Up and About: A Tourist Destination That Does not Pinch the Pocket

Nov 17th, 2014 | By | Category: Bhutan, Tourism

up-and-about-a-tourist-destination-that-does-not-pinch-the-pocketTourists from the city who have dreamt of travelling to international destinations at Indian rates might just have gotten lucky. Bhutan fulfils the criterion.

Tucked amidst the tall peaks of the Himalayas, Bhutan has been rated the ‘happiest country’ according to the World Happiness Report 2013, and it seems to be spreading happiness to cost-conscious Indian tourists as well.

The only problem may be finding a tour operator to this country, but tourists from Chennai who have visited the country say there are operators in plenty in Kolkata.

One of the few remaining countries to be ruled by a king, Bhutan, with hundreds of monasteries and the famous ‘Tiger Monastery’ that is located on a cliff , beckons Indian tourists, says Vivek of Gitanjali Tours and Travels in Kolkata.

A. Subramani, one among the 11 tourists from the city to visit the country recently, has fond memories of the Himalayan Kingdom, for its climate, people and places.

He says though he is not a hardcore adventure seeker, he’d most certainly attest the hill country as one of the safest tourist destinations. His travel expenses, excluding the air fare, came up to just Rs. 12,000 for eight days.

For adventure lovers, there are a range of adrenalin-pumping activities, including hiking, trekking, kayaking, mountain biking and fishing.

During his trip to the Buddhist country, Mr. Subramani says he did not have any problems communicating with the locals as Hindi is one of the commonly-spoken languages there.

What’s the icing on the cake, you ask? Well, Indian citizens do not need a visa, only an entry pass with an Aadhar card, passport or voter identification card.



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