Turkey and Bhutan
Bryan and Anne’s transcontinental honeymoon from Turkey, via India to Bhutan.
Not to be missed...
The Istanbul airport’s VIP meet and greet is a “must.” You are welcomed by a local host as you exit the jetway and whisked in a golf cart through the Istanbul airport by-passing visa processing and passport control lines, saving up to an hour of walking and waiting! After a long international flight, there is no better way to expedite the arrivals process.
The international arrivals in Delhi do not always perfectly connect with the Druk Air flight schedule to Bhutan, so we’ll arrange for an exclusive day room at the newly opened Oberoi Gurgaon to relax and rejuvenate en route from Istanbul to Paro.
The Potato Shed dinner at Amankora in Gangtey is available to one lucky couple per night, so plan ahead!
Trip Day 4
Arrival in Bhutan is like no other.
As your Druk Air flight weaves through narrow alpine valleys, keep your camera at the ready. The vistas are breathtaking and the spirit hypnotic. You’ll notice how passengers slowly disembark and then stand on the tarmac totally bewildered when you’ve arrived in the Land of the Thunder Dragon.
“The Paro airport is located in a deep valley at an elevation of 7,300 ft (2,200 m). With surrounding peaks as high as 18,000 feet, it is considered one of the world's most challenging airports, and as of October 2009, only eight pilots in the world were certified to land at the airport. Flights at Paro are allowed under visual meteorological conditions only and are restricted to daylight hours from sunrise to sunset.”
What the honeymooners had to say...
Some tips: 1) don’t drink the “holy” water when the monks offer it to you, fake it... it’s not purified, I got sick; 2) internet connection was spotty at some of the resorts; 3) if you can, try to plan your trip around a festival. We just missed one in Bumthang; 4) don’t expect Druk Air to be on time. Although our experience may have been an exception because they ordered more planes and expanded the schedule and when we flew they hadn’t received the planes yet. Also, the landing isn’t as scary as people make it out to be. I hate flying and I was fine; 5) if you want to hike, bring hiking boots and waterproof clothing. We went in May, it rained; 6) book spa appointments in advance, 7) laundry is included so no need to bring a lot of clothes, they will wash your clothes daily, and your shoes if you leave them outside. Everyone is very casual, you could probably wear sweatpants to dinner every night if you want; 8) We used Jetset World Travel to book our entire vacation, they are amazing. It’s rare to find a travel agency that has actually been to all of the places they recommend. We used Julia and she was beyond amazing.
– Bryan & Anne