Great Himalayan Drive Days 42-45: In Thimphu in Bhutan via Phuentsholing

The Tashichho Dzong (monastery) in Thimphu in Bhutan
The Tashichho Dzong (monastery) in Thimphu in Bhutan

I left Kaziranga National Park for Bhutan, expecting to reach its border town of Phuentsholing after a night halt somewhere on the way. Wonder of wonders, I reached by evening itself after a 10 hour drive. Amazing what good roads can do.

I spent a night in a comfortable hotel there, and had to spend half a day getting permits for myself and my car. Left for capital Thimphu a little after noon and reached in the evening.

By now I was taking it a little easy – had been exploring without a break for six weeks now. First thing on my agenda was to find some espresso: sure enough, I found a few cafes serving excellent Americanos with delicious cakes. Life was good. I spent the day ambling around town, looking up some handicraft shops (shopping was not too tempting – Pokhara and Kathmandu have been the best so far) and exploring its weekend fruit and vegetable market.

The next day I got my car serviced – long overdue – and went to visit the majestic Tashichho Dzong (monastery), summer residence of the central monk body which also houses the throne room of His Majesty. And then it was more coffee!

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  1. Hey ajay i was expecting to hear a bit more from you on Bhutan. can you tell me abt what restrictions anyone will face there and what sort of permit ya need before u get into country?.

  2. I read somewhere that a tourist needs to get a $200 per day package, which includes a guide.
    Could you please give me some information on the kind of costs involved in getting to Bhutan, visa, tour package (in mandatory) and staying there? What would be the cost of lodging and boarding?

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