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To The Land Of The Thunder Dragon: DEL-PBH-DEL  
User currently offlineCricket From India, joined Aug 2005, 2964 posts, RR: 7
Posted (1 year 3 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 6160 times:

This report is on my recent travel to the small Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, India’s smallest land neighbour. I flew on Druk Air, which enjoys a monopoly on all flights to Paro, Bhutan’s only international airport – and for good reason. The approach into Paro is considered one of the most dramatic and scary in the world and only takes place under perfect visual conditions as pilots have to dodge peaks that rise over 5,000 feet above the surrounding countryside.

I might add that Paro airport itself is at an altitude of 7,300 feet. A friend who had flown on a KB BAe 146 earlier told me that Druk Air pilots are ‘Gods’, and even though those small planes have been replaced by Airbus A319’s, the pilots are incredibly skillful to land in an airport like that. While Bhutan has bilateral agreements with several countries that allow those nations such as India, Singapore and Thailand to operate to PBH, no other airline does.
Before I start a bit of a background to this trip.

On the morning of the 31st of December, while I was enjoying a well-deserved break in the hills with some friends to bring in the new year, I just happened to check my email. In that email, a person I know rather well asked me whether I would like to travel to Bhutan on an invitation from His Eminence the Khamtrul Rinpoche, one of the top spiritual leaders of the Drupka Lineage, the school of Buddhism that is practiced in Bhutan. This was ostensibly to attend the Chakrasamvara Blessings being organised jointly by the Government of Bhutan and the Central Monastic Body of Bhutan.

This even which was expected to draw 100,000 people, although eventually an estimated 140,000 attended. While coming from India where such numbers are piddly – over 2.5 million are expected to attend the Kumbh Mela at Prayag later this month, this number represents a fifth of Bhutan’s population. That is an amazing percentage and nothing like this has ever happened in Bhutan’s history where so many people have collected at the sacred and historic Punakha Dzong (Fort) in Western Bhutan. Kuruthang, the town nearest Punakha Dzong has a regular population of just 15,000.

My wife was quite pissed off with me for going as she has always wanted to go to Bhutan as well, but given that she is not exactly fond of the cold, and Bhutan in January is quite cold, at least for me coming from Delhi; night temperatures in Paro touched -6C while we were there although it only snowed on the high passes and not in Thimpu or Paro.
This trip happened very last minute, and thankfully traveling to Bhutan does not need a visa for Indians. Only Bangladeshis, Indians and Maldivian’s do not need visas or work-permits in Bhutan but only photo-identity. Other nationals need a visa and not just that, they need to pay $250 as a basic minimum everyday. This covers government taxes, the costs of a guide and driver and a basic three-star room. Extras including car rentals, food and staying in higher-end resorts such as the mad expensive Aman Kora (over $1500/night) add to the fee.
This is to keep out backpackers and low-end tourists. The fees the government takes are used to provide free healthcare and also restricts the number of tourists who make it to Bhutan. The fees have to be paid in advance as well. A Bhutanese national can invite a foreigner to stay; but even that requires some sort of fee if I’m not mistaken. I later learned that in Bhutan even foreigners enjoy some level of medical coverage for free in case of accidental injuries but evacuation costs are over and above that.

Druk Air is the national carrier of Bhutan with a fleet of three Airbus A319’s and one ATR-42 aircraft. Paro Airport (PBH/VQPR) is one of the most challenging airports to operate in the world. Consider the facts, it has a 6500 foot runway situated at a height of 7300 feet ASL, not that bad and airports such as Lhasa (LXA/ZULS) in Tibet, not very far north of Paro are much higher at 11,500 feet. But Paro is in a very narrow valley surrounded by peaks that are over 18,000 feet high.

Planes have to literally zig-zag through the mountains to reach the airport, to land on runway 15. And there are only daylight operations in Paro with pilots following visual rules. Operations take place only between 0800-1400 according to Druk Air’s schedule and most A319’s operate only one-return flight a day and the flights to Bangkok and Singapore do not return on the same day.

As mentioned earlier as other airlines do not train pilots to fly to Paro, the national carrier has a monopoly. Therefore it can charge expensive fares, my fare, as I notice on the ticket was $626 for a return flight on Economy, quite a bit for a two-hour flight. And while as an Indian I had the choice of flying to IXB and then enduring a not quite comfortable road trip which would cost about half, most other nationals have to do part of the journey by air.
But with limited operations, low utilisation of aircraft for reasons explained by geography, the high-fares are understandable. Competition, possible soon from an Indian low-cost carrier might hurt Druk Air, but the intense pilot training required to operate from Paro have put off airlines until now.
Anyway, enough background, now for the flights.

Flight: KB-205 DEL-PBH
7th January, 2013
Operated by A5-RGI (A319-112 s/n 3950)
Seat: 8A (assigned) and 9A (second-half)
1230 (IST) - 1400 (BST)
Flight Time: 2 hours


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In Olympic service, the s/n 3950 was acquired by Druk Air only in August 2012 to start services to SIN


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This aircraft was unique in the sense that it was the only A-319 that was second-hand Airbus in the fleet and a A319-112 as against the other A319-115’s in the fleet and had 23,500 pound thrust CFM-56-5B5 engines as against the more powerful 27,000 pound thrust -5B7 engines. It had previously been with Hamburg Air and Olympic which explained the fact that there were language instructions in German and Greek in addition to English and Bhutan’s Dzongkha.
I had heard that this flight was one of the most scenic flights in the world, flying almost the entire range of the Eastern Himalayas with eight of the world’s ten highest peaks visible, only K2 and Nanda Devi not in sight. Therefore, I arrived at DEL swanky T3 a bit earlier than I should have to ensure I got a mountain facing seat.

It was a murky Delhi morning when I left home around 8.30 in the morning, well in time for the 12.15 departure. I took a radio taxi from Meru, the largest service in Delhi and even though I am a loyal customer, I am disappointed with the way the company maintains it cars and its cranky drivers. I shall try the company’s rivals EasyCabs and Mega Cabs more often now. That said, it was a good taxi ride, which took just about half an hour and cost around Rs 500.

Being a complete idiot, I had forgotten my ticket print-outs at home, but the co-ordinator travelling with us from India did have a spare print-out. Check-In was smooth and I got a coveted left-hand side window seat. Immigration was surprisingly easy, although I got a very chatty immigration officer. Seeing the short queues he spoke to me about all sorts of things and since I’m from West Bengal state, called a fellow Bengali to speak to me (?!?!?!?) and then he stamped my passport. Which was a mistake, because Indians who travel to Bhutan do not get their passports stamped.
With time to kill, I went to Duty-Free to pick up something to enjoy the evenings in Bhutan after which I proceeded with my travelling companions to have a quick bite at McDonald’s. Not the healthiest breakfast in the world; but what the heck, I was travelling abroad and food sins occur when I do that.

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FIDS on the International side of DEL T3

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DEL T3 Duty Free

A quick few drags on a cigarette (I was sinning a lot) later, partially because the smoking area between Gates 3 and 5 offers such great views of the northern part of the international tarmac and runway 10/28 operations. DEL is one of those airports alongside HKG satellite terminal and SIN T2 that offer suck nice views; the smoking area in the Domestic side of T3 next to Gate 27 also gives a great view of the tarmac and runway 11/29 operations.

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The view from the smoking area between gates 3/5, two EK planes and one 9W plane, which is the home airline?

After a short delay at the gate; boarding commenced and I was one of the first to board the plane. A5-RGI has a different configuration that the other A319’s - being a 138-seater, but the first five rows were operated as business-class in the European style with the middle-seat blocked. But usually only 114 seats were sold like the other two A319’s.
I was looking forward to the flight and to put it bluntly, I was not disappointed. I had enough entertainment on me, but after we took off and headed for Nepal’s airspace the view was, in one word “magnificent”. Let the pictures below describe them.

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Boarding

As for the other things - food was nice, a chicken biryani with some dal. I was expecting something less predictable (this is South Asia after all), but it was actually nice. Leg-room was nice, but I was in the seat ahead of the exit (this A319 had two exits being the high-density configuration. But after take-off, when I discovered that my window was not as clean as it should be, which drove my lens focus off and when I saw the exit rows had not been assigned, I moved to the row behind me. Although not the non-reclining row it had one of the cleaner windows on the plane. That said, I have to trim and clip the landing video. Load was quite low, and although all the left-hand side windows were occupied, the load factor was 40% at best.

IN-FLIGHT PICS

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Legroom
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Safety Card
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Other side of the safety card
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English, Dzongkha and Greek?
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In-Flight magazine 'Tashi Dalek' with a lot of info about Bhutan and its culture
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At push-back I noticed these folks outside the next gate, I wonder why?
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That is why... a new MH 738 at DEL
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DEL T1D the LCC terminal in the distance
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Lunch
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From the back, quite a low load factor
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Now German as well...
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Wow, the Himalayas come into view
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A bit cloudy towards the end
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Thanks for bringing us in safely - I have a video of the landing which I have to edit
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PBH airport airside
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Only one baggage carousel

Immigration in Bhutan took a lot longer than anticipated because our coordinators mobile roaming refused to work and he could not connect with our guide Kezang and we could not give the address of the first resort we would stay in. But, Bhutan’s people’s friendliness allowed him to go outside the small terminal to fetch our guide who was waiting outside. Where else in the world would they do that? Wow!
Things got sorted out, despite a power-cut then adding to the time we took to get out. I had to pay a duty on the cigarettes I carried as Bhutan is a country, where society and the government frown upon smoking. Then we proceeded through the stark countryside of western Bhutan to travel the 50-odd kilometers between Paro and the capital of Bhutan - Thimpu. At Thimpu we had an audience with His Eminence, the Khamtrul Rinpoche, which was a very satisfying one for me to be very honest.

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The room at 'Peaceful Resort'
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Apples and fermented cheese being sold at the roadside
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A memorial built at Dochula pass between Thimpu and Punakha
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Prayer flags, seen everywhere in Bhutan

After that we proceeded to Punakha, a small town about 80-odd kilometers north of Thimpu for the function that we had come to attend and one of the most sacred places in Bhutan. The drive there was very scenic and while the weather in Punakha was warmer, that did not take away from a fabulous function and the fact that I ate some really delicious Bhutanese food. A small word of advice, the Bhutanese love, and I mean love, their chillies. A local delicacy Ima-Dati is basically Chilly-Cheese and while it can be made in different ways, usually involving different types of chillies the basic fact is that the Bhutanese use chillies as a vegetable not a condiment.

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A nunnery we visited at Punakha
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The local beer, not bad at all
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Local food - Chilly cheese, Cheese Mushroom, Chilly Cheese Potatoes and Chilly Pork belly (all with brown rice)
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The Chakrasamvara blessings taking place at Punakha
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A view of the 400-year old footbridge across the Mo-Chu river to Punakha Dzong (fort)
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A few pics of Punakha Dzong



Anyway, don’t want this post to cross 2500 words, so I will post my shorter review of my return journey in the next post.


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User currently offlineCricket From India, joined Aug 2005, 2964 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (1 year 3 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 6133 times:

Part – 2
Paro and the return.
Because my return flight was scheduled for 9.00 AM in the morning and nobody wanted a 5.30 AM departure from Thimpu, we stayed the night at Paro, the airport city and also one of the largest cities in Bhutan after Thimpu. But having come directly from Punakha via Thimpu for a (sadly very delayed, which put paid to other plans) meeting with some Bhutanese bureaucrats, we got into Paro a bit too late to manage the full climb to the famed ‘Tigers Nest’ monastery because entry shuts at 4PM (and visitors have to leave by 5PM) and climbing some 3000-3500 feet from the base of the Paro valley to the Monastery would be impossible for a semi-fit person such as myself in one-and-a-half hours although I did manage to make it up 1800 or so feet to the half-way point where there is a lovely cafeteria with great views of the monastery. However, while waiting for our meeting in Thimpu we took a short break to catch the statue of Buddha as Shakya Muniwhich is being built overlooking the city.

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Dochula pass covered in light snow
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A ruined traditional Bhutanese house
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A view of Paro airport from our resort at Paro

One of my travelling companions, much younger and fitter than me, did however make it all the way up, but got slightly lost reaching the even higher ‘Celestial Paradise’ Temple but as darkness fell, our guide had to go up fetch her. Being a local, he managed the climb in no time, and since he does the climb at least 30-35 times a year, he said he knew every dip, crack and fall on the route. Long story short we made it back as it was getting very dark and headed back to Paro town for some souvenir shopping – I bought some lemongrass oil, fridge magnets and a hand-painted ‘Mandala’.
Our resort, called the ‘Tashi Namgay Resort’ after the owner had a commanding view of the airport but with no night operations, there wasn’t much ‘action’ to see. We had our last Bhutanese meal of Chilly Cheese, Chicken Chilly, Chilly Cheese Potatoes, Momos with Chilly sauce (you get the picture) before we retired for the night.

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Inside the restaurant at our resort - traditional Mahayana Buddhist masks
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The climb up to the monastery
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The view from the cafeteria
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More prayer flags all tangled up
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Our room
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Momos



Despite sleeping early and waking up on time, our co-ordinator got delayed meaning a late arrival at the airport and I was unfortunate that did not get any right-hand side window seats for the return, I did get a two-seat exit row window on the left. Anyway, I guess that was as the Buddhists say my Karma and I did manage a rather decent video of the take-off from Paro, which was almost as stunning as the landing, to put it bluntly that is the steepest I have ever seen an Airbus narrow-body climb.

Flight: KB-204 PBH-DEL
11th January, 2013
Operated by A5-RGF
Seat: 8B
0915 (BST) - 1110 (BST)
Flight Time: 2 hours 25 minutes

I posted my take-off video on YouTube - I have forwarded it by seconds, as the camera couldn't focus too well at the start - http://youtu.be/jEplQCRNbMg?t=30s


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Boarding
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Houses on the mountainside
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Breakfast
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After landing at DEL got to see VT-ANL the first 787 delivered to AI


Not having the view I wanted, I ate a bit of breakfast which was an omlette and a slice of what I guess was chicken ham, my second for the day and then passed out, three early starts in a row plus some intense walking and hiking had taken a toll on me. This plane, the oldest A319 in the fleet A5-RGF had been with the airline fresh from Hamburg in October 2004 and had the standard 20J 94Y configuration and no no language confusion.
I loved Bhutan, every single bit of it and the pilots on KB are amazing. The country is a bit expensive and you might have to travel very far just to get there, but few countries in the world have such clean air and such nice people. The food is a bit, well, not for every palate and the local brew quite so-so, but Bhutan’s people are its biggest asset!



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User currently offlineplaniac787 From India, joined May 2012, 240 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (1 year 3 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 5783 times:

Great trip!

Its good to see such nice photos of bhutan ( you dont get to see em every day   )
Drunk Air looks like a good airline. Never thought about trying them. Did you need a Visa to go to paro
or was it on arrival

Once again well done

Cheers

Pradat



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User currently offlineojas From India, joined Mar 2008, 2919 posts, RR: 24
Reply 3, posted (1 year 3 months 4 days ago) and read 5631 times:

Excellent, TR and nice pictures of Bhutan,


I would request you to upload the landing video though, heard it is one of the exciting types.



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User currently offlineCricket From India, joined Aug 2005, 2964 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (1 year 3 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 5512 times:

Quoting planiac787 (Reply 2):
Drunk Air looks like a good airline. Never thought about trying them. Did you need a Visa to go to paro
or was it on arrival

Once again well done

Drunk Air toh nahin hai bhai   Druk Air - Indian citizens get Visa on Arrival for free but you need to have an address (just one hotel booking is enough)

Quoting ojas (Reply 3):
I would request you to upload the landing video though, heard it is one of the exciting types.

It is a bit long and the first five-odd minutes are out of focus as I am shooting into the sun and the camera had difficulty thanks to the light and the turbulence. Rest assured it was by far and away the most insane landing of my life, and I've flown on seaplanes! Will post the link when I get it done.



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User currently offlineplaniac787 From India, joined May 2012, 240 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (1 year 3 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 5478 times:

Hahaha my bad cricket..Galti ho gayi dude.. Maybe i was in the mood for a beer or something that time  Atl To Delhi Via Newark On United Airlines (by planiac787 Jun 15 2012 in Trip Reports)
DEL-FRA-ATL On J Class With Lufthansa (by planiac787 Jan 11 2013 in Trip Reports)

Cheers

Pradat



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User currently offlineplaniac787 From India, joined May 2012, 240 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (1 year 3 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 5446 times:

Hahaha my bad cricket..Galti ho gayi dude.. Maybe i was in the mood for a beer or something that time  Atl To Delhi Via Newark On United Airlines (by planiac787 Jun 15 2012 in Trip Reports)
DEL-FRA-ATL On J Class With Lufthansa (by planiac787 Jan 11 2013 in Trip Reports)

Cheers

Pradat



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User currently offlineplaniac787 From India, joined May 2012, 240 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (1 year 3 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 5379 times:

And dude those momos look yum!


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User currently offlineCricket From India, joined Aug 2005, 2964 posts, RR: 7
Reply 8, posted (1 year 3 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 4927 times:

Done a basic trim and edit of my landing video, will need some better software to use the entire video. Would suggest that you forward the video to around 1:20 as I have done in this link. Please do like it and do catch some of my other videos if you can.
http://bit.ly/XaHO1o



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User currently offlineardian From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 533 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (1 year 3 months 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 4907 times:

Wow what a wonderful tripreport of such a beautiful, fascinating country! Thanks for sharing it with us

User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3037 posts, RR: 12
Reply 10, posted (1 year 2 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 4153 times:

Nice report....I've love a trip to Bhutan some day...douns like i'll have to save up though!


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User currently offlineCaptainRed From Germany, joined Oct 2010, 675 posts, RR: 21
Reply 11, posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 3731 times:

Hi Cricket,
great report here with nice pictures. Good to read something about Bhutan and Druk Air here. I have seen a lot of pictures and videos of the approach into this airport, certainly spectacular, must be a cool experience.

CaptainRed


User currently offlineCricket From India, joined Aug 2005, 2964 posts, RR: 7
Reply 12, posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 3532 times:

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 11):
I have seen a lot of pictures and videos of the approach into this airport, certainly spectacular, must be a cool experience.

As a writer, one of the pieces I am writing on this trip for a travel magazine is simply about the flight. I must have flown close to 1000 flights in my life, I've not even kept count but none was as visually spectacular as the DEL-PBH flight



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