Bhutan Travel Guide
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Information about Bhutan
The landlocked country of Bhutan, surrounded by India on three sides and Tibet China in the north, is a hidden gem of a country. Here is all the information about Bhutan you will need to plan a perfect itinerary for your trip.
Weather in Bhutan: The southern part of Bhutan enjoys a mild temperate climate, typical to the Terai-Dooars region of West Bengal and Assam. The change in the weather and temperature is mostly owed to the change in the altitude than the actual location. As one goes further up north, the height of the Himalayan peaks increase and goes as much as 7000 meters in the extreme north. The summers are warm and sunny in the south, including in the capital Thimphu, with an average temperature of 25°C. The winters go below 0°C by 2-3 °C. In the mountainous terrains, temperature falls by 7°C for every kilometer climbed, and snowfall is common during winter. You can get a complete range of temperature and precipitation from a detailed Bhutan travel guide. The best time to visit is during spring and early summer, from March to May, and autumn, from September to mid-November.
Nightlife in Bhutan: Nightlife in Bhutan is mostly centered on Thimphu. Nightclubs and pubs like Vivacity, Mojo Park, Space 34 and Club Ace are happening nightclubs with great music and flowing drinks. Mojo Park has one of the best local live music scenes one can ever find. Among other options, there are stages for Bhutanese cultural performances like Khuju Luyang or live Bhutanese music at the Drayangs with local beer and whiskey served at hand. A Bhutan guide will help you sift through the neighborhood and find the best spots to spend the night.
Food in Bhutan: Chillies are an important part of Bhutanese cuisine. One can find red chilies in some of the best dishes. Ema Datshi is almost like a national dish, which is basically chilies and cheese. Phaksha Paa (pork with chilies) and Jasha Maru (spicy chicken) are also famous. Red rice, local to Eastern Himalayan valleys, is a staple, so are dumplings stuffed with anything one can think of. Among drinks, Suja (butter tea) and Arag (alcohol) are lovely to warm you up in the cold.
Shopping in Bhutan: Before heading out for shopping in Bhutan, it is necessary to know where you can buy things from and what you should be buying. What you should buy is also an important thing to know. For assistance, you can always consult a Bhutan tour guide to know the places where you can shop to your heart’s content. Most people prefer to buy from the Government emporiums, as there is the assurance of authenticity and fair price. National Handicraft Emporium in Thimphu is one of the best places for shopping. Bhutan specializes in thirteen different forms of art and craft categories which they call Zorig Chusum. One should definitely consider buying thangkas, hand-woven textiles, handmade wooden bowls called dappas, Dzi beads, masks and other local handicraft items as souvenirs.
Festivals in Bhutan: The Tshechu festivals of Bhutan are known far and wide for their colors and spirit. The celebration is about Bhutan culture. They take place over 3-4 days on the tenth day of any lunar month. Paro Tsechu festival is most famous, closely followed by Punakha and Thimphu Tsechu. Jambay Lhakhang Drup festival, dedicated to Guru Rinpoche and the Haa summer festival match the Tshechu performances in their vibrancy and energy. All of these festivals are observed through folk performances, masked dance programs and historical storytelling of myths, legends, heritage and other interesting facts about Bhutan.
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Trip to BhutanOur trip to Bhutan was not so peaceful . Choosing Travel Heights as our tour operator was a mistake. They sent a fake confirmation of hotel bookings in the form of voucher and later changed the hotels when we actually reached the place. We had to follow up alot for everything. Vey poor management and no co-ordination between operator and Travel Heights. All the interaction was with a lady called Sufi from Travel Heights who pestured me continuously for 4 days to pay the last installment even before the due date mentioned in the Travel triangle. I dont recommend Travel Heights to anyone. And i request Travel traingle to completely remove Travel Heights from their website. Despite all the bad situations which we encountered we had enjoyed our trip because of the beautiful nature of Bhutan.
Trip to BhutanEverything was well organised by kajal the travel agent...it was worth for the money we paid and could cover most of the places . We had covered almost all the places in Bhutan .... Also people who travel please keep in mind about the public holiday in Bhutan ... Those days the immigration office would be closed Tiger nest temple trek was most amazing and breath taking scenery...it was one of the best place I visited ever
Trip to BhutanBhimal and KNG travels are best guides in Bhutan bar none. The personalisation and the care put into making the trip happen by Baliman, our friend and driver was noteworthy. We will miss everything about this wonderful trip, the wildnerness, the culture, the people, KNG and esp. Baliman aka David. White river rafting on Mo Chu at dusk was more than fun.
Trip to BhutanVery bad management by travel agent. Itenerary and hotel details not shared on time.
Trip to BhutanMr. Gyam, I was extremely satisfied with your services and travel agency. Every detail of our tour was thought out and taken care of. Our driver was a pleasant companion and guide and great at conversing about the intricacies of life in Bhutan. The rooms you had booked for us were at perfect locations and offered awesome scenic views- just what we wanted. The hotels had high standards and all the staff were absolutely delightful. The schedule too was not hectic and allowed us to enjoy our holiday well, while the itinerary covered all major viewpoints as well as some personalised ones. Thank you for an amazing experience of Bhutan. We wish to use your services again in the near future and I will be sure to recommend your agency to my friends. Our stay at Haa valley.
Trip to BhutanExperience was good. Service by travel agent and driver was also good. Only the hotel at punakha was not upto the mark. Breakfast at punakha and phuensholing had very less variety. The culture of Bhutan and its landscape.
Trip to BhutanWe have selected a package of 6 Nights and 7 days with 4 star hotel. None of the hotel provided to us were 4 star hotel. We were charged incorrectly for 4 star and were forced to stay in 3 star hotels. 1) Hotel Druk in Phuentsholing - we didn’t get Hot Water in bathroom. They could not rectify it. Also when drinking water got finished, when asked for refill at 6:30 am, it was not provided. 2) Hotel Jumolhari in Thimphu - Room was very small. Service was good. 3) Hotel Lekhar Resort in Punakha- was really pathetic place to stay. Bed sheets had food stains, towels provided were smelly, comforter were smelly. There were cockroaches in the room. Toilet was shaky. Water in the hand wash area will come only if we turn on/close at the inlet below, not from the tap in hand wash sink. We checked out and were doing sightseeing in punakha,- suddenly we got call from hotel that we did not pay for dinner. How come they did not realise this at that the time of checkout. We went back and paid. 4) Hotel Kuenphen in Paro looked like a homestay/travel lodge. We complained about the hotel quality to our Travel agent - Bimal from KNP Tours and Travel who was unapologetic and insisted these are quality hotels. We were cheated for the money we paid. Bhutan is very beautiful country full of greenery and free of pollution. Beautiful valley and clear river water. Must visit country during vacation to regain your energy levels and mental peace.
Trip to BhutanAmazing Trip... Was thoughtfully organised by the Agent... Only hiccup being not so great room in Trongsa - the agent had indicated in advance that Eastern Bhutan might not have great hotels... Nevertheless the view and hospitality was superb.. The driver was quite helpful and knew locations and it's history quite well.. Bumtang & Phobjika Valley -- nature at its best... Yes the Trek to Tiger Nest too..
Trip to BhutanEnjoyed the experience...the agent of Bhutan travels Ms Karuna is a caring Excellent worker who has gone out of her way to make our stay comfortable
Trip to BhutanWe, a group of students from IIT Kharagpur had been for a 7 day trip to bhutan. The service was good. The hotels were great. Pema and asif were always available to help in case of some doubts or problems. The hotel provided at Punakha was awesome. The staff made great effort to ensure that we don't miss our return train as our itinerary was little tight.
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One should wear comfortable clothes as per the weather along with comfortable sports shoes.
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.
Spring and autumn seasons are best for visiting Bhutan. Try to make the trip between March-May or September-November.
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.
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