A visit to Bhutan had been a long standing dream. It came true last summer holidays when we took a 10-day road-trip to Bhutan and wandered the country thorough to see its imposing Dzongs and picturesque country-sides, eat its food, dress the way its people did, listen to its uncountable tales from history and folk-lore…
We flew down to Bagdogra from Mumbai; drove up to Phuentsoling, Bhutan’s border town for the permit, and from there started the odyssey –Thimpu, Punakha, Bumthang, Gantey and Paro – over 10 mesmerizing days.
Every drive seemed to be better than the previous one; every town looked more charming than the previous one; here was a country that took its history, art, culture, architecture so seriously that you are forced to feel ‘nothing must have changed’. Deeply religious, even the commoner in Bhutan almost starts and ends his day at the monasteries. Every little town has the basics and is so clean that you can eat off the streets. Almost every town is located in a valley with a river running past it, giving it life. Schools adopt a brook, stream or a river and keep it sparkling clean. Every house, shop, hotel, monastery, Dzong follow the same architecture – giving the entire Bhutan a character you will find difficult to ignore.
Upon coming back home, I wrote an exhaustive series of posts on our Bhutan road trip. This post is a compilation of all the town-wise posts to help the one looking for Bhutan-related information in one place.
Click on the individual links to read more about the topic…
Head to Phuentsoling, Bhutan’s border town, for the Bhutan Permit:
- Drive from Bagdogra (West Bengal) to Phuentsoling
- How is the Bagdogra Airport?
- How to get an entry Permit/Pass for Bhutan
- Where to stay in Phuentsoling (Bhutan)? We stayed overnight at Hotel Druk
Thimpu – We stayed there for 2 days 2 nights
Punakha – We stayed there for 1 day 1 night
- Drive from Thimpu to Punakha
- Sight-seeing in Punakha
- Where to stay in Punakha? — Punatshanchuu Cottages
- Romance in Punakha Dzong
Bumthang – We stayed there for 2 days 2 nights
- Drive from Punakha to Bumthang
- Sight-seeing in Bumthang
- Where to stay in Bumthang — Ugyen Ling Resort
- Where to shop in Bumthang? (recommended, since the rates are most reasonable here)
Gangtey – We stayed there for 1 night 1 day
- Drive from Bumthang to Gangtey
- Trek in Phobjikha Valley
- Where to stay in Gangtey? — Hotel Dewachen review
- An Ethereal Morning Walk in Gangtey
Paro – We stayed there for 2 nights 2 days
- Sight-seeing in Paro
- Tiger’s Nest Trek in Paro
- Where to stay in Paro? — Hotel Olathang
- Gangtey to Paro Drive
And a few generic posts that will help you:
That was quite a bit of reading. Time for some photos now