Blogging from Bhutan

Thimphu is beautiful – I love this country, already!

Wide streets, low traffic, clean air - paradise!
Wide streets, low traffic, clean air - paradise!

Yesterday we spent some time getting our permits, the govt officials were courteous, and we got our permits within a few hours of applying. We hiked up to the Takin reserve, established by the Royal Family, accompanied by our self-appointed guide Tenzing.

Takins at the mini-zoo (national animal of Bhutan)
Takins at the mini-zoo (national animal of Bhutan)

Thimphu is a beautiful city. I dont know about Gross National Happiness but what I do see around me is this –
The roads are clean, traffic snarls are non-existent, the air is pure and crisp. The houses are all the same, built in the traditional style, which is why there is a harmony to the city. The mountains surround the city, there is greenery around. Children play in the parks. A group of young kids were training for soccer. I could walk on the street alone at 10 pm at night without any catcalls. Somehow, this place is safe. I guess thats the big difference from the other side of the border.
The difference was apparent the minute I crossed into Bhutan from the border town of Jaigaon in India. Jaigaon was haphazard, dirty, plastic-littered, full of rickshaws and autos. Phuntsholing in Bhutan was neat, orderly, clean air. Sigh.

Jaigaon - haphazard border town on the Indan side
Jaigaon - haphazard border town on the Indan side
Gateway into Bhutan: town of Phuentsholing
Gateway into Bhutan: town of Phuentsholing

TOday we visited the ountryside of Punakha – rice fields, green waters of the two rivers, the large Dzong dominating the village. And the Dochu -la pass with the Chortens that the Bhutanese built to atone for the sin of killing the ULFA militants holed up in Bhutan. And let me not forget the Awesome views of the Himalayan range from the Pass.

108 chortens at Dochu-la pass
108 chortens at Dochu-la pass

The Bhutanese are lucky!

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One thought on “Blogging from Bhutan

  1. Trip to Bhutan March 18, 2010 / 6:18 pm

    I have read some posts and i am going to add this blog to my RSS feed reader.

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