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    • Day 67

      Day 67 - Tongsa

      November 13, 2023 in Bhutan ⋅ 🌙 8 °C

      Another great day of motorcycling with some fantastic scenery all the way and more chances to practice our off-road skills. Our overnight stop was in a remote part of Bhutan with only one road in and out. So, we started by retracing yesterday's route for 80kms back to Tingtinbi where there was a local festival going on. Not many tourists visit this area so we were a bit of a novelty. We were given white scarfs to welcome us and encouraged to try some traditional outfits from North Bhutan - much to everyone's amusement. Also looked around the local craft stalls.
      We're now back up at 2,200m so it's much cooler again. Staying in a nice hotel which is welcomed after last nights tent in the jungle. The major hazard today has been cows on the road (calves) which have run all over the road. One was weaving left and right for a couple of hundred metres. Eventually we overtook him!
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    • Day 1

      The land of happiness ~ Bhutan

      November 19, 2017 in Bhutan ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

      One fine Saturday Morning,
      1. Early 4 am we ( Parth, Paras me, Kaush n Md ) set out and drove down from Vapi to Mumbai on our endeavour to find and increase our happiness index by visiting Bhutan which is a richly overflowing mountainous nation in its GNH. The drive at the dawn was smooth n swift in the 2 innovas ~ thanks to Parth.

      2. We were joined by the one who had planned and organised this whole experience for us very beautifully and comfortably ensuring the best experience throughout ~ Kalpit Oza !!, and Mitali, Jatin n Priyanka at the Mumbai Airport from where

      3. We excitedly checked in and caught a 3 hrs flight from Mumbai by Jet Airways. A lil worried about our luggage weight exceeding the meager 15 kgs allowed for the 14 days of woollens n jackets, we managed getting the emergency exit comfy seats.
      Although i didnt get a window seat, but with the view of a tall, handsome, well built, model type dude seated next to me on one side n my cute hero husband on the other, it was an interesting start to the happy trip already ;-)

      4. We got off at Bagdogra (W. Bengal) and then drove to Phuentsholing ( Bhutan ) which is about a 6 hrs drive therefrom.

      The sight of the Himalayan peaks from the air n spotting them just behind the clouds was a "not 2 b missed view" !!

      The drive was nice with views of lovely tea gardens all around ( though many chose to have a good sleep ) and with our tea and snacks stops at places which already started giving us the Bhutanese taste and feel with fotos of the Royal family of the King of Bhutan hung on its walls.

      5. Checked into the Park hotel in the evening ( 6 pm in Bhutan looks like 9 pm in India ),
      Welcomed by our very interesting tour guide - Mr. Karma,
      Got our entry permits quickly - Thanks to Kalpit again for the doing the initial process online which saved our half day waiting in ques for getting them.

      Adored the sudden change in cleanliness on the "no horns ever" roads, had ice creams (our non stop eating spree starts here :-D) we were served a good Veg Indian dinner at the Park and the staple Bhutanese dessert - Fruit Cocktail ( which was ok here, but amazing at next hotels we were about to visit )

      Oh not to forget, we collected something which were our everyday 6-8 pm partners ~ Raven , Druk Supreme, Druk 11000, 15000 and Zumzin and K5 😎🍹🍻🍺🍸😉

      And finally we had a good night sleep with the start of actual Bhutan waiting for us the next day.

      Fun moment of the day : mentioned in the comment bar in one of the photos here
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    • Die Festung von Trongsa

      March 10, 2019 in Bhutan ⋅ ☀️ 9 °C

      Diese, mit die größte Festung des Landes, wurde 1543 gebaut. Vor seinem Amtsantritt muss der König hierher, um sich belehren zu lassen.
      Auf einem Vorplatz der Festung wurde der Nationalsport der Bhutaner ausgeübt: das Bogenschießen. Mit 150-200 m Entfernung wird auf die Zielscheibe geschossen, wird sie getroffen, führen die Schützen einen Tanz mit Gesang auf.
      Vor der Festungsmauer sahen wir auch einen Affen, der sein Frühstück einnahm.
      In der Festung selbst sahen wir hinter Fenstern einen Gottesdienst der Mönche.
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    • Day 13

      Trongsa Dzong

      April 10, 2019 in Bhutan ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

      Das Fort in Trongsa würde vor 600 Jahren gebaut, ist das grösste (und angeblich spektakulärste) Fort in Bhutan. Wir haben auf jeden Fall bisher kein grösseres gesehen und so wie es auf dem Berg steht ist es sehr beeindruckend. Wie alle anderen Forts besteht es aus Bürogebäuden und Kloster, beides kann nicht besichtigt werden.
      Trotzdem gefallen uns die vier Innenhöfe sehr gut und der Guide lässt sich spannende Geschichten aus alter Zeit einfallen. Zum Beispiel von einer Wette ohne Sieger und den Steuereinnahmen des Königs (der hier früher mal gewohnt hat.

      Vor den Toren des Forts (wir würden wahrscheinlich Schloss dazu sagen) findet ein Bogenschiessen Wettbewerb zwischen drei Mannschaften statt. Bogenschiessen ist die einzige olympische Disziplin, bei der Bhutan vertreten ist. Kein Wunder, hier wird auch mit Hightech-Bögen auf 120 Meter entfernte Scheiben geschossen. Und auch hier wird - wie beim Dart - nach einem Treffer getanzt.

      Unser Guide hat uns versprechen müssen, dass wir in Thimphu auch mal den Bogen schiessen dürfen.
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    Trongsa, Тонгса

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