Virat, Anushka ring in his 31st birthday in Bhutan; here’s why you should visit the countryhttps://indianexpress.com/article/lifestyle/destination-of-the-week/anushka-sharma-virat-kohli-birthday-bhutan-places-to-visit-6104020/

Virat, Anushka ring in his 31st birthday in Bhutan; here’s why you should visit the country

The small country bordering India, is, quite literally, a road-trip away for travel enthusiasts and adventure seekers.

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The couple has been posting beautiful and enviable pictures of the Bhutanese landscape from their social media accounts. (Designed by Rajan Sharma)

Indian cricketer Virat Kohli is having the best time with wife, actor Anushka Sharma, in Bhutan, where they are currently celebrating his 31st birthday, enjoying moments of “genuine, simple and pure human connection”.

The couple has been posting beautiful and enviable pictures of the Bhutanese landscape from their social media accounts. Anushka Sharma, for instance, posted some pictures with an accompanying caption that suggested a local family was completely unaware and oblivious to their stardom, and offered them their hospitality while on a trek.

Earlier in the day today — while responding to the many birthday wishes from fans and well-wishers — the captain of the Indian Cricket Team wrote on his Instagram account that he thinks it is “a blessing to be able to visit such divine places” with his “soulmate”.

 

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So, what is the allure of the country? 

For the uninitiated, Bhutan — also known as the land of the ‘Thunder Dragon’ — is considered to be one of the world’s happiest nations. The small country bordering India, is, quite literally, a road-trip away for travel enthusiasts and adventure seekers. With some breathtaking views of the Himalayas and a distinctive Buddhist culture, it is guaranteed to satiate your restless soul.

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How to reach?

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If you are travelling from India, you may not require a visa in advance. You can obtain a free entry permit on arrival. Should you choose to fly, you can book a flight to Paro which is about a one-and-a-half-hour drive from the capital Thimphu. But if you are taking the road, the main border crossing will be at Jaigon-Phuentsholing.

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The Tiger’s Nest Monastery is one of Bhutan’s most sacred sites and and cannot be missed. (Source: Instagram @idraniwinardi)

Things to see

Visit the Tiger’s Nest Monastery, also known as the ‘Taktsang Monastery’ — located just outside of Paro. Your local transport provider will be able to guide you. This is one of Bhutan’s most sacred sites and and cannot be missed. To reach this monastery, you will have to undertake a trek, but it will be worth the experience.

When you reach Thimphu, there will be a lot of sites to visit, one of them being the Buddha Dordenma. This impressive statue overlooks the city and was built in 2015, for the peace and prosperity of the country. The statue has a formidable height of about 51 metres.

The National Memorial Chorten should be on your must-visit list. It is a temple that was built in 1974 to honour the then King of Bhutan. The place is highly visited and highly recommended.

Additionally, you can also ditch the itinerary and wander around the country, exploring it — all while seeking much peace, relaxation and tranquility.