A man in early 50s was referred to Thimphu hospital on Saturday night because of damage on his right eye after a fight while returning from a pilgrimage in Bodhgaya, India.

The man was the coordinator for the travel agent took more than 250 people Bodhgaya in five buses. The fight happened with his assistant, who was also helping as a guide for the pilgrims. The fight occurred on the way to Phuentsholing from Bodhgaya.

Travellers said that the reason for the fight was because the assistant  smoked inside the bus.

“The guide hit the coordinator in the face,” said a passenger. The blow hit the coordinator’s right eye.

The fight occurred around 4AM on the way to Phuentsholing. Phuentsholing hospital referred the case to Thimphu hospital the same evening.

Pilgrims said that the tour was not handled professionally.

“The trip wasn’t pleasurable as expected,” said one pilgrim. “It was nothing like the package promised us.”

Dorji, another pilgrim, said that the tour management was poor. “This trip went wrong right from the beginning.”

The pilgrims said that the travel agent did not stick to timing. One of the five buses got late and the journey started very late.

By Rajesh Rai