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BHUTAN Travel Guide

Bhutan is a land of surprises. This is where the rice is red in colour, chillies can be a main dish, and the economic index GDP is measured in “Happiness”. From the grassy lands to the kind and fun-loving people – there is enough to be surprised about this tiny Buddhist country. But what makes Bhutan better than most of its neighbouring countries is the degree of safety you feel while walking on its unfamiliar and unversed streets. Bhutan is backpacking friendly. The entire country – from the popular towns of Thimpu and Paro to the much unfamiliar east – is comfortable to travel, hospitable and culturally diverse. But due to its imposed USD250 daily fee – which also includes your food, stay and travel – many travellers find themselves hopelessly bound to a well-planned and an unavoidable itinerary. Since that USD250-a-day fee does not apply to Indians, Bangladeshis and Maldivians, they are free to travel in Bhutan without having to worry about a VISA. TOP PLACES TO SEE AND EXPERIENCES TO TRY IN BHUTAN Getting a Drayang …

Why I Want To Travel Bhutan Again

Of all the places I’ve been to, Bhutan remains one of my favorites. Not much is known of this country, and even less is heard about. No wonder, Bhutan is a place to be discovered. Many people find it hard to sample its charms due to the country’s high daily tariff (about $250 per day per person) and complicated visa requirements – which, fortunately enough, don’t apply to Indian tourists. We can cross the border anytime we want and enjoy its warmth, humility, friendliness and spiritual peace, like a backpacker. But why do I care to visit it again? Well, of all the compelling reasons Bhutan’s ‘Restaurants Cum Bars’ – as they are often named – are something I find myself mostly yearning for. They are a basic Bar like facility where you can enjoy ‘Emma Dhatsi’ – an insanely hot delicacy of boiled chilies and local cheese – and all those local beers and whiskeys. For a start remember that they are in no shortage in any sense. If Bhutan has some 100,000 shops in …

In Search Of Happiness

I found Bhutan a rather charming and fascinating place. No matter how worldly and materialistic your approach towards life is, if you travel Bhutan with an open mind, their philosophical and idealistic culture would force you to contemplate, and contemplate twice, on some of the most confusing questions concerning human existence. During my visit to Bhutan, I happened to spend a chilly evening with a couple of friends I met in the capital city Thimpu. They shared with me some crazy ideas about their culture and a unique Bhutanese philosophy that left me spilling my guts out. These young men had no decent excuse to ponder or even believe in such crazy ideologies – and their firm belief left me startled. “There’s a very simple solution to be happy in your life,” said one of them “Just think about death few times every day.” The entire conversation around such a cheesy topic started when – during our philosophical conversation – they happened to ask me about that one thing I want from my life. “To be …