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Bhutan is a small country straddling along the Himalayan ranges. It is a feast for the eyes and and provides a rich cultural experience to tourists who want to peek into the lifestyle of Bhutanese people. However, due to the advancement of modernisation, the authetic culture of the country is seriously being haggled away with the urban explosion in the country. It is one of the countries where buddhism has spread it roots really well. You can see the traditional architecture of mahayana buddhism in the monasteries. Bhutan is indeed unique, it is one of the last countries to practice Tantric Mahayana Buddhism.The common languages that people understand and speak here is Nepali, Hindi, English. The official language of Bhutan is Dzongkha. Bhutan is also well acclaimed for the Bhutan cycling Tour that allows the tourists to discover the beautiful plains of the country on cycle. A well rounded experience of fun, fitness and adventure. To preserve the age old culture and traditions, family values of internal happiness, Bhutan has always prefered to have less influx of tourists as a mark of responsible tourism. It is not just the amount of money spent but the value and the destination that matters. To breathe in the fresh air of Himalaya, look up at clear pristine blue skies and experience the good vibes of the holiday in the ‘land of Happiness’ where happiness plays a greater role in your life than the temporary material aquisitions.
Best time to go to Bhutan
September - November is the best time to visit Bhutan, with clear skies, pleasant temperatures, and the greatest number of festivals. Springtime, from March through May, are also good, with comfortable temperatures but a small chance of rain. The summer months, June through August, can be hot and this period gets the most rainfall. The winter months, December through February, have clear skies but cold temperatures and has the fewest tourists.
Bhutan VISA & Permits
All visitors to Bhutan need a visa to except for a few countries in the subcontinent. The nationals from Indian, maldvies and bangladesh are exempted from the visa rules. All visitors must also book their travel through a local tour operator. The tour operator works closely with the goverment to get the visa once the payment is recieved.
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Our Explore Himalaya representative will meet you on arrival at either at NJP Railway Station or Bagdogra airport in West Bengal. After a drive of about six hours along roads of beautiful tea gardens, we will reach Phuentsholing, the entrance of Bhutan. This is the commercial hub of Bhutan where you can find everything you need. Enjoy your dinner and overnight stay in Phuentsholing.
After a delicious breakfast, and Getting the Permit, we will start our journey for Thimphu The Capital city of Bhutan. We will stop at Kharbandi Gompa. The views of Phuentsholing from the beautiful monastery gardens is spellbinding. We will pass Chukha and Chimakothi through the dense orchids to reach Chapcha. From this point it is only 2 hours’ drive up the valley to Thimphu. Shortly before reaching our destination, we will stop to visit Semtokha Dzong. Dinner and Overnight stay in Thimphu.
After a wholesome breakfast, we will spend this beautiful day of sightseeing, including a visit to the National Memorial Chorten depicting the Buddhist faith in the form of paintings and statues. Thimpu has transformed from a solitary town to loud capital. Walk through the Thimphu Market to see the variety of food of Bhutan, including basket upon basket of fiery chillies, fresh cheese and a variety of fresh green vegetables. Meet and greet the local people and explore the beautiful tradition of Bhutan. Head back to Hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Today's journey is from the modern capital of Bhutan to the ancient capital of Bhutan. The drive from Dochu-La pass offers incredible views of Himalayan peaks before entering into benign fields of Punakha valley. We will cover the most iconic temple in Punakaha. The temple of the Punakha Dzong has old traditional architecture with four intricately embossed entrance pillars elegantly crafted from cypress and fabeled in gold and silver. Ending our day by imbibing in the beauty of Bhutan, we will head back to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay in Punakha.
After a good feast at noon. We will head out to explore the bustling town of Wangduephodrang. Visit the local market and Wangduephodrang Dzong. Built in 1639 the strategically located Dzong is situated at the confluence of two rivers. In the 17th century Wangduephodrang played a critical role in unifying the different regions of the country. It holds a great significance in the history of Bhutan. After covering all the destinations, we will head out to Paro for dinner and overnight stay.
Wake up to a beautiful sunlight and have your sumptous breakfast. Today we will trek to Taktsang Palphug Monastery or as it is popularly called Tigers Nest Monastery. It is definitely one of the highlights of the trip. The 3 hours walk to the buddhist site is serne. You can find the colorful buddhist flags and monks on the way. Spend a whole day here and you will feel complete. We will drive back to Paro for the overnight stay and the deluxe dinner.
Enjoy your breakfast in morning. Prepare to head out to the starting point of the journey that is Phutensholing. We will cover all the remaning destinations on the way. It is refreshing part of the journey where we will revitalise and caputre all the beautiful moments that will live with us forever. The beautiful sights like Zangtopelri, Bhutan gate and crocodile zoo is a major attraction of this place. We can ideally spend a day visiting the beautiful sights and head back to hotel for dinner.
This is the final day of our journey. We will have our grand breakfast and bid adieu to the beautiful country of Bhutan for it's warm reception.