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After spending almost 2 weeks in Mumbai, India, I am leaving for Bhutan tomorrow.

Bhutan is a tiny country in the eastern Himalayas and is bordered by India on its east, south and west. To the north is Tibet (currently occupied by China). This himalayan kingdom, recently transitioned to democracy, is almost completely Buddhist. The Bhutanese call their country Druk Yul which means Land of the Thunder Dragon.

To go to Bhutan from Mumbai, one has to travel to Kolkata, take a train to New Jalpaiguri and finally take a bus to the border. Bhutanese currency is called the Ngultrum and it is pegged equal to the Indian Rupee at all times. National food of Bhutan is chili and cheese. 🙂 I’m told that people speak English, and some Hindi too.

Entry for Indian nationals is unrestricted but for people from other countries it is mandatory to travel on a fixed itinerary with a travel agent (an expensive and restricted affair.) Consequently I haven’t made any plans, but will figure out things to do once I reach there.

See you all in 3 weeks with updates on Bhutan and Russia 🙂