The kingdom of Bhutan remained an isolated country till 1974. Known as the land of the Thunder Dragon, the tiny Himalayan kingdom called Bhutan was shrouded with mystery and mysticism from the outside world.
When Bhutan finally opened its doors to tourists, the few travellers who gained entry into Bhutan likened it to Shangri-La—a mystical, happy place, accessible to few outsiders; Bhutan had adopted a strict policy of high value, low impact tourism, which mandated that foreigners visit through a tour operator and pay a minimum of US $250/200 per day per person, which includes accommodation and transport. However, Bhutan does not require Indians, Bangladeshis, and Maldivians to spend this minimum amount.
The past few years have seen an unprecedented number of tourists visit Bhutan from these destinations, especially India, which is getting the government officials to rethink new rules so as to maintain a balance between tourist influx and preserving the natural environment of Bhutan.
Breathtaking view of Jhomolhari, Bhutan
BHUTAN: A PARADISE FOR TOURISTS
Bhutan’s landscape ranges from lush plains and captivating valleys to high passes and rugged snow-capped Himalayan mountains. The peaks that lie in Bhutan tower more than 23,000 ft high. Most of its peaks are closed to mountaineering. Bhutan has a total of 71% forest cover.
The landscape of Bhutan is also coupled with monasteries, temples, and other Buddhist places, which exude solace and tranquillity. Some of the well-known monasteries in Bhutan include Paro Taktsang, Phajoding Monastery, Choedrak Monastery, Tango Monastery, and Gangteng Monastery. Punakha Dzong, Lhuntse Dzong, Trongsa Dzong, and Tashichho Dzong are some extraordinary dzongs (fortresses) in Bhutan.
ACTIVITIES TO DO IN BHUTAN
For the tourist seeking to enjoy the beauty of Bhutan, the country offers a number of trekking routes, hiking trails, cycling paths, picnic spots, and rejuvenating hot springs. For those seeking adventure, Bhutan has some thrilling activities such as white water rafting, kayaking, rock climbing, fishing, and more.
Visit Bhutan for a wonderful experience
BEST TIME TO VISIT BHUTAN
Spring (early March-May)
This is the best time to visit Bhutan when the valleys are filled with wild azaleas, edelweiss, and rhododendrons.
October to December
The end of the year is also a great time to visit Bhutan where clear skies provide unhindered views of the mountains.
October to mid-February
To spot the rare black-necked cranes, visit Phobjikha Valley between late October and mid-February.
If you’re interested in cultural experiences, visit Bhutan during festivals. Some popular festivals are Matsutake Festival in Bumthang, Haa Summer Festival in Haa Valley, and Sakteng Festival in Sakteng.
BEST STAYS IN BHUTAN
The accommodations in Bhutan don’t disappoint. From modern to traditional architectural features, each stay has a charm of its own. Depending on the view you want—mountains, city centre, or river—there’s a hotel at every location.