With more vacations come better memories. If it wasn’t for Bhutan’s peaceful and serene environment nestled closely in the Himalayas, we would surely be missing out on something. Famous for its monasteries, stunning landscapes and grand fortresses, this place is on the bucket list for most travelers. If you’re planning a Bhutan trip in April just like these group of friends, then surely this story will give you goals.
One of our friends had suggested Bhutan for our vacation and since this place fit right into our decided days, and budget for travel, we all agreed happily. Our excitement grew even more when we were introduced to our travel agent from Yogi Flyingfox Bhutan by TravelTriangle. We knew that this was the start of a great adventure!
Details Of Our Friends Trip To Bhutan
You can surely know more about our trip with these details that made our trip a perfect experience with friends. Check this out to know more!
Trip Type: Friends
Cost: INR 61099.9
Travel Agent: Flying Fox Bhutan Tours And Travels
Duration: 6 Nights and 7 Days
Inclusions: Breakfast, Accommodation, Airport transfers, Sightseeing and internal transfers, Permits and local taxes, Bottled water throughout the trip and local Bhutanese SIM Card
Exclusions: Drinks and beverages, Lunch and dinner, Airfare, Entry fees to monuments
Reasons To Visit Bhutan
What can be a better company to travel with than your own friends. Here’s what we all found out in Bhutan that will add more value to your vacation too!
Shopping In Thimphu
The famous spot of Bamboo street in Thimphu is where we made our stop for shopping. You can get a variety of souvenirs such as wooden carvings and more. There are good quality clothes in woollen fabrics that are available in this market and you can surely bargain for a better price. So, make sure you brush up your bargaining skills a little. You can also buy the national dress for both men and women in Bhutan here.
Accommodation Options In Bhutan
Even though we didn’t stay at a prime location, we found out that there a lot of budget accommodation options just like the ones we stayed at. These hotels are decently priced and this makes Bhutan an ideal place to stay too. We chose 3-4 star hotels and the food served at these properties was good.
Weather In Bhutan
During our visit, the weather in Bhutan in April was quite pleasant. We felt as if this was on purpose just to welcome us. But, it surely felt surreal and though it was a little cold at night, the overall essence of calm and freshness just enveloped us like never before. It is said that the month of April observes a rise in temperature here but that was surely not the case with us.
Budget For Bhutan In April
For the four of us, the package seemed like a decent deal. The inclusions were exactly how we wanted and even the hotels were quite good and were surely worth the money that we spent. Bhutan is one place where you can easily enjoy a budget trip with your friends.
Things To Do In Bhutan In 7 Days
With so much to explore including in all the remote corners of this land, here are a few places that we covered on our trip to help you plan yours! Check out this day-wise itinerary to know more.
Arrival. After our hoel check-in, we visited Zangtho Pelri temple, Phuentsholing town and market.
Constructed in a hilltop, the famous Zangtho Pelri Lhakhang temple is in dedication to Guru Rinpoche, who is known to be the founder of Tibetan Buddhism too. This temple offers a stunning view of the town.
En route Thimphu, we visited Kharbandi Gompa monastery. Next, we stopped at Gedu University for photos and also at Chukha. We also visited Chuzom. Located in the Phuentsholing town, the Kharbandi Gompa monastery is everything that the serenity of the town represents.
On our 3rd day, we went to explore Memorial Chorten stupa and Changangkha Lhakhang temple. Crossed Dochu-la pass on our way to witness many peaks like Masagang, Tsendagang, Terigang, Jejegangphugang, Kangphugang, Zongphugang and Gangkar puensum. After checking into our hotel in Punakha, headed to Punakha Dzong. Known to be one of the most charming structures in Bhutan, Punakha Dzong is the administrative centre of Punakha district and was constructed by Ngawang Namgyal.
Walk to Chimi Lhakhang, Sob Sukha village and monastery, Suspension bridge. After checking into the hotel, headed to Ta Dzong National Museum, and later to Rinpung Dzong. Also explored Paro City Centre later. The famous Suspension bridge in Punakha is known to be the second largest one of the entire Bhutan land and acts as a firm connector between old Punakha Dzongkhag centre to the remaining parts of the valley.
On our next day, we visited Taktsang Monastery or Tiger’s Nest through an interesting hike and on our way back, stopped at Kyichu Lhakhang temple. Tiger’s Nest is a sacred site which is visited by many tourists every year and is located on the top region of Paro valley atop a hill.
Drive to Chelela pass, then to Phuentsholing and then later checked into our hotel here. The gorgeous Chelela pass has many stunning vistas abode to sweep you off your feet for sure! The lush forests, glorious yaks grazing around and the cascading waterfalls are enough to define the serenity that this place holds.
At last, we headed back to the airport for our departure on the 7th day.
Travel Tips For Future Travelers
As many places in Bhutan prohibit wearing short dresses, I would advise not to wear them. You should carry cash, no matter where you go, else using your card will cost you more money as there are taxes and charges. You must carry a few warm clothes, irrespective of the weather since it can change quite easily in no time. Avoid going through Bagdogra as you will save a day and a half like this and can easily have plenty of time to try shopping in Paro.
Frequently Asked Questions About Bhutan
Many people have similar queries related to Bhutan. Here are a few of them to help you plan a perfect vacation with your loved ones in this land soon.
Q. What is the best time of year to go to Bhutan?
A. Despite the hot climate, the overall vibes in Bhutan during the summer season are quite pleasant with some occasional rain. An ideal time to visit Bhutan is from March to May.
Q. Can you use Indian rupees in Bhutan?
A. Smaller denominations like INR 50 and 100 can be used in Bhutan but not more than that. It is best to carry the local Bhutan currency as it the value is almost the same as your own. However, do note that Bhutan currency cannot be used back in India.
Q. How can I go to Bhutan from India?
A. You can use different modes such as a flight, train or bus to reach Bhutan. You can opt for a bus journey from Kolkata to reach Phuentsholing which will take 18 hours approximately. Another option is to take a flight to Paro International airport from India. If you wish to choose train as your mode of commute, you can first board a train till Siliguri, New Alipurduar or New Jalpaiguri railhead and then hire a cab to reach your final destination as there are no direct train route for Bhutan.
Q. What is the most famous food in Bhutan?
A. Amongst the most famous foods in Bhutan that you can try, Ema Datshi or chilli and cheese are the most preferred. But, you can also try red rice, Jasha Maroo or Maru, that is, spicy chicken, Phaksha Paa, also known as Pork with red chillies and Suja that is a local name for Bhutanese butter tea.
Q. Is alcohol expensive in Bhutan?
A. Most of the Indian and International brands for alcohol are available in Bhutan and that too, at a much lesser price. So, you can buy alcohol from here and there are no rules about drinking in public in Bhutan.
Bhutan is that one place that you simply cannot resist visiting, be it with your friends or family, or any of your favourite travel partners. So, while you’re still trying to make up your mind, we hope that this detailed Bhutan trip in April has helped you in some way. So, is it time for a Bhutan vacay yet? Make sure you carry a few warm clothes while you’re at it!