Our fantastic honeymoon trip in December in the fairytale land of Bhutan
“Honeymoon is the unforgettable phase in a couple’s life hence choose a place which is already popular as honeymoon destination”
Rightly said, as I too think that a honeymoon is the only time when couples soak in the romance in the air as we did the same during our honeymoon in Bhutan.
Why did we choose Bhutan?
Simply because it is already termed to be among the most ideal honeymoon destinations and we wanted to spend our honeymoon in hill station since both of us are in love with the chilled weather, leather jackets and hot food. Hence, we decided to travel to Bhutan in the month of December which is the winter season in Bhutan and the temperature remains quite frigid and one can get an authentic winter experience during the season.
December 20th – the beginning of the journey
As we are from Kolkata we had to come to NJP first by train. We had chosen a trusted tour operator and booked a Bhutan honeymoon tour package for 5 days for our Bhutan honeymoon tour and December 20th was our first day.
We boarded our train at 10 pm in Sealdah Railway Station and had arrived NJP the next morning. Our tour operator had already arranged a car for us there and we started our journey to the magical country. During the journey, we stopped on several occasions to get breakfast and to click selfies together (It was our honeymoon after all). After the documentation in Phuentsholing, our travel agent took us to a hotel and we took rest for the rest of the day.
December 21st-Phuentsholing to Thimphu
Thimphu is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Bhutan. It is the capital city of Bhutan and has lots of amazing sightseeing places. We first visited Buddha Dordenma which is a gigantic statue of Lord Buddha and our guide told us that it consists of numerous other miniature statues which we didn’t notice. It took almost 9 years to complete the whole statue.
Next, we visited, National Memorial Chorten which is a beautiful white stupa depicting the architectural brilliance of Bhutan. It was built in the year 1974 by Her Majesty. We also visited Motithang Takin Preserve which is a wildlife reserve center for the national animal of Bhutan, Takin. Apart from that, during our day trip to Thimphu, we went to the Folk Heritage Museum which displays various materials of the Bhutanese culture. We also visited National Library and DochuLa which has an elevation of 3,116 meters and has 108 chortens known as the “Chortens of the victory of the Druk Gyalpo”.
December 22nd –Thimphu to Punakha
Punakha, one of the most popular places to visit in Bhutan and a must visit during a honeymoon trip. Why?? Because the scenario of the Punakha Dzong and its surroundings is astonishing (as we felt). We visited Punakha Dzong first which is also known as Pungtang Dewa Chhenbi Phodrang (quite hard pronounce and remember for us) and is the administrative center of the Punakha district.
*Did you know?
Punakha Dzong is one of the oldest and largest Dzongs in Bhutan and it is also the former capital of Bhutan.
The same day, we visited Chimi Lhakhang which is a Buddhist monastery in Bhutan and the hours we spent there gave us a certain sort of inner tranquility which cannot be described in words. Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten was also a peaceful place in Punakha.
December 23rd –Punakha to Paro
We started our journey early in the morning to reach Paro which took almost 3 hours and 30 minutes. And after checking in the hotel we first took our breakfast as we both were hungry. Then we step out and started exploring Paro.
Paro Taktsang or Tiger’s Nest (which is one of the most romantic places in Bhutan) is the first place that we visited. It is the best and most popular monastery in Bhutan which has a mythology attached to it that Guru Rinpoche meditated here for a long time. We then visited the National Museum of Bhutan which is a cultural museum of Paro. It houses the finest specimen of Buddhist art, bronze statues and beautiful paintings.
December 24th –Paro Airport to Dumdum, Kolkata
In the morning, we packed our luggage and checked out of the hotel and went to Paro International (the only international airport in Bhutan). We boarded our flight at around 10:30 am and returned back to Kolkata with heavy hearts with the dream of visiting it again.
Now few facts about Bhutan Tourism:
These are the points that I noticed during our honeymoon and felt that others must be aware of that-
- You can drink alcohol in Bhutan but smoking is not allowed in public places. In fact, selling of tobacco is strictly prohibited in the whole country.
- If you are an Indian citizen, then you won’t need a visa to travel to Bhutan
- Bhutan government has set $250 as the average budget per person per day for tourists during the peak season
- Bhutan is the last Buddhist country in the world
- The government focuses on the GNH (more than GDP)
Things to pack if you are planning a honeymoon in Bhutan in December:
- A trip to Bhutan is packed with lots of hiking, trekking and climbing hence it is advised to pack some stretchable pants and Ts, sturdy shoes and other necessary equipment
- Winter in Bhutan (Especially in the southern side) is generally very harsh. Hence you should pack heavy woolens, mufflers, hand gloves, and leather jackets (my fav one).
- Also, do not forget that Bhutan is a hill station and you may feel nauseous hence packing some anti-vomiting pills and painkillers can be handy.
What are you waiting for? The best time? Every season is best to travel only if you have that urge of exploring the universe holding your partner’s hand.
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