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About Bhutan Tourism
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 travel was not open until the 1960s. 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.
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.
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.
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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Shivangi's 7 days trip to BhutanTry not to go for Himavat vendor as once you make your first installment, then you have to chase them for everything. I received my final hotel reservations on the day when I was leaving my place for Bhutan. Travel agents are really rude of this particular vendor and can argue with you on each and every damn thing. Will not recommend this vendor to anyone. Driver was nice and helpful and of course Bhutan in itself is a very beautiful place.
Rajesh's 6 days trip to BhutanWe were 13 guests for this Bhutan trip and took AD Travel's service. Damber & Gurung provided their best service and immediate response to the issues raised during the travel. Overall it's great experience with AD Travel agency. Hotels provided at Thimpu & Punakha were excellent in terms of quality, food and service. Few minor niggles - 1) Toyota Coaster mini bus driver behavior - harsh response to the few fellow travelers, though not with All. 2) Hotel at Paro had cleanliness isues Rest all was Excellent. Enjoyed our trip to Bhutan with AD travels service.
Ervin's 9 days trip to BhutanWe had a wonderful experience thanks to our agent and their great care they took to ensure we had a good time. I would highly recommend them. Bhutan is really fascinating and I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to have a relaxing time. The hike to tigers nest. And the valles in Punakha.
Saurabh's 8 days trip to BhutanVery pleased with the agent services. Rhimso travels has personally managed the entire trip and gave us a delightful experience of life time. Would definitely recommend Rhimso for Bhutan trip. Tiger Nest Trek. And Khicu resort in Wangdue worth spending couple of nights there.
Saran's 6 days trip to BhutanWe had a great and memorable trip to Bhutan through Rimso Travels. Very hospitable, so much effort was put to solve even minute hiccups faced. Customer oriented and good planning. We really enjoyed the trip from the moment we reached Bhutan, not having to worry about anything at all. Special mention to Gauri who assisted us throughout, our friendly guide Kezang and driver Yugin. Chelela Pass, temperature was around -1, we could see water flowing down frozen to ice. Really enjoyed the rafting, the boat song and the chilled water. The view of Paro valley from National Museum in the evening hours
Drtuleshwar's 5 days trip to BhutanTrip plan was nice. But our driver was not good who took us for Bhutan tour. Bith pick up and drop were good. If we could get either of them, our trip to Thimphu and Paro could have more memorable. Travel agent Priti was very helpful. Bhutan is nice, clean and peaceful country. we enjoyed there.
Nidamarty's 7 days trip to BhutanDamber & Gurung had co ordinated very well throughout trip very well, planned trip excellent way, they are excellent except on last day pick up car came litle kare,but they have done their best, overall it's great experience, cab driver Ugyan was harsh and always rigid on timings to complete before 5 pm, he should have been more flexible Excellent trip specially Mountain valleys things nature flora is excellent sight seeing, hiking to tigers nest was really exciting, enjoyed whole trip, thanks once again for Damber & Gurung's excellent co operation
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Prasan's 6 days trip to BhutanYogi from Flying fox was very accommodating and made changes to the itinerary and the hotels as per our wish . The driver cum guide Sangay Tenzin was very professional, knowledgeable and told us many background details about each an every place we visited. He was very prompt in arriving at the hotel before us and helping us cover each and every place on time. In short he made our stay very comfortable and enjoyable. The Hotel Gakyil in Thimpu and Bhutan Mandala Resort in Paro were very good. The view from our hotel in Thimpu and Paro were spectacular. Gakyil has good variety of indian dishes. If you want good indian food, just roam around the places, you will definitely find good indian food although it is a bit costly as it will be in any international destination. All in all it was a very good trip made possible by Sangay and Yogi.
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Madhav's 8 days trip to BhutanIt was a wonderful experience especially Hema Ma'am & Jimmy ; very warm, welcoming and friendly. Always there to help us. Agency has made our Bhutan Journey a memorable one. Thank you so much for your hospitality. Jimmy guided us through our entire journey & he told me the values of Bhutan and spirituality on Tiger Nest. We prayed & learnt about spirituality, compassion & harmony. Journey was serene, smooth and mesmerizing, help us connect with our inner-self. We highly recommend to book your trip with them. Hope to see you in future again. Have a great and prosperous
Madhavijeevan's 7 days trip to BhutanThanks for soo much. We enjoyed a lot.. we loved your service..
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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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