Located along the ridges of Eastern Himalayas, popularly and affectionately known as the last Shangri-La, Bhutan possesses the rare combination of cultural and natural riches to the highest level. Over the centuries Bhutan remained hidden from the rest of world. Western way of life has little or no impact in the culture and day to day life of the extremely harmonious and religious people of this very land. Colourful festivals, ancient culture, distinctive way of life make it truly a wonderland, also known as the land of thundering dragon where visitors get fascinated by exploration opportunities that they come across in almost every step they take.
Bhutan is extremely rich in bio-diversity with almost three quarters of its land is covered by forests for which it was declared one of the ten most prominent areas for environmental protection in the world. Its rich flora and fauna, glittering snow-capped mountain peaks, lush jungles, gorgeous valleys, ever-flowing rivers, unbelievably stunning rural landscapes are what make it true a Shangri-la, a heaven on earth.
The history of kingdom Bhutan dates of back to 8th century with Guru Rinpoche’s legendary flight on the back of tigress from Tibet to Bhutan . The Guru is also considered as second Buddha arrived in Taksang which is now known as Tiger’s nest , one can see the monastery built on the cliffs above the valley of Paro.
The Buddhist kingdom and protected by giant Himalayas from the rest of the world, Bhutanese are known to have been the happiest people on earth.
We have various trips to Bhutan from cultural tours to trekking to the remote Bhutan and to the eastern region of mighty Himalaya. On request we can tailor-make the trip that includes Bhutan festival, bird watching, fishing in Bhutan etc.
Important information on Bhutan travel
Every traveler must obtain a visa to enter into Bhutan. Along with the route permit travelers are granted paper visa. Upon arrival in Bhutan, the actual visa is stamped on passport. We will proceed and obtain the visa and permit for you.
Best season to travel to Bhutan
The spring season of March-May and autumn of September-November are the best seasons and also known as high seasons for traveling in Bhutan. Relatively the summer season of June-August and winter of December-February are relatively lower season. Bhutan can be visited all year round.
There are flights by the national carrier of Bhutan, Druk Air and Bhutan Airlines to Paro from Kathmandu. The trip should be planned as per the flight schedules.
And if you are planning to enter by land, the border to India in southwest Bhutan called Phutsholing is the point. The drive from Phuntsholing to Thimphu is about 6 hours.
What to see and do in Bhutan
Bhutan is a beautiful country that has a lot to offer to its visitors. Bhutan’s attractions are varied and diverse, from its famous and historical Dzongs to natural wonders and breath-taking sceneries. Besides boasting very popular cultural and historical sites, Bhutan also offers some great trekking and hiking opportunities.
Currencies in Bhutan
Ngultrum is the local currency of Bhutan. You cannot buy Ngultrum prior to your trip, so, exchange your currency once you arrive in Bhutan. The international currencies like USD, Euros, Pound sterling etc are easily exchangeable. Although credit and debit cards are accepted in some hotels and stores but cash is more preferred mode of payment.
Accommodations and Food in Bhutan
In major cities like Thimphu, Paro, Punakha and Wangdue, very good hotels equivalent to 3-4 stars are available. Government of Bhutan has classified the hotels as grade A, B & C.
Wide range of food items is available in major hotels and restaurants. Along with the local dishes, they also serve Indian, Chinese and Continental dishes.