Our honeymoon trip to Bhutan was nothing short of heavenly
Traveling has always been fun for us and we could never resist the cravings for the hill stations as we found them to be the heaven on Earth. Hence, last June we chose Bhutan as our honeymoon destinations for which we both have been waiting for long.
Earlier, we had only heard about the beauty of Bhutan. How people travel to the wondrous land of Bhutan and explore the authenticity of the virgin beauty of Mother Nature. Hence, on an evening I Googled it and booked a package to Bhutan. But I chose the wrong season as June is the moth of monsoon in Bhutan and it rains a lot there (which I didn’t know).
19th June 2012: Boarded the flight to Paro
Early in the morning with lots of excitements we boarded the flight at Mumbai Airport and started our most awaited Bhutan honeymoon tour from Mumbai. I must mention the birds-eye-view of the Bhutanese landscapes which we discovered while we were flying over to the Paro International Airport.
After arriving in Paro, we registered all our valuables including mobiles, laptop, and jewelry which is (I found) mandatory. We were greeted by our travel agent who took us to Sonam Trophel Inn, a luxurious hotel in Paro. After taking rest and then lunch, we step out to witness the local surrounding beauty. Suddenly it started raining and we had to return back to our hotel room where we decided to spend time with each other.
2oth June: Paro sightseeing
We woke up early in the morning and took our breakfast which included Ema Datshi which is a combination of Chilly and Cheese. Then we set out to explore the mesmerizing sightseeing destinations of Paro.
First, we visited Paro Taktsang which is widely known as Tiger’s Nest. Guru Rinpoche is supposed to have meditated here for a long time (as our guide said) and he came here riding on a tiger and thus the name came “Tiger’s Nest”. Apart from that, we also visited Drukgyel Dzong which is in ruins, Rinpung Dzong, Chele la Pass, and National Museum in Paro. We also witnessed the beauty and the serenity of the Kyichu Lhakhang. In the evening, we returned back to the hotel room and after some rest, we went to Park 76 Café & Pub and enjoyed a few drinks with some French fries and nachos.
21st June: Paro to Thimphu
The next morning we set out towards the capital city of Bhutan, Thimphu. The journey by car from Paro to Thimphu was quite enjoyable as the roads are packed with eye-catching views. We reached Thimphu at around 2 pm and ate a traditional lunch. There was a fish curry (don’t remember the name of the fish), a vegetable curry, lentils and potato chips on the menu.
We spent the afternoon in the balcony of Wangchuk Hotel embedded in the arms of my partner and spent hours enjoying the views from there.
22nd June: Thimphu sightseeing
Thimphu has numerous sightseeing locations which are not possible to discover within one day or rather few hours. So, our travel agent told us that we would be visiting the major places of attraction in Thimphu.
We visited Buddha Dordenma first which is a huge statue of Lord Buddha and most interestingly if you look at the statue from a closer point you see there are lots of small miniature statues of the same.
We next visited Motithang Takin Preserve which is preserved center of Takin, the national animal of Bhutan. Then we visited Clock Tower Square, Changangkha Lhakhang, National Library, and Dochula Pass which is an excellent scenic place located at almost 10,000 ft. After returning back to the hotel, we spent the rest of the evening at the multi-cuisine restaurant of our hotel and tasted varieties of food.
23 rd June: Thimphu to Punakha
Generally, most of the itineraries include Punakha as their fast and Paro as their last sightseeing destination. But as we requested our travel agent to invert it, we visited Punakha in the last. Punakha is a dynamic piece of land and that exactly was our feeling when we arrived there.
We spent the rest of the day at our hotel and decided not to get out as both of us were feeling tired because of the journey of almost 3 hours.
24th June: Punakha sightseeing:
Our travel agent gave us a wake-up call as we requested him since we wanted to experience the early morning view of nature and breathe fresh air. Next, we started our sightseeing and Punakha Dzong was the first place that we visited. It is also the most popular place of attraction in Punakha and among the most visited tourist spot in the whole country.
Later taking our breakfast, we visited Chimi Lhakhang, Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten, Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Nunnery, and Punakha suspension bridge. All these places are beautiful and attractive in their own way and those who haven’t visited them yet don’t know what they lack.
25th June: Punakha to Paro to Mumbai
It was the last day of our Bhutan honeymoon tour. Hence we hoped into the car and traveled from Punakha to Paro as we had the flight to return back to Mumbai.
Though we did not stay for a long time in Bhutan but those 7 days of our Bhutan honeymoon trip was truly remarkable and even today we hope to travel to Bhutan and relive those moments that we spent together for the first time in Bhutan.
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