Bhutan, nestling in the heart of the great Himalaya, has for centuries remained aloof from the rest of the world. Since its doors were cautiously opened in 1974, visitors have been mesmerised: the environment is pristine, the scenery and architecture awesome and the people hospitable and charming.
Facts for the Traveler
Visas: Despite popular mythology, you don't need special 'pull' to get a visa, neither is there a limit on the number of tourists allowed to visit. However, to minimise the perceived threat to Bhutan's unique culture, the government has established a stringent set of rules, which means you must travel on a pre-arranged itinerary and pay around 165.00-200.00, depending on the time of year, a night for the privilege, all costs included. Apart from that, the process is relatively straightforward. All visa applications must be channelled through the Department of Tourism (DOT) from a selected tour operator. With notification of approval and receipt of full payment, visas are issued when you arrive in the country. It's actually an extremely efficient system and you can set up a trip with as little as 10 days planning.
Health risks: Altitude sickness, diarrhoea, hepatitis, malaria (lowland areas only).
When to Go
The best time to visit is October and November and during major festivals. The climate is best in autumn, from late September to late November, when skies are clear and the high mountain peaks are visible. This is the ideal time for trekking and for travelling throughout the country. You're likely to get wet no matter what the season, but avoid the monsoon, June-August, when an average of 0.5m (1.5ft) of rain buckets down in Thimphu and up to 1m (3ft) saturates the eastern hills.
Bhutan Attractions Thimphu
Thimphu lies in a beautiful, wooded valley, sprawling up a hillside on the bank of the Thimphu Chhu river, and it is the only world capital without traffic lights. Despite recent development, Thimphu retains its charming, medieval feel thanks to its brightly painted, elaborately decorated facades.
It sounds like a blues bar in America's deep south, but Bumthang is the spiritual heartland of Bhutan and home to its most ancient and precious Buddhist sites. Bumthang encompasses four major valleys; the main one, Choskhor, is home to the most important dzongs, temples and palaces.
If you come to Bhutan by air, you'll probably land in Paro. Western Bhutan is the heartland of the Drukpa people and you will be confronted with the largest, oldest and most spectacular dzongs in the kingdom and you will immediately realise you are well off the beaten track of world tourism.
Phobjika is a glacial valley on the western slopes of the Black Mountains. It borders the Black Mountains National Park which is one of the most important wildlife preserves in the country because of the large flock of rare, endangered black-necked cranes that winter there.
Laya, in the far northwest of Bhutan, is one of the kingdom's highest villages at 3700m (12,136ft), under the peak of the Tsenda Gang. A group known as Layap, comprising about 800 people with their own language, customs and dress, lives here. The village women in particular strike dashing figures.
Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary
This 650 sq km (253 sq mi) sanctuary, in the easternmost part of the kingdom, is unique as the only reserve in the world created specifically to protect the habitat of the yeti, known in Bhutan as the migoi (strong man).
The pretty, lively town of Trashigang is a good jumping-off point to visit the kingdom's wild east. Few travellers make it here but, as long as you're happy to leave behind the relative comforts of Thimphu and Paro, exploring this neck of the woods can have its rewards.
Duration : 05 Night / 06 Days
Destination: Paro | Thimphu | Punakha | Chelala
Bhutan Tour Package 1: (3 Nights/ 4 Days)
Day 01 : Arrive at Paro airport & transfer to the Hotel. O/n
Day 02 : Half day sightseeing at Paro. Drive to Thimphu Evening at Leisure in town. O/n Hotel .
Day 03 : Half day sightseeing at Thimphu. Drive back to Paro. O/n .
Day 04 : Transfer to airport, departure.
Bhutan Tour Package 2 : (4 Nights / 5 Days)
Day 01 : Arrive at Paro airport & transfer to the Hotel. O/n Hotel Drunk. Paro.
Day 02 : Full day sightseeing at Paro. Drive to Thimphu. O/n Hotel
Day 03 : Full day sightseeing in Thimphu. Evening at leisure. O/n Hotel.
Day 04 : Excursion to Dochula Pass - drive to Paro. O/n .
Day 05 : Transfer to airport, departure.
Bhutan Tour Package 3 : (5 Nights / 6 Days)
Day 01: Arrive at Paro airport & transfer to the Hotel. O/n Hotel .
Day 02: Full day sightseeing at Paro. O/n
Day 03: Drive to Thimphu-Half day sightseeing in Thimphu. O/n Hotel
Day 04: Drive to Punakha - Sightseeing in Wangduephodang. O/n Hotel
Day 05: Drive to Paro - excursion to Chelala. O/n .
Day 06: Transfer to Airport, departure.
Tibet Travel Information:
Tibet, far from the fast-paced cities of eastern China, exposes travelers to the untouched, raw beauty of mountains and high deserts. This mystical land enchants every visitor. Whether you want to fly in or take the new high-speed train, our Tibet tour itineraries offer you the best accommodations and transportation around this remote part of China. Whether you want to spend a few days in the capital of Lhasa or spend two weeks touring monasteries and seeing Mt. Everest, our Tibet tour consultants can customize a tour itinerary just for you. A trip to Tibet will certainly be a highlight of your tour in China.
Tibet Tour Package:
Duration :4Night/ 5Days
Destination:Kathmandu / Lhasa
Day 01: Kathmandu/Lhasa ( By Flight)
Morning you will fly for about an hour over the panoramic Himalayan Ranges to the capital of Tibet. "Lhasa" . Lhasa at an altitude of 3,650 mt, is situated on the north bank of Kyichu River. Lhasa in Tibetan means "Place of the Gods", the residence of the Dalai Lama., On arrival you will be met by the local representative and transferred to your respective hotel. (60 km/ 1 hr). Full rest in the afternoon to acclimatize. Overnight at hotel in Lhasa .
Day 02: Lhasa
After breakfast proceed for full day sightseeing of Potala Palace, Ramoche Monastery and & Norbulinka. Potala Palace, this legendary palace built atop a single hill is synonymous with Tibet by the first foremost king Songtsen Gompa.Norbulingka meaning 'Treasure Park' covers an area of around 360000 sq. m. and is considered to be the biggest man made garden in Tibet. After sight seeing you will be transferred to hotel for your Overnight at hotel in Lhasa.
Day 03: Lhasa
After breakfast full day sightseeing of Sera Monastery, Jokhang Monastery, Barkhor Market. Sera Monastery, 5 Kms north of Lhasa, Sera setting is one of Lhasa's prettiest monasteries. Once a community of more than 5,000 monks resided here and was virtually extinguished by the Chinese. Jokhang Temple, situated in the heart of Old Lhasa, it houses Tibet's most precious religious relic, a golden Shakyamuni Buddha which was brought as a gift by the Chinese Princess Wen Cheng on the occasion of her wedding to the Tibetan King, Songtsen Gompo. Barkhor Market place, which is the religious and social focus of Lhasa. After Sight seeing you will be transferred to hotel for your Overnight at hotel in Lhasa.
Day 04 : Lhasa
After breakfast, visit Tibetan Medical Institute. Afternoon free. Overnight at hotel in Lhasa.
Day 05: Lhasa/Kathmandu (By Flight)
Transfer to airport to connect return flight
Bhutan, Tibet Tour Package