Visiting Bhutan has always been in my Bucket list and last April I finally got a chance to tick it off the list. 😁
If you want good spicy food, friendly people, picturesque landscapes and cheap wine this is your place to be. 😊
1. The best people.
People in this country really value their “happiness”. For those who are not aware in Bhutan they practice “gross national happiness”. Even though they don’t own the luxuries of life they prefer living life to fullest. The people are ever smiling, very friendly, helpful.
The drivers are very knowledgeable, professional, who take their job seriously go out of their way to help you.
I had the good fortune of making a few friends there and I still keep in touch with them. Oh one more thing about the youth there is that they love Bollywood and the Hindi film industry. I was amazed to see how they’d sing the most difficult lyrics with ease. 😁
Another intriguing aspect of the people here is the immense love for the royalty. They adore their king and queen and are perfectly content with not attaining the status of a democracy.
The palace of the royal dyansty in Paro.
Oh my god! The best 7 days of my life when it comes to eating every kind of meat with lots of chillies. 😍 The pork Shanta, kewa datsi, Ema datsi thukpa, dried beef, jaega maaru momos …I could go on and on. They add a lot of chilli pepper and butter, cheese to the food making it extraordinarily delicious. Out the aforementioned dishes Ema datsi is by far the most popular dish in the Bhutanese cuisine. I had the pleasure of staying at a beautiful home stay in Paro where I was treated to the best home cooked Bhutanese food. Even the roadside shops, restaurants serve these dishes. (The wine you get here is amazing as well and very reasonable. Special mention: peach wine!)
3. Picturesque landscapes
Oh this place is filled with breathtaking views and landscapes. The trek popularly known as the Tiger’s Nest(2.6 miles one way) at an elevation of 10,232 feet is the prime example of it. It’s a 4hour trek more or less and the view of the adjoining mountains as you climb up the altitudes will more than makeup for the difficulty ( if you are as unfit as I am) 😛😛
The country believes in the religion of Buddhism. They believe in what the religion preaches and curbs out the three poisons which are hatred, greed and ignorance out of their lives. Like I mentioned earlier they practice Gross national Happiness and thus they don’t cling to expectations and material things at all. The temples, the touristy places also has enough and more depictions of it.
5. Flora and fauna
Bhutan has the most unique variety of flora and fauna available in it’s geographical proximity. They pay immense importance in the preservation of wildlife and greenery and that’s why you see such vast lustres of green land in between places. It’s one of the biodiversity hotspots of the world with a forest cover of over 60℅. In animals you could spot the red panda, rhinos, water buffaloes, swamp deers and several kinds of birds in their zoos. I was personally fascinated by the immense growth of apples and oranges in the region.