Border town, Samdrup Jongkhar
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It was drizzling the whole morning and I had to put on the cover for my backpack, pull out my umbrella and walk to the bus stand. The bus was full and I was glad to have booked the ticket in advance. The locals were carrying all sorts of luggage, from fruits, vegetables, lots of chillies, furniture, utensils, some books, bedding's among other things. Soon we reach the place where the road construction was going on and the rain had actually made the roads worse. The tires of the bus were slipping and the driver was having a hard time controlling. Suddenly the rear tires started spinning without the bus moving forward, instead it started sliding towards the valley. The driver immediately stopped the gas and applied the brakes, but the bus was struck in the mud.
Soon we got more passengers in the bus, and one of them gives there baby to me to hold. He is a cute little fellow oblivious of everything around him, smiling and looking around.
I started chatting with the bus staff who is a boy of may be 15 yrs old and he starts asking me all the questions about India, Bangalore, a very curious fellow.
We started descending the mountains and we can see the town of Samdrup Jhonkar. But since there was more road works going on, some blasting with dynamites, we had to wait for 30 mins before the road was cleared. This was my last day in Bhutan and when I look around, i started feeling a bit nostalgic.
It was around 5pm when we reached the bus stand in Samdrup Jhonkar, the border town with India and I quickly went around to look for a hotel. Found one on the main street named Hotel Shambhala, the owner was from South India. I got myself a cheap room for Rupees 250, which was ok to sleep for a night, but not for a longer time, had small TV and attached bathroom. The restaurant also served South Indian dishes and I gorged on the tasty Dosas (a south Indian delicacy). It was still drizzling and I took a stroll around the town, the streets are clean and lined with trees. There are loads of shops at this small town, all selling goods brought from India. I walk down till the border
gate and you can see the contrast from here itself. The border town on India side feels crowded and dusty. I turned back to spend my last night in Bhutan and retire to me room.