Local visit around Langthel
That was the last day in Bhutan before we started our return journey to India. After spending some memorable days in the green country, our date of return almost came. During our stay, Kaushik facilitated a lot of opportunities to move around freely wherever we wanted to go to. Continuing the same spirit, on 19th May we thought to roam around surrounding villages. Wherever I go on tour, I keep a devoted time schedule to talk to local people and to move around local village / town to have an idea about that particular place.
So, I went to the local Dzong which was not far off. The medium sized Dzong, named as Yuduchuney Dzong, was not as big as the one at Trongsa or at Bumthang. It was situated on the lap of a hill, surrounded by very tall mountains with serene view. I met many youngsters over there in traditional Buddhist attire. All were looking at me with great astonishment, as I was the odd man out. Neither my look, nor my dress code was matching with them. I went inside the Dzong and took some photographs. Nobody restricted me from doing so. In India, however, I can not think to do it freely. Outside the Dzong, there were cactus bushes full of yellow flowers. Many butterflies were flying around in that sunny day. The ambience was perfect for my mood. So, my camera again went active.
Then I moved to the nearby school, named as Yudrungcholing Primary School, established in the year 2008. It was a small one with beautiful landscape. Most probably, refreshment break was going on, as all children were playing outside. As soon as I started to make friendship with the little ones, a teacher came to me. We got introduced with each other and had a chit chat session by standing at the open yard.
We discussed many topics about rising of the nation called modern Bhutan. He explained the education system of his country and I reciprocated with the system prevalent in India. As per 2015 data, the adult literacy rate for Bhutan was 63.9%, which was 52.8% in 2005. So, the growth rate is fascinating. The teacher came from as far as 400 km away to take the responsibility of educating the children at this remote place. After spending half an hour with the young buds and the teacher, I carried on to travel along the hilly village roads, which ultimately headed towards Langthel. That was all for that day.
May 20, 2017
So, the last day of the trip finally arrived. We finished our breakfast early in the morning, which Kaushik had specially prepared with warmth of friendship. We had to cover a long road journey from Langthel to New Bongaigaon station in Assam, which was scheduled to take more than seven hours. Finally, the moment came when we had to bid Langthel good-bye.
We could not realise how fast time had passed in last few days. Trongsa, Bumthang, Chamkhar, Burning Lake, all Dzongs, Lhakhangs etc. remained behind. And we had to proceed towards Bongaigaon. After the final hug session, spectacles of Kaushik became hazy. Astonishingly, our eye-glasses followed the same.
In the meantime, our energetic and ever-ready chauffeur cum guide Wangchuk gave a soft reminder to have a go. We loaded our baggages into the car. As soon as it started to move, our hands raised automatically to bid bye. But our heart said surely we will meet again in future. Hope keeps us alive, to meet our loved ones, again and again. Bye bye Bhutan.