On day four post a fabulous lunch at the Gangtey Goempa Lodge, we started on our journey to Punakha. En route we drove by Lobesa where we noticed that the local homes done up in the typical traditional Bhutanese style, had one glaring difference. They all had paintings of phalluses on the outside walls. Vijay our guide explained that we were in the fertile valley of Lobesa which borders Thimphu, Punakha and the Wangdue Phodrang districts.
After spending an extraordinary two nights at the Taj Tashi in Thimphu, we set out early on Tuesday for Gangtey. We had been pre-warned that across Bhutan there are hectic road widening projects underway as a result of which one has to carefully time ones commute from one city to the next as many roads are being widened and access through these roads are based on government set timings.
Paro International Airport Bhutan (aerial view)
Beyond that magical place where the sky and the earth meet, there lies a mystical Himalayan Kingdom, Bhutan. As we journeyed last week through Druk Yul or the land of the Thunder Dragon, we experienced an almost unimaginable spiritual awakening.
Global travel this past decade has gone through a metamorphosis. I remember the days when my travel agent would recommend everything from the airline we should travel on, to the destination we should choose and even the hotel we should stay at. Once we had decided on a country we would like to visit, our travel agent would ask for our preference of hotel category and then go on to recommend a few names with their price ranges.
Laveena and I, like most of our friends, love to travel. And the adventure for us begins, not on arriving at our final destination but in choosing an airline, finalising our hotel, shortlisting restaurants, planning our sightseeing trips and of course deciding on what is required to be packed depending on the weather conditions at the place we’re visiting.