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Incidentally, the term Gelephu means Sanctuary of Virtue.

Gelephu is in South Bhutan and the climate is warm, sub-tropical and humid and remains fairly unchanging all year around.

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Asked about the biggest challenge of being a monk, he answered, in so many words, “the homework.” The high point of our trip, literally and figuratively, was reaching the Taktsang Palphug, or Tiger’s Nest, monastery built in 1692 on the side of a cliff.

The 8th century guru who brought Buddhism to Bhutan from Tibet reportedly flew here on the back of a tiger, whereupon he meditated in a cave for three years, three months, three weeks, three days, and three hours. You cannot come upon this site without being moved by it and all it represents, from the sheer physical feat of constructing it to the profound spiritual devotion required to sustain it.

From Gelephu many tourists move north towards Zhemgang or west towards Thimphu via Chirang.

Many tourists prefer to drive on Southwards to Gelephu from Bumthang (distance 312 km) and the fare is 5304 NU.

Gelephu represents another entry point to Bhutan from India.

Most people visit Gelephu when they are entering or leaving Bhutan so it serves as a transit town.

The airport is instrumental in creating and strengthening links between the rural areas of Bhutan.

At present, no proper building exists in the Gelephu Airport and a gravel path leads up to it.

From Daga Dzong you can hire a cab to Gelephu (distance 198 km) and the fare is 3366 NU.

From Zhemgang to Gelephu the distance is 133 km and the fare is 2261 NU.

Turns out there is much to love about a country that measures its Gross National Happiness.