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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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Simtokha Dzong In Thimphu
The Simtokha Dzong is one of the first Dzongs built by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel in 1629 and is said to be the first Dzong in Bhutan whose entire structure has survived for so long when compared to the other Dzongs in the country. Simtokha Dzong Bhutan occupies a key strategic location in the Thimphu valley and guards the e...
Changangkha Lhakhang In Thimphu
Changangkha Lhakhang Bhutan, built in the 12th-century temple, is the oldest temple in Bhutan and has been visited daily by the locals for the past 800 years. Although the exact date or year of its foundation is unknown, history of Changangkha Lhakhang suggests Phajo Drugom Zhigpo as the person who also founded the Drukpa ...
Motithang Takin Preserve In Thimphu
The Motithang Takin Preserve is a wildlife preserve for the national animal of Bhutan, takin. It is located in the Motithang district of Thimphu and is a place of great significance and local folklore in Bhutan. The 8.4 hectares of forest was fenced to be used as a preserve after the Takin was declared the national animal o...
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Jigme Dorji National Park In Thimphu
Jigme Dorji National Park is the second largest protected forest area of Bhutan, and also one of the most favoured tourist destinations. The forest is named after the Late Dragon King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, the monarch of Bhutan from March 30, 1952 – July 21, 1972. He was the first king to open up the country to the outside...
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Memorial Chorten In Thimphu
Memorial Chorten is perhaps the chief landmark of the city centre of Thimphu. A chorten is a Buddhist Tibetan-style mausoleum erected in the memory of someone. It has a white edifice with golden embellishments and a pagoda-like golden crest at the top. The Memorial Chorten in Thimphu is the tomb consecrated in the loving me...
Things To Do In Bhutan
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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...
Weekend Market In Thimphu
The weekend market Thimphu is a permanent space on the western bank of the Wang Chu River. Located to the north of Changlimithang Stadium, the Thimphu weekend market runs every Friday to Sunday. The vendors start reaching the market from Thursday, and the market remains alive till late Sunday night. The market offers almost...
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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 metres, 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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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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Trip to BhutanOur driver Bikas had been truly superb throughout our visit. He guided us and took great care of us during and post-travel hours. We stayed at some of the excellent hotels that we could get. Thimphu - Peaceful resort (The snowfall a day before just made our day) Paro- Kuenphen resort Phuteshilong - Hotel Park (Not as great as the other two).
Trip to BhutanWhen I was initially planning the trip and negotiating with the Agent of Golden Vacation- Debendra..he said that don't worry sir your trip would go hassle free and just have confidence on us..at the start i dint believe but by the end of the trip thats how exactly the trip spanned out to be..really excellent organization of the trip..the hotels were good. The food was adequate in taste though not excellent..the driver -Sonam was awesome and he throughly made the trip enjoyable and safe. The Tiger's nest was planned to be visitedthe last so that we can customised to the local conditions of height and oxygen and thoroughly enjoy the scenic trek to the top. driver was very accommodating and did not persuade us to visit any particular restaurant for lunch and letters letters choose our own so that we enjoy the local dishes..and he acted as our guide too sometimes. the room at Paro was excellent with a view of tiger's nest right from our balcony. Overall the trip was very excellent organized and well enjoyed. of course no trip can be 100% perfect..so one issue which i can point out so that they can improve is the dinner Indian food provided.they was not that good at Punakha and Paro.. at Thimpu it was excellent Overall. I recommend Golden vacation for Bhutan trips..as they are very well organized and provide good accomodation and driver The 8 hour trip to Tiger's nest was the highlight-A must do
Trip to BhutanWe had planned our Bhutan Trip through KNG Tours and Travels.Everything was well planned and within our budget.The KNG Driver, Karma is a great guy and cooperative to our needs.He kept us busy with all his information on Bhutan. Punakha Suspension Bridge visit with local Momo and Suja tea.The Punakha Zong is a MasterCraft and we took many photos.Chele la pass at Paro was full of snow and quite chilling.
Trip to BhutanOn the whole very good experience. But hotel park was big disappointment for all the guests. They didn’t live up to the expectations like other 2 hotels Thimphu and Paro.
Trip to Bhutanhighly recommended.. we ran into some issues with our flight - Bhutan airlines due to bad weather but Avinash from Bhutan ventures was always available and happy to assist, even at 5 am. amazing team at Bhutan ventures and also our driver - Karo was super accommodating and nice. All in all - they covered all the locations for sightseeing in Thimphu, paro and punakha, the entire trip was amazing, the hotels could have been slightly better in Thimphu, however we thoroughly enjoyed our holiday.. will highly recommended Bhutan ventures and would definitely travel with them next time.
Trip to BhutanHotel arrangements could have been better, basic facilities like electricity, cleanliness, hygiene was not there in Oyo Barsana Hotel, the other two hotels Yardroling in Thimphu was a good 3-star hotel, while the other hotel in Paro was average. Also the agent should have at least basic knowledge of the place their client is visiting to! Our agent (Kajal) informed about the weather conditions being pleasant at Bhutan, but after reaching there we realized it was very cold and thus we had to shop for woollen clothes which caused us additional expenses and which could have been avoided if we were informed to carry proper woollen clothes already.
Trip to BhutanDefinitely one of the best experience overall from the beginning of booking the trip, tickets, hotel arrangement, local sightseeing and driver. Would like to thanks Ranjeetha for her passionately helping and following up with the end to end arrangements. Our driver Ranjan in Paro was so humble, polite and warmth. Trying the local cuisines, tiger nest trekking and rafting
Trip to BhutanDriver was only dropping at places of interest but after done with by 2 p.m. he used to go away making us to remain confined to our room with no access to the other places/, restaurant for varied taste for our dinner. Haa was not accessible due snow set road. Agent should say before both driver & tourists what is included & excluded, as in our case the agent later told us we could have taken up the issue of driver service being unavailable.
Trip to BhutanIt was one of the best trips. Had an awesome time. Only we missed the guide part because of which we were not able to understand historical facts behind it. Driver was friendly but not proactive. Candle light dinner Suspension bridge Hot stone bath Trekking to taktsang.
Trip to BhutanI would definitely recommend Karuna-MD Skylark for booking your trip to Bhutan. She is very courteous and will go extra length right from plannin to execution of the trip. She has planned an unforgettable trip for us and also accomodated all the extra things we wanted to do which were not in itenrary. Also her team, Thinley (Guide) and Ram (Driver) were very professional and friendly. We had a memorable stay in the land of happiness“Bhutan”. Karuna has taken extra efforts to ensure that our trip was smooth at every leg. She has ensured smooth check ins and also checked with us time and again how the trip was going. She has Definitely added a personal touch by meeting us in Thimpu and ensuring smooth trip. Highly recommend for Bhutan trip. Unexpected snowfall in the month of Feb. It was icing on the cake
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FAQ's of Bhutan
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Spring and autumn seasons are best for visiting Bhutan. Try to make the trip between March-May or September-November.
Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, and Bagdogra airports have direct flights to Paro in Bhutan.
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.
The main currency of Bhutan is Ngultrum. But Indian currency is accepted all over Bhutan except the new 500 and 2000 notes.
There are buses from Kolkata to Thimphu and from Siliguri bus station, NJP station or Bagdogra station to Phuentsholing border.
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