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About Bhutan Tourism
Bhutan is the underrated gem of Asian tourism that has long stayed hidden within the majestic peaks of the Eastern Himalayas. And, that has a lot to do with the fact that Bhutan tourism was not open until the 1960s. The country is one of the cleanest South Asian countries. Dotted with sacred monasteries, elaborate dzongs, sprawling green valleys and snow-covered crests, the Buddhist kingdom is a dream destination for travelers. The unique thing about Bhutan is that by the decision of the State, the country has not been transformed into a modern hub of tourism with all the typical contemporary draws. Bhutan tourism has somewhere held on to the cultures, customs, and traditions that have sustained the country and they did not exchange it for cheap attractions typical of the contemporary tourism. The beauty and the appeal of Bhutan take time and observation to appreciate, as it is rooted in the history of thousands of years. And, if one can afford both, the Land of the Thunder Dragon will not be a disappointment at all.
History of Bhutan
Oddly enough, in spite of being right in between two colossal empires – British India and the Chinese Empire, Bhutan has never been colonized in its history. Buddhist theocracy is what gave Bhutan its primary identity, which was reunited by the Wangchuck dynasty following the civil war of the 19th century. They are still the monarchs of Bhutan and known as the Dragon King. However, the monarchy itself has been constitutionalized, and Bhutan is now run by a parliamentary democracy.
Their age-old heritage is still Bhutan’s number one source of pride, and that is what makes this small landlocked country so gracefully unique.
Exchanging Money in Bhutan
The official currency of Bhutan is Ngultrum. The Indian currency and US dollars are used as legal tender in Bhutan. Most of the ATM’s in Bhutan only accept Bhutanese bank cards. It is recommended to carry traveler's cheques in US Dollars or Indian Rupees.
Culture of Bhutan
The culture of Bhutan is a perfect amalgamation of Buddhism and Bonism traditions. The official language of Bhutan is Dzongkha and other languages spoken in the country are Nepali, Hindi, English, and Sharcop Kha. You will also find many people dressed in traditional attires in Bhutan.
Customs of Bhutan
The greetings in Bhutan is as per their traditions, they join palms and greet each other. Even people follow the tradition of giving and receiving money with both hands. Many rules are followed inside the monasteries and temples, such as one needs to dress decently, smoking is not allowed, one can’t enter temple with their shoes.
Nightlife in Bhutan
Besides sightseeing, adventure and festivities to savour in the Land of the Thunder Dragon, one will never be deprived of nightlife, here. The city has some of the best nightclubs, visitors can enjoy the best of nightlife in Bhutan. The list of some recommended nightclubs include: Vivacity, Club Ace, Mojo Park, Space 34, Om Bar, Khuju Luyang, Benez Bar and more.
Honeymoon in Bhutan
Bhutan tourism gets maximum contribution from honeymooning couples. There are many gorgeous places to explore in Bhutan with your partner. The most famous places are Paro Valley, Thimphu, Trongsa Village, Bumthang, Punakha, Gangtey, Phobjikha, Phuentsholing, Wangdue Phodrang, Haa Valley, Lhuntse, and Mongar.
Shopping in Bhutan
One can find small stores in the hotels selling local handicrafts and souvenirs such as textile items, jewelry, herbs, and magnets. One of the most visited places for shopping is the base of Tiger’s Nest Monastery trek.
Festivals in Bhutan
Being one of the most spectacular destinations on earth, Bhutan is famed for its religious festivals, like: Paro Tshechu, Thimphu Tshechu, Jambay Lhakhang Drup, Wangduephodrang Tshechu, Black-Necked Crane Festival and more. Attend these festivals while on Bhutan tourism.
Food of Bhutan
Have mouth-watering food in Bhutan which comprises of both vegetarian and non-vegetarian food. The most popular dishes are Datshi, Ema Datshi, Kewa Datshi, Shawa Datshi, Tshoem, Eue chum, Sha Kam, Hoentoe, Jasha Maru, Goep, Ara, and Chang. Taste the delicious food on Bhutan tourism.
Sightseeing in Bhutan
Taking a step back from fun and frolic, if you look around the country, the impact of Buddhism will be only too evident. There is a dzong – a fortress-monastery complex, or a simple monastery shrine or just a chorten in almost every nook and corner of Bhutan. Although the cities like Thimphu or Paro are much more urbanized now, if you dig deep and explore into the roots, you will stumble upon the religion propagated by Guru Rinpoche thousands of years ago.
The popular destinations are Taktsang Monastery or Tiger’s Nest Monastery in Paro, Punakha Dzong, Tashicho Dzong, Gangteng Monastery and many more such Buddhist spiritual institutions scattered around the country.
Facts About Bhutan (bullets)
Tourists will have an opportunity to see rare animal species of animals such as Clouded Leopard, Red Panda, Tibetan Wolf, Blood Pheasant, Black-necked Crane, and Golden Langur.
See the beautiful architecture on a travel to Bhutan. You will see impressive architecture where rammed earth, wattle, and daub is used in construction.
You will be surprised to see the roads in Bhutan without any traffic lights. The officers regulate and manage the traffic.
The highest unclimbed peak Gangkhar Puensum stands in Bhutan.
Trekking in Bhutan
A travel to Bhutan will be as spiritually rewarding as it would be adventurous and exciting. Replete with many glacial rivers flowing down from the Himalayan peaks, there are lots of adrenaline-filled activities, including whitewater rafting and kayaking, waiting in the Land of Dragons. However, water activities are not your thing, but you still love to be outdoors, trekking is the best thing to go for. Bhutan tourism is sure to include numerous trekking trails, of which Jomolhari Trek is the most famous one. Dochula Pass, the Druk Path, Snowman trek routes I and II and Dagala Thousand Lakes, there are many such trails all around the country with exciting paths and scenic beauties.
Trekking in Bhutan:
A Bhutan trip will be as spiritually rewarding as it would be adventurous and exciting. Replete with many glacial rivers flowing down from the Himalayan peaks, there are lots of adrenaline-filled activities, including whitewater rafting and kayaking, waiting in the Land of Dragons. However, water activities are not your thing, but you still love to be outdoors, trekking is the best thing to go for. Bhutan trip is sure to include numerous trekking trails, of which Jomolhari Trek is the most famous one. Dochula Pass, the Druk Path, Snowman trek routes I and II and Dagala Thousand Lakes, there are many such trails all around the country with exciting paths and scenic beauties.
Festivals in Bhutan:
Being one of the most spectacular destinations on earth, Bhutan is famed for its religious festivals, like: Paro Tshechu, Thimphu Tshechu, Jambay Lhakhang Drup, Wangduephodrang Tshechu, Black-Necked Crane Festival and more.
Nightlife in Bhutan:
Besides sightseeing, adventure and festivities to savour in the Land of the Thunder Dragon, one will never be deprived of nightlife, here. Crammed with some of the best nightclubs, visitors can enjoy the best of nightlife in Bhutan. The list of some recommended nightclubs include: Vivacity, Club Ace, Mojo Park, Space 34, Om Bar, Khuju Luyang, Benez Bar and more.
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Taktsang Monastery In Paro
Situated in western Bhutan, Paro Taktsang is perhaps the most significant Buddhist site in the country. The elaborate complex of this monastery, with red and golden peaks perches along a hanging cliff-side in the upper Paro valley, surrounded by the lushest of greens. Taktsang Monastery, also known as Tiger’s Nest, is belie...
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Rinpung Dzong In Paro
Rinpung Dzong is the main fortress-monastery of Paro which houses the monastic body and the governmental and administrative departments in its complex. This is the basic characteristic of any dzong in Bhutan, and Rinpung Dzong of Paro is no exception. It belongs to the Drukpa Lineage of the Kagyu School, and the stories of ...
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Kyichu Lhakhang In Paro
Only 4.7 km away from the centre of the Paro town is the temple of Kyichu Lhakhang – the Sacred Jewel of Bhutan. Inside the complex of this temple lies the oldest shrine that stands in Tibet – the Jowo Temple. The first temple in the Kyichu Lhakhang premises was built by King Songtsen Gampo of Tibet in 659 AD. The legend my...
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Drukgyel Dzong In Paro
Drukgyel Dzong stands in the upper part of Paro district as a reminiscence of a glorious past and a tragic present, much like most constructions of the medieval age. The other dzongs that one can see in Bhutan are fully or partially functional, with monastic bodies and government departments operating from within the comple...
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Paro Airport Bird's Eye Viewpoint In Paro
A town in the Paro Valley of Bhutan, Paro is a place of many sacred sites and historical monuments throughout the place. With streets rich in decorated buildings, small houses and traditional architecture, Bhutan’s sole international airport, Paro is definitely is a significant part of Bhutan. “The most difficult commercial...
Things To Do In Bhutan
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Hiking In Thimphu
Hiking tour Thimphu is one of the best ways of exploring the natural locales of the destination. Thimphu is the summer capital of Bhutan and is surrounded by lush greenery and beautiful surroundings. The town is located in the Thimphu valley, and the beauty of the surrounding area is incomparable. The unique location of Bhu...
Changlimithang Stadium In Thimphu
Changlimithang Stadium is the national stadium of Bhutan and was inaugurated in 1974. The stadium has a total capacity of 15000 and has been renovated time and again to add facilities and features to the stadium with the most recent renovation being in 2016. Located in the city of Thimphu, the stadium was built to commemora...
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Dochula Pass In Thimphu
Situated at a height of 3100 meters, Dochula Pass is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Bhutan. In a broader sense, it is a route that lies between Bhutan’s present capital Thimphu and older royal capital Punakha. This pass was once part of a couple of ancient trade tracks, like Dochula Nature Trail or Lumitsawa A...
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Druk Trek Path In Paro
One of the finest treks in Bhutan, Druk path trek is a must try for all the tourists. Among the breathtaking beauty of the Himalayas, find yourself some peaceful time and make way for trekking. With the Druk path trek map in one hand, go ahead and explore the hidden beauty of a place with temples and landscapes around you. ...
Chele la pass trek In Paro
In order to experience the Bhutanese landscape, you must your presence in the thrilling atmosphere of Chele la pass trek. At an altitude of 13000 ft, Chele la is one of the highest motorable passes in Bhutan. With sightseeing activities followed by trekking and hiking, Chele la pass has beautiful and breathtaking views to o...
Travel to Bhutan
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Located in Paro district at a height of 7300 ft. above sea level, Paro International Airport is the nearest airport to Bhutan. It is the only airport to enter the country from India by air. Druk Air is the only airline that operates regular flights to and from Bhutan to India. People also take flights from Bagdogra airport near Siliguri, West Bengal. Being one of the closest airports to Bhutan, one can take also avail a cab or car service across Phuentsholing, and enjoy a tour to this enticing place.
Although, there are no direct rail routes to reach Bhutan from India, one can board a train from Hasimara station or New Alipurduar stations, which are 17 and 60 kilometers away from Phuentsholing, the border town of Bhutan. From there, tourists can book shared taxis, individual cabs, and buses to reach Bhutan.
One can also choose to go to Bhutan by road. Unlike other foreign countries, going to Bhutan by roadways from India is quite an easy task. There are only three land borders which are open for entry – Phuentsholing, Gelephu and Samdrup Jongkhar. While Phuentsholing shares a border with the Terai region of West Bengal, the other two are along the Assam border. It takes around three hours from Guwahati to Bhutan by road and same from Siliguri as well.
One can take a private car or hire one to travel from India to Bhutan, and enjoy a tour while navigating through its alpine zones and sub-tropical regions. However, one needs to show some documents at the border.
One can also choose to travel via bus from Kolkata to Bhutan. It takes around 18 hours to reach Phuentsholing from Esplanade Station and 4 hours from Siliguri.
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Thejomurthy's 8 days trip to BhutanAll arrangements was excellent, little more time management required to avoid 1st and last day Well maintained rooms, good nature, good driver
Pooja's 8 days trip to BhutanWe travelled to Bhutan in Feb 2020 through Dreamcaster tours & travels. They had organised the tour extremely well. Hotels were just great, didn't face any issue with any of the hotels. The car was very comfortable and our driver/guide Mr. Birkha was extremely sweet and helpful to us. He took us to places not mentioned in the itinerary and they turned out to be really good ones. He helped us to complete our hike as well. Chunku/Sudan had been extremely patient and helpful in responding to all our queries before and during the trip. Overall, the trip was amazing, all thanks to Dreamcaster and Travel Triangle. Thank you so much guys.
Sanket's 7 days trip to BhutanWe went for our honeymoon it was worth it. Bhutan is a very nice place and traveltriangle made it even more pleasant by booking the best hotels and travel guide. Our driver pema dorjee made the trip even more happening with his presence we shared a great bond with him and made a friend for a life. Apart from that bhutan is one of the best place I have visited with people so nice I thought I went into heaven.
Akshat's 5 days trip to BhutanIt was an awesome experience with travel triangle and KNG Tour and Travel. According to us they customized our itinerary and organized our trip. Our guide and driver were keep changing but each of them were very patient,polite and showed us there hospitality and culture of Bhutan . Apart from that hotels were really good and clean but they were away from the city. Overall experience was positive and absolutely amazing.so,if you are planning to visit Bhutan go for travel triangle and KNG Tour and Travel. Spending whole day site seeing while wearing Bhutan national dress.
Mansiawasthi's 7 days trip to BhutanOverall organization was good except lot of follow up we had to do to know about daily updates in trip.
Chauhan's 7 days trip to BhutanWe enjoyed a trip alot n all planning made by the agent was awesome. We had a knowledgeable tour guide & expert driver who made our journey enjoyable. It was hard moving out from bhutan as in very few time we made good buddies in the town. Thank u travel traingle for the experience ! I wish to say entire trip was memorable. However will pick some moments like having bhutanees food in traditional bhutanees home... Also visiting to Thimphu Buddha statue point
Paragborkar's 7 days trip to BhutanJharim du! Beautiful - The one word that epitomizes our trip to Bhutan. Picturesque landscapes, pure air, beautiful people and the tranquil valleys takes you away from the hustle and bustle of the city directly into the laps of nature. Traveling from Jaigaon to Pheuntoshilling was like entering an entirely different world. Sparse population, clean roads, no traffic and no honks were the starking differences we felt after entering Bhutan. Being the only carbon negative country in the world, here you find nature in its purest form. Bhutan Rimso Travel and Ticketing Agent made our trip to Bhutan truly memorable. Initially we iterated the iteniary on several occasions. They gave us valuable suggestions and customised the iteniary to our needs. Special mention to Ms. Gauri who was our point of contact at Rimso. She was swift and extremely polite in her response. We were on a stringent budget and ready to stay in cheap hotels but she was very adamant that they won't compromise on the quality of service and provided us unmatched service at budget rates. The quality of hotels was top notch throughout the trip. We had a grand welcome at their office in Thimphu in traditional Bhutanese manner. We were staggered by their warmth and hospitality. We also had traditional Bhutanese butter tea with Mr. Hari Om Mukhia their CEO. All the relevant documentation for immigration was well taken care of. By the end our trip we were astonished by the maaner Bhutan Rimso handled our entire trip. Would recommend Bhutan Rimso to anyone planning to visit Bhutan and I promise you won't regret your decision. We were a group of five people and were provided a Hyundai H1 which was extremely spacious and relaxing. Our review would be incomplete if we don't mention Mr. Ugyen. He started off as our driver and by the end of our trip we were brothers. We had infinite moments of fun dancing together. He is the perfect blend of professionalism and friendliness. His hospitality made the curvy roades a lot more comfortable. He helped us learn the local language and culture and provided us hacks to save money. We are already missing Bhutan and looking forward to visit again.
Raosreenidhi's 5 days trip to BhutanA special thanks to Mayank our agent from travel triangle Bhutan rental and services and especially to our driver allocated at Bhutan for the great experience Extremely prompt in terms of repsonse and excellent service provided
Avisek's 7 days trip to BhutanThe overall trip was really good. It was seamless without any hiccups. Specially, want to call out David (cab driver and tour guide) who was really helpful and made our trip a memorable one. Tiger Nest hiking was the best experience
Delihtafernando's 7 days trip to BhutanExcellent service, every detail was well organized and we had no problem during our trip.
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FAQ's of Bhutan
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There are buses from Kolkata to Thimphu and from Siliguri bus station, NJP station or Bagdogra station to Phuentsholing border.
The main currency of Bhutan is Ngultrum. But Indian currency is accepted all over Bhutan except the new 500 and 2000 notes.
Indians do not need a visa to enter Bhutan. Traveling in Phuentsholing area is open for any Indian upon producing authentic ID card. However, to travel the rest of the country, permission is needed which can be retrieved by any agency for the same.
Spring and autumn seasons are best for visiting Bhutan. Try to make the trip between March-May or September-November.
People in Bhutan eat dishes like ema datshi, red rice, maru (spicy chicken), phaksha paa (pork with red chilies), Bhutanese butter tea, and ara which is a traditional alcoholic beverage.
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