Things to do
Tour of Thimphu - Begin at the National Memorial Chorten in the middle of town with its exquisite gold spires and mandala patterns, built in memory of Bhutan's third King. Get to the heart of Bhutanese Deh-sho paper making at Jungshi handmade paper factory made with the bark of the daphne bush.
Chele la - An hour and a half away from Paro, the drive to Chele La Pass, at 13084 ft. above msl is one of Bhutan's highest motorable passes.
Birding and sights in Punakha - Get your permit and drive to Punakha/Wangdue, 2-1/2 hours away. Stop en route at Dochu La Pass for spectacular views Bhutan's highest mountains.
Taktsang Monastery - Hike up to the fascinating Taktsang, 'Tiger's Nest' Monastery, after an early breakfast. A nearly 3-hour hike one way, this precariously perched monastery lies where it is believed meditating here gives one greater blessings than meditating anywhere else.
Phobjikha Valley - A day trip to Bhutan's most fascinating glacial valleys, Gangtey & Phobjikha, deserves to begin early.
Best time to visit October to June
Spring (March, April, May) and autumn (September, October, November) are the best time to visit Bhutan. The mild weather during these months makes it a perfect time to visit the country. Thimphu Festival and Black-Necked Crane Festival - usually takes places at the end of September or early October. It is also the right time to think about Jomolhari trekking, river rafting and kayaking. Marathon enthusiasts can take part in Bhutan International marathon. Snowfall can be expected in winter- from December, January, and February. Consider travelling in June or December for low season price while still having favourable weather. A penny saved is a penny earned!
How to reach
The only international airport in Bhutan is in Paro, located west of the capital, Thimphu. Drukair and Bhutan Airlines are the only airlines which service in Bhutan.
There is a domestic airport in Bumthang that is connected to Paro by Tashi Air. Domestic flights are available but there are no daily services.
The country have fairly good road network, except the northern region.
Most of Bhutan's roads are mountainous with lots of winding turns.Remember, self-driving though can definitely be an adventure!
Toyota Coaster Buses are cheap and are fairly comfortable.
Taxis or share taxis are arguably the best way to go about, as there are not many options for you to choose from. The prices of these hires can be negotiated directly.
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