Taking the ‘Road’ Less Travelled

Dr Ashish Gupta, a Senior Plastic Surgeon of Ludhiana and Mr Amit Gupta, a seasoned financial advisor from the same city, are driving enthusiasts, travelling across the length and breadth of India by road. Here’s a sneak-peak into their recent 5000 km road trip from Ludhiana to Bhutan!

Air travel has obliterated borders but when it comes to travelling by land these manmade lines across the face of the earth pose an insurmountable challenge to cross over to another country. However, when it comes to the passion of driving, even such challenges melt into smooth winding highways across the breadth of India to culminate into the valleys and lush green mountains of the land of the thundering dragon: Bhutan.

Dr Ashish Gupta, a Senior Plastic Surgeon of Ludhiana and Mr Amit Gupta, a seasoned financial advisor from the same city are driving enthusiasts, travelling across the length and breadth of India by road, especially over the New Years Eve. This year they planned and executed a 5000km journey from Ludhiana, Punjab till Punakha, Bhutan savouring the countryside of India as well as Bhutan, while crossing the last Indian village of Jaigaon, West Bengal to enter Phuentsholing, Bhutan.

Undeterred by the ceaseless fog, one of the densest since the last 5 years, the duo started their journey form Ludhiana towards Lucknow and Siliguri en route to Bhutan and spent 6 nights in the Valleys of Paro, Thimpu and Punakha of Bhutan before returning to Gorakhpur from Punkha and from Gorakhpur to Ludhiana in one day each.

They became conscious of the importance of bilateral ties between two nations when their passports acted as their visa and it became even more enthralling when the Indian rupee was accepted across the nation and traded at par with the Bhutanese Ngultrum. Bhutanese hospitality was evident from the very first contact at the Immigration and RTO offices where their permits and vehicle was issued in an average time of 20 minutes each (unfathomable in India!).

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