Hi, I am Kabita Rao, an MBA student, and travel fanatic. I have a strong passion for exploring new places, and that is why decided to go on a 6-day long adventure trip to Bhutan this October with four friends. I booked my holiday package via Road Riders, who I heard offers bike rental in Bhutan (including hotels, sightseeing, and cabs). Since I decided to take a road trip from Siliguri, so I opt for the best company offering bike rental in Siliguri.
Travel is always very close to my heart. I traveled from Chandigarh to Coimbatore and that was my biggest adventure. A similar vibe I have found in Bhutan’s famous Tiger’s Nest Trek and it attracted me to the destination.
When I introduced the idea of a Bhutan trip to my friends, they just jumped at the opportunity. In October, the weather was perfect for traveling. In this trip, I just wanted to explore and experience all the culture and beauty of Bhutan which seems incredibly refreshing and exciting to me.
Day 1: Thimphu – Experiencing the awesome feel of the country
Our train arrived at the New Jalpaiguri Railway Station in the morning. Then we headed to Jaigaon, the last Indian Territory from Siliguri. There we needed to do some formalities such as for permit and visa, and it took about five hours.
After sorting all the important things, we finally began our journey to the capital city of Bhutan, Thimphu. At 11.30 pm we checked into our hotel.
Day 2: Thimphu – Exploring the amazing capital city
After breakfast, we made our way for the Thimphu sightseeing tour. We visited various historical sites such as the Takin Zoo, monasteries, the Dzong Museum, and the Buddha Point. These sites gave us a true insight into the Bhutanese culture, made our day all the more enjoyable.
In the evening, we explored the city on our own. We spent the time by visited the amphitheater at the Clock Tower and shopping in the street markets around. We also tried the local cuisine, Ema Datshi (chilies in cheese) and Kewa Datshi (potatoes in cheese) with rice, which was turned out to be absolutely delicious.
Day 3: Paro – Sightseeing and leisure
Post breakfast, we drove to Paro. It is another major city in Bhutan. The city was visually dazzling and consisted of beautiful sceneries and great hotels.
On our arrival into Paro, we started our Paro sight-seeing with the Drukgyal Dzong, located 10 km from the city which is a fortress and Buddhist monastery. During our sightseeing tour, we also saw various important monuments in Paro, like the Dzong – the administrative and temporal headquarters of the city.
We spent the evening in leisure as it was free of any pre-planned activity. We tried out a Gho and Kira, the ethnic wear of Bhutan, and shopped for friends and family from the local markets. We enjoyed our Dinner with the local wines and Bhutanese grain whiskey, K-5.
Day 4: Tiger’s Nest Trek (Paro Taktsang) – The mesmerizing trek to the monastery
It was the day; my friends and I had eagerly been waiting for through the trip. We were impatiently waiting for the most awaited trek to Tiger’s Nest. Paro Taktsang is the actual name for the place, which is a Buddhist monastery situated on the upper cliffs of Paro.
The three-hour trek was filled with adventure, and the entire journey was thrilling. The view from the top was extremely mesmerizing as well. After the trek, we returned to our hotel at 3 pm. The evening was relaxed and we enjoyed and explored and the local culture, food, and festivities of the city.
Day 5: Saying goodbye to the happy country and its people
In the land of beauty, Bhutan that was our last day and with a heavy heart and some amazing memories, we checked out and headed back to Jaigaon. The six-hour drive on the beautiful roads was serene and enjoyable. At last, this amazing Bhutan trip came to an end as we boarded our train back to Kolkata from New Jalpaiguri Railway Station.
Wow Moments of Bhutan: The people were warm and incredibly welcoming
Dishes like Ema Datshi, Kewa Datshi, Wai Wai noodles were just fabulous
For every wine lover, The Takin Wine is a must try.
Lastly, the country and its roads were clean.
Some Tips for the travelers:
Before you plan a trip to this country, you should learn about local etiquette and customs.
So, here are some useful tips for travelers.
- Refrain yourself from passing any negative comments on the royal family, religion, and chief abbot.
- Locals are very sensitive, so do not sound rude.
- If you are photographing a person, Always ask for permission.
- Dress modestly.
- If you have permission only then Enter temples and monasteries and allow your guide to lead you.
- Remove your shoes before entering any temple. Do not forget to leave your camera, if photography is prohibited.
- Inside religious places do not use hats and sunglasses.
- Use your both hands and right hand to give or receive.
- When pointing at something, Use your palm rather than a finger.
- When sitting in religious places cross your legs or kneel. And don’t point your feet at anyone.
- Don’t swim, throw or wash, objects into lakes, as many of which are considered sacred.