Long train journey starting from Bangalore to Siliguri to visit Bhutan.

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Bhutan, our neighbor kingdom with very pleasant contradictions as it has Democracy and Monarchy, Gross Domestic Product and Gross National Happiness, East and West regions. The western part has a well arranged/managed tourist trail which makes it easy to travel around. It has luxurious places, hotels, restaurants. The remote east remains just that, remote, waiting to be discovered. My choice for going around Bhutan was very easy, enter from West, and go all over Bhutan to exit from east.

During my earlier visit I was only able to spend some 3-4 days due to lack of time and funds and there were no ATMs. So this time had  planned for a 2 weeks trip. Travbuddy and Wikitravel.org sites provided the much required details that I needed to go around the country on my own.

But of course, other than Indians, all foreigners need to book a package tour costing  ~200 US$ per day, that covers almost everything from transportation, accomodation and food. I had planned to backpack around the country travelling from West to East, using local transport, eat at local places and sleep in cheap hotels/guesthouses.

Started from Bangalore on a very long distance train with sleeper berth, for 2 days and 2 nights covering a distance of over 2500 kms. It was a rough ride and by the time the train journey was over, i was covered with dust, smelling bad and totally exhausted, just by sitting/sleeping and eating for 2 days and 2 nights . Although the train ride is a perfect way to get the feel of real India, it was the duration which was a bit hectic as I had not done such a travel in quite some years. As the train goes via 6 states, you get a very good experience of the climate, culture, people, religion, food and landscape. This train journey was also one of the highlights of this trip and every state the train crossed, you get to know how big and diverse the country is.

ganku says:
Brilliant and detailed blog. I was searching all over the wen for Bhutan information for Indian nationals and did not find much. Very useful information and a pleasure to read.
Posted on: May 25, 2010
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