Bhutan Travel guide - Bhutan " The Land Of The Mountain Gods "

Bhutan is known for High Mountain peaks covered with greenery, deep valleys, clinking rivers, waterfalls , range of mountains covered with snow, spiral sloping hilly paths, green fields of rice, apple gardens loaded with apples, gorgeous and beautiful paintings Decorated Buddhist temples, monasteries, stupas, buildings built in traditional architectural style, magnificent entrances, magnificent bridges and more. All these views are the bases of Bhutan. People here not only proud but also respect their land,heritage, culture and traditions.There is a national dress for men and women. Bhutan is a country with Buddhism. Most people like to wear Bhutani dress. Usually tourists restrict their travels to Thimphu, Punakha and Paro.

Trekking has its own fun in Bhutan. Trekking in the mountains of the Himalayas is no less than an adventure. If you have to enjoy trekking, then you should go for the April season. If you want to enjoy the weather then you should go for the month of October.In Bhutan there is a fort and monasteries which are competing with each other for their beauty. The beautiful buildings here are going to touch the hearts of tourists.There is also a lot of options for food and drinks. Local ingredients such as handmade cheese, yak butter and beetle leaves are used to make the food here delicious.

Visa and entry Permit for Bhutan

Citizens of India, Bangladesh and Maldives are allowed to travel Bhutan by getting an Entry Permit/Pass and do not need a VISA.Special permits are however required to visit towns other from Thimphu and Paro.
Immigration office at Phuentsholing opens only on working days (Monday to Friday) from 9:30 AM to 5:30PM IST.
Documents required : 2 Photographs + Passport copy/Voter ID card (Please carry originals also for verification).

Places to visit in Bhutan

Thimpu City: Thimphu is the capital of Bhutan. This town is situated at an altitude of 2,400 meters above sea level along the river Wangchu . There are 4 parallel roads in the city center. These roads are main market, hotel, restaurant, government office, stadium, garden etc. The residential area spread far enough in the valley. In this race of modernity, multi-storey buildings and apartments are being built in a large number, but these are being constructed in the traditional architectural style of Bhutan, whereby the city's traditional cultural surroundings are safe and secure. There are many sightseeing sites in Thimphu.

Places to visit in Thimpu

Memorial Chorten: This stupa was built in memory of Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, the third King of Bhutan in 1974. King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck is considered the father of modern Bhutan. The sculptures and images of this monument are visible.

Simtokha Dzong: This Buddhist temple was constructed in 1627 by Shabdarung Nagwang Namgyal. The artistic paintings of more than 300 Buddhist religions, which are behind the prayer chakras in the outer courtyard of the temple, are the shrines of this temple.

Tashichoe Dzong: The building rebuilt in 1641, was rebuilt by King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk in 1965. There are currently Darbar Hall and Secretariat in this building. It is open all day for tourists on Saturdays and Sundays. Only after 5 a.m. in the rest of the day, tourists can enter this.

Lhakhang of Chang : This Buddhist temple and monastery was founded in the 12th century by Lama Faizo Ruzom Shigpo. The temple complex has a panoramic view of Thimpu city.

Buddha Point : Buddha's huge metal statue of Buddha is set on a high hill near the city of Thimpu. This is called Buddha Point. The city of Thimpu looks beautiful from here.

Nature Park: Nature park is located near Buddha Point. This park is dedicated to the royal wedding of the recent King of Bhutan. Tourists can spend some time in the natural environment of this garden.

The Folk Heritage Museum: This museum offers a glimpse of Bhutan's rural culture. In the museum, a three-story house of 19th century has been preserved in its original form. This house is made of clay and wood. There is also a museum and canteen in the museum.

National Textile Museum: This museum provides information about the history of traditional textile making of Bhutan, the technique of weaving knitting and artistic paintings on textiles. The conservator of the museum is queen of Bhutan.

Craft Market: There are more than 100 shops in this market where tourists can buy Bhutanese handicraft craftsmanship, Bhutanese apparel, material related to Bhutanese culture, decorative items.

National Library: In this library, the history of Bhutan, rare handwritten texts, records related to culture, records of modern theology are stored in large numbers. This library is very important for those interested in history and researchers.

Zoo: The zoo is spread over a large area. The special attraction of this zoo is a panacea, which is a mixed form of sheep and yak.

Punakha City: Punakha is a major city of Bhutan which is situated at the height of 1,300 meters above sea level, on the banks of Pochu (Father) and Mochu (maternal) rivers. Punakha is the first capital of Bhutan. Punakha is 77 km away from Thimphu.

Places of Visit Punakha 

Dochula pass: Dochula pass is 25 km away from Thimphu on the path of Punakha. The height of this place from the sea level is 3,020 meters. Arriving here, welcomes visitors to the cold air. Here is a group of Buddhist temples and 108 stupas. Visitors can see the spectacular views of the snowy peaks of the Himalayas in the open season.

Chimi Lhakhang: Before the Punakha coming from Thimpu to Punakha, this Lhakhang Buddhist temple and monastery lie on the hill about 1 km away from the road. To come here from the road, tourists have to go through a pathless path which goes through the fields of paddy, which has its own fun. This Buddhist temple is dedicated to the 15th-century Buddhist monk Lama Drukpa Kunley.

Punakha dzong: It is not only Punakha but also Bhutan's largest and major Buddhist temple. The Buddhist temple and monastery situated at the confluence of two major rivers of Bhutan (Pochu and Mochu) were constructed in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal for the editing of administrative tasks. To this Buddhist temple and monastery, the tourists go through a very beautiful bridge made in traditional style on the river. This bridge is visible in itself.

Lhakhang Nunnery: This Buddhist temple has a 14-ft high bronze statue of Avelitesaveshwar, which is one of the largest Buddhist statues of Bhutan. Apart from this, Guru Padmasambhava, Gautam Buddha, Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and other Buddhist statues established in this temple are also visible. In this temple premises, Buddhist nuns are taught stitching, embroidery, sculpture and thanga painting.

Paro City: Paro is Bhutan's third largest city and number one city in terms of tourism. Paru (Paro) is situated on the banks of the river at an altitude of 2,200 meters above sea level. Bhutan's only airport is in Paro. If tourists want to see Paro's scenic spots well and full of fun, it is necessary for at least 3 days in Paro to stay.

Places to visit in Paro 

Taktsang Lhakhang : This group of famous Buddhist monasteries, named Tiger Nast, is built on the last end of an inaccessible hill at a height of about 900 meters from the surface of the Paro valley. This is the national monument of Bhutan. To reach here, hill climbing is an inaccessible path that tourists have to decide on foot. After reaching the top of the hill along the pathway from a crooked route, they descend very far from the stairs and then reach the monument after climbing up. If the tourists want to do half a climbing pony but the rest will have to be decided on foot. Although the access path of this site is very remote and annoying, without visiting the tourists, the visit of the tourists to Bhutan will be considered incomplete.

Rinpung Dzong: This is the main monastery of Paro. It was constructed in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyel. In addition to the monastery, it also takes the office of the District Administrative Head and the District Court.

Ta Dzong: This building was built in the 17th century as the Watch Tower for the protection of Rinpung Jong. In 1967, it was established in the National Museum of Bhutan.

Dungtse Lhakhang: This Buddhist temple was constructed in 1433 by the iron producer Thangtong Gyalpo. The images made in this temple are fantastic specimens of Bhutan's excellent painting.

National Museum: National Museum, which has 4 galleries - Mask Gallery, Thangka Gallery, Heritage Gallery and Natural History Gallery, moved to the new building.

Haa Valley: Ha valley is 67 kilometers away from Paro. Haa Valley is full of interesting views of nature.

Chelela Pass Pass: There is a Chelela Pass about 45 kilometers from Paro while going from Paro. The maximum height of the Chela Pass is 4,200 meters from the sea. The road that passes through Chelela Pass pass is the highest road route to Bhutan. Here are the panoramic views of Ha valley and surroundings. By the arrival of cold air, not only welcomes tourists but also create chills in the body. In the hills here, the colorful wavy signatures are used in the beauty of this place.

Best time to Vist Bhutan

Month of March, April and May are the most beautiful time of the year to visit Bhutan with pleasant climate and bright sky perfect for day sightseeing. It is the peak season for tourists.October to december is also the ideal time for visiting Bhutan with clearest skies of the year and beatutiful views of mountain.

Bhutan Trip Budget 

Travel cost by train : Rs 1800

Accommodation : Guest House-800 , Budget-1200,Economy – 22000 , Resort – 4000

Food : Veg – 400 , Non-Veg and seafood – 700 , Fast food –400

Drinks : Water bottle – 20 , Beer – 80 , Bottle of Wine – 1500

Local transport : Taxi- 1200 ,Sharing Taxi-400

Intercity transport : Taxi- 1800 ,Buses-300 ,Sharing Taxi-500

Adventure Activities : Camping nad trekking-1500,River Rafting-500, Rock Climbing-300,Cyling-300,Eco-Tour -1200

Entry fee – National Museums -300, Taktshang monastery (Tiger’s Nest) at Paro-500,Nature Parks and Zoo- 300

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