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Old 24th March 2016, 11:25   #16
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Day 7 continued ...

From Chele La Pass we drove to Haa valley. Due to uncertain rainfall and chilling cold local people were bound inside. As we had time in hand and the place was not that impressive we decided to stick to plan B. Unwinding the circular roads along the hills we came back to Paro by evening.

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Haa Valley

Day 8(Paro ->Maldah)& Day 9 (Maldah -> Kolkata):

It was April 25th 2015, and if you can relate it was the day when the first massive earthquake struck Nepal. Its intensity was so high that it even shook some of the northern parts of India. Bhutan also felt the shocks. We left in the morning and were not aware of anything till we reached the first check-post of Bhutan. At the check post when I stopped my car, the officers ran to me and was inquisitive to know if we have faced any problem due to earthquake. It was then that we came to know and saw a number of ambulances running to and fro and buses were stopped at the check-post.

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Leaving Paro

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In a sharp turn while coming down hill.

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West Bengal from the 1st Check Post of Bhutan

Within few minutes as soon as we crossed the border everyone was within the mobile network coverage. There was back to back phone calls from our relatives and friends to know our whereabouts. Soon we reached Siliguri and could feel the heat of the news because some places of North Bengal and Sikkim were also impacted. Around 11:30 PM we made our way to Maldah. Meanwhile I had already called a friend of mine to make a booking because I was feeling tired.

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Good Bye ..

Next day we reached Kolkata safely by afternoon.


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Day 01.

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Day 02.

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Day 03.

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Day 04.

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Day 06.

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Day 07.

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Day 08.


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Visited Bhutan and had a nice trip there through your excellently written photologue.

Awesome pictures, you got good skills on capturing colours.

With a big list of short and small bucket items keep growing in family, I don't think I will try such a epic trip .

Thanks for letting me travel with you..!
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Point Zero, that was a very detailed travelogue! Great pictures too. How did your Bolero perform on that terrain?
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Amazing travelogue. Enjoyed it very much and will hopefully come back to it.

From the pictures, it seemed that the roads in Bhutan are quite good. But is an SUV such as a Bolero necessary for this trip? That is, could this trip have been done with a car such as the Civic with somewhat low ground clearance? If not, what percentage of the trip do you think could have been done with a normal SUV? Thanks again!
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Wow. Bhutan seems to be a small but clean and beautiful country. Some day may be a trip will be planned ...
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Note from Support: Thread moved to the Travelogues section. Thanks for sharing!
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First of all thanks to everyone for your support and appreciation.

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Visited Bhutan and had a nice trip there through your excellently written photologue.

Awesome pictures, you got good skills on capturing colours.

With a big list of short and small bucket items keep growing in family, I don't think I will try such a epic trip .

Thanks for letting me travel with you..!
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Wow. Bhutan seems to be a small but clean and beautiful country. Some day may be a trip will be planned ...

Hi Tojo_GotBhp,coolvenk,

Like always bolero performed very well. 90% of the roads are very smooth and don't have so much elevation throughout Bhutan. I think any vehicle can go without any problem. I did not see much long sedan there but have seen Alto and Santro everywhere.


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Point Zero, that was a very detailed travelogue! Great pictures too. How did your Bolero perform on that terrain?
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Amazing travelogue. Enjoyed it very much and will hopefully come back to it.

From the pictures, it seemed that the roads in Bhutan are quite good. But is an SUV such as a Bolero necessary for this trip? That is, could this trip have been done with a car such as the Civic with somewhat low ground clearance? If not, what percentage of the trip do you think could have been done with a normal SUV? Thanks again!
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Hotel Details:

Thimpu:
Hotel Zey Zang,
800/- for a double bed room, 200/- for overnight parking.
Contact - 975-17601658 / 975 - 17714622.
Common parking available.

Bajo / Wangdue:

Hotel Kinten,
1400/- for a three bed room, 1200/- for a double bed room. Got 30% discount for late evening check in.
Contact - 975-2481121/975-17115111. hotelkinten@gmail.com
Common parking available.

Bumthang:

Tashi Yangkhel Guest House
1000/- for a double bed room.
Contact: 975-3-631721/975-17679274.
Private parking available.
Very Good View of the valley and Jakar Dzong.


Phobjhika:

Hotel Yue-Loki.
2500/- for a huge double bed room.
Contact: 975-1785 1193/975-1787 4116
Private parking available.

Paro:

Hotel Phunsum,
1000/- for double bed room. Parking Available.
Contact: 975-8-272670/ 77290274. hphunsum@gmail.com
Private parking available.

City Hotel,
1050/- for double bed room. Common parking available.
Contact: 975-17963699. cutyhotelparo@yahoo.com
Common parking available.
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Wow. What a review !!. Have rated the thread the much desired 5 stars. The pictures are really awesome and reading / going through the photos was really refreshing.

Thank you PointZero for sharing such a detailed travelogue.
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Very descriptive travelogue.

It is evident from your picture why Bhutan is land of happy people.

Yes and your retirement dream , hope it comes true ..

You have encouraged me to come up with my travelogue.

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What a wonderfully detailed TL on Bhutan. I went to this place when i was in school and your lovely snaps made me deja vu. You have provided all the details including maps, hotel info and charges which will come handy to anyone embarking on this journey. Keep up all the good work, rated 5 Stars
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Wonderful Travelogue Point Zero. You have captured every detail one requires for a Bhutan trip. I have only been to Phuntsholing once & was mesmerized by the cleanliness & happiness. This travelogue obviously has put in the itch for a Bhutan trip. Let's take a look at the Office Holiday list & my leave balance.

Regarding Bhagalpur. There is a wonderful byepass which avoids the Rail Bridge. Next time you are going thru it, refer this map. (Kolkata - Siliguri route via Dumka, Bhagalpur. Avoiding NH34)

But now since NH34 is repaired, you may not require it.

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Thanks for the bypass map Pawan Da. Yes, I traveled through NH34 on last December and it took only 14 hours to reach Kolkata from Siliguri.
Travelogue: http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/travel...ilk-route.html (Sunrise to Sunset in the Lap of Himalayas - Old Silk Route)


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Wonderful Travelogue Point Zero. You have captured every detail one requires for a Bhutan trip. I have only been to Phuntsholing once & was mesmerized by the cleanliness & happiness. This travelogue obviously has put in the itch for a Bhutan trip. Let's take a look at the Office Holiday list & my leave balance.

Regarding Bhagalpur. There is a wonderful byepass which avoids the Rail Bridge. Next time you are going thru it, refer this map. (Kolkata - Siliguri route via Dumka, Bhagalpur. Avoiding NH34)

But now since NH34 is repaired, you may not require it.

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[b]... We had specially asked the owner to tell us the direction to this castle. Jakar Dzong was shining bright in the darkness of night. The white castle is situated at a ridge above Jakar town. The name Jakar is derived from the word “Bjakhab” meaningthe white bird”.
It's simply a breathtaking travelogue PointZero! Hats off to all of you for completing an epic adventure of this magnitude . I was in awe simply to read about those lonely places that you have visited without any prior hotel booking. The pictures too are equally stunning.

I am quite curious to know whether you had used any GPS navigation device during your drive in Bhutan? Also, how frequently did you refuel your vehicle in Bhutan given you had often ventured into less visited territory?

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Lovely travelog PointZero! The tiny country of Bhutan has something that cannot be expressed in words and pictures. Therefore, you are not alone who felt at a loss of words and that the pictures may not suffice while trying to write about the natural beauty of Bhutan. It is an experience that can be shared only by being there because time stands still when you are in Bhutan.

My trip to Bhutan back in 2014 was very short and I had to console myself only with Thimphu and Paro due to time constraint. Therefore, the desire to visit Bhutan again haunts me all the time and your travelogue has intensified that itch in me. I really loved the pictures of Bumthang and Phobjikha! Keep it up.
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