Bhutan did not exist for me. I went about my life, home to work and back – that was the daily grind for five years in a row and in a different country too. It was kind of getting to me, so I thought returning home for a bit would be a good idea – back to the old ways, simple home-cooked meals and lots of peace. But not this time around, it wasn’t meant to be.
An old friend was getting married. A wedding is the big daddy of all the mayhem that is unleashed within an Indian household. Only, this party was going to go down in Thailand. Right after the wedding I had to bolt. I just had to, so I Googled the remotest parts of the world I could escape to, packed my bags, called a friend who has been places to set me up with the people who’d do the rest. I was headed to Bhutan.
Twenty four hours earlier, I wouldn’t have been able to locate the place on the map, and that’s exactly where I was headed. It was incredible.
If you’re ever on a short leash like I was at the time, you should definitely get in touch with the guys at Destination Bhutan. They seemed to perfectly understand what I had in mind for my trip to Bhutan and got a move on things as soon as I handed them the paperwork.
When my flight took off from Thailand, there was some sort of relief in being able to get away at short-notice, but anxiety gripped me too. I had pretty much left everything to someone else, not how I usually function, so panicking was natural but there was no reason to worry and I only found that out later.
Hotel booked to my taste? Check.
Itinerary planned? Check.
Dining and local travel taken care of? Check.
I couldn’t have asked for more, but I got it nonetheless! There was a Destination Bhutan guest manager to receive me at the airport. There was a local guide to show me around in every city and a personal driver to drive me around. It was perfect – among the best trips I’ve ever had, anywhere in the world and easily ten of the best days of my life. The experience was fantastic. Especially Bumthang, that place is from another world! Felt like heaven to me.
I got to be by myself but didn’t feel alone and everything felt peaceful. I took the time to think things through and make major life decisions with a clear mind. Things fell right in place. I am back where I belong for now, but I know Bhutan exists and I know I’ll be going back soon.
P.S. Shout out to the guys at Destination Bhutan. Thank you for making Bhutan happen to me.