Brief Overview of Bhutan
Bhutan is known by various names. In the past, the country was widely known as Mon Yul or the Land of Darkness. The other names given were Lho Jong Men Jong or the Southern Land of Medicinal Herbs, Ridag gi yul or the Land of dense forests and mountainous terrain. Today, we are known as Bhutan to the international community.
Bhutan is situated in the eastern Himalayas. To the north, it borders the Autonomous Region of Tibet, China and to its South, the Democratic Republic of India. Bhutan is a mountainous country except for a small flat strip in its southern foothills that borders the two Indian states of Assam and West Bengal. High steep valleys and deep gorges are normal features of Bhutan.
Bhutanese really pride their rich culture and tradition that is not only unique but being preserved. Our rich culture and traditions have really blended well with modernization and development. Preserving the culture has also been recognized as one of the main pillars in fulfilling the overall development philosophy of Gross National Happiness.
Tourism in Bhutan was initiated by the forth King His Majesty Jigme Singye Wangchuck at the time of his coronation. Today, the Tourism Council of Bhutan is the regulatory authority which is an autonomous body. There is a strong policy in place which that advocates high value, low impact/volume tourism. The number of tourist visiting the country has been increasing steadily over the years.
The Step-by-Step Guide to travel Bhutan
- Best Time to visit Bhutan
- How to reach Bhutan
- Bhutan Tourist Visa
- Tourist Map of Bhutan (driving distance)
- Tourist attraction in Bhutan
- Bhutan Travel Cost
- Bhutan Trip Package Includes and Excludes
- Bhutan Climate
- Where to stay in Bhutan
- Festival of Bhutan
Best Time to visit Bhutan
Bhutan has four particular seasons and each season has its own particular magnificence and appeal. Bhutan is a year-round goal. In this way, it is completely up to you to choose your trip to Bhutan period.
1. Spring (March, April and May) (Peak Season for Tourist Arrival)
Spring is a botanist’s joy as different blossoms begin and plants begin sprouting after their long torpidity in winter. Blooms, for example, rhododendron, wild azaleas, and edelweiss cover the glades like cover and include another feeling of ponder to the Bhutan’s scene.
2. Summer (June, July and August): (Off Season for Tourist Arrival)
This season is a time of hot and wet climatic condition with high precipitation in many parts of the nation. It is a bounteous time as blossoms are in full sprout and valleys are canvassed in green.
3. Harvest time (September, October and November) (Peak Season for Tourist Arrival)
This is the time when the whole scene transforms into brilliant shading. The agriculturists gathering their products in the brilliant shaded paddy fields under the fresh blue skies is only a stunning perspective of Bhutan’s scene in the Autumn season.
4. Winter (December, January and February)(Off Season for Tourist Arrival)
These months encounter chilly and dry climatic conditions. Be that as it may, the crisp winter season in Bhutan gives one a reasonable perspective of the world’s most noteworthy Himalayan mountain ranges canvassed in snow.
How to reach Bhutan
Road or by Air is the only way how to reach Bhutan. Getting to Bhutan is either by Road or by Flight. Entry to Bhutan by road can be made only from Phuntsholing , Samdrupjongkhar and Gelephu.
West Bengal (Jaigaon) border is the favored one for the individuals who wish to take a road trip to Bhutan. The Entry gate at Phuntsholing remains open from 7 Am (BST) till 10 Pm. For any tourist making a trip to Bhutan must first visit to immigration office to complete registration and then proceed further continuing your daily tour itinerary.
How to Reach Bhutan by Flight?
Paro International Airport is the only Airpoprt in Bhutan that connects Bhutan to the outer world. Bhutan only has two domestic airports at Gelephu and Bumthang as for now.
Reaching Bhutan by Flight has now become much easier compared to before. More destinations has been added up to make ease for tourist visiting Bhutan. Bhutan currently has two major Airlines, Bhutan Airlines and Drukair.
Destinations & Route Map of Drukair & Bhutan Airlines
|Singapore ||Singapore||Changi International Airport|
|Bangkok ||Bangkok||Suvarnabhumi International Airport|
| Nepal||Kathmandu||Tribhuvan International Airport|
|India||Guwahati||Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport|
|Kolkata||Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport|
|Bagdogra||Bagdogra International Airport|
Bhutan Tourist Visa
For any international tourist visiting Bhutan must produce Bhutan Tourist Visa at the entry point to Immigration Officer. Prior to your trip to Bhutan, Bhutan Visa must be processed through any of the local Bhutanese tour operator.
Bhutan Tourist Visa is approved in advance and will take up to seven working days excluding Saturday and Sunday’s. Flights tickets for tourist cannot be booked without valid visa clearance certificate. One time visa processing fee of USD 40 has to be paid separately excluding Bhutan tour cost. A scanned copy of original passport valid for 6 months has to be send to the local Bhutanese tour operator to process your visa.
4. Tourist Map of Bhutan (driving distance)
Approximate Travel Time in Car
5. Tourist attraction in Bhutan
There are numerous important tourist attractions in Bhutan ranging from 16th century monuments and even older than that which makes Bhutan as true iconic structure in the world. Some myths of Terton Pema Lingpa even take us back to 14th century.
The main historic tourism attractions in Bhutan highlights Tiger’s Nest, Punakha Dzong, Wolrd’s tallest sitting Buddha, Chimi Lhakhag (Devine Madman’s Temple), Ta Dzong (National Museum of Bhutan), Rinpung Dzong and Trashicho Dzong.