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Apurva_N Apurva_N
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City of happiness Sep 24, 2013
The peaceful capital city of Bhutan where progress is measured not by GDP but by a Happiness Index and its minimal army has seldom been put to use ... though NGO and UN workers of the more traditional sort are quite visible ... especially if you go to one of the many expat bars ... not many independent Western tourists are here as tourism is pricey by policy (with specified hotels, a per day minimum charged with your visa, organised tours and compulsory guides) though Indians have an edge in that the same rules don't apply to them and they can enter independently and travel freely, without a visa (India is Bhutan's main donor and technical provider) .. But do get here if you can... before the construction industry transforms the place. The mountain scenery is absolutely stunning and you will be moved by the utter simplicity of people, when an old woman with blotched red teeth (from too much chewing of the beetlenut stuff called Doma that almost every Bhutanese chews) smiles at you ... do visit the Tashi Chho Dzongkha that doubles up as the royal government quarter and do try the fiery Emma Datshi (a dish of cheese and chillies!) ... taxis are relatively inexpensive and worth it, it is probably the only national capital without traffic lights, it has some great hikes, and the atmosphere is uncomparably laid-back and tranquil... it is certainly a different sort of capital in a different sort of country altogether ...
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