02 August, 2021

Bhutan Diary

Himalayan range, Valleys, Buddha statues: In Outlook this week, a diary from Bhutan.

Bhutan Diary
Atop The Himalayan Kite

If you chose Bhutan as your travel destination in 1958, you’d have to go the Nehru and Indira way— after five days through the Chumbi Valley on yak-back. A befitting journey, you could say, for one of the last Shangri Las of the world, tucked away deep in the Himalayas. Today, Drukair (Royal Bhutan Airlines) will fly you from Delhi in an Airbus, skilfully navigating through the valleys like a kite, until, from nowhere, will appear the Indian Army Engineers-built 7,500-feet-high Paro Airfield.

The two-hour flight offers an hour-long breathtaking view of the Himalayan range if you happen to be seated on the portside while flying to Thimpu and the starboard side while returning. It’s a sight to give you goose bumps: Kanchenjunga, Everest and Dhaulagiri, all in one frame. Not too many people could comprehend the scale of such a view till only a decade back, when tourist arrivals in Bhutan were a handful. But, the...

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