I had an opportunity to visit Bhutan in 2015-2016. I did not want to plan my trip and therefore reached Thimphu and, while browsing around the shops, made friends with a young person Mr. Thinley who was then studying in India. This person introduced me to his uncle, Mr. Sangay. He thus became my guide for most of my trip. He was extremely warm, cordial and helpful, and made sure that all of my requests were accommodated – especially request to visit central Bhutan for Trongsa Tsechu, at short notice. Trongsa Tsechu has become one of the best experiences I have had – very powerful yet calming – it brought me a lot of inner peace. Being in the interior part of Bhutan, we enjoyed the drive, as we jovially talked about life. He took me to local restaurants along the long journey and gave me an insight about the life around Bhutan. At the tsechu, he helped me connect with a monk who was able to explain the details of the ritual, which I found a very fulfilling experience. I may be biased as I feel great friendship with him, but he indeed is a helpful, humble, knowledgeable and accommodating guide for anyone’s next doorway to Bhutan.
I am back to my busy life in the US but I still reminisce my Bhutan memories which were fondly created with Mr. Sangay, and this has become an integral part of me, and my meditation.
Abhishek A. Sharma