1. Ok no, but these photos might relax your mind. I'm back on li.st after really long and I thought this would be a good way to restart.
  2. Just to add some context to the headline: The plan was to go with my sister, but she's a doctor and had to cancel at the last minute because of a surgery. I had been to Nepal alone for trekking before, so I figured Bhutan wouldn't be so bad, and so went for it.
  3. I spent a week in this tiny Himalayan kingdom covering three cities, numerous monasteries, and also did a beautiful trek that took me about 4000 metres above sea level. Photos:
  4. Magical evening ceremonial dance at a monastery
  5. Some 4000 metres above sea level
  6. Woke up to a hailstorm
  7. About 70 percent of Bhutan is under forest cover, making it the only carbon-negative country in the world. They're known to lay more emphasis as a nation to Gross National Happiness rather than Gross Domestic Product. Idk about those but my Gross Lung Happiness was definitely higher here.
  8. The Bumdra monastery, about 4000 metres above sea level, where a hundred thousand angels are believed to have descended centuries ago.
  9. My actual trekking guide
  10. Lost count the number of gorgeous monasteries I saw
  11. Evening walks like these ... yes please
  12. Our horses kept running off, causing monks in the mountains to chase after them at times. Hilarious!
  13. Women in Thimphu, Bhutan's capital
  14. The bed in my home is actually less comfy than this one at 4000 mts high
  15. Suspension bridge
  16. The Bhutanese love their red chillies. During lunch at a monastery up in the hills, the monk handed me a jar of what I thought was pickle, but was actually flaming red chillies cooked in oil. Too spicy even for my Indian tastebuds!
  17. Welcoming spring
  18. Some 20 percent of Bhutan is permanently under snow cover, so despite it being March, we got to see plenty of snow higher up in the mountains. Plus, not a single tourist in sight - just several ravens, Himalayan Monals, beautiful mountain dogs, butterflies, and our lovely horses for company.
  19. And cherry blossoms!
  20. Bhutanese kids look extra cute in school uniforms
  21. And don't even get me started on these guys 😍
  22. Stopover for lunch
  23. Please join me in telling myself I really needed this over-expensive flute I bought from there in my life.