coverImage

Bhutan

The land of the Thunder Dragon

14.4/5(43 Ratings)

Bhutan Tourism

Bhutan is famous for

mountain.svg

Mountains

pilgrimage.svg

Places of Worship

Wildlife.svg

Wildlife

Find true happiness in the land of the Thunder Dragon!

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!

Video Reviews

Watch videos of Bhutan shot by our travellers

A Spiritual Sojourn

A Spiritual Sojourn  Video Review
01:33

Paro Taktsang Monastery

Karandeep Kapany
20th Feb 18

A sense of Serenity

A sense of Serenity  Video Review
00:50

Tango Buddhist Institute

Karandeep Kapany
19th Feb 18

Awesome View

Awesome View  Video Review
01:17

Buddha Dordenma

Karandeep Kapany
19th Feb 18

I am heading to Bhutan

Planning Bhutan trip?

Know cost before you go!

Reasons to go to Bhutan

1Happiness, happiness & more happiness!!!
Happiness, happiness & more happiness!!!

His Majesty the Fourth King of Bhutan, Jigme Singye Wangchuck, conceived Gross National Happiness that measures, well, happiness among the citizens! The concept has a fairly strong backing in the Buddhist philosophy of having a holistic approach toward life and is the perfect example of how Buddhist philosophy has endured through regenerating itself. Cordiality aside, happy faces beseech you to visit the land of serenity!

Expand

Read more at 6 Reasons Why Bhutan Should Have a Non-Negotiable Spot in Your Bucket List

2Land of the Thunder Dragon
Land of the Thunder Dragon

Now that we’re talking sobriquets, Bhutan and its recurring images of the thunder dragon cannot be ignored. The dragon, symbolizing wealth in some cases and power in other, is difficult to miss while in Bhutan, rooted as it is in the millennia-old history of the ancient land. In fact, Bhutanese leaders are also called Druk Gyalpo, which literally translates to Thunder Dragon Kings!

Expand

Read more at 6 Reasons Why Bhutan Should Have a Non-Negotiable Spot in Your Bucket List

3Mesmerizing peaks
Mesmerizing peaks

Bhutan does specialise in offering one thing you won’t get elsewhere- absolute peace. We’re talking one hundred percent laid back and stress busting peace. The Himalayas make for a stunning backdrop, the kind you’d see in Bollywood films - one that you can’t read about, only experience!

Read more at 6 Reasons Why Bhutan Should Have a Non-Negotiable Spot in Your Bucket List

4A fascinating culture
A fascinating culture

Dragons, monks, monasteries and some lip smacking rice curries, there’s something about the richness of Bhutanese culture that has allowed it to preserve itself through centuries. While the view is enough to satiate an urbane traveller, do try and engage with locals to experience the exclusivity of Bhutanese culture. 


Check out Prerna's HolidayIQ profile here.

Follow Prerna on 

Facebook
Instagram
Pinterest
Twitter
Google+
Youtube

Expand

Read more at 6 Reasons Why Bhutan Should Have a Non-Negotiable Spot in Your Bucket List

5Paro Taktsang Monastery
Paro Taktsang Monastery

HolidayIQ reviewer Govind Naganathan says "Taktsang Monastery is one of the most important monuments of spiritual significance in Bhutan. The legend is that Guru Rinpoche flew into the cave riding a tigress and decimated the demons. The monastery consists of four main temples along with residences for monks along the ledge.
Tiger Nest Monastery hangs on a cliff and stands above a beautiful forest of blue pine and rhododendrons. The view of the monastery hanging precariously from a rather steep cliff is mind boggling. All the difficulties encountered during the difficult climb vanish and one feels a sense of exhilaration. The view from the monastery is wonderful.
It is suggested that before you start the trek to monastery be equipped with plenty of water, sunscreen lotion to avoid sunburns, a hat, and walking stick. Be sure to wear trekking shoes so that you can climb comfortably."

Expand

Read more at 7 Breathtaking Monasteries In India That You Must Visit!

Reviews (43)

"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."

Ashwin Shah

Ashwin Shah4.3/5

6 reviews

Trip to Bhutan .

V visited Bhutan for 7nights / 8days in May - June this year . Booking through Nature's Wings - Kolkata . Amazing Beauty . Wonderful location . Serene surrounding . Very Co operative people . Good Hotels at reasonable price . Tasty food. Chalala pass ., Haa Valley, Paro, Punakha, Thimpu . The place visited by us . V got Rejuvenated & enjoyed . Really worth . What a lovely & peaceful place to go . Also for younger generation, there are many adventures . Hiking, River Rafting, Mountaineering . Very good atmosphere . The people are really joyous & one can see Satisfaction on everyone's face . Also Mr. Saha of Nature's wings chalked out very good iternery for us. Best of all Was Dhumra Farm Resort at Punakha . The owner also very nice . It wasn't truly memorable stay .

Read More


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.

Read More

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.

Photos of Bhutan

Bhutan

Photo by

Vishnu t n

Punakha Dzong
Bhutan

Photo by

Vishnu t n

Punakha Dzong
Bhutan

Photo by

Vishnu t n

Punakha Dzong
Bhutan

Photo by

Vishnu t n

Punakha Dzong

Getting to Bhutan

Transit

Transit time: 3 hrs from major cities

Cost ₹ 4,800 per person

Travellers also search for

Bhutan Gurus

The coveted 'Guru' status is reserved for travellers contributing maximum reviews and photos for Bhutan on HolidayIQ. Add Bhutan reviews and photos and you might see your name here!

There is so much to see in Bhutan.

Plan your holiday now with our travel experts!

Are you a travel agent?

Become a part of our growing Travel Partner Platform. You can get high quality Bhutan travel leads and help our travellers book Bhutan holiday packages. Join now!