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 BhutanMr. Damber was extremely professional and helpful. Excepting for the hormonal driver we were assigned, it was a good trip.
Trip to Bhutanone of tthe best holidays we have ever spent. Absolutely hasstle tour with lovely hotels and very friendly car driver cum guide. Night stay at Hotel village at punakha beside the small water stream was the most memorable part of the tour.
Trip to BhutanIt was a great trip, and everything was planned as per the need, there was no rush we were allowed to visit each place with peace and have our time absorbing it. Though I have some complaints about the hotel in paro, apart from it everything, in words of Chandler, was perfection. Himalayan range view from do Chu la pass.
Trip to BhutanJourney Highlanders arranged a great trip for us. My husband and I were looking for a peaceful vacation and that is exactly what we got. The driver and the organiser were both very friendly and helpful. The hotels could have been better, we had opted for 4 star hotels but in Phuentsholing, Punakha and Paro the hotels were 3 star properties. The original property booked for us in Paro was not upto the mark, but when we requested Journey Highlanders to change the hotel they instantly obliged and booked another decent property for us. Overall, the entire journey was hassle-free and peaceful.
Trip to BhutanVery Good experience with Bhutan Rental & Travel. If I get scope I shall again go by the same travel.
Trip to BhutanReally nice experience . Would like to thank them for organising marvellous trip for my parents. Initially I was scared to send my parents alone for Bhutan trip but Bhutan Tara have made me feel so relaxed that I would recommend their services to my friends also . They updated me all time about my parents well being . Thus 3 cheers for them . Keep it up .
Trip to BhutanHi, I went to Bhutan with my wife for a week. It was a wonderful experience. Golden vacations informed me about the itinerary well in advance and also added me to their business whatsapp group to address any issue. My driver name is Raj Pradhan and he knew Bhutan well so there was no issues visiting any place. Overall, it was a good trip for honeymoon. Please talk to the driver on every day basis the places in your list shared by the agency. If it is not posssible to visit the mentioned place, you can request him to take to other destination.
Trip to BhutanOur trip was a memorable one. Everything regarding our booking was marvellously handeled. The highlights were definitely the trek to TIger's nest monastery, Dochula pass, and the suspension bridge. Our driver cum guide was extremely nice and helpful. Staff in all the 3 hotels (we covered Paro, Phunakha, and Thimpu) was very friendly and the food quality was good as well. Do try Chicken Paa and Kewa Datchi.
Trip to BhutanKNG is the best agent you can go ahead for booking I would say! Mr Karna is very helpful, cooperative and understanding when it comes to catering to any of our needs! All the hotels and staff were wonderful except Hotel Kenny in Thimpu where the room is very small. Mr Karna was always ready to help us out and as it was my birthday he definitely tried to make it more special. Even if we wanted to go for shopping or any Bhutanese restaurant, he would take us there! The hotel staffs were very courteous and helpful. Truely said, Bhutan is a country of happy people. Hike to Taktsang Monastery was the most memorable part, Mr Karna made all efforts to make sure our hike was smooth. I specifically would mention Sonam, who consistently hiked with me n encouraged me to complete the hike!!!
Trip to BhutanIt was a very nice trip. Travel agent provided what he was committed. Only hotel park at phinsoling as per 3 star hotels category. Thimpu and paro trip.
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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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