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Bhutan Shopping Guide

One cannot simply come to the Land of the Thunder Dragon and leave without shopping.  Bhutan is a prominent representative of east Himalayan art and culture. Shopping in Bhutan is more about the things to buy and less about the Bhutan shopping places. The main roads and the back alleys of Thimphu, Paro, Phuentsholing brims with lined up shops selling all sorts of products that are sourced and crafted locally. However, most people prefer buying them from the Bhutan government emporiums for a guarantee of authenticity.

What to buy in Bhutan?

Here are the various things to buy in Bhutan when you visit the country and want to bring home some Bhutan souvenirs:

1. Handicraft items

Bhutanese culture has their art and craft divided into thirteen categories called Zorig Chusum. The school for handicrafts is also known by the same name. This is a popular profession in the country and many local artisans and craftsmen have degrees from National Institute of Zorig Chusum. These categories represent history, culture, tradition and the intricate science of art. From the many places for shopping in Paro, Bhutan, you can find wooden crafts, Bhutanese handicrafts bamboo products, paper and paper pulp products, wall hangings, bags and many other trinkets to buy. The wooden bowls or dappas, famous in the Trashiyangtse district as well as the rest of Bhutan, is one of the most popular gifts to buy in Bhutan. The National Handicraft Emporium in Thimphu has the best gallery to choose from.

2. Thangkas

Thangkas are a speciality of Bhutan. They are large drawings on cloth, made of cotton or silk, meant to be hanged like a painting on the wall. Thangkas have Buddhist roots and in many cases the painting is of the many forms of Lord Buddha. Usually they are vividly colourful, with hand-woven work with thread of every colour.  One should most certainly pay a visit to the shop of Zorig Chusum institute to buy one of these iconic indigenous products of Bhutan and grace the walls of their homes with it.

3. Hand-woven textiles

Hand-woven textiles are great for shopping in Bhutan, Thimphu. They are not like the usual clothing pieces one can buy anywhere. Bhutanese villages have their own unique textiles which are different than regular cotton or silk. Adang village in Wangdue Phodrang district is especially known for the three textiles made only there – Adang Rachu, Adang Mathra and Adang Khamar. For warmer clothes, Yethra is a textile made from putting together several strips of wool and dyeing them with natural colours. Sweaters, jackets, blankets, rugs – things made from Yethra are all very soft, warm and comfortable.

4. Himalayan Dzi beads

Himalayan Dzi beads are yet another speciality of Bhutan. They are crystalline rocks made of agate and used as beads in necklace, bracelet or earrings. But more than fashion accessories, they are known for their spiritual properties. People believe the Dzi beads bring luck and fight off the evil forces. They can be bought in different shapes and sizes – ovals, squares, cylinders, spirals. They can be monochromatic or have lines, dots and stripes on them. Dzi beads are one of the most expensive beads on earth and are great Bhutan souvenirs for someone you love and want to keep safe.

5. Bhutanese masks

The colourful masks decked with fabrics, paints and other embellishments are recreations of the masks that the dancers and performers wear during the many cultural festivals. Bhutanese artists recreate them in wood for the tourists to take home as a memory. It is a special thing to buy in Bhutan since it represents the country’s tradition.

6. Traditional Jewelry of Bhutan

One must definitely buy Bhutan jewelry while shopping in Bhutan. Bhutan is famous for its gold and silver jewelry. One can even buy bracelets and necklaces made from Himalayan beads which are quite popular and trendy in Bhutan.

7. Famous Buddhist Paintings

Bhutan is famous for its art, culture, and religion which also depicts in their paintings. Buddhist paintings can be purchased from the local markets at affordable prices. These painting showcases the religion of the country and is made using mineral paints.

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    • Trip to Bhutan

      I don't think so my words can do enough justice to share my experience with travel triangle and specially with Bhutan INC. It was my father's dream to travel Bhutan with the family and this was the first time we contact some agency to arrange our trip generally we have planned our all trips by our self only. i was just trying to provide them a little luxury this time. Travel Triangle: They have provided us so many agencies who can fulfill our requirements and those who can fit into our budget. No inconvenience at all. I was in contact with Varun Sahani. He treated us so well. Bhutan INC : It was indeed one of the most beautiful experience with Bhutan INC. They exactly planned our trip the way we want. People from Bhutan inc are so helpful and nice to us. We first came in contact with khini who understand our requirements, expectations from this trip and guided us so well before and during the trip. Navin(tour guide) and Karma uncle(Drive). These two person have performed great role to make this trip like never before for us. Navin has some remarkable abilities as a tour guide. he was actually love his profession. As a guide he understood our life style first and treated us the same way like he is one of us. He never allow us to get bored. He had strong bonding with all of us at the end of the tour. We are still in touch and share greetings to each other. Thanks Navin for make this tour like never before. Karma Uncle : He is a gem as a person. So calm, composed and damn punctual and always keep smile on his face.He kept vehicle always neat and clean all the time. He gifted his phone to us as a memory of him. Bhutan is beautiful because of the person like him. At the end Hotels were good all over the trip . Hotel from Punakha (Pemakarpoo) and Phobjikha (Pemba farm house) are my personally favorite. vehicle (Toyota Haice) was perfect for our family. At the end, Thanks Bhutan, Bhutan INC and Travel triangle.
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      Urvi Shah

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      Hotels provided were okay but all the Hotels were given at remote areas, away from the main town. Cab & Driver were okay but we had to pass through very anxious moments to get their details in time (especially for our pick up from Bagdogra). Further, we were brought from Thimpu to Phuentsholing in a Wagon R, while as per agreement, the Cab should have been either a Creta or Tucson in Bhutan. The services of Travel Agent were far below from expectations. Travel Triangle representative Ishveer Kaur was just unapproachable over mail or phone (emails to her returned undelivered and phone remain unanswered). The WhatsApp group created by Himavat Destination was highly irresponsive as all our queries in the group remained unanswered. Even we had to face immence anxiety and hardships in getting Permit at Phuentsholing since the representative of Himavat Destination looked ineffective and helpless. Had we not taken that much of trouble ourselves on 7th of October, 2019, our entire trip of Bhutan might be in doldrums since next three days the Immigration office at Bhutanwas closed on account of Festival. The only silverlining we found in Ms RINA THAPA, our Tour Coordinator from Himavat Destination stationed in Siliguri, who inspite of being on Medical leave, came for our rescue whenever we landed into problem and as & when things came to her knowledge. I can very well say that we could complete our Bhutan only due to her. Our best memories of the Trip were on a day in Paro, when we visited Chelela Pass and a day in Thimpu, when we visited Buddha Point, Hindu Temple and Tashichhoedzong (the seat of Government which houses Secretariat).
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      Vinaya Kumar

      Kolkata, 3 days ago

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      I see them (travel trainagle) as just mediator website with no/little knowledge on the destination you are choosing. All that they give you is their authorized vendors ( local travel agent partners) whom you can work with and adjust your trip accordinly. So if you are frequent travellers and you know the tips you could do it better by yourself. the local agent ( Backyard bhutan ) was very good and patient with all my question and set the plan to meet my expectation , but there is nothing much that travel traingle did when other vendors has not given any response.
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      Srinu

      Hyderabad, 3 days ago

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      AD Tours and travels is a good agency. They have got the best hotels for us and the vehicle provided was also comfortable. We only missed the Thimphu festival which was the main reason for our trip to plan on those dates. Apart from this all went good.
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      Dinesh Kotipalli

      Hyderabad, 5 days ago

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      Enjoyed trip very much guide driver all very fine Nice trip all very fine agent guide driver all very nice and hospitable tigers nest and paro wonderful
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      Ashok Sharma

      Delhi, 5 days ago

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      Driver was good person, helpful guy and well mannered guy.. agent we met only one day , there is no much comment on him. Hotel in Punakha and thimphu was not good. Food was major problem.. we couldn’t cover very few places Because of driver delay. However driver was very friendly and energetic. Overall it was good. We obtained permit of stay very quickly because of agent duo it was crowded. Tiger nest , 108 stupas and large budda temple
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      Shruthimk

      Silchar, 5 days ago

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      Please inform the travellers about the hotel in advance, so that they can decide . Don’t give option n tell them something equivalent. The punaka hotel was full of mosquito . Restaurants are highly priced for lunch and dinner The drive was amazing, people are very good . U cld hv made my trip better by putting some more places . I wasted two days
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      PRAVEEN MALLIKARJUNAPPA

      Have to it fast, 6 days ago

    • Trip to Bhutan

      Please inform the travellers about the hotel in advance, so that they can decide . Don’t give option n tell them something equivalent. The punaka hotel was full of mosquito . Restaurants are highly priced for lunch and dinner The drive was amazing, people are very good . U cld hv made my trip better by putting some more places . I wasted two days
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      PRAVEEN MALLIKARJUNAPPA

      Have to it fast, 6 days ago

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      The whole trip was planned very well. Good hotels very provided. The home stay that was booked was really good. The driver Bhrikha was very helpful the whole trip. It was a very memorable trip
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      B M Mangalamba LIC Of India

      Bengaluru, 6 days ago

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      Our 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.
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      Gayathri Kotra

      Hyderabad, 7 days ago

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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.

    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.

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