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5 Reasons Why Landour Should be Your Next Place to Visit

5 Reasons Why Landour Should be Your Next Place to Visit

The best thing about Landour is that there is no particular “to-do” list here that gives you a pleasure to roam the little hamlet in the most old-fashioned ways. Situated at an outskirt location to the over-emphasised and middle-class favourite Mussoorie, Landour still reeks of the old world of when India used to be a British colony. Landour first came into the maps of India when the British-Raj named it after a Welsh town – Llanddowror.

1. Overhauled by Different Cultures – Landour started to get its identity when the British-Raj used this as their colonial home and made it its cantonment. For people who adore the sophistication and class of British ambience, its Victorian Cottages, hot beverages and all the elegance associated with them, then this is a must visit place for them. Americans also have time and again showed their presence, either as learners of Hindi or teachers of Baptism and lavish bakeries. A close vicinity to Tibet has held the place’s indigenous characteristics in its food and linguistic cultures.

2. Soul of Creativity – This place has a history of igniting creative attributes among people. Our favourite childhood author Ruskin Bond has written hundreds of stories based out of Landour. A brilliant mix of his creative abilities with this mystical place helped us infuse blood in our imaginary veins. Apart from him, Tom Alter who soothed us with his acting in Doordarshan shows and theatres and Vishal Bhardwaj who enticed us with his move direction also started their artistic journeys from Landour. If you are in search of something of your own originality than this place will propel your mind, impassion your heart and resolute your senses into disclosing your quirkiness to the world.

3. Walking has never been this much fun – If you love nature walks than find a home in Landour. Roaming this place on foot is the best way to receive its charismatic altruism. Despite being a small town, Landour draws numerous perspective of life. A leisurely walk around the empty roads on a foggy day will wistfully remind you of your sweet childhood memories. The Indo-Gothic Church, ochre coloured Eiffel Tower, British Raj Bungalows, Kellogg’s Church, celebrated Woodstock Schoolare a delight treat on this hill station. A sip of tea at the Char Dukanarea with eyes fixed on valleys will refresh your wits and align your thoughts in a placid way. There is great irony in the fact that this town is considered a sleepy that will fill your spiritual void, if it is there.

4. Existence of opulent ecosystem – The forest area is abundant in Landour. For the major part of it, this British originated cantonment is mated with Himalayan Oak, Blue Pines, old grown deodar cedar, and many other Himalayan species. Bird lovers will call this place a second home as more than 350 species of birds including the migratory ones from Serbia, Tibet and Central Asia flock their wings over the course of a year. Flying Squirrels, Leopards, Langurs often make their presence felt with jackal, barking deer and the secretive sloth beer do their chores in the shades of the forests. One more striking reason to come here is the startling views of Garhwal Himalayas it shows. Nadnadevi, Yamnotri, Gangotri, Bandarpunch are some of the famous peaks which you can peek into from one your cottages.

5. Not a sell-out hill station – You should feel lucky and blessed that this place has been spared from the hellishness of commercialising of a place. Thankfully, a policy made in 1928 to ban the construction of houses owing to the effects of deforestation has still let this place a traveller’s love than a tourist’s lust. From a black and white photograph to a coloured one, it seems as if the place has maintained its purity, its sanctity and its appeal.

If you have ever wandered your mind to have a stay at a low profile hill station, compel to connect with yourself and away from the quasi importance of technology, than this place is the one for you. In Landour, everything is different from the usual. This place if for the slowness and lethargic old world life. Come here alone or with people who welcome the conventional and traditional ways of life.


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What you won’t see if you don’t see Punjab

What you won’t see if you don’t see Punjab

Punjab is the heart of Sikhs community. Punjab is famous as the land of five rivers namely Sutlej, Ravi, Beas, Jhelum, and Chenab. The fertile soil, fresh air, green farms, beautiful scenery, and abundant flow of water will make you feel heaven. It is the land of exciting culture and tradition. The people of Punjab, commonly known as Punjabis will treat you with generosity and care. The people are very helpful and kind. The food of Punjab is very tasty and healthy. If one visits Punjab then he can see everything that happened right from the time phase of kings, British to the modern India. If you don’t see Punjab then you will miss a lot of eyes-filling happiness and heart filling delight.

Harmandir Sahib

Harmandir Sahib or the place for all God and popularly known as the Golden Temple is the holy place for Sikhs. It is located in Amritsar, Punjab. The temple is build in the middle of the holy tank Amrit Sarovar and has an entrance from all four directions thus, greeting people from all backgrounds to the place of divinity. The temple is made up of white marbles and decorated with gold. The temple is constructed below the ground level signifying that one must be down to earth. The temple has placed Guru Granth Sahib, the Sikh community’s holy book on a raised platform studded with jewels. The temple feeds around 35000 people on a daily basis. If you don’t visit Punjab then you will surely miss this heart to warm place.

Jallianwala Bagh

This is a 6.5-acre park constructed in the remembrance of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre. This park also comes in the vicinity of Harmandir Sahib temple. One can experience that moment as the park has all the marks, postures and heart melting scenes of the massacre.

Pul Kanjari

Pul Kanjari is a historical monument located 35 to 40 kilometers away from Amritsar. It is believed that Pul Kanjari was the place of romance for Maharaja Ranjit Singh and his favorite wife Rani Moran. The monument is built in a Persian style having twelve doors for the fresh air to enter. The king had a restroom here. Apart from the twelve doors, the place has a temple of Shiva, mosque, gurudwara, and a lake (Sarovar). Rani Moran was a Muslim dancer and the king was very fond of her. The building of a bridge across the Sarovar has a reason behind. So do not miss to visit this place in Punjab.

Akal Takht

Akal Takht is one of the five seats of the power of the Sikh community. It is located in the golden temple. It was designed for providing justice related to secular issues. It looks very beautiful with illumination on Guru Nanak Gurpurab day.

Baradari Garden

Baradari garden is located in the Patiala city of Punjab. The name is derived as the garden has twelve entrances. Bara means twelve and dar stand for the door. It is built in a Mughal style and is constructed next to Baradari palace. Rajinder Singh resided in the Baradari palace and bought rare species to the garden.

Bathinda Lake

If you miss visiting Punjab then surely you will miss the nature’s most beautiful water body, the Bathinda Lake. It is known as the city of lakes for Punjab. The boat ride, fresh air, pleasant weather makes a perfect hangout place in the evening.

Durgiana Temple

The Durgiana temple is known by different names like Durga Tirath, Lakshmi Narayan temple, Sitla Mandir, etc. It is situated in Amritsar and is built in the style of the Golden Temple. This temple is also built in the middle of a lake and has canopies and domes similar to the Golden Temple. The temple is also known as a silver temple as the doors are decorated with silver.

Butter Chicken

The people of Punjab are very fit and fine. The dishes they prepare are so tasty and delicious. The juicy chicken dipped in creamy gravy will make your taste buds enjoy the most. The authentic flavor will make you go mad. Along with this delicious spicy food, the people’s care will add even more taste to the dish.

Sarson ka saag aur Makki ki roti

Sarson ka saag and Makki ki roti are the most famous dishes of Punjab. The dish is so delicious that you can never stop licking your fingers. If you miss visiting Punjab then you will be missing out the most delicious food of all.

You will miss the most delicious food, beautiful parks, and lakes, romance filling environment and monuments, patriotism filling parks, divinity filled place if you miss visiting Punjab. Therefore, make time for visiting this place. More than all, you will surely miss the kindness and generosity of the Punjab people.


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Top 10 destinations for snowboarding in India

Top 10 destinations for snowboarding in India

Snowboarding is a pleasuring giving activity and a sport where a person has to descend from a snow covered slope standing on a snowboard that will be attached to his feet. Snowboarding developed from skateboarding, skiing, surfing and shielding. This game is also a winter Olympic and Paralympics sport.
Snowboarding is an activity where you need to balance yourself on a slide board by fully covering your body with layers of woolen clothes to protect from the chilling and cold weather.  Snowboarding and skiing are often confused by common people. Skiing is an activity where people propel on the mountains using two thin planks and two ski-sticks.
In India, snowboarding and skiing are popular winter games. Skiing is more popular than snowboarding in India. Here are 10 destinations for snowboarding in India.

1. Gulmarg

Gulmarg, in Kashmir, is known as the heartland of winter sports and is the 7th largest destination in Asia for snowboarding and skiing. It is located in the district of Baramulla. This place provides the best long run snowboarding experience on its natural slopes and easy floating on the soft snow in India.

2. Solang

Solang valley located 12km away from Manali is also a place for snowboarding in India. It is popularly known as Solang Nala. It one of the favorite places for the tourists to play winter games. The snowy scenery, cold weather and woolen clothes and its warmth add even more beauty to the place. People celebrate festivals in the winter. Tourists from all over the world can come and view the festival as well as enjoy snowboarding and other sports.

3. Pahalgam

Pahalgam is one of the premium places for winter sports in India. This place is very popular for snowboarding and white-water rafting. The snow capped mountains adds a mesmerising view of the place. This place is very popular among trekkers, nature lovers and adventure seeking people from all over the world.

4. Auli

Auli in Uttarakhand is a beautiful place with clean surrounding and glittering snow everywhere. It is located 250km away from Rishikesh on the Garhwal hills; Auli is one of the most visited places in India. It is specially visited by people who would want play winter games like snowboarding.

5. Narkanda

Narkanda is located on the Hindustan Tibet road. It has an elevation of 2708 meters. This is also a premium place for snowboarding. The Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (HPTDC) offer snowboarding and skiing courses which cost from INR 900. Most of the tourists will love this place because of its peace and natural background. This is the best place for snowboarding.

6. Kufri

Known for its immaculate natural beauty, Kufri is also a place for snowboarding and other winter games. It is not as steep as other places and it is a suitable place for the beginners of snowboarding. It is a charming destination and an adventure seeking tourist should never miss this place. Also, HPTDC organizes the annual winter sports festival in Kufri and tourists can enjoy this event.

7. Mundali

Mundali is known for its steep slopes and beautifully covered scenery. This place is the most upcoming place for snowboarding. Mundali comes near Dehradun and the schools and another place near Mundali provide equipment for snowboarding and other winter sports for making best memories in your life. Snow sports and camp lovers will get the best experience in Mundali.

8. Munsiyari

Munsiyari is on the banks of Goriganga River in Uttarakhand. This is also one of the preferred places for snowboarding, trekking, and other sports. This place is the gateway to Johar Valley. Munisiyari hosts many activities for professionals and novices of snowboarding. It is very popular for snowboarding.

9. Rohtang

Rohtang is known for snowy valleys and mountains. It comes near Manali and is famous for ecstatic winter games. It is an ideal place for all adventurous sports. Snowboarding is played the most among other winter games here.

10. Dayara Bugyal

Dayara Bugyal is also a very popular place for snowboarding in India. This place is in Uttarakhand and provides bliss for snow and nature lovers. Here, people and few organizations provide combo packs for winter sports and trekking.

In crisp, snowboarding is a popular game in India and there are many places that provide space for many tourists to play snowboarding and other winter games. Along with enjoying snowboarding and other games, you will also be blessed to enjoy the breathtaking nature, fully covered by soft, clear snow. Never miss these places as you will be exposed to a different kind of experience and you will love it!


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Travel to 10 ‘no network zone’ of India

Travel to 10 ‘no network zone’ of India

Have you ever thought why we require mobile network or internet connectivity when we have come on a vacation? The most obvious answer from most of them will be to update status and photographs on facebook, snapchat and other kinds of social media. But, there are few people who feel it is unnecessary to do so because they believe travelling equals spending time with ourselves rather than being connected with friends. But sometimes I feel that we require network and connectivity for safety purposes. In the age of twitter and facebook, it is hard to believe that there still exist places that do not have network and internet connectivity. It is unimaginable to lead a life without network and internet connectivity. Here are 10 popular tourist places claimed to be ‘no network zone’ of India.

(1) Agumbe, Karnataka

Agumbe is known as Home Of King Cobras and a UNESCO declared World Heritage Site. It is also believed that this place is more famous for wandering souls. This is one of the most cut-off areas where it is pretty obvious that there is a complete evasion of the network. This place is tucked in a corner of Western Ghats.

(2) Changlang, Arunachal Pradesh

Chanlang in Arunachal Pradesh is known for road journeys and virgin beauty. This place also belongs to the list of unexplored places and no network zone in India. ‘Hell’s Pass village’ and ‘Lake of No Return’ are few famous tourist places in Changlang.

(3) Ice Kingdom, Zanskar, Jammu&Kahmir

Famously known as ‘heaven on earth’, Jammu and Kashmir also has few places that are termed as no network zone of India. One of them is the Ice Kingdom in Zanskar (Jammu Kashmir) which is known for its natural beauty and is fully covered with ice. This place is mainly famous for ice rafting.

(4) Valley of flowers, Uttarakhand

Valley of flowers is a national park in Uttarakhand and is claimed to be a no network zone of India. This place will hold your breath as it has wonderful sights of many different beautiful, attractive flowers. A 10km trek in this place will melt you to the beauty f nature. This valley is covered by snow-capped mountains along with 300 different varieties of alpine flowers. This is the best place to come and enjoy the beauty of nature and add colour to your smoke and dust-filled eyes.

(5) Kheerganga, Himachal Pradesh

Kheerganga is located on the highest point of Himachal Pradesh and is far away from the city. This place can be reached only by trekking. The beautiful meadow welcomes you as you climb up the mountain and surrounded by giant snow-covered mountains. Kheeraganga is known for the hot water spring and it is a no network zone in India.

(6)Chitkul, Himachal Pradesh

Chitkul is a village on the Indo-Tibetan border. It sounds cool to have a trip to this place. It not only sounds cool but a travel and trip to this place are the best as you will have a chance to view snow filled mountains surrounding the village, green lush grass covering your feet and domestic animals grazing everywhere in this place. Chitkul is also a no network zone of India. This place is also visited more by the tourists like the way they give a visit to Manali and Shimla.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(7) North-East India

The remote places of North-East are all no network zone. North-East India is a growing tourist place in India and most of the places here are unexplored. The main tourist places include many hills, mountain ranges (Himalayan mountain ranges) and lakes.

(8)Lungthung-Dhupidhara, Sikkim

Sikkim is the best place to have a relaxing time surrounded by mountains. From this place, you can clearly see the view of Kanchenjunga range and this is a place that you must visit at least once in your lifetime. Lungthung-Dhupidhara in Sikkim is a no network zone in India.

(9) Dandeli, Karnataka

Dandeli in Karnataka is famous for trekking, wildlife safaris, and white water rafting. It is also known for its nature beauty and has no proper network connection.

(10) Swargarohini, Uttarakhand

Swargarohini is the highest peak in the Gangotri range of mountain in the Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand. This mountain is the source for a number of rivers. This place also has poor or no network and internet connectivity. But, the place is so awesome that you will not require any connection with anyone. You feel that the snow covered mountain will touch the sky very soon. The view is very beautiful.

The no network zones of India have network and connectivity problem but it is worth visiting these places as each of them offer you beautiful and different lifetime experience.


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10 Reasons Why You Should Visit Bhutan

10 reasons why you should visit Bhutan

Bhutan is a sovereign nation located near the extreme eastern parts of the mighty Himalayan ranges. It is geographically located between the two giants India and China, with these two nations covering approximately 1100 km of its borders. Bhutan is a compact nation with a total area of around 38,000 square kilometers. Its population sums up to a small total of 7-8 lakhs.

Why visit Bhutan? Here are some reasons…

(1) Nature at its best!

Nature seems to have a privileged grace and courtesy on the kingdom of Bhutan. The majestic hill stations, innumerable varieties of flora and fauna and heavenly water bodies surrounding with the scenic beauty make Bhutan a paradise for the residents as well as the tourists. People there make sure that their natural ecosystems are well preserved and maintained. Please refer the following link to visit Bhutan during the best season: http://www.alifetimetrip.com/best-time-to-visit-bhutan/

(2) Adventures          

One can’t satisfy oneself just by praising the magnificence of Bhutanese hills and mountains from a distance of view. To know those landscapes closely, one must come out of the comfort zone and choose to go on a trek to these steeps. It is a lifetime adventure! Hiking the slopes, campfires, and going down the hills as teams are more joyous than they sound.

(3) Historical and educational significance

Bhutan’s history rolls back to the time of introduction of Tibetan Buddhism. Buddhism is the prominent religion there. As a result, we can find many historical monuments of Tibetan style. Paro Taktsang (The Tiger’s Nest) is one of the most significant monuments of all. As Bhutan is slowly modernizing, the traditional education system still persists. It’s a pleasure to visit these classical centers of education.

(4) Pleasant Climate

The destination can be visited at any time of the year. The climate there is temperate and never becomes an obstacle to the visitors. Bhutan’s spring (March, April, May) is considered to be the most beautiful time of the year. It is the time when the valleys are green with fresh vegetation and blossoming fruit trees. Autumn (September, October) is the time when one can get the grand view of the mighty mountains. Winter in December sees some snowfall which attracts tourists.

(5) Shopping in Bhutan

The shopping enthusiasts are not disappointed in Bhutan. One can find colorful heaps of shawls, sweaters, coats and trinkets in the markets of “Bhutia”. The women in their traditional attire (Backus) may not speak our language but will surely help us make the right choice while buying. The Handicraft Emporium in the main street of Thimphu sells varieties of hand-woven goods and handicrafts. One can order silver and gold ornaments of one’s taste at the Thimphu valley and they will specially craft them.

(6) Bhutanese Cuisines

The most distinctive characteristic of Bhutanese cuisine is its spiciness. Chilies are an essential part of nearly every dish and are considered very important. Bhutanese people will never enjoy a meal that is not spicy. “Momos”, the Tibetan style dumplings stuffed with pork, beef or cabbages, and cheese, are very popular in Bhutan.

(7) Festivals and Celebrations

Bhutan is rich in cultural diversity and this richness is further enhanced by the wide variety of elaborate and colorful religious festivals. Every village is famous for their distinctive festival though the most widely known are the annual Tshechu, meaning a religious festival. These religious celebrations are high-spirited affairs and lively during which people exchange and share meals of red rice, spicy pork, and Ema whilst drinking the heady traditional rice wine known as Ara. One must visit Bhutan during these festivals.

(8) Simple Lifestyle with Art and Hobbies

It is a pleasure to be with the humble residents of Bhutan. They are very honest and hardworking. They have adopted a simple lifestyle and are grounded in their religion and traditions.  The culture of Bhutan is fascinating and captivating. Bhutanese are experts in various aspects of art such as textiles, paintings, sculptures, paper making, wood carving, sword making, boot making, bamboo craft, and jewelry. One can get anything there!

(9) Gross National Happiness

We can find the happiest people in Bhutan. Their philosophy of Gross National happiness has been recognized at the international level at UN. While the emphasis is placed on both, prosperity and happiness, the latter is considered to be more significant in Bhutan. Is there a better reason to visit such a place?

(10) Very less pollution

If one is fed up with living in an urban environment where pollution is a headache, Bhutan is the best place to visit for the peace of mind. People are environmentally conscious. Their one of the laws says that 60% of the total owned land should always come under the forest region. The beauty of nature still persists, providing fresh and pure air for people to breathe.

Bhutan, the ‘Kingdom of Happiness’ is the nature’s lap of peace and joy. It has nature’s expertise composites with eventful history, cultural treasures, well-preserved heritage and good-hearted people, which makes it worth of exploring at least once in a lifetime.


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Best Time To Visit Bhutan

This tiny Buddhist country has a wide range of elevation which varies from 250m upto 7314m, making Bhutan as all round year destination. We enjoy four beautiful seasons- Spring(March to May), Summers(June to August), Autumn(September to November) and Winters(December to February). Spring and Autumn are the best time to visit Bhutan. Having said so, summer and winter have their own draws and attractions.

Spring(March to May): This is the most popular time to visit Bhutan. Temperatures are pleasant. Nature lovers who are keen on local flora should consider being here at the end of April or in May. The trek routes are very nicely doable: Jomolhari Trek & Drukpath Trek from mid-april til end-May. Early April witnesses the Paro Tshechu. This is the best chance to meet the King of Bhutan as he often makes his way to the festivities between the 3rd and last day. Also at this time, Paro is overwhelmed with loads of travelers. If you plan to fly in, the air tickets get sold out by January. So book ahead to get the best accommodation and flights.

Summers(June to August): Consider early June if you wish to avoid higher tarrifs and cold temperatures. Monsoons start down pouring by July. Even in monsoons, Bhutan experiences relatively light rain with most rainfall confined to the late afternoon and does not affect most travellers’ itinerary.

Autumn/Fall (September to November): Autumn/ Fall is a high and crowded time for Bhutan. The mild weather in this time period makes it just a perfect kind of holiday. Thimphu Festival usually takes places at the end of September or early October. Its a grand affair and requires advance booking since nicer hotels and flights get sold  out very soon.

Winters(December to February): Bhutan is a luring destination in December due to less crowd, still not that cold a month and beautiful landscapes with clear skies. January or February are the months of cold, great time to experience snow fall.

So pick up that time of the year that looks great to your kind of travel and hit this road to the land of happiness.


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General tips before travelling to Bhutan

Bhutan is popularly known as the land of happiness. As this destinations comes in your to-do list, and you begin the packing, here’s another list that you should go through before reaching the country! Beautiful landscapes, bunch of delightful people, imposing architecture, mystical religion and interesting arts and culture is all that would welcome you here.

1. Taking photos/filming inside Dzongs, monasteries, temples, or any religious institutions is usually prohibited. Check with your guide before clicking around randomly whether it is permitted. Ask permissions while clicking people.

2. Take off your hats in front of the dzongs, temples and national flags.
3. Visitors should be properly dressed with long sleeves shirts and pants to visit dzongs, temples, monasteries, schools and any government institutions. Singlet and miniskirts are not well accepted norms.
4. Always walk clockwise well crossing the dzongs, temples, monasteries, prayer flags or religious artifacts.
5. Do not give sweets, money, pencils, pens etc, to the children.
6. Although Bhutan is safe, we advise you to keep your valuable items like wallets, cameras, passport etc in safe place.

7. Public displays of affection are not common. Please refrain from doing this in public places.
8. Bhutan is the only country in the world that has banned the consumption and sale of tobacco, resulting in smoking being largely disallowed in public places. Having said that, consumption is not completely prohibited in Bhutan so if you want to smoke, bring your own cigarettes and ask your guide where you can light up.
9. Tuesdays are considered the national ‘dry day,’ with the sale of alcohol prohibited.
10. Locals are very sensitive, you may not want to sound rude. Refrain from any negative comments on religion, the royal family and chief abbot.
11. Use your right hand or both hands to give or receive.
12. Buying of antiques from Bhutan is strictly monitored by the custom at the check points. Please always buy goods with cash memo or original bills/invoices.
13. Don’t wash, swim or throw objects into lakes, many of which are considered sacred.
14. Most hotels have WiFi, but if you need more connectivity you can get a local SIM card from Tashi Cell or B-Mobile and top up with prepaid cards.
15. The official language of Bhutan is Dzongkha, but most Bhutanese are fluent in English as that is the medium of education so communication shouldn’t be a problem.
16. There are ATMs in Bhutan, but only in the main towns. A word of caution, the ATMs do not always work and if they do, one is usually only able to withdraw small amounts.
17. Visitors should be able to pay via credit card at most hotels and handicraft stores

18. Do pack warm clothes, especially if you’re travelling between the months of November and March. As a general tip, it would be wise to always have a jacket when travelling in Bhutan regardless of the seasons as you will experience huge changes in elevation, with certain valleys colder than others. It’s best to be prepared!


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19. Prepare some of your own entertainment for the flight as well as trip. Bring some books to read and save movies to watch on your laptop or tablet. Apart from Thimphu and Paro, nightlife is non-existent.
20. You don’t have to tip in restaurants and hotels, unlike Western countries. The guide will take care of tipping on your behalf. However, do take note that you have to tip your guide.
21. The roads tend to be windy so if you are prone to motion sickness, bring Dramamine or other medication to prevent nausea as you will be spending a lot of time in the car travelling around Bhutan.
22. Bring along a multi-purpose electrical plug and a universal travel adapter. Most hotel rooms have limited electrical plugs, so it’ll be wise to take along if you have many devices.