Bhutan


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1st July 2015 – Mamallapuram, India The memories will remain etched for ever Of a year that went by in poetry and pics. But its not the places that will spring to mind. Its only – and always – the people who will stick. I thought this day would never come, but it’s day 365 today!   Its been 35 countries (and Kosovo), spread across 3 different continents. With 21 international flights, 23 international border crossings by land and couchsurfing in 20 countries. Riding a motorbike through 12000 km of the indian subcontinent, including the cold Himalayan roads of Nepal and […]

Project 365: Day 365 – That’s all, ladies and gentlemen!


Rinpung Dzong in Paro, Bhutan 2
26th November 2014 – Paro, Bhutan The cold had taken its toll, and I surrendered rather meekly. To the single digit temperatures of Bhutan, I said a silent good bye. But not before I meandered out to the side of a silent stream, And gazed my eyes on one last dzong. Neither afraid, nor shy. It has been nearly a month in the cold Himalayan regions for me, beginning with Nepal and then heading to Darjeeling in India, and now in Bhutan. And despite all the layers of clothing that I had on me, and all the Druk/Gorkha/Kingfisher beers that I was downing, […]

Project 365: Day 148 – I can’t take this cold anymore!


Paro, Bhutan 2
25th November 2014 – Paro, Bhutan The nest beckoned, and grudgingly, I acknowledged. Like a warrior with a target, I trudged ahead, Past prayer wheels, returning horses, and bewildering steeps, but when I finally reached a rip-off restaurant, my tracks stopped dead. So, last evening in Paro, I met an Aussie teacher who was living in Bhutan and working with the local school kids. And she took me to the Drukgyel Dzong, which is one of the oldest dzongs in Paro. A dzong is basically a fortress, and the Drukgyel Dzong was built in memory of a Bhutanese victory over a marauding […]

Project 365: Day 147 – The tiger’s nest. Almost.



Thimphu Bhutan 1
24th November 2014 – Thimphu, Bhutan The capital carried no charm, and a bronze statue, no interest. Maybe its the chilly November, but nothing could warm me up here. So, I rode out to another valley, hoping for respite and lower altitudes Turns out that the weather is persistent in Bhutan, both far and near. I know many people are dying to get to Thimphu, but I am so far unimpressed here. The capital bears a very lacklustre look, and does not carry a vibrant character to go along with it. Last night, I met a British traveller in my hotel, who has […]

Project 365: Day 146 – Prayer chants and preying cold


Thimphu Bhutan 1
23rd November 2014 – Thimphu, Bhutan The road curved and stretched again, for miles and hours, And at a crucial junction, I bit the bullet. I went weak, you could say. So, now I rode to the capital, that den of cute little kids with Kira and kho. And of men who played with huge bows and arrows all day. I left Tsimasham early in the morning today, braving the morning mist. I had to, because I knew that the ride was going to be long, with me stopping every 5 KM or so to warm up my hands. At a place called […]

Project 365: Day 145 – Let’s ride to the capital


Tshimasham Bhutan 1
22nd November 2014 – Tsimasham, Bhutan I first had a date today, with bureaucracy. It was all smiles though. And then I had a date, with some of the highest altitudes I have seen. This must be true love, because I am not even close to finishing I don’t even know where i am, but I am stopping while the view is still green. So, I had to wait till 11 AM today, doing nothing. If anything, I kept going back to the Indian side of the border, so that I can have another last cigarette. Oh, didn’t I tell you? Bhutan is the […]

Project 365: Day 144 – Little bit of Bureaucracy, little bit of bliss



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21st November 2014 – Phuentsholing, Bhutan I had enough of google maps, and went with the local swell. They guided me through roads like baby’s bottom. Steep, but a safe bet. But I am my biggest nemesis, as the delay today had taught me. I was in the land of the thunder dragon. But wait, not completely yet. I don’t know what’s with me and border crossings! Everytime I have to cross one, I somehow end up crossing it late at night. It happened before in Nepal, and it happened again today. So, I should have left early in the morning today, […]

Project 365: Day 143 – Land of the thunder dragon!


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This was the first post of an entire year-long series, which I named ‘Project 365′. The idea was simple enough: travel for a full year and document every day of it, in the form of a daily picture and poem. I am still working on a book of this year-long travel, but till then, enjoy all the posts here. You can check out the daily posts in the details below or jump to the final day of the project by clicking here. 1st July 2014 – Singapore From dust we rose and to dust we shall go And dust is […]

Project 365: Day 0 – The beginning