Me, Music and Travel

I am a hardcore music lover irrespective of genre, It’s like I live in a musical, and sometimes I wish, life had background music. Imagine yourself waking up to your favourite song, and you moonwalk out of your bed! Feel good music playing for all the happy moments and lullaby to sleep!

And whenever I travel, I never miss an opportunity to embrace the mystic power of music, be it live music clubs, street artist, random jam sessions by acquaintances!

Like when I was in DC, one of my colleague, a DJ himself, took me to this space for artists, where experienced artist jam with amateurs, a place where amateur artist get the opportunity to learn from the pro. I got to witness a trippy impromptu Jam session, where young people started rapping, and the pro’s tagged along created a beautiful mashup of music out of thin air!

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The old jazz club in Paris “Le Caveau de la Huchette”, where they have live concerts every day! Cosy place in the basement of a 16th-century building. Old couple dancing to the music was a treat for eyes.
The music and dance was a delight and a moment of joy.

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The fantastic street artists trio in Amsterdam, it was a joy listening to them. I got caught in there world for a good 20 mins!

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The Amazing drum circle in Brooklyn, New York

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This dance with traditional Thai music, Try closing your eyes listen to it with your heart! Imagine yourself in a long lost time. I was hooked on to classical Thai music.

On my wishlist

  • Traditional Sufi song/dance
  • Mongolian throat music

Do you feel the same? Have you ever took the time to listen to these wonderful artists?

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Riding/ Driving from India to Bhutan

I have been receiving many queries regarding my recent bike trip to Bhutan, on how the trip was, what are things to keep in mind and so on. So I decided to put together a series of articles on the how’s, where’s, when’s, what’s, etc. of travelling in Bhutan. Hope it helps!

This post is about getting a permit for your vehicle, if you are riding/driving from India. If you are looking for info on getting entry permit for individuals, please refer my previous post Bhutan permit for Indians.

Where?

Phuntsholing is the border town, located on the Indo-Bhutan border opposite Jaigaon, West Bengal.

Permit office is located, just near the border. You can get your vehicle permit only after you receive your tourist permit.

There is no provision to get a vehicle permit from the tourist permit office. So once you receive your tourist permit, You need to visit the RTO ( Regional transport office) with your permit, the office is located in the local ‘Bus Stand’.

Prerequisites

  • All up to date valid documents of your vehicle, including PUC certificate
  • If it’s a rented vehicle, you should carry rental agreement.
  • Keep a copy of all the documents.

You will need the fill up of a form, and the form is available in the building itself. There you have options for getting Xerox copy as well. They will also help you with any doubts and arrange your docs, as per needs.

Traffic manners

The moment you cross the border you will see the difference in the driving manners, people in Bhutan follow traffic rules; hence everything is in order, as a responsible tourist, make sure you respect their law and follow traffic disciplines. Also, try not to honk unnecessarily like in India.

If you are riding a motorbike, don’t think you can overtake a car while in the city, you need to follow lane rules and stay behind other vehicles, no matter what.

I hope this helped. Feel free to comment with suggestions or queries.

PS:

  • This post is meant for Indians.
  • This trip was made in DEC 2016, and rules might have changed when you are reading this.