Instead of planning a trip to America or Europe, head over to Bhutan for an enjoyable holiday this year. This Buddhist kingdom is a land of beautiful monasteries and fortresses.
It is better to arrange your trip through an authorized travel agent. Bhutan’s government charges daily tourist fees to all foreigners except Indian nationals.
Air – Fly to Kolkata or Delhi, where you will be able to catch a non-stop flight to Bhutan. Druk Air and Bhutan Airlines flies regularly from these places in India. The tickets range from Rs 10, 486 to 14, 000 if you book in advance.
Cab – You can also take a cab from India to Bhutan via the south-western town of Phuntsholing.
Where To Stay:
Hotel Norbuling is a good place to stay in Thimpu. You can get rooms there for around Rs 4856 (approx). There is also Hotel Le Meridien Thimpu if you want to splurge, but you will have to shell out a hefty Rs 18, 131 for a room there.
What to Do
One of the most interesting things about Thimpu is that it has a pedestrian day every Sunday of the month. So you can walk and explore the beautiful city. Chorten Memorial is a stupa built in the memory of the late king Jigme Dorji Wangchuk. There are beautiful paintings and statues inside.
Simtoka Dzong is fortress, which has a series of over 300 finely crafted slate carvings behind prayer wheels which you should definitely see. There are various other institutes, museums and other places to see in Thimpu. You should also pay a visit to the craft bazaar organized by the Ministry of Cottage and Small Industry. The market offers genuine Bhutanese crafts for the tourists.
Where to Eat
You can enjoy authentic Bhutanese cuisine in the Folk Heritage Museum restaurant. The menu is extensive with over 60 vegetarian dishes and 100 meat dishes. Try popular Bhutanese fare such as khuli, a pancake made from buckwheat, kekti kewa (spiced baby potatoes) and ja sha maroo, a dish of minced chicken.
By Payel Bhattacharjee