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That’s the Thimphu Clock Tower, isn’t that beautiful?

Thimphu is a really beautiful city and it was really quiet by the time we reached. The weather was chilly and there was so much fresh air around. Since it was quite late, we checked in at our hotel and wrapped up for the day after some hot dinner. The next day, I got up early and went for a nice walk around the city and kind of enjoyed the pleasure of exploring a new place. We all then headed to the Folk Heritage Museum for lunch which comprised of authentic Bhutanese cuisine.

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I really became a fan of this local delicacy – Kewa Datshi

Since I’m a vegetarian, I could eat only limited items but my favourite was definitely this plate called Kewa Datshi which is basically a mixture of potatoes and cheese along with chillies. Bhutanese people really love cheese and chillies and almost every delicacy they make comprises of these two things. Post lunch, we took a quick tour of the museum and then the day was free for all of us. I again went around exploring the town and the local markets and then chilled by the clock tower sipping on hot chocolate.

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The TUV300 has a very good range of around 700 kms on a full tank

Done with Thimphu, we started rolling towards Punakha the next day. But before starting the journey, we fuelled up our cars. Good thing that they accept Indian currency in Bhutan! The TUV300 gulped in fuel worth Rs. 1450/- since it was still at half tank. Thimphu to Punakha is just 80-odd kms but since the entire route has twisties and narrow roads, it takes 3-4 hours to cover the journey, especially when you’re driving in a convoy where speeds get a bit limited. The roads were very good though with a totally breathtaking view!

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The cars parked at Dochula Pass – a view to kill for

For lunch, we halted at the most beautiful place I saw during this entire trip – Dochula Pass. This pass is located at a height of more than 10,000 feet and has a clear view of the snow-capped Himalayas on the left side. The sight is just too beautiful and I really wouldn’t mind sitting there an entire day. My TUV300 had some issues with the steering and wheel alignment and the service team tried their best to solve the issues at the lunch halt itself, however, the problems kept resurfacing.