Bhutan Tourism

Find true happiness in the land of the Thunder Dragon!

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Places of Worship

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Wildlife

Review and Ratings (41)

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Trupti Vartak

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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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Durgesh ranganath Rajadhyaksha

Durgesh ranganath Rajadhyaksharatingratingratingratingratingrating3.9/5

8 reviews

Bhutan - The Land of the Thunder Dragon

Excellent destination for those who love to enjoy nature at its best - peaceful - serene-green & the happiest people around.
Indian Citizens do not need a Visa. Permits are issued for 7 days to visit Thimpu & Paro districts free of cost. Immigration office is closed on Sat-Sun & their National Holidays & operates between 9 am to 5 pm. Apply with copy of Passport or Voters Id, Hotel Reservation Voucher & trip Itinerary & one colored photograph. Nearest Railway Station is Hasimara located at 17 Kms from Bhutan Border Gate & Alipurduar Junction / New Alipurduar Junction located at 60 Kms from the Bhutan Border Gate. Taxi & Auto Rickshaw's available to reach the border. After completion of Immigration process ( approx 2-4 Hrs ), proceed to Thimpu or Paro by Toyota Coaster Coach ( 18 seater Mini Buses 2 x 1 seats) - Approx 5-6 Hrs journey through mountaineous terrain prone to land slides. Taxi's also available - Nu / Rs. 300-500 per seat depending on time & season. Direct travel to Paro by Air is expensive, hence by Road recommended.
Once in Thimpu, hire a Cab for covering all the tourist spots, approx time from morning 10 am to evening 7 pm : Start with Textile Museum - Folklore Museum - Sangay Arts Gallery - Painting School, National Library - Takin Reserve & Watch Tower - Zilukha Nunnery & View Point - Buddha Point - C Lakhang - National Chorten - Zangthophelri Lakhang - GPO for Postal Museum - Coronation Park & arrive at Thimpu Dzong at 4. 30 pm to witness the Flag Down ceremony followed with visit to the Dzong ( Fortress consisting of King's Royal Secretariat & offices of ministeries of government & Monastries. Guided Tour offered with Nu 300 ticket from 5. 30 pm to 6. 30 pm Then visit the Handicrafts Market & return to city center at Clock Tower to spend the evening.
Next day plan day excursion to Punakha located 80 Kms away via the lovely Dochula Pass & The Royal Botanical Park spread across 100 Sq Kms en-route. ( Obtain Special Area Route Permit from Immigration office at Thimpu on previous day while sightseeing tour Very limited infrastructure at Punakha, hence day excursion recommended. Visit Punakha Dzong - Suspension Bridge - Chimi Lakhang - S Lhendrup Nunnery & return to Thimpu by evening. In case staying overnight at Punakha, advance reservation at any of the resorts is strongly recommended. For those using Public Transport like Bus to arrive here, stay at Khuruthang village located 4 Kms before Punakha. Damchen Resort along the river is recommended & for those on Budget travel, Lingar Hotel also along the riverside is recommended. For those travelling by car, multiple options available in radius of 5-8 Kms . . Avoid Phobjikha as currently roads are in bad state.
Proceed to Paro & do local sightseeing by Cab in afternoon. Visit Paro Dzong - Watch Tower & Ta Dzong - Museum - Ruins of Drugyel Monastry - Kichu lakhang. Next day, plan Trek to Tigers Nest - Approx 4 Hrs to reach the top & another 3 Hrs to descend. 1 hour to explore the place. Dress Code - Full Sleeves dress for ladies, Full trousers for gents & ladies. Closed between 1 - 2 pm. Carry lots of drinking water & biscuits / chips to munch on the way. Cafeteria available halfway on the trek. While returning to Border, if travelling by Cab, drive via Haa & Chela-la Pass - lovely scenic views. ( Spl area route permits for any district other than Paro & Thimpu, issued from Immigration office at Thimpu Mon-Fri

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Getting to Bhutan

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Transit time: 5hrs from major cities

Cost ₹5,550 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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