Punakha the erstwhile capital of Bhutan still holds the status as the religious capital of the kingdom. The sleepy town of Punakha is located by the river basin of the two tributaries called the Mo Chhu (mother river) and the Pho Chhu (father river) uniting to form the Punatsangchhu river. The rich alluvial plains and the low altitude favours the perennial green cover of the valley. Within this tiny green hamlet lies the magnificent Punakha Dzong, around which revolves all the activities in Punakha.
Thimphu being the capital and the largest city in Bhutan, it is also a popular tourist destination. It is one of the few highest national capitals in the world in terms of elevation. The city is built on the hilly slopes while the adjoining valley houses the important buildings like the Tashichho Dzong, the King’s Palace, the High Court and the Great Buddha Dordenma looks upon Thimphu from above the mountain. Among the many rivers of Bhutan, The Wang Chhu also known as the Thimphu Chhu flows through the district of Thimphu. Popular but unique, busy yet serene, Thimphu is thus an ideal destination to suit every taste.
Bhutan never stops to awe the world. This kingdom of happiness brings life and spreads happiness among every living entity. Thus an incomparable range of wildlife is found here. The climate, altitude, conservation, the local tradition of respect for living creatures and their efforts for peaceful coexistence and harmony have all come together to support such varied life forms here; transforming this landmass to the Garden of Eden.
I was in the Druk Yul, the Land of Thunder Dragon. Where people have deep faith in ‘Tak Seng Chung Druk’ (Tiger, Snow Lion, Garuda, Dragon). Where Buddhism is the mode of life. Where the King and Queen protect their citizen as their children. The people respect them as their parents. Where nature has bestowed innumerable gifts on mankind. Where the nation leaves behind a negative Carbon footprint. Where the national development is measured in the terms happiness, not in terms of GNP. Yes, you got it right. I was in the kingdom of happiness. I was in Bhutan.
The old city of Mymensingh by the alluvial banks of the once mighty Brahmaputra still holds the charm of yesteryears. The quintessential ancient buildings and the road running parallel to the river revives the feel of its opulent past. So does, the town of Muktagacha which preserves the palace of the erstwhile zamindars.
Chittagong is famous for its natural harbour and is the major seaport in Bangladesh. With no specific destinations and no defined plan, we decided to get down in Chittagong. We were returning to Dhaka from Cox Bazar and there was a sudden change in plan. Hence we spent a day in Chittagong.
Love is in the air. Love in all forms and shape is celebrated today. In every corner of the world, romanticism is reaching its record-breaking new heights. Love themed flowers, chocolates, confectioneries and gift items have flooded the market. Couples are finding innovative ways to impress their beloved. Valentine’s Day is here again. On this love filled day, I share my story of a lovely destination. A place, which is also considered as a honeymoon destination – Cox Bazar.