Things To Do In Bhutan

a-Top-6-Things-To-Do-In-BhutanThe last of the Himalayan kingdoms, there’s nowhere on earth quite like Bhutan. Here’s how to get underneath its skin.Bhutan – the last true Illusion of Shangri-La is known for its beautiful landscape and Buddhist monasteries. Bhutan is certainly a place where the spectacular mountains help you breathe a fresh air of life within you. In fact, Bhutan is considered the best getaway for families, friends, romantic travellers, adventure lovers and nature lovers.

The Land of Thundering Dragon has been a mountaineer’s paradise for many years. Besides, you will be thrilled by the Bhutanese hospitality and their delicious cuisines. Furthermore, the famous places such as Thimphu, Paro, Phuentsholing, Bumthang, Mongar, Lhuntse, Phobjikha, Gangtey, Haa, and Punakha are known for gorgeous natural beauty, monasteries, nunneries and great mountain valleys.

Here are presented the 10 must see places in Bhutan.

  • Dochula Pass

Located on the way to Punakha from Thimphu. The pass is a popular location for tourists as it offers a stunning 360-degree panoramic view of Himalayan mountain range. The view is especially scenic on clear, winter days with snowcapped mountains forming a majestic backdrop to the tranquillity of the 108 chortens gracing the mountain pass.

  • Takstang  Monastery

Taktsang Monastery also recognised as Tiger’s Nest in Paro is one of the holiest places in Bhutan. The monastery is mounted on a high granite cliff and was established for meditation. The monastery is perched on a rocky ledge with a sheer drop of nearly 800m and overlooks the Paro valley and the river. It is said that in the second half of the 8th century, Guru Padma Sambhava known as the second Buddha in Bhutan, meditated at the spot where the monastery is situated having alighted there on the back of a flying tigress.

  • Dzongs

The grand and visually appealing dzongs of Bhutan are scattered all over the country. Each dzong happens to be a monastery, administrative centre and fortress rolled into one. You could head to the regal Tashichho Dzongor make your way to the more peaceful and secluded Punakha Dzong.

  • Thimphu

Thimphu, one of the culturally must see places in Bhutan, is charming capital city nestled in the Himalayas with the beautiful sights of the Chuu River flowing through it. Interestingly, it is the only  capital city in the world with no traffic lights. Thimphu has retained its culture and old world charm as modern development is closely monitored and new buildings can be built only in Bhutanese style and up to a certain height.DochuLa-Pass-Bhutan-by-Göran-HöglundFlickr

  • Paro

Paro, the foremost must see the place in Bhutan, is a gorgeous beautiful valley, surrounded by lush green rice fields. Paro is a historic town with many sacred sites and historical buildings scattered through the area. Along with Jakar and Punakha, Paro forms the ‘golden triangle’ of popular tourist destinations in Bhutan. Likewise, craggy mountain hills and undisturbed serene beauty, the clean air and peaceful atmosphere make it a must visit place in Bhutan.

  • Phuentsholing

Phuentsholing, another must visit place in Bhutan, is a small town with a clean environment. The chief tourist attractions of Phuentsholing are Amo Chuu, the Crocodile Breeding Center, Chukha Hydrothermal Project, the gate at the border (called Bhutan Gate) and Karbandi Monastery. The natural beauty of Phuentsholing forcefully captivates you. It is a perfect place to visit for those people who love nature and want to remain in solitude.

  • Bumthang Valley

Bumthang Valley, the spiritual heartland of Bhutan, is full of most ancient and precious Buddhist sites. Located at an altitude of 2,600 meters, the religious hub of Bhutan houses some of the oldest Buddhist temples. Besides, Jakar is the main town in Bumthang Valley and its undulating terrain, which is filled with apple trees and numerous temples, is a tourist’s delight.

  • Punakha

Punakha, the breathtaking destination in Bhutan, has been inextricably linked to some of the most momentous events in the Bhutanese history and deserves its reputation as one of the most beautiful and significant regions at the heart of Bhutanese culture. This district, levelling from 1300m at the valley floor rises to almost 3000m around Dochhula pass, served as the capital of Bhutan from 1637 till 1907. People visit this place mostly to understand the Bhutanese history and to enjoy its natural beauty.

  • Thimphu’s Memorial Chorten

Thimphu’s Memorial Chorten is both a chorten and a temple in one. It occupies a prominent place in the centre of the main road near the south entrance of the city proper; traffic splits to go around it. It was built in 1974 to honour the 3rd King, who wanted to construct a chorten to represent the mind of the Buddha but passed away before starting that project.

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           “If the world is a book then Bhutan is the page where you fell in love.”

 

 

 

MY SOLO RIDE

“Don’t live same year 75 times and call it a life”
It was my  dream, solo ride to Manali

It’s a true biker’s dream to reach this at least once in his lifetime. It’s a moment to be cherished for a lifetime. Biking is not just to sit on a bike and ride, it’s much more than that which cannot be explained in words.

Manali is a high-altitude Himalayan resort town in India’s northern Himachal Pradesh state. It has a reputation as a back visiting equality Set on the Beas River, it’s a gateway for skiing along Valley and trekking in Parvati Valley.

Manali is accessible by most transport means, but I choose a bike ride up to this place. Although I got the chance only to visit Rohtang pass. there are quite a few things I managed to see/try within that short period.

DAY ONE:

I was very adamant to go all by road. I was motivated and got ready for the trip. I choose Royal Enfield for my journey. A reliable and best bike for this trip. This was my first solo bike trip. I read hundreds of blog, watched thousand of videos and had million expectation to make this most memorable trip of my life. I started at 9 am and soon was on an open highway. I did all my homework before starting this trip. Although it was only 300 km with turn and twist made this journey amazing.On my way, there were many trucks and tourist buses but still achieved some reasonable speed on this stretch.

Reasonable speed is around 40 kmph. Very soon I was faced with potholes that swallow up my bike, craters filled with dirty brown water and truckers who appear out of nowhere to push me off the road.
About the time when I swear to myself not to come on this road again, I crossed a toll and from there, the roads get better. The road is then a straight run till Manali. The roads are a series of blind corners, hairpins and short straight stretches with villages all over. One has to be on top of your game when driving. There is a lot of truck traffic and sometimes it can get frustrating when to keep trying to get ahead of them. I was making sure of not overtaking any vehicle on blind spots. Still one need to be very focused on these roads.


About the time, I crossed all the bad roads and now I was hungry and cranky. Both man and machine need rest so I headed towards a Hill top restaurant.
Past that I came to Bilaspur where I filled my tank and bought few snacks. Past Bilaspur, machine start working. Open roads, less traffic and beautiful mountain range. It was like a movie scene for me. Soon I stopped at a mountain viewpoint and clicked few pictures.Now I was very close to Kullu. My first destination where I met an old friend who also hosted me.

I crossed beautiful Beas river dam and then headed towards Kullu. The surface quality was good and soon there were some really nice corners making things really interesting.

Soon I reached Kullu and here I ended my first day of solo riding.