The temperatures were hovering around the five-degree Celsius mark in Thimphu Valley. The wind-chill factor made it even worse. I needed a break. Satiated by a fulfilling Maggi and chai combo at a nearby street food stall, I hopped onto my Royal Enfield Himalayan and resumed mile-munching on the breathtaking Thimphu-Wangdue Phodrang highway in magnificent Bhutan. The blissful tarmac is surrounded by majestic mountains and dzong-styled Bhutanese architecture. Completely immersed in the flow of the winding vistas, and with no cattle or low-IQ pedestrians to dodge, there was nothing hampering my bliss.
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Riding the Royal Enfield through Bhutan
You see, taking a motorcycle into Bhutan doesn’t make your hair turn grey, as the immigration formalities are fairly simple. A passport and the registration papers of your motorcycle are enough to get you past the immigration office in Phuentsholing. From there on, it’s just you and your wheels. Nope, this great road is not in India, but it’s right across the border, in the happiest country in the world. And getting there doesn’t involve any wallet-emptying expenditure in euros or dollars either. Now that’s something!
Words by Suvrat Kothari