Who I am and why I’m here

if you are curious about life too we must connect.
Who am I and why am I here? – By Maha. The picture is of Matheran, a hill station in Maharashtra.

I have been experimenting with life. Examining things from different perspectives and even putting on various caps. I am a curious character and would love to know how things work. This is applicable to how people think and act, how the market works, culinary interests both in flaming the kitchen as well as relishing the burnt food, arts, science, culture, lifestyle, nature, animals, creativity and so forth. (Let me take a breath……)

In doing all these, my way of approach is being open to new ideas, accepting others and their views, a sense of harmony with a deep ingrained belief (and truth) that we all are Earthians.

Things I do – Support the environment, interact with people, travel, experiment with new food (Vegetarian) love to listen/read/watch stories and narrate them too. I am on a journey to know thyself. Things I intend doing – Have a self sustainable living, sharing beneficial ideas with people on various forums and bring awareness towards the conservation of nature.

The world is shrinking as we all are connected through the net and are able to share in a realistic time frame. And I would like to connect with them too. A global community with a passion to write and speak for the betterment of all. That’s my idea to be here. Took some time to come out of my cozy cocoon. Now that I’m out, I would like to spread my wings and use them to take me places. I would love to meet people with similar interests, eager to hear their stories and share mine. Hoping to connect with all you wonderful people.

To the land of The Thunder Dragon – The plan before the act.

Bhutan – The land of the Thunder Dragon.

It was fascinating to hear about gross national happiness and made me inquisitive to explore. How could a small Himalayan country land locked from all sides provide for its people, preserve 60% of its forest area and be carbon negative? does it raise your eyebrows, it did for me and guess what I planned a visit to explore.

It was in the month of April the thought crossed my mind and four months down the visit happened. Being Indian national we ( me and better half ) were happy to learn that the     a) Indian currency was accepted and had the same value as Bhutanese Ngultrum (Nu) (Money matters), b) we could set our own travel budget, unlike other nationals who have to pay $250 or $200 based on the season chosen for visit , c) No visa required, we required a valid Passport or Electoral voter ID for a written/stamped permit if entering by land or by air (Paro airport).

We preferred the off-season month to avoid crowd and bring down costs. The duration of stay mostly dictated by possible leave approval from work came out to 7 nights and eight days. The costs shared by travel agents for central and western Bhutan was generally on a higher side than from what we could make out from visitors inputs and costs as seen on websites for stay, travel and food. We decided to go budget and backpacking.

Booking of the fight tickets was a firm decision to visit and start putting time and efforts in planning the trip. Most of my so-called free time and dedicated times went in reading blogs, posts, travel sites, planning and re-planning our visit.

A rough itinerary based on inputs on WordPress, Tripadvisor, Lonely Planet, Quora, blogs and from friends who have visited Bhutan, helped us sketch a realistic one. ( Thanks to all the bloggers, WordPress, Tripadvisor’s, Lonely Planet and Quora digesters, your inputs were valuable, keep writing for the benefit of many. I take your inputs seriously, hence i too share.) The plan was to see places in and around Thimphu, Punakha, Paro and if possible HAA valley.

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The land of the Thunder Dragon – Bhutan Calling

More in the next press – the places we stayed, the places to see, the food, culture, travel.