Bhutan

Bhutan, land of thunder dragon lies in the Himalayas in between India and Tibet. It is the Himalayan kingdom country situated east of Nepal. Many Buddhist are habituated here from ancient so it is also known as the Kingdom of ancient Buddhist. Associated with ancient tradition, arts which are isolated since centuries, Bhutan is rich in its unique culture and amazing natural beauties. Before people were not allowed to visit there until 1974 when government allowed foreigners to visit since then, so that they can generate earnings through foreign exchange, popularize their unique Kingdom’s culture, tradition and arts all over the world and utilize their earning in their socio economic areas. Exploring the sites like monasteries, ancient Tibetan style temples, pilgrimage site, feudal forts and knowing their unique festivals makes the visitor feel as if they are travelling into medieval life in past. Bhutan is the only place in the world where Shangri La exists.

Bhutan is a small country and people living there follow their tradition. They usually walk through the quiet street, Thimphu’s in their traditional costume. People from middle to old aged will be busy chanting their religious mantra carrying prayer wheel in hands (Om Mani Padme Hum). Old or young, all of them are friendly and respect the visitors. Every corners monasteries, old temples and non secular monuments square measure dotted, demonstrating to the importance of Buddhism. 

The capital city, Thimpu is the most known and famous city for tourist, Paro, home of country’s museum in the west part, Taktshang also called “Tiger’s Nest” has monastery at cliff side and is the second attraction site for tourist that provides visitors to acknowledge traditional norms and values, their unique culture and lifestyle, ancient fortress, festivals and unaffected natural sites and environment.

Recently, Gross National Happiness has imported a development policy according to Buddhist principle that provides quality life that depends on divine and mental comfort of people. Though royal government approved method of part development but they cannot ignore GDP. Gross National Happiness is pursued as an alternative development philosophy in parallel to GDP. Great Vision offers different best designed tour guidebook that grants travelers to explore this spectacularly diverse Himalayan Kingdom ensuring personal attention and safety during the trip. For those who are looking for private group tour, we also specialize in organizing a private tour for a private group.

 

Getting into Bhutan

 

 

By Air: Bhutan has only international airport located at Paro. Druk Air is the only national carrier connecting Bangkok, Delhi, Kolkata, Bodh Gaya, Dacca, Kathmandu and Guwahati in Assam .The flight between Paro and Kathmandu is a most exciting as the aircraft passes over 4 of the 5 world’s highest mountains. In good weather, one can enjoy the spectacular view of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Makalu und Kangchenjunga from the window seat. Travel to Dragon Kingdom Bhutanese visa is a must to board the flight. For the latest Druk Air flight schedules, we suggest travelers to browse Druk Air’s website or contact us.

By Land: Land border towns in eastern Bhutan such as Phuntsholing, Gelephu and Samdrup Jongkhar are open for international travelers. The town of Phuntsholing is located approximately 170 km to the east of airport Bagdogra, the Indian national. You then land to Phuntsholing, crossing this area your overland journey begins through mountainous climb with endless turns and hair-pin bends up to the capital city, Thimphu. It takes approximately 6 hours for the 176km stretch. Gelephu in South-Central Bhutan is another entry point to Bhutan. It is approximately 250 km from Thimphu and the overland journey go through the sub-tropical areas of Bhutan before entering the alpine zone and then finally into Thimphu. The travel time is about ten hours.Samdrup Jongkhar is the only entry point in eastern Bhutan via the Indian border town of Darranga, Assam State and it is approximately 150 km away from Guwahati, the capital city of Assam. Travelers entering Bhutan through Samdrup Jongkhar can access to Trashigang, the largest district in the kingdom, and from there the route branches off to Mongar, Bumthang, Trongsa, Wangde Phodrang and then finally into capital, Thimphu. The distance is about 700 km and requires a minimum of three days to reach Thimphu.

Bhutan Visa & Entry Procedure

Embassies in Bhutan or consultancies abroad don't issue tourer visa. The Druk Air Ticket cannot be purchased without obtaining visa. Travelers are required to have a valid passport and visa to enter Bhutan, except the Indian nationals. The visa is stamped on the passport. Travelers to Bhutan must have a visa approval prior to arriving in the Kingdom of Bhutan. Those who have not had a visa approval are not permitted to board Druk Air flight. We need the clear readable colour copy of passport page (containing passport number) and face picture in JPEG or PDF format at least 14 days prior to date of entry into Bhutan. Please note that validity of passport should be at least 6 months until the date of exit from Bhutan. In addition, we also need traveler’s full name (exactly as it appears in your passport)

  • Permanent address
  • Occupation
  • Sex
  • Nationality
  • Passport Number
  • Date of issue and expiry date of passport
  • Date and place of birth

Bhutan visa is stamped on the passport at the port of entry. Travelers need to pay US$ 20 cash upon arrival at Bhutan port of entry and present 2 passport photos with passport number on the back. We will process visa extensions if necessary.

 

Climate/Weather

Spring (March, April, May): The best time for people to visit Bhutan is in spring season. People who love and are interested in nature can study and observe local flora and fauna in this season, especially from March to May. Flowers are seen in full bloom during this time. Spring is very pleasant with warm days and cool nights.

Summer/Monsoon (June, July, August) If monsoon is late, the whole month of June is possible for traveling. Monsoon occurs at its earliest in July. Monsoon in Bhutan has been limited to afternoon light drizzle  once every 2 to 3 days. Summer often offers vibrant greenery and flourishing paddy fields against a backdrop of clear blue sky after the rain. The summer rains in central Bhutan are not as heavy as in the southern Bhutan and it occurs mostly in late afternoon and at night. From mid-May to the end of September, the weather is warm at night (17-18C) and in the day (22-26C).

Fall (late September, October,November) Fall is another suitable time to visit Bhutan. Thimphu Festival usually takes places at the end of September or early October. Autumn season (late September, October & November) are the most popular times to visit Bhutan with clear, mild weather, excellent scenery, lower rainfall. These are the busiest months for tourists and one can expect some congestion at major tourist sites in Thimphu and other towns.

Winter (December, January, February) To avoid the crowd, winter would be a great time to visit. To glimpse the Himalayan blue sky you can consider visiting Bhutan in December as well. The temperature is not too cold yet as lowest temperature usually takes places near the end of January. In January or February, Paro and Thimphu may experience a one day snow. In winter, the sky gets bright as well as sunny but it gets cold, when the sun goes behind the mountains in the mornings and evenings. At night, the temperature falls below zero.

 

Major Tourist Attraction of Bhutan

Thimphu It is the capital of Bhutan, situated at 2,285m above sea level. Just over 30 years old, this tiny Himalayan city was built by the late king Jigme Dorje Wangchuk in order to replace the antique capital of Punakha. Silence and peaceful with its streets with lined up traditional shop fronts. Beautiful textiles in wool, silk and cotton, basketwork, silver jewelry, thangkas and other traditional crafts of the kingdom are available in various Handicrafts Emporiums.

Taktsang Monastery Taktsang is a Buddhist temple complex which clings to a cliff, 3120 meters above the sea level on the side of the upper Paro valley. This monastery is one of the most popular touristic destinations in Bhutan.Visiting the Paro Taktsang Monastery is an unforgettable experience due to its unique location and the views of surrounding majestic mountains and emerald green lowland. The main particularity of the monastery is it lies in isolated area. It is only accessible by mountainous paths. The monastery opens 8 AM to 1 PM and 2-5 PM daily, October – March and until 6 PM, April – September. Camera and Photography is not permitted inside the monastery.

Gangtey and Phobjikha Valley The valley of Gangtey (alt. 3000m) is one of the most beautiful destinations in Bhutan. It is a wide, flat valley without any trees. After the strenuous climb through dense forests an impression of vast space can be observed. A few kilometers beyond the Gangtey Monastery, on the valley floor lies the village of Phobjikha. This place is the house for black necked cranes in winter  from where cranes migrate from the arid plains in the north to pass winter in milder and lower climate. Phobjikha, at an altitude of 2900 m lies on the brink of the Black Mountain National Park. The valley boasts two beautiful meandering rivers, Nakay Chhu (Chhu Naap-black water) and Gay Chhu (Chhu Karp-white water).

 

Paro Paro, the winter capital of Bhutan, is 52 km far away from Thimphu. With patchwork fields willow glades, murmuring trout-filled streams and scattered hamlets, Paro is the most attractive of Bhutan’s valleys. Bursting with colour and tradition, this tiny town is overlooked by a dramatic dzong, while hamlets and isolated farms dot the countryside. The houses here are considered to be among the most beautiful in the country.

Bumthang The valleys of Trongsa and Bumthang are separated by Yutola pass. Bumthang has its own unique geographical feature that separates it from all other regions. Bounded by four small valleys, Bumthang is solely spiritual region and  is buried in religious legend. Apart from the Dzong at Jakar, smaller monastery is situated all over the valley. Tales of Guru Padma Sambhava controls these holy shrines. This valley is a house to the sacred Jampa and Kurjey monasteries. Bumthang is also the traditional home to the great Buddhist teacher, Pema Lingpa to whom the present monarchy traces its lingeage. Bumthang Tsechu (festival) along with the Paro and Thimphu Tsechu are the most popular festivals in Bhutan.

Wangdue Phodrang This is the last town on the highway before entering Central Bhutan. Perched on the top of a hill, the formidable dzong is the town’s most visible features. In the 17th century, Wangdue played a crucial role in unifying western, central and southernBhutan. The town itself is now little more than an enlarged village with well-provided shops and hotels. The road from Wangdue to Trongsa is one of the prettiest in Bhutan passing through streams forest and villages before climbing the Pelela pass on the Black Mountain ranges into the Trongsa valley. Gangtey Gompa is the south highway where lies old monastery dating since the 17th century. A few kilometers past the Gompa is the village of Phobjikha one of the winter homes of the Black Necked cranes which migrate to Bhutan from central Asia.

Phuentsholing Phuentsholing is the point of entry for travelers arriving from Kolkata and Siliguri. The architecture is modern, and there is no dzong, famous monastery or in fact anything that interests the tourist for visit. However, as other valleys in Bhutan,  it ofers clean, healthy, pleasant and safe environment. A thriving commercial centre, it is home to a potpourri of ethnic groups intermingling at the point where the countries Bhutan and India meet.

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