The land of the Thunder Dragon

14.4/5(42 Ratings)

Bhutan Tourism

Find true happiness in the land of the Thunder Dragon!

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Bhutan has developed a rich and distinctive culture over the ages, with majority of the population practicing Buddhism.The country is home to several palaces, temples, monasteries and Chortens as well as Dzongs. In addition, Bhutan is also famous for its wall paintings, thangkas and statues. Must do - The Tiger's Nest trek!

Reviews (42)

"Every place we stepped into; gave us back something unexplainable. Sometimes it was the architectural magnificence, sometimes it was the delicious local cuisine and a lot of times it was the warm hospitality from the locals."

Kabilan Arasu

Kabilan Arasu5.0/5

3 reviews

Serenity in the land of the thunder dragon

Bhutan is simply not called the land of gross national happiness. The smiles start right from the time you take the ruk air from Delhi till your back to India. We had been there earlier too and we keep going back time and again for the warmth of the people and culture. The places to see there in a weeks trip are Thimphu, paru, punukha and Haa.
There are popular websites which give you the package. We stayed in organization provided accommodation so it turned out to be cheaper. There are lots of options at Norzin lam which is the main street/road of Thimphu. The food available are bhutanese, indian and chinese. There are other options in Thimphu. I would personally recommend Buddha point and visit to the Drenching palace at Thimphu as well as the local market in Thimphu. It is cold all through the year at Bhutan. So, take warm clothes, but its sunny during the day till 3 pm. If you still want to laze around and not do much, its still a idyllic place sipping coffee in your hotel room and smell the fresh air of Himalayas.

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Trupti Vartak

Trupti Vartak3.6/5

3 reviews

Perfect and peaceful

A totally carbon free lush green peaceful country is Bhutan. So serene so untouched and beautiful ..
Not recommended for senior citizens above 60 or 65 yrs of age or for those having any knee problem.
Must visit places are Thimphu Punakha wangdue and Paro. A very small country with population just of 8 lakh people is a very clean beautiful and disciplined country.
People follow traffiic rules. No Honking no speeding no over taking so it was a great relief for us who went there from Mumnbai.
We did not travel by direct flights. We took flights to and from Bagdogra and travelled via Foundling to Timphu -our first destination.
Food is a big problem in Bhutan. Poori bhaji aaloo paratha bread omelette is what you will get to eat at most places for breakfast. Lunch you can try Dal fry rice chicken curry and just to try Ema Dasty is a good dish.
Trekking the tigers nest or the Taktsang Monastery is an experience of a life time. The trek is hard and steep. We rode horses half way -1 hr 600 rs each which was very helpful and then we climbed for 3 hours. Comimg down was easy it took us 2 hours.
Rafting can be done at Punakha near the Dzong. They cahrge 1000 k per person and take 10 in a boat
Do Chu La pass is beautiful and a must visit while travelling towards Punakha.
The internal travelling is very tiring but the vehicles and roads are very good. The weather was very cold in October and stays so till march or may.

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Getting to Bhutan


Transit time: 5hrs from major cities

Cost ₹5,950 per person

Bhutan Overview

Bhutan, also known as the Land of the Thunder Dragon, is a landlocked country encompassing an area of 46,500 sq km. The country is situated in the eastern Himalayas and is mostly mountainous and forested. With a 1,075 km long border, Bhutan shares 470 km of its border with Tibet to the north and the northwest. Moreover, it also shares 605 km of its border with Indian states. West Bengal lies to the southwest, Sikkim to the west, Assam to the south and southeast, and Arunachal Pradesh to the east.

According to legend, the country is believed to have derived its name from the Sanskrit word ‘Bhotant’ which means ‘the end of Tibet’ or from the word ‘Bhu-uttan’ meaning ‘high land’. The history of Bhutan dates back to 450 AD and the country has never been ruled or conquered by any foreign power.

It is believed that Guru Rinpoche brought Mahayana Buddhism to the country from Tibet during the 8th century. Bhutan first became a political entity around 17th century under the leadership of Tibetan Lamas. They are the ones who defined the political and administrative structure of the country.

The control of foreign affairs was taken over by the British Government in 1910, along with an agreement that they will not interfere in the internal ruling of the country. In the year 1947 and 1949, it was agreed that the government of India will advise Bhutan on matters of external relations.

Bhutan has developed a rich and distinctive culture over the ages, with majority of the population practicing Buddhism. Most prevalent in the southern regions of the country, Hinduism is the second dominant religion. The country is also known as The Last Shangri-La because of its unspoilt natural environment and cultural heritage.

Different ethnic groups such as Sharshokpas, Ngalops and Droyaps speak different languages and follow distinct traditions; for instance Dzongkha or Bhutanese is the language of Ngalop. Other languages spoken in the country are chhokey, Sharchopkha, Bumthangkha and Nepali, among others.

Besides culture and tradition, Bhutan is also known for its architecture. The country is home to several palaces, temples, monasteries and Chortens as well as Dzongs. In addition, Bhutan is also famous for its wall paintings, thangkhas and statues.

Archery, which is also the national sport of Bhutan, has been one of the major activities enjoyed by tourists. Using bamboo bows, a team of archers shoot at targets which are 30 centimetres in diameter from a distance of 120 metres.

The best time to explore this beautiful country is during spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November). Not only is the weather mild and pleasant, but also major festival takes place during these seasons.

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