Bhutan


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Bhutan

Bhutan

Bhutan is probably the happiest country of the world, with its primary index of ‘Gross National Happiness’ to measure progress.  This is the place where nature & culture mix with modernisation.  It is officially known as ‘The Kingdom of Bhutan’. Approx 72% of the country is covered with forest. Bhutan has also been able to maintain its cultural identity for so many years. One can see witness cultural ethnicity in each & every aspect of the country. Bhutan is mostly a Buddhist country which practices ‘Vajrayana Buddhism’. The country is officially divided into 20 Dzongkhag (Districts) which come under 3 Dsongdey (Zones). Official language of Bhutan is Dzongkha.  Read more…

 

 

 

Places to Visit | Best Time to Visit | Temperature | How to Reach | Permit/Visa | Currency | Tourist Map | Bhutan Tour Packages


Phuntsholing

Phuntsholing is mainly a transit city at the southern of Bhutan with a immigration outlet. People travelling by broad may enter the country through Phuntsholing.

 

Thimphu

Thimphu is the capital city of Bhutan. Being modernized city Thimphu still maintains its ethnicity & traditional identity. Thimphu is situated on valley of Wang Chhu river & offers a breathtaking view of surrounding hills. Trashi Chho Dzong, Memorial Chorten, Simtokha Dzong, National Library, National Folk Heritage Museum,  Traditional Medicine Institute are some of the important tourist attractions to visit in Thimphu.

 

Memorial Chorten -Thimphu, Bhutan

Memorial Chorten -Thimphu, Bhutan

Paro

Paro is an important destination with the only international airport of the country. It’s in valley surrounded surrounding high mountains. The Takshang Monastery, popularly known as Tiger’s Nest, Ta Dzong (National museum), Ringpung Dzong, Drukgyel Dzong, Kichu Lhakang are the some of the important tourist attractions to visit in Paro.

 

Chele-La (pass)

Chele-La (pass) is one of the highest mountain passes in Bhutan with an elevation of approx 3800mt. The pas is approx 37km (2hrs) drive from Paro. The route passes through pristine alpine rhododendron forests. Snow capped mountain like Mt.Jomolhari & Mt.Jichu Drake can to seen from the pass. One can have snowfall & view of frozen rivers during winter.

 

Haa Valley

Another 22 km drive from Chele-La will take you to Haa Valley. The main attraction of Haa Valley Haa Dzong in presently occupied my army. Lhakhang Nagpo (Black Temple) & Lhakhang Karpo (White Temple) are the other major tourist attaractions of Haa Valley.

 

Punakha

Punakha, the head quarter of Punakha Dzongkhag (district), served as the capital of the country till 1960s. it is situated on the bank of Phuntsholing Vhhu & Mo Chhu River. Punakha Dzong is the main attraction of the city. After Thimphu & Paro Punakha is the most visited place in Bhutan. On the way from Thimphu one can visit Dochu-La (pass). Dochula offers a panoramic view of snow capped mountains.

 

Dochu-La (Pass) -Bhutan

Dochu-La (Pass) -Bhutan

Gangtey Monastery & Phobjikha Valley

Toward the east on Punakha Gangtey is a 17th Century monastery. Just a way kilometers there is Phobjikha valley. One can see migratory birds like Black Necked Cranes in the valley.  Read more… 

 

Trongsa

Trongsa is a situated approx 80km east from Phobjikha Valley. It is the headquarter of the Trongsa District. Trongsa Dzong, Chendebji Chorten, & Ta Dzong are the main tourist attractions of the Trongsa.

 

Bumthang

Bumthang is mainly a combination of four valleys Choekhor, Tang, Ura & Chumey. Being the largest Choekhor is specially considered as ‘Bumthang Valley’. Jakar Dzong, Jakar Lhakhang, Wangdue Choling, Mebar-Tsho (Burning Lake), Tamshing, Koenchog Sum Lakhang, Kurje Monastery & Jambay Lakhang are some of the major tourist attractions of Bumthang Valley.  Read more…

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 Best time to visit Bhutan :

You can plan your travel to Bhutan at any time of the year. Every season will offer you a different flavor. Weather varies from south to north. Northern part bordering with Tibet is colder & southern part bordering with India is hot & humid. Bhutan mainly has four different seasons.

Spring (Match to May): it is considered a very good season with moderate temperature. This is the time for green valleys, rhododendrons, fresh vegetables & friuits.

Monsoon (June to August) : This time of the year gets more rain fall other seasons. But the monsoon is not as prominent as it is in the northern India.

Autumn (September to November) :  It is probably the best time to visit Bhutan with clear weather, blue sky. It provides magnificent view of valleys, snow capped mountains & rivers with an opportunity to take great photographs.

Winter (December to February) : Winter is mostly sunny & cold. Bhutan gets almost no precipitation in winter. In winter frost can be seen through the country & snowfall in common at the elevation above 3000 meters.

 

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Temperature in Bhutan:

Month o Celsius Paro Thumphu Punakha Trongsa Bumthang
January Max

Min

9.4

-5.8

12.3

-2.6

17.0

4.3

13.0

-0.2

10.8

-5.1

February Max

Min

13.0

1.5

14.4

0.6

19.0

7.8

13.9

0.4

10.0

-1.4

March Max

Min

14.5

0.6

16.4

3.9

22.8

10.4

16.7

4.4

16.2

3.5

April Max

Min

17.6

4.6

20.0

7.1

26.2

12.9

20.1

6.6

18.7

3.9

May Max

Min

23.5

10.6

22.5

13.1

29.1

17.7

21

11.6

21.3

9.5

June Max

Min

25.4

14.1

24.4

15.2

29.2

20.1

22.2

13.6

22.5

13.5

July Max

Min

26.8

14.9

25.9

15.6

30.4

20.5

25.3

15.3

24.1

13.6

August Max

Min

25.3

14.7

25.0

15.8

29.1

20

23.8

15

23.0

13.7

September Max

Min

23.4

11.7

23.1

15

27.5

19.1

22.6

14.2

21.6

12.1

October Max

Min

18.7

7.4

21.9

10.4

26.1

14.7

21.8

11.7

19.5

5.9

November Max

Min

13.9

1.4

17.9

5.0

22.6

9.6

19.8

6.4

16.1

-0.5

December Max

Min

11.2

-1.7

14.5

-1.1

19.1

6.3

18.2

2.5

12.3

-2.3

 

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How to reach Bhutan:

By Air: Paro (PBH) is having the only international airport of Bhutan.  Paro is well connected with Indian cities like Bagdogra, Kolkata, Delhi, Mumbai, Bodhgaya, Guwahati & other internatonal destinations like Kathamandu, Dhaka & Bangkok. Druk Air & Bhutan Airlines connect Bhutan with other destinations.

In Indian side the nearest airport is in Bagdogra (IXB). The border town Phuntsholing is (170km.) is 4.30 hrs journey from Bagdogra. Bagdogra is directly connected with Kolkata, Delhi, Mumbai, Guwahati & Bangkok along with indirect connection will all major Indian cities. 

By Train: Bhutan does not have any rail connectivity with in the country. But it can be accessed through Railway stations located in India. The nearest railway station is Hasimara is approx 20km (45 min) away from Phuntsholing. Phuntsholing can also be accessed through New Alipurduar Jn. (60 km) & New Jalpaiguri (NJP) (160 km).

By Road: Bhutan can be accessed by road from Indian side through the bordering city Phuntsholing.

 


Bhutan Permit/Visa:

For Indians – 4 copies passport size recent colour photographs & Photo ID proof (Passport/ Voter ID). For minor, its compulsory to carry original birth certificate along with school photo ID or passport.

Permit cannot be issued during Govt. holidays & weekends. So please plan your tour accordingly.

Foreigners (other than Indians) must have visa clearance before entering Bhutan. Visa can be processed online by providing  photo page of your passport.

Passport should have a minimum 6 months validity left.

Permit issued in Phuntsholing & Paro will be valid for Thimphu & Paro only.

Special permit for Punakha, Wangdue, Bumthang, Trongsa ect. will be available from Immigration office located in Thimphu.

Thimphu/Paro/Phuntsholing immigration office is closed on Saturday, Sunday & Government holidays. It may remain close with sudden declared holiday without any prior notice.

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Currency:

Bhutan currency in called Ngultrum & carries equal value to Indian Rupee.  Indian Rupees are widely accepted in Bhutan except 500, 1000 & 2000 rupee notes.

Bank & major hotels can exchange major currencies. But its important to carry the bank exchange receipt to get it changed back to US Dollar. Foreigners cannot carry Indian Rupee.

Credit & Debit cards (Visa & Mastercard) are accepted in Bhutan. But the service is not widely available. So it is always advisable to carry sufficient cash.

 


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