The Himalayas are gorgeous. Above is a snapshot collage of where we’ve been. Fortresses, mountains, temples and mysterious valleys make up this very peaceful place. Most everything here is decorated with beautiful paintings or carvings: trucks, houses, fences and even everyday objects. My kind of folks!
The food is spicy, the air is crisp and the pace is relaxed.
A couple travel tips: if you are prone to motion sickness whatsoever, bring a good deal of your medicine of choice. Some of the roads are so rough, you will be moving side to side more than forward. For ladies, who make up most of you reading, bring a good sports bra as you’ll be jostled around like crazy during the long car rides. For everyone, bring a lot of layers (including light ones) as the temperature is fairly warm in the day but drops drastically at night. I actually brought too much stuff for cold weather, but underestimated how warm it would be during the day. Bhutan is free of most of the hassles of India and Nepal (being cheated, touts, really dodgy scams) as independent travel is not allowed, but do watch out for the changing money switcheroo. That’s where the hotel lists prices in dollars on the menu/price list, then converts the bill into local currency at a terrible rate. If you pay in dollars, they’ll give you change in local currency at an awful rate or claim they don’t have enough change. If you pay in local currency, you’re getting cheated on the exchange rate. You will never pay the original charge in dollars as they do at least one currency exchange on their own terms. Other than that, it was pretty hassle-free.
The usual developing nation rules apply- at least one thing will not be working daily- either electricity, Internet, cars or hot water. Getting upset about it will not work, you’ve just got to roll with it. However, with Bhutan’s daily “tourist charge” of $250 USD plus, I can understand why some people are unhappy when things are not going smoothly.
All in all, I had a great trip. I’m definitely more of a tropical beach gal (I am happiest scuba diving about 30 meters in the Andaman Sea), but it was fun to head up into the mountains for some high altitude adventure.