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Bhutan

Looking for a serene and peaceful holiday? Want to de-stress yourself? Welcome to Bhutan, the World's happiest country. Immerse yourself in this picturesque Himalayan kingdom with their magnificent castle-like monasteries, flavoured delicacies along with their colourful festivals!
This sacred Buddhist kingdom has preserved its Buddhist traditions and culture since the 17th century. The dzongs or the castle-like monasteries are the most attractive part of Bhutan, and there are a number of them. The Tiger's Nest Monastery (Paro Taktsang) is the most popular tourist destination both for its sacredness, as well as its cultural significance. The temple is located in the Paro valley, and you need to trek for 2-3 hours through a canopy of pine trees to reach there. It is worth the effort because the view from the top is out of the world! Bhutan has several other spectacular dzongs as well like the Punakha Dzong, Zuri Dzong, Tashichhoedzong.

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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.

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  • Steeped in mysterious history and legends, this Land of the Thunder Dragon emanates an endearing innocence and other-worldly charm, beautifully preserving its unique cultural heritage and age-old Buddhist traditions and rituals - still permeating all aspects of daily life. Bhutan is also home to some exceptional wildlife. Apart from the gorgeous landscapes and age-old monasteries, Bhutan also exemplifies royalty.

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  • Fantasies will fall short when you meet reality in Bhutan. A landscape that is beyond your wildest imagination. Of precariously perched monasteries and a forest cover of over 70 percent, Bhutan is truly pristine.

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  • Apart from the gorgeous landscapes and age old monasteries, Bhutan also exemplifies royalty. Monarchy is still intact in this part of the world. Of precariously perched monasteries and a forest cover of over 70 percent, Bhutan is truly pristine.

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  • Apart from the gorgeous landscapes and age-old monasteries, Bhutan also exemplifies royalty. Monarchy is still intact in this part of the world. Of precariously perched monasteries and a forest cover of over 70 percent, Bhutan is truly pristine. The cultural richness of Thimphu comes alive with its monasteries and the art of thangka paintings. The kingdom of Bhutan is truly enthralling.

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  • The land of the Thunder Dragon, Bhutan is a country gifted with the sheer brilliance of Himalayas. The capital of Bhutan Thimphu is the only capital in the world without any traffic lights. A peaceful city where traffic snarls are unheard of, Thimphu is also the seat of Bhutan's very revered monarchy. Bhutan is a place where traditional Buddhist culture meets majestic fortress like dzongs and monasteries, it is undoubtedly a magical and mystical place to be.

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  • Slightly smaller than Switzerland, Bhutan is perhaps the last word in enigmatic destinations. Nowhere else officially places 'gross national happiness' above gross domestic product, and nowhere else has a capital without a traffic light! Blessed with lush yet rugged mountain scenery and ancient dzongs, or fortress monasteries, Bhutan catches the imagination of every visitor.

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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!

July 12.7/21.40 C
August 12.6/22.10 C
September 10.9/18.70 C
October 6.3/15.70 C
November 2.8/130 C
December 0.0/11.40 C

How to reach

Air

  • 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.

Road

  • 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.

Blogs

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    Top 5 places to visit in Bhutan

    Bhutan defies generalisations. In this Buddhist Kingdom, you'll find harmonious co-existence of serene monasteries and adrenaline-pumping adventure activities....

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    On top of the world: Bhutan's mighty mountains

    The most elusive part of the great Himalayan Mountains is, perhaps, located in Bhutan. Also known as the 'Mountain Fortress of the Gods', the only surviving Buddhist kingdom is home to some of the ...

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