Best Watersports in Bhutan
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About Watersports in Bhutan
Bhutan is a country known to most people for its spiritual institutions. Monasteries and dzongs dominate the landscape of the Dragon Kingdom. On the other hand, colorful festivals like Tshechu make up the cultural collage of the country. When it comes to adventure, people think of trekking cycling first because of the beautiful mountain terrains and their picturesque scenic beauty. But there is another thing that the country has to offer which often gets eclipsed by all the rest. And that is water adventure. Water Sports in Bhutan is a lovely and exciting activity to do. Many people give it a miss because of time-crunch on the itinerary. But it is an experience worth savoring for a lifetime.
There are mostly two types of water sports that are practiced in Bhutan – river rafting and kayaking. The country has quite a few rivers which come down straight from the glaciers up above in the mountains. These rivers are slow in some places along their course through Bhutan, and in some places, they flow really fast over a rapid, that provides the necessary force for an exciting rafting ride.
1. Water Rafting
Rafting in Bhutan is done mostly in these four rivers – Paro Chhu, Mo Chhu, Mangde Chhu and Pho Chhu. Punakha River is also a much-preferred place for river rafting in Bhutan. The amount of fun you will have depends on the place you choose for the activity. Although the agencies know for sure which location will be perfect for white water rafting in Bhutan, they can go wrong too. After all, who can predict the nature? Places where the river force is slow, rafting can get boring for those who were seeking an adrenaline-pumping adventure. But on the other hand, the slow ride is safer and allows you to take a glimpse around the valley and enjoy the nature from up close. The view of the majestic mountains from almost the water level will be a completely new thing to experience.
Fast rafting will take you through rough patches of the river and sudden outcropping boulders, into wildly undulating water surfaces. White, icy cool water splashes all around leaving the occupants of the raft completely drenched. Maneuvering through such rough waters is the main challenge for the veteran rafters. Punakha River rafting offers one of the best opportunities to flaunt one’s rafting skills in a natural scene. Rafting might not be what Bhutan is best known for, but it is surely a thing to include in the itinerary. The months of September, October and till the middle of November is the best rafting season in Bhutan. The recently concluded monsoon fills the rivers to the brim, and the streams gush with all their might, setting the perfect scene for rafting activities.
The main difference between water rafting and kayaking is in shape and the number of people it can fit. Rafting is done in the inflated boats and can fit 5-6 people at the same time. Families usually prefer to go rafting together. Kayaking, on the other hand, is canoe-shaped boats that can fit a single person or a couple in the seating cavity. Kayaking in Bhutan is the dream water sport for the adventurers at heart. Unlike rafting, there isn’t much option for a slow ride. All the rivers where kayaking is done are fast and flows with force.
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Trip to BhutanValley Tours has planned the tour well. From starting in phone Suku madam has understood the needs well and designed package as discussed. At Pheuntsholing , Ashish assisted us well for visa immigration and then after we went for Thimphu and Paro . Vehicle was Toyota Avance which was arranged against Creta/Innova Driver Mr Wangchuk is very humble and good person very polite feel good with him. He is not a professional guide but being a local he has good knowledge of area and is a gem of a person. Hotel Thimphu best Paro Good (Power cut for a Hour) Pheuntsholing okay Valley was readily available for any issues in the trip and are friendly. Bhutanese Charge for drinking water everywhere even in hotels. Plan easy don't try covering too much.
Trip to BhutanOverall a great trip and nice stay at different hotels.Good driver lal bahadur and nice trip co-ordination by Hari of Bhutan Inc. Taken care well and very professional travel agents.Loved the trip.
Trip to BhutanThis was a wonderful trip, very well managed start to end. Total hassal free. Very professional, every thing was completed as committed! I am extremely happy. The hotels were good, the vehicle provided was in very good condition, our driver Sanga was superb, he was very knowledgeable and helpful!
Trip to BhutanJourney was nice. Guide and driver were very nice. Visiting punakha dzong, tiger nest, chele la pass, suspension bridge. View from Thimpu hotel room
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Trip to BhutanWhile we were choosing agent. there was some doubt in air while looking at some of older reviews. Though we initiated the process, the best part we like about is responsiveness, flexibility, listening ability and quick turnaround as major plus of Mr. Damber Gurung. It was 12 nights 13 days trip(18-30th March, 2019). The whole itinerary was as per us, how we wanted; with each and every thing well defined. we are kind of people who define what we want to do and choose on basis who can fulfill the requirement best. Now starting with trip all tickets, cab and hotel booking were done well in advance in our choice of hotels; also all vouchers shared as per agreed timeline. Now coming to parts of the tour. Hotels, all were amazing (Tashi Nagmey(Paro), Ramada Valley(Thimphu), Drubchu resort(Punakha), Hotel Dewachen(Phubjika), Bumthang(Jakar Village lodge)) we got complimentary upgrade in Paro and Thimphu. Cab, we got SUV, with an amazing driver and gem of person Mr. Gyadhen Jamtsho, a clear hearted man who try to ensure that you are happy. Now some parts where traveler needs to take a lead like please check the timings of all dzongs & Lakhangs. Also check on what attire needs to worn. Kindly note that if you are travelling ahead of Thimphu towards Punakha, Phobjika and Bhumthang, road permit to be taken from Thimphu. Better you can visit with driver so that correct information can be given in one go. There is one caution that in some of lakhang and dzongs they will ask specifically for guide, though Indian's don't need to have a guide as a necessity. In this please ask your driver to keep their traditional dress with him and should accompany you to avoid these kind of situations, as in that case they generally don't ask much. Tip: On standard itinerary please check what all places you want to visit and timings. Also check what places are good to eat, as you can eat in evening outside and come to hotel later. In Tashi Namgey: Take rooms on 1st floor like 117, also hotel got a good massage center. Ramada Valley: Take rooms having river view.
Trip to BhutanThe people were very good, the Hotel in Thimpu was not good, of course it was my selection.
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Trip to BhutanSuper thanks for Bhutan INC. I had made quite a few alterations before and during the trip. We were in excellent hands of Guide Kharka and driver Akash. Kharka accompanied us everywhere and explained in great detail about the rich cultural heritage. He was sought after even by outside groups whose guides were no able to respond to some questions. Bhutan needs a guided tour. I high;y recommend Bhutan INC
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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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