buddhist culture is evident in their serene way of life and alluring environment that still remains untouched by technology and globalisation.
Every year for my birthday, I end up going on a trip. Last year for my birthday trip, I decided to go to Bhutan and checked off one more destination on my bucket list.
I took a flight from Mumbai to Bagdogra in Darjeeling and drove all the way to Bhutan (Yes! A 12-hour journey). The journey can get a little tiring if you don’t halt for the night, but the scenic view along the way really makes up for the long journey.
Pointers for Travellers
There are two ways to reach the place – Air and Road. If travelling by road, you would require the following documents:
- Entry Permit Copy
- Duly filed authorized letter application form
My stay comprised of 2 days at Paro and 2 days at Thimpu. Paro and Thimpu do have some amazing places to stay in. My personal recommendation would be the following.
I stayed at the beautiful Namgays Homestay booked through Airbnb which was absolutely serene and lovely. It is located about 10 minutes from Paro City and completely surrounded by nature.
I booked this amazing property called Thimpu 180 view through Booking.com which has a picturesque view of the Thimpu Valley.
The cuisine of Bhutan is a wonderful mix of traditional Bhutanese places and trendy cafes.
My Kind of Place located in Main Street is run by a wonderful lady who is also a great chef. Mountain Cafe located in the city is popular for its pizzas and freshly brewed coffee.
If you are a burger lover, this is the place to be. Head out to Cloud9 café & bar, located next to Druk Hotel. Bhutan Kitchen located at Gatoen Lam serves the best Authentic Bhutanese food.
There is a weekend market which takes place on the main street in Paro and Thimpu every Saturday. From Bhutanese clothes to handicrafts to Bhutanese goods, you can find everything in this bustling market space.
Do Not Miss
Tiger’s Nest Trek
Height: Perched at a height of 10,000 ft above the sea level
Time Taken: 5 Hours
USP: This was definitely one of the highlights of the Bhutan trip. Taktsang or Tigers Nest is a prominent Himalayan Buddhist sacred site located on the cliffside of Upper Paro valley. No matter how many times you see the images of Tigers Nest monastery online, you will be spellbound by the tranquillity and scenic beauty of the place.
Party Animal Alert
Paro is known for its groovy nightlife. Head to club K for a rocking night out. At Thimpu, check out Mojo Park and Vivacity located in the hearty of the city.
Best Time To Visit Bhutan
October – December is the best time to visit Bhutan because of the pleasant climate and clear skies.