Hi everybody, my name is Jason Gully.Many years back, soon after I was married, there were quite a few promises that I made to my lovely wife. I kept a few promises and a few promises remained in the pipeline!
One of those promises was fulfilled recently right after our younger daughter completed her studies, and it’s an experience that I must share.
Back in 1987, I had the good fortune of visiting Bhutan for work. I found the place so beautiful that I could not stop talking about it for days and wanted to go back again at the next opportunity. My wife said that I could go, only on one condition, that I take her along. So, right after our younger daughter graduated, my wife and I helped her settle into her new job and home. Then, I had a little surprise planned for my wife.We boarded the flight to India. She seemed puzzled at first but was happy when I told her we were going on a vacation, and then I told her about the trip to Bhutan. It’s been on her bucket list forever. She was ecstatic!
I think I must take a minute to thank the young and energetic team at Destination Bhutan, travel partners who offered very practical packages and made this possible with meticulous planning and a hands-on approach. I would happily recommend their leisure and wellness meditation retreat to anybody looking for a relaxing break. My wife especially was very happy to learn that I would join her for meditation and yoga sessions every morning for a whole week!
The moment we were flying over the Himalayas,the memories came flooding back, I saw my wife smiling and I knew this was a good decision.
We de-boarded at Paro airport. Our pick-up was arranged and we headed straight away to our hotel at Thimphu. Hotels in Bhutan are comfortable and tastefully done up. Since all the arrangements were made before hand, there was nothing to worry about, not even ordering meals. I must admit, I never did get too used to eating out. The food in Bhutan tastes a bit different, every other dish has a lot of fresh cheese and some very spicy chilies but tastes like healthy, freshly cooked, satisfying food at the end of the day.
We spent our first day in Bhutan walking through forests, visiting the shops in town, having suja tea at one of the cafés near the traffic circle and talking like we used to many years back. It’s surprising what a change of place can do, and Bhutan has a very positive vibration. The next few days were also just wonderful. Kelly enjoyed all the meditation sessions as much as I enjoyed the traditional Bhutanese massages. Both of us like to take walks and meet people, so we enjoyed that, especially the day we put up prayer flags and when we had lunch at a village home. Bhutanese people are very humble and good-natured, they know how to make guests feel comfortable and they seem happy always.
Everything was just perfect, but there was one thing that skipped my mind. I would not be able to climb up to the Tiger’s Nest monastery. It’s a steep climb and I suffer from a bad knee. The thought of letting my wife go all by herself didn’t sit well with me. It made me anxious. So, I let the Destination Bhutan team know, and they promptly suggested an alternative – a helicopter ride! Kelly and I did see the monastery, but from the sky.
When everything falls into place, life seems like a blessing. We made it a point to thank all the people who made our stay so wonderful. Bhutan had a magical effect on us. When we were returning I asked my wife what next, she said “happily ever after!”