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Asia » Bhutan » Thimphu November 1st 2018

I want to live in Bhutan. I want to live in Bhutan and marry the king. I want to live in Bhutan, marry the king and have his chil ... well, maybe not that much but oh my goodness what a lovely country. We flew on Royal Bhutan Airlines, also known as Drukair. I thought that was a bit too close to Drugair or Drunkair for comfort but I later learned that a druk is a dragon, a wingless dragon I grant you and I would quite like my plane to have wings, but it flew us safely past Mt Everest again (is it that one?!), swerved around the mountains at the airport quite expertly, and got us safely on the ground despite that. The clocks only changed by -15 minutes and we three couples were ... read more
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Asia » Bhutan » Thimphu October 18th 2017

We have been so busy on this trip that there's hardly any time to write. This has been our second full day in Bhutan, first exploring the delights of Thimphu, and today travelling to Bhutan's former capital of Punakha. On our first full day here, yesterday, we visited the Jungshi Handmade Paper Factory, the National Textile Museum, the Traditional Medicine (herbal) Clinic, the Arts and Crafts School, and Tashicho Dzong, an historic fortress and monastery. We also stopped at the Takin Preserve, takins being Bhutan's national animal, a heavier and more solid form of antelope. Added to all that, we had a dinner date with a Bhutanese family in their home, and were treated to a cultural performance beforehand, enjoying Bhutanese singing and dancing sitting in the cold Thimphu night air. Our days seem to be ... read more

Asia » Bhutan » Thimphu May 3rd 2017

We flew back to Kathmandu from Pokara and visited the Patan area, another place filled with palaces and temples. The month long festival honoring the snake and conducted to bring on the rains was going on, featuring large, as in really tall (over 35 feet tall), carts that are pulled through the city twice a day. If the gods are happy, the monsoons will be good and the rice will flourish. By the way, to end the rains there is a festival where children fly kites. A couple of years ago they got too much rain and the elders blamed it on the kids that were too busy with their electronic devices to go fly kites. Sound familiar? That evening we had a very interesting lecture by a university professor who explained how culture, religion, and ... read more
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Asia » Bhutan » Thimphu April 20th 2017

20.04.2017 In the morning, we started for Thimpu, capital of Bhutan. The distance is nearly 55 km. We started at 9 in morning and reached hotel at 11 am. Before that we went to permit office in the city as we wanted to visit Punakha Dzong next day. We need to take permit for visit to Punakha. In Bhutan check in time for hotels is after 3.00pm. Check out is 12 noon. We went to hotel and had tea. As rooms were not ready, we went out for sight seeing. Choephal Norkyi was our hotel. It is near the Clock Tower Squre. On Norzim Lam, various important offices and buildings, The clock tower square, the lhakhang near clock tower on Norzim Lam, Bhutan public library, Thimphu immigration office, National textile museum, entrance of Tashicho dzong etc. ... read more
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Asia » Bhutan » Thimphu February 9th 2016

We left Haa on a bright cold morning and followed more windy roads for a while until we came to the main highway to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. This road even has white lines in the middle! On the way we stopped to visit a dzong which became Bhutan's first prison in the early 1970s - definitely a prison with a view. We did a short walk from there to stretch our legs then continued into Thimphu. Thimphu was a bit of a shock after the small places we had been - it has a population of around 100,000 and a significant number of buildings that are more than a couple of storeys high. We even got stuck in a traffic jam on the main street! After lunch and check-in at our hotel we drove ... read more
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Asia » Bhutan » Thimphu June 8th 2015

Bhutan Chuyen di Nepal , Tibet, Bhutan, India va Bangladesh Nepal trip Day la trip duy nhat va dac biet tu truoc den nay va la lan dau tien di lau nhat va bay vong quanh trai dat trong 1 thang. Truoc het toi khoi hanh tu My. Tram dung dau tien la bay den Frankfurt. Sau do toi di den Istanbul, Turkey. Ke tiep toi den la thu do cua Nepal. Nhu vay toi di 1/2 Trai dat. Tu Nepal toi di den India, ke den la Tibet Bhutan, Thailand va sau Cung la Bangladesh. Tu do toi ve lai Thai Lan roi ve My bang cach bay qua nua vong trai dat con lai. Throng chuyen di nay , dat biet thu hai la toi di vao ngay le Phat Dan mot cach tinh ... read more
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Asia » Bhutan » Thimphu January 30th 2015

Norzim Lam Norzim lam is one of the most important roads in Thimphu where you find most of the hotels and important official buildings. There are many shops and shopping malls in this area. While most part of Thimphu becomes silent after evening, this place remains very active even in the late evening. img=https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-6msaH3VJn1s/VLJ5r98MO_I/AAAAAAAAQPA/6GRag3ASnaM/w702-h527-no/Norzim%2BLam%2B%28thimphu%29%2B17.JPG The above picture shows the entrance to Norzim lam from bus stand side. You can find the clock tower on this road. This road goes straight towards Tashicho dzong. The immigration office is also on this road. There are many shops, shopping malls in the city, mostly around Norzim lam. Plenty of garments, handicrafts, traditional and modern things to buy. (I felt price is higher than India). I was particularly impressed with de... read more

Asia » Bhutan » Thimphu January 13th 2015

About Phuentsholing Phuentsholing is a small town in Bhutan adjacent to the Indian border. While Phuentsholing is on the Bhutan side of the border, Jaygaon (a bigger town) is on the Indian side of the border. The distance between Phuentsholing and Jaygaon is just a wall, i.e., say one meter (just to visualize). Phuentsholing is important because it is currently the only route (by land) from India to Bhutan. Hence anybody going Bhutan has to stop here, get the permit from immigration office, and then proceed. h2... read more

Asia » Bhutan » Thimphu April 16th 2014

A slogan at Thimphu’s School of Traditional Arts says, “Gross National Happiness is more important than Gross National Product” by HM, Jigme Singye Wangchuk, the fourth Dragon King of Bhutan. This concept of GNH (Gross National Happiness) was designed to measure the quality of life or social progress than only the economic indicator of GDP (Gross Domestic Product). After driving in a Tata Safari for almost 4 days from Tamenglong, three members of the Adventure Club of Tamenglong (ACT) and a friend, Raimi, we picked up from Eastern Theological College, reached Gelephu a border town in Bhutan adjacent to Dadgiri in Chirang District of Assam. It was already 8 pm and the border gate had been closed for vehicles except for a few pedestrians crossing the borders at the last moment. Initially we were refused entry ... read more
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Asia » Bhutan » Thimphu April 1st 2014

Day 4 - Thimpu The day started with a breakfast of banana flavoured cornflakes, served with hot milk - different was the best description. There was toast and marmalade, and tea, so it wasn't all bad. After packing in quite a lot the previous day, we still had some of the main sights to visit. First on the agenda was the National Memorial Chorten. This Tibetan style Chorten is one of the most visible sights, and we had seen it lit up the night before. It was built in 1974 as a memorial to the 3rd king. Here we saw people circling the chorten similar to those we had seen in Tibet clutching their prayer wheels and 108 beads, chanting to themselves and off to one side a section for those who wished to postulate either ... read more
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Locals & monks round the Chorten in a clockwise direction
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