Tiger's Nest Monastery, Paro, Bhutan

Bhutan: The Hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery

Our 10-day trip in Bhutan was filled with highlights after another from festival after festival to scenic and cultural hikes, etc.  And we have concluded the trip with the highlight of all highlights – the hike to the legendary Takshang Lakhang, better known as Tiger’s Nest Monastery. Tiger’s Nest Monastery is believed to be the... Read more
Hiking in Ura Valley, Bumthang, Bhutan

A Scenic and Cultural Hike in Ura Valley

 Bumthang in the central region of Bhutan is the sacred site and cultural heartland of Bhutan.  It is consist of four beautiful valleys. After observing the colorful religious festival and visiting some of the many temples in Jakar Valley, we headed to another one of its spectacular valley, the Ura. Hiking in Ura Valley made us see... Read more
Mask Dances in Tamshing Phala Chhoepa Festival at Tamshi Lhakhang, Bumthang, Bhutan

Bhutanese Mask Dances at a Festival in Bumthang

Bhutan has a long tradition of colorful religious festivals.  They are integral part of the cultural and spiritual life of the Bhutanese people. We wanted to witness this rich tradition for ourselves and planned our trip around a festival season. Read more
Trongsa Dzong (Fortress), Bhutan

Trongsa, The Center of Bhutan

We made our way to Trongsa after stopping by at the colorful festival in Wangdue. The town of Trongsa is smacked right in the middle of Bhutan and is one of the most historic towns in the country. Although the distance between Wangdue and Trrongsa is only 76 miles/123 km, our journey took almost seven hours... Read more
Strokkur Geyser, Golden Circle Tour, Iceland

Iceland: The Fall/Winter Glory of the Golden Circle

After our exhilarating adventure in the lava tube cave,  we were again joined by our friends Paul and Carol for another day of Icelandic exploration. Less adventurous this time but just as astonishing is our Golden Circle experience. Golden Circle  is a 186-mile /300-km route dotted with amazing historical and natural sites that loops from Reykjavik... Read more
Punakha Dzong in Bhutan

Bhutan: The Majestic Punakha Dzong

On our Day 3 in Bhutan, we left the capital city of Thimphu after two days of wonderful cultural immersion and headed to the scenic countryside of Punakha Valley. Read more
Tashichho Fortress in Thimphu, Bhutan

The Journey into Bhutan, the Last Shangri-La

We finally set foot in the top destination of our dreams. But not after enduring 25 hours of flying time on four series of flights with layovers at three different airports in three countries over a period of three days. Traveling from bustling New York to remote and pristine Bhutan was a long, long trek indeed.... Read more