We Indians might crib about how we don’t get Visa on Arrival in many countries. Especially the developed countries like UK, USA & Australia. We say how it is great for Europeans to just take a random train and explore a new country any weekend. But, we have to go through a Visa application process for the same.
Now, If Europeans have hassle free entry in almost every European country, we can also visit beautiful countries like Bhutan without hassles. I have visited Bhutan and was glad to hold an Indian passport then. Why? Because, a foreign citizen has to pay $200 or $250 per day, based on corresponding month, during their trip to Bhutan! That’s almost Rs 13,000 per day, while we spent 7 days in Bhutan for that amount.
So, before planning for Europe or US, you should definitely visit Bhutan and soak in the alluring landscapes and heart warming experiences that this country has to offer. So, here I am going to list down three main reasons to visit Bhutan, apart from the friendly diplomatic relations with India.
Well, a nature lover like me would always prefer landscapes in its purest form. Throwing back my head slightly and viewing the sunlit horizon, without any concrete obstruction, offers me great joy. A joy so exhilarating that I wish to just leave everything and stay there. Bhutan is an epitome of such amazing landscapes. The lovely green blanket of tender trees along with swaying winds makes Bhutan landscapes blissful. The towns of Thimpu & Paro are the only major destinations in Bhutan with considerably significant civilization. But, an hour’s drive away from these towns will take you to perfect landscapes.
2. Monasteries & Dzongs
In Bhutan, the surreal landscapes are not always unobstructed. Sometimes, they are, because of the dominating structures of Monasteries and Dzongs. I saw one such view when I was in Bumthang, Bhutan.
A quaint little town in Bhutan countryside, Bumthang is a gem of destination and I would surely call it an offbeat one. Devoid of swarms of tourists, Bumthang has a peaceful river flowing. The surrounding town can be measured in footsteps. While we were exploring the village, we noticed a compelling edifice, perched atop a nearby hillock. A low-hanging layer of clouds created an imposing backdrop as we admired the beauty of this Dzong. Next day we visited here and witnessed how beautiful the town looked from the vantage point. We also visited a nearby monastery where we were welcomed by the resident monks and offered tea and breakfast. They served us with a wide & welcoming smile on their face. Another fantastic experience of visiting a monastery was trekking to Tiger’s Monastery near Paro. That was indeed an exuberating experience!
Such Dzongs and Monasteries are spread across Bhutan, with each structure having a unique feel to it.
3. Warm Hospitality
Almost everyone greets you here with a smile. They invite you to your home, they nod their heads and greet, they make you feel home and don’t honk at you without any good reason. If Bhutan tourism has flourished and more people are adding it to their bucket list, the warm hospitality here is certainly one of the reasons. There were several occasions where I was touched by their hospitality. Be it a storekeeper, a HomeStay owner or monastery monks, they love Indians and will treat you with absolute respect and courtesy. It is this warmth that etches a long lasting and pleasant impression of the minds of travelers.
These are the most primary reasons why I loved Bhutan. However, there were many smaller reasons as well. How peace loving they are, how well behaved the traffic is or how there are almost no street vendors trying to take you for a ride. All these reasons come together to create a perfect destination for you to enjoy! Of course, the authentic local food here tops up the entire experience like a cherry on a cake.
So, next time you plan a long trip, do consider Bhutan instead of Europe or US.
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