|Paro International Airport, Bhutan
And there was a big billboard with a couple’s photo. I tried to figure out what were they advertising, until a few days later, I came to know that the picture was of the King and the Queen of Bhutan.
We then boarded our tour bus, and set off for our hotel in Thimpu, the capital city of Bhutan, which was our base station for the next 3 days.
The main cities of Bhutan are Thimpu, Punakha and Paro. Punakha was Bhutan’s old capital till 1955. Bhutan is very sparsely populated, and the approximate population of the country is about 7.5 lakhs. The eastern part of the country is where most of the development has happened.
Bhutan’s currency is ngultrum which is fixed to the value of Indian rupee. So, you would not need to carry any local currency. The INR notes are accepted everywhere, and they have exactly the same value.
In a span of few days, we visited dozens of places. Mostly cultural and religious sites, since the ethnic culture has remained intact and untouched by the westerners because of it’s isolation from the rest of the world till 1960s. Rightly so, Bhutan has been named as the The Last Shangri-La.
Travelling to a new country, and not trying out their traditional dress!!! That’s just not possible, especially when your wife is so adamant to getting clicked in the foreign attire. There you go. The dress for the men is called “gho” and for women, it’s called “kira“.
|That’s not a real bull.
We visited a lot of Dzongs (Fortresses, now converted to administrative buildings), and Monasteries, and other places of importance.
|Buddha Doderma Statue, Thimpu
|Paro international Airport, Bhutan
|A random click from the streets