Druk air plane centered to Paro leaving Nepali sky. During the flight of one hour, myself and my team we enjoyed both snacks and juice made in Bhutan. during this flight hour ,my starting journey to Bhutan also remind me of the journey by Peter Matthiessen in 1973 from states to Nepal in search of Himalayan blue sheep and rare beautiful snow leopard. But later he centered his all quest in to spiritualism and Buddhism unknowingly and the world famous Travel book Snow leopard was written in this context. Every journey is started with one purpose and end in another .After the death of his own wife , he was awakened to visit Himalaya and so result of his decision to flew Himalaya helped him to present this documents . Life itself is a journey. I remembered a lot about Peter Matthiessen during my flight hour . I have read the book snow Leopard already later which I also choose as a only book which I will do Thesis for my Master degree. And why not this is the only book that touched the rural Nepal and spiritual awakening of the Nepali society which praise It's values in the decade of 1970. These are the premises also for promoting tourism in this region, these are the books well written about Himalaya culture, life style, beliefs, etc
Druk air Landed in Paro after a hour long flight, Cezar of Imperator clapped his hand when the Plane Landed in the airport which was covered by think cloud . At once the fresh air encountered the nose and neck and it delighted me. After crossing the immigration formality and looking the airport and it's painting we were off to catch a driver and tour guide of Bhutan Dragon adventure run by a local Bhutani Karma based in Paro city . Karma welcomed us in bhutani style with white Khada full of blessing and love . Then we started to drive towards Paro valley passing its airport. I encountered the roads which were far different from streets that kathamndu offers. no no no there were no road dividers , the roads were wide and clean well paved and take cared . The rule of the road had played the role of the road divide., it didn't take me long to know the Bhutan and the path of development and discipline it is taking on. Imperator also was influenced by the city of Bhutan and do not hesitate to have his feedback as little Europe.
The most appreciable part was the food of Bhutan, because of not only being spicy with lots of presence of chilly. Rather of its own philosophy. the rice which was grown around 2000 m from sea level, potato produced In the south part of Bhutan , fresh apples pluck from their garden , black lentils and beans, cheese , meat etc which were all home produced . the importance that was given to local foods by Bhutan was touching , their fooding, clothing and happiness centered life was always very patriotic to little Bhutan .I and few members of the tour also could not stop drinking a bottle of Druk beer made in Bhutan which was bottled in 650 ml glass bottle , alcohol contenting max 8 percent with aroma flavor .
Bhutan is not complete if forget to talk about Dzongs and Fortresses . , in Paro we all enjoyed the Paro Dzong , catch bunch of pictures . Dzongs are the unique architectural build in only Bhutan, they have their own styles, now most of the Dzongs are served with administrative centers, also we found Paro Dzong offering the space for Monk practicing and promoting Buddhism . dzongs are huge and painted with lots of art and furnished with crafts . in Bhutense history Dzongs stands as a turning point in the history . every society have some things to offer to tourist. if kathamndu have Kathamndu , Patan and Bhaktapur durbar square, Bhutan has Dzongs , India has taz Mahal and modern country like Dubai have Burj Khalifa tallest man made giant skyscraper . London and Paris have their own Bridge and tower . Egypt the Pyramids …They are all decorative piece of every nation reflecting the true civilization from ancient time to modern days.
Paro and Thimpu valley are both are like paradise not because of house decorated with art and same roof across the whole town , not because of chilly dried inn all houses and not of the same dress Bhutan wear . River are the primary attractions here The Paro Chhu flows through the Paro Valley came from the Chomo Lhari (mountain of the Goddess). Or Thiimpu Chuu . Same day we passed road drive of 54 kilometres to central of Bhutan after tour of Paro and nearby attraction. Now we are in Thimpu the largest city of Bhutan having around 70 thousand population Thimpu was like a city changing a lot . everywhere construction of building were taking place , there were even some fly over to make the road transport systematic . Our tour Guide added, Bhutani trust in their own way of development and modernism as they are different in this point from Chinese styles. The 2nd day from early morning after our breakfast in a nice hotel named Rog cu pel we visited couple of attractions in Thimpu , if it si Thimphu Chorten or Tango Buddhist Institute, Traditional art schools or royal Textile , museum or Thimpu Dzongs etc all were top things to see and learn about Bhutan , we explored whole day in Thimpu valley appreciating it's beauty and color .
The presence of Nepali faces and Bhutani were similar or 1/3 in Thimpu , one can hear the Hindi , Nepai and Local Bhutani music in the speaker in the music shop . While walking in the street of Thimpu in the evening after a day tour to fresh myself , I am accidently caught by a group of monk , I started a conversation myself to present there as a local. After revealing the fact that I am not a pr of Bhutan and just exploring the city with western country tourist as a tour Leader, they became so much close and ask many things about Nepal , even the refuge problems , art music, meditations, one of the monk criticized the hard life in Bhutan . I can feel the lack of freedom there to pass the life as one wish, one have to wear the same dress and same life otherwise Bhutan Royal will not pardon for your mistakes which result in to a serious crime and put into jail . I was this time able to update the monks the recent political change in Nepal and king thrown from the palace and and republican system places instead of constitutional or any kinds of Monarchy they developed and practiced before 240 years, they hear me with deep interested .
Our serious political and social issue of conversation changed when a funny monk ask me if I have had some nice Nepal movie where the hero he wished to be Rajesh hamal( one of the famous Nepali actor popular among Nepali flim lovers) I said it is not my business , he again ask me if I had of some other heroes , I said no and at last he asked me if I have some porn films , sorry I have none of them , it was very funny , I was impressed with the love and attraction of Monk towards Movie. Open conversation didn’t take me time to read the interest to Nepal and Nepali culture of monk residing in Bhutan and practicing the Buddhism
After completing 2 Night 3 days Bhutan Tour myself started to pack my backpacks to return Kathmandu . I enjoyed the property Rog chu pel in thimpu , now I have last job is to give key to hotel reception and drive Paro to catch a druk air connecting me Kathmandu. I have already informed all my travel friends I am heading back to Kathmandu the next morning as I was busy with my work and group were visiting 3 more days in Bhutan taking them to Punakha and Tiger nest and some more attractions .
When giving the room key and some Tips to reception I found me failure when the girl talked me in Nepali language, I found she was Nepali from central Nepal there to work and stay with her relatives in Bhutan. She instruct me to read the face and choose the language and which was very hard job one can do in the world, and I thought it would be fruitful if she also have done that from her side, being both Nepali we made couple of conversations last few hours in English and now in Nepal . And in abroad when someone speaks your language that has its own value and when a beautiful girl speaks then that Is a lot to stimulate you. After a small joke and farewell later with reception I started to to drive paro for a flight to kathamndu . I though life is a trip one have to return to his own destination, if we acknowledged this principle in our life how easy and relaxing this life would be.
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My name is Nabraj Ghimire but people call me Raj for short. I am a lifelong resident of Nepal and was born in an isolated village in the Annapurna region known as Simpani -9 Khudi Lamjung , famous as the starting point of the Annapurna Circuit Trek. I have always been interested in other cultures and countries this curiosity has led me away from my traditional family farm to Kathmandu where I can meet people from all over the world and learn about other cultures and beliefs. While in Kathmandu, I completed my Masters degree in Humanities and Social Science from Tribhuvan University to learn the history and future trends that shape societies worldwide. As travel has always been my passion, I started working with a local tourism company and was inspired to start my own to help other learn about the real Nepal while learning from the travelers about their home countries. Over the last 10 years, I have worked in the travel industry while specializing in Nepalese cultural retreats and traditional trekking routes. During my off time, I travel whenever I can and have explored over a dozen countries including the mystical kingdom of Bhutan, several countries in the Middle East, Great Britain and the relaxing Greek Isles. Reflecting on everything I have seen and learned, it is my mission to inform the world of all the trips, experiences and news I have gathered from my work and travels and would like to thank you for viewing my blog. If you ever have any questions don’t hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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