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Bhutan tourism: a traveller’s guide to explore the kingdom of happiness.

We all deserve a travel holiday to be somewhere where we can find happiness and unwind completely. There's no better place than the tranquil kingdom of Bhutan, where Gross National Happiness is more important than Gross National Product.

Bhutan possesses scenic valleys, gigantic mountains and landscapes, dotted with spiritual monasteries at every nook. It is also soaked in myths and legends, like no other country in the world. The streets here brim with monks and houses with prayer flags. The rings of bells from monasteries echo in the air, and nature's scent will be all around you. This place is a mecca for those who need a break from the hustle and bustle of regular city life.

Tired of comparing Bhutan tour packages? Pick the best Bhutan tour package for yourself after referring to the following information.

Bhutan Tourism: Best Time to Visit

October to December is the best time to book Bhutan tour packages as the sky is clear. January and February are too wintry to travel, but from then until April, the climate remains pleasant for travelling. If you plan for the Bhutan trip in late spring, you will be captivated by the beauty of the famous rhododendrons, blooming spectacularly throughout the valleys.

Bhutan Trip: Visa for Indians

Indian citizens do not require a visa for travelling with Bhutan tour packages. You will receive a free entry permit by the Bhutanese government upon arrival in the country. All you need to carry is your identity card or passport to explore the happy kingdom with Bhutan tour packages. While browsing Bhutan tour packages, make sure you book the one inclusive of travel entry permits if you want to ease down your work.

Bhutan Tourism: Best Places to Visit

While booking Bhutan tour packages, make sure you add the below-mentioned places to the itinerary.

The Hanging Taktsang Monastery

The best way to begin your journey with Bhutan tour packages is probably by visiting the famous Taktsang Palphug Monastery, also known as Tiger's Nest. It is a sacred place of worship, nestled on a cliff of the beautiful Paro Valley. In 1962, Gyalse Tenzin Rabgye built this temple close to the cave where the divine sage Padmasambhava meditated and prayed. The sage worshipped in the cave during the 8th century for three years. What's more? It is this sage who bestowed Bhutan with Buddhism!

The Palace of Great Happiness - Punakha Dzong

Punakha Dzong is also known as Pungtang Dewa chhenbi Phodrang and is said to be a palace of great happiness or bliss. It is a must to be included in your itinerary while browsing Bhutan tour packages. Punakha Dzong is situated at the confluence of two rivers, namely, Mo Chhu and Pho Chhu and is the second oldest and largest in Bhutan. An old tale goes around in Bhutan that the sage Padmasambhava predicted that "a person named Namgyal will arrive at a hill that looks like an elephant." The prediction came true because, in 1636-37, Ngawang Namgyal built the Dzong on the peak of the hill, which looked like an elephant's trunk!

The Huge Buddha Statue in Buddha Dordenma

Buddha Dordenma is another reason to book a Bhutan tour package. The Great Buddha statue was constructed in Kuensel Phodrang, Thimphu, to celebrate the 60th birthday of the fourth king of Bhutan, Jigme Singye Wangchuck. The 51m sculpture houses a temple along with 1,25,000 miniatures sculpted the same as the giant structure. The structure is made out of bronze and took over nine years in total for completion. What's unique is the statue sitting on the hill as the protector of the entire Thimphu valley.

The Tranquil Gangtey Monastery

Gangtey Monastery is one of the major centres of the Nyingma school of Buddhism in Bhutan. Due to the village of Gangteng settled close to it, the Gangtey Monastery got its name. It serves as the main seat of the Pema Lingpa tradition. The complex includes monks' quarters, meditation centres, a central goemba, and a guest house. The vibe of the place is tranquil and soothing to someone looking for noise-detox. Tourists can meditate here and enjoy the beauty of the monastery and the serene view of the valley with some holiday packages.

Bhutan Tourism: Local Dishes to Try 

Bhutan tour packages or rather any holiday tour packages are incomplete without tasting the local delicacies of the country. When in Bhutan, savour these dishes and you won’t regret it.

If there is one national dish that you need to sample when touring Bhutan, this is it! It is so scrumptious that if you haven't eaten ema datshi, your Bhutan trip isn't complete. The locals eat the stew cooked with green, yellow or red chillies, cheese prepared with cow’s or yak’s milk, onions and tomatoes, and it is served with red rice. The taste is spicy because Bhutan’s chillies are high up on the Scoville Heat Scale (a tool that measures the spiciness or pungency of hot peppers).

Jasha Maroo or Maru

Jasha Maroo is cooked with chillies, onions, tomatoes, garlic, coriander leaves, ginger and finely diced chicken. At some places, you might even find it made with beef. It is served with red rice and is packed with unique flavours.

Phaksha Paa

Phaksha Paa is prepared by slowly cooking boneless pork until it becomes tender. The classic Bhutanese stew has ingredients such as radish, ginger, bok choy, and chilli powder. When prepared, the stew is topped with dried pork and fresh green chilli strips and is served with a bed of rice.

Want to taste some of the finest brews in Bhutan? Visit the Namgay Artisanal Brewery in Paro Valley. Reputed for its rare Bhutanese ingredients, the beer has a distinctive taste. Don’t forget to try beers made with red rice, wheat, apple cider and more while enjoying Bhutan tour packages.

Things to Do on Your Bhutan Trip

Bhutan tour packages offer numerous activities that can provide an amazing experience of the country. Here are a few recommendations for your Bhutan tour packages.

Hot Spring Therapy

Hot springs are known as tshachus/menchus in Bhutan and are located in various parts of the country. The medicinal properties of these hot springs are believed to cure numerous ailments such as body aches, sinuses and even arthritis. Duenmang, Dhur Tshachu and Gelephu Tshachu are the most popular hot springs among the Bhutanese. You can ask your tour operator to add hot spring therapy to your Bhutan tour package to add a relaxing element to your holidays.

De-stress Meditation

You can easily find small retreat centres and hermitages located all over the country, next to monastic schools, temples and monasteries. These retreats and meditation centres provide rest from the stress of everyday life.

Adventure Sports

Adventure sports and tourism are relatively recent introductions in Bhutan, but there's no denying that these sports offer unforgettable experiences. Besides rafting and kayaking on the scenic rivers of Bhutan, you can also go for trekking expeditions to hidden valleys and catch alluring sunsets.

Shopping Binge

One of the most exciting things to do in Paro is attending the weekend market. Traders from almost all walks of life come here to sell home-grown vegetables, farm products like dried yak cheese, exotic ferns, betel nuts and juniper incense, and farming tools.

Souvenirs to Look Out For

When planning Bhutan tour packages, make sure you save a day for shopping to buy yourself a souvenir. Thimphu, Paro, and Jakar are major shopping centres of this Buddhist country. Upon your visit to a local market, indulge in traditional souvenirs such as textiles, bow and arrow, handicrafts, red rice, jewellery and weaving products.

Unspoiled by the modern influence, Bhutan should be your go-to place if you’re looking for a slow pace of life, no traffic jams and horns, soft-spoken people and captivating landscapes. The tranquillity here calms your mind and allows you to be a better version of yourself.

Whether you want to get away from your schedules, need a family vacation, or wish to unwind, choose Bhutan tour packages from India that offer an all-inclusive experience.

Feel free to tailor Bhutan tour packages as per your preference to have the best holiday experience ever!

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Frequently asked questions about Bhutan

  • Respect local culture.
  • Bhutan is the only carbon negative country of the World, travel responsibly.
  • You need to pay anything from 100% to 200% duty if you carry tobacco products from India, please ensure you declare and pay duty at the Paro airport.
  • If you need room service for food etc, order in advance, as speed of service is slower than Indian hotels.

Depending on duration and kind of hotel you stay, Bhutan travel can cost you anywhere between 35,000 to 1,25,000. We recommend you to stay at least 5 nights and visit Thimphu/ Paro and Punakha.

Indian nationals intending to visit Bhutan are required to carry any of the two valid 'Travel Documents' (a) Valid Indian Passport having validity of minimum 6 months; and/or (b) Voter Identity Card, issued by the Election Commission of India. No Visa is required to visit Bhutan. Indians coming to Bhutan by road are required to obtain an 'Entry Permit' on the basis of valid Travel Document from the Immigration Office of Royal Government of Bhutan at Phuentsholing, located on the Indo-Bhutan border opposite Jaigaon, West Bengal. Similarly, Indians coming by air must possess any one of the above-mentioned Travel Documents and get the Entry Permit at the Paro International Airport. The 'entry permit' allows an Indian tourist to visit Thimphu and Paro only. However, any tourist going beyond Thimphu and Paro needs to acquire a 'Special Area Permit' from the RGoB Immigration Office at Thimphu on any working days (Monday to Friday).

The ideal itinerary for a Bhutan trip is 2 nights in Thimpu, 1 night in Punakha and 3 nights in Paro.

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23 essential things to know before visiting Bhutan

Erin  Levi

Feb 2, 2024 • 15 min read

Two buddhist monks at Punakha Dzong, Bhutan

You'll want to observe proper etiquette at Bhutan's Buddhist sites, such as Punakha Dzong © Kateryna Mashkevych / Shutterstock

Perched in the Himalayas between India and China, tiny Bhutan , with cliff-hanging monasteries, golden-roof temples and colorful prayer flags strung along trails and peaks, stands as the last Buddhist kingdom on earth.

Its careful tourism policy has allowed it to slowly open to the outside world without compromising its culture and traditions or degrading its pristine natural environment – two pillars of  Gross National Happiness (GNH), a unique philosophy that guides the government of Bhutan. 

Having traveled extensively in Bhutan on assignment, I’ve come to embrace its diverse seasons and activities, from horse trekking in Bumthang to rafting down the purple-jacaranda-lined Punakha River to learning how to make hoentey (a specialty buckwheat dumpling eaten during Lomba, the New Year) in the semi-remote Haa Valley.

This quick guide navigates Bhutan's cultural landscape, highlighting its local customs and quirks, as you plan your journey to the country known locally as Druk Yul, the Land of the Thunder Dragon. 

1. Independent travel is finally possible, but a tour operator is still the way to go

Since reopening in 2022, Bhutan has scrapped its all-inclusive tour-package minimum, and initially raised the Sustainable Daily Fee (SDF) to US$200 before reducing it to US$100 , valid now through September 2027. There is a 50% discount for kids ages six to 11, with no SDF for those under six. A one-time US$40 visa-application fee  also applies.

Fees are significantly lower for travelers from India, who can visit with a special permit. Indian travelers need to have a passport or voter ID card. Indian Aadhar cards are not accepted. Meanwhile, Bangladeshi and Maldivian nationals are  eligible for visa upon arrival , but must pay the SDF.

The good news is that adventurous travelers planning a trip can now independently book accommodations, guides (mandatory for any journey beyond Thimphu and Paro) and transportation. You can also, for the first time ever, extend your visa while you’re there, and you can even drive your own car – for a fee. 

However, for activities like trekking, attending festivals or engaging in more specialized interests, such as birding, horse trekking or cycling, using a tour operator will undoubtedly enhance your overall experience – and is generally required. Lists of certified tour operators, guides and accommodations, including hotels and homestays, can be found on the official Bhutan Travel website .

A resting area by a pool in Thimphu, Bhutan, on a bright day, with the clouds overhead reflected in the water.

2. Book early for festivals and trekking in the high season

Since reopening, there are no longer incentives for offseason travel, except for occasional hotel deals. This means you may as well time your trip with autumn and spring, when the most famous tsechus (monastic festivals) take place and the leaves change or rhododendrons bloom, respectively. Book far ahead if you’re considering attending a celebration or going trekking.

That said, locals argue that anytime of year is wonderful to visit Bhutan – and that summer and winter are just as wonderful, with plenty of lesser-known festivals. But these seasons are not ideal if you’re planning a multiday trek, due to muddy trails and chilly camping.

Still, the winter holiday season is auspicious, offering crisp air, clear skies and perfect light for photography, with few travelers. Plus, if you go for the December 17 National Day celebrations at Changlimithang Stadium in Thimphu , you may even get the chance to meet the king! 

3. Travel insurance is mandatory 

Per Bhutan’s Tourism Rules and Regulations 2022 , you must have travel insurance that covers accidental death, permanent disability due to accidents, emergency medical evacuation and hospital charges in case of sickness. You’ll need your proof of insurance coverage – in English – in order to apply for your visa. 

If you do find yourself feeling unwell during your trip, consider a visit to Thimphu’s National Institute of Traditional Medicine . A doctor will assess your pulse, temperature and ask about your bowels. In turn, you’ll receive a prescription for ayurvedic medicine crafted from local plants, all at no cost. (A small donation is appreciated.) Another moniker for Bhutan is “Menjong,” which aptly means “Land of Medicinal Herbs.”

Alternatively, head to the nearest hospital or health clinic for treatment geared towards Western medicine. The Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital , also known as the National Referral Hospital, is the biggest in Bhutan and located in Thimphu. 

Close-up of an airplane wing with a full plane in the distance and people on the tarmac at Bhutan International Airport, seen during daytime in winter.

4. Only two airlines fly to Bhutan

Bhutan is served by two national airlines: Drukair and Bhutan Airlines . Because of the challenging landing conditions at Paro International Airport, surrounded by peaks as high as 5500m (18,000ft), only a select few pilots are authorized to fly there.

Direct flights to and from Paro connect you to various destinations, including Bangladesh (Dhaka), India (Bagdogra, Guwahati, Kolkata and New Delhi), Nepal (Kathmandu), Singapore, Thailand (Bangkok) and, from March 2024, the UAE (Sharjah). While Bangkok and Delhi are common entry points, Kathmandu promises the most epic route, with glimpses of Mt Everest on clear days. Request a window seat on the left-hand side when flying to Bhutan. 

Note that it’s not possible to check your luggage through to your final destination, so you’ll have to claim it before boarding your Bhutan connection. 

You can also reach Bhutan overland via India. (Bhutan has border disputes with China. Transit is not possible.) 

5. Bhutan is the world’s first carbon-negative country

Bhutan gained global attention for being the world's first carbon-negative country. Aside from its relatively underpopulated and underdeveloped status (being roughly the same size as Switzerland with only 10% of its population), a key factor in sustaining this achievement is a landmark constitutional mandate requiring the country to maintain a minimum of 60% forest coverage at all times. This is further supported by the environmental conservation pillar of GNH. 

Plastic has also been banned since 1999, though it's not regularly enforced. Nevertheless, do your part to keep the environment clean. There’s plenty of signage to remind you along the way: “Clean & beautiful environment is a feast to the soul,” says one placard en route to the Tiger’s Nest Monastery . 

6. Bhutan is exceptionally safe

Bhutan, a happy and devout Buddhist nation, maintains a low crime rate, with violent crime being scarce. One of the safest countries you’ll ever visit, it’s ranked the 25th-least-corrupt nation out of 180 countries by Transparency International. 

As a single woman, I never felt unsafe on any of my trips to Bhutan. I was also never truly “alone” since I was always under the watchful eye of my guide or local friends. In recent years, the number of female guides has increased, which is more good news for solo women travelers . 

7. Save the hike up to Tiger's Nest for the end

Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) can occur when travelers are above 2500m (8202ft). Given that the most commonly visited cities Thimphu and Paro are just 200m to 300m below that threshold, and that several treks in the Bhutanese Himalayas traverse mountain passes reaching heights of 5000m, AMS is a risk in Bhutan.

Ascend slowly, take rest days when needed, and if you begin to feel ill, stop. If it's not managed carefully, AMS can develop into life-threatening forms of altitude sickness, so pay close attention to how you're feeling. If your symptoms don’t ease, descend right away. Helicopter rescue is always an option in case of emergency.

Note: Due to the altitude, acclimatization may be necessary. I recommend waiting a few days or until the end of your trip – saving the best for last! – before embarking on the iconic Tiger’s Nest Monastery trek , which ascends about 1000m (3000ft). Make sure to schedule a traditional hot-stone bath afterward as well.

8. Stay current on your vaccinations

No vaccines are required for entry into Bhutan. This includes the COVID-19 jab, although you may need proof of it if you’re traveling via India.

That said, you should stay up-to-date with your vaccines and consult a healthcare professional at least eight weeks before your departure in case you need any boosters. Standard recommendations include vaccinations for hepatitis A and B, diphtheria, tetanus, and typhoid, in addition to childhood vaccinations for measles-mumps-rubella and polio.  

For longer trips, including travelers who are moving to Bhutan, you may wish to consider vaccinations for Japanese encephalitis and rabies. Rabies is particularly noteworthy since friendly animals, like monkeys and dogs, can all transmit the virus, and untreated infection is fatal. If you are bitten by an animal, such as a stray dog, immediately go to the nearest health clinic and get a postexposure prophylaxis shot (you’ll need a total of four). 

9. Pack a few medical essentials

Be wary of mosquito-borne illnesses when visiting in the summer months and in the southern regions. Because of climate change, Bhutan had its first nation-wide dengue epidemic in 2019. Dengue is deadly, and there is no vaccine to protect against it. (Malaria, which can be prevented with drugs, is rare and – fingers crossed – anticipated to be eliminated by 2025 .)

You’ll need sunscreen too. Bhutan's average elevation is 3280m (10,760ft), making it one of the highest countries in the world. It also shares the same latitude as Texas, Egypt and the Bahamas, so the sun is strong. Protect your skin – and your eyes. 

There are no tunnels in Bhutan, which means the mountain roads are windy. You may want to consider bringing Dramamine for car sickness and Diamox for altitude sickness – consult your healthcare provider before you travel to discuss whether they're right for you. Pack your own diapers and tampons, if you use them; you can, however, find menstrual pads in stores and at select hotels and restaurants. And don’t forget earplugs – at night, howling dogs can be disruptive to sleep, especially in downtown Thimphu. 

A top-down view of pan of chilies and cheese, or ema datse, the national dish of Bhutan

10. Bhutanese food is surprisingly delicious – and spicy!

For decades, Bhutanese cuisine suffered in reputation because travelers were mostly exposed to mediocre buffets at their three-star hotels, featuring Indian, Chinese and continental dishes tailored precisely to their palates.

Thankfully, those buffets are slowly being phased out. The local cuisine, emphasizing fresh and seasonal ingredients, is on the up and up and proving to be extremely tasty, if you know where to go. Ask your tour operator or guide for recommendations. 

And while Bhutanese cuisine is defined by hot chili peppers, such as with ema datse (chilies with cheese) and kewa datse  (potatoes, chilies and cheese), dishes can be modified according to your taste if requested in advance. Still, you may need antacids. 

11. Don’t drink the tap water

Tap water isn’t safe to drink in Bhutan unless it has been boiled or purified. Ask your hotel or guesthouse for boiled water, or purchase bottled water to have on your person. 

Do, however, drink the local whiskey and lager (Bhutan has a flourishing craft-beer scene). 

12. Learn local etiquette

“ Kuzu zangpo la ” means “hello” in Dzongkha, a Sino-Tibetan language and the national language of Bhutan, most commonly spoken in the western part of the country. Recite this while bowing (shaking hands is less common). The deeper the bow, the greater the respect. 

Aside from Dzongkha (and the many other local languages and dialects), English is widely spoken because it is the language of instruction in schools. When Bhutanese converse in English, it is common to hear the word “la” at the end of a sentence or question as a sign of respect; for example, “Thank you, la.” Feel free to reciprocate. 

If you find yourself invited into someone’s home and offered food, tradition dictates that you say the words “ meshu meshu”  while covering your mouth with your hands. After two or three offers, it is customary to accept. Similarly, if you are the one making an offer, or even giving a gift or tip, expect similar resistance. (Do consider giving a small tip if someone has invited you into their home and served you food or arra, a local spirit distilled from rice.)

13. Tipping is appreciated (but not mandatory) 

Even if you’ve paid in advance for your all-inclusive trip, show appreciation to your guide and driver by tipping them at the end. On a trek, extend this gesture to the crew – ie the cook, any helpers and the horsemen. While 10–15% is normal, the amount and currency are up to you. 

Tipping is not necessary at restaurants and hotels. A 10% service charge is already added to your bill when you dine out. 

14. Bhutan has nightlife

While most people are drawn to Bhutan for its serene landscapes, peaceful Buddhist monasteries and imposing fortresses ( dzongs ) such as  Punakha Dzong , the country is hiding a buzzing nightlife and music scene that is equally worth exploring. 

Thimphu's nightlife centers around Chang Lam near the stadium, featuring diverse options like the Zone (a popular bar hangout), Mojo Park (a fantastic music venue, where the band Misty Terrace got its start), the Grey Area (Bhutan’s first gastropub) and nightclubs Space 34 and Viva City, which are open to the wee hours.

Note:  Bhutan has ended dry Tuesdays and bars ars are now open throughout the week. 

15. It is finally legal to smoke in Bhutan, but be discreet

Bhutan was long known for its drastic yet visionary health law that forbade smoking and the trade of tobacco products. While the law was recently reversed, smoking must be done “out of sight,” ie behind buildings. The same goes for vaping.

Despite cannabis growing prolifically throughout the country, it remains illegal. Possession can land you in jail for up to one year. The only “drugs” produced in the country are traditional medicines. 

Note: While vaping products are sold in a few places in Thimphu, they’re not widely available. It’s advisable to bring your own. 

16. Keep an open mind

Whether it’s migoi  (yeti) sightings in Bhutan’s wild east, the significance of phalluses as symbols of protection or the flying tiger bringing Guru Rinpoche to the cave where the gravity-defying Tiger’s Nest Monastery now stands, folktales, myths and legends are an integral part of Bhutan’s culture and national pride – and believed to be true.

Approach Bhutan with an open mind. Westerners may find it challenging to suspend logic and reason, but be kind when pushing back, and consider setting aside your own preconceptions. Do as the new tourism tagline says: Believe. 

17. Pack layers

You’ll want layers for fluctuating temperatures and varying terrains, and modest clothing for entering temples and monasteries, including socks for cold temple floors. Aside from a good pair of hiking boots, bring a nicer shoe to wear with a gho  or kira  (Bhutanese national dress for men and women, respectively), should you decide to buy an outfit  – highly recommended if you’re attending a festival or meeting with a dignitary. For inspiration, follow Bhutan Street Fashion on Instagram or Facebook.

18. Carry small change

Cash is necessary for buying souvenirs, leaving small donations at monasteries, nunneries and temples (particularly if you’d like a blessing from a monk), and giving tips to your guide, driver and trekking crew, as mentioned earlier. 

If you’re an independent traveler, you’ll want to have small bills on hand to pay for entrance fees to sites and museums. Few – as in almost zero – businesses accept credit cards.

19. Stay connected

SIM cards used to be challenging to obtain, but now you can easily get them upon arrival at Paro International Airport. You can also rent a pocket Wi-Fi device there – useful if you’re planning to visit remote regions and need to be online. 

20. Bring cash and download these apps

It’s easier to bring your own money (make sure the bills are crisp) rather than rely on and seek out ATM machines in the country. The official currency in Bhutan is the ngultrum, which is pegged 1:1 to the Indian rupee. Do exchange at a bank or hotel so that you can have some small ngultrum notes for butter-lamp offerings and such. 

Most Bhutanese businesses accept cash or payments through either goBoB or the  BNB MyPay app . Foreign visitors can activate the app by downloading it from Google Play or Apple's App Store, inserting a local SIM purchased at the airport and funding the digital wallet with their credit or debit card. While goBoB is more popular among locals, some tour operators argue MyPay is better for foreigners because it is linked to more international card networks and is powered by Stripe.

A woman and three young children spinning a prayer wheel at the Tibetan-style National Memorial Chorten, one of the most visible religious structures in Thimphu.

21. Spin prayer wheels clockwise, and other temple tips

When visiting Buddhist monasteries, nunneries and temples, observe proper etiquette: remove shoes and hats, wear clothing that covers your shoulders and knees, refrain from photography in altar rooms, avoid pointing, never lean against a stupa and consider leaving a small donation on the altar or with a monk. If seeking a blessing, it's customary to offer a small donation.

Be it in a car or on foot, circumambulation of a Buddhist temple or shrine, such as a stupa or chorten, must always be clockwise. To go counterclockwise, whether it’s out of ignorance or on purpose, is seen as offensive, culturally insensitive and unlucky. Similarly, prayer wheels, which help purify karma, should be spun in a clockwise direction. 

22. Don’t bargain hard

Unlike some other places in Asia, like India or Vietnam, where you’re expected to haggle, Bhutan’s market scene is a lot more straightforward. You typically pay the price that’s listed – aggressive negotiating tactics are a foreign concept. 

That said, be prepared to spend a pretty penny if you plan to shop. Your eyes will be undoubtedly drawn to abundantly colorful textiles crafted from natural fibers, like silk and cotton. These can take months to assemble, and the prices – which can top four figures – reflect the meticulous work and cultural richness woven into each piece, often done by women.

Note: Geometric yathras , textiles made of yak wool and commonly found in central Bhutan’s Bumthang region, are more budget-friendly.) 

23. Consult the lunar calendar

The Bhutanese calendar is based on Tibet's, which follows the lunar calendar. Buddhist festivals, like tsechus, follow the lunar calendar, meaning the dates change from year to year. There are other cultural festivals, like Bhutan National Day and the Black Necked Crane Festival in Phobjikha Valley, that follow the Gregorian calendar and therefore stay the same.

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Bhutan is famous for its beautiful mountains, culture and the beauty of nature. The Bhutan tour itinerary  gives you an opportunity to visit this beautiful country along with your family. You can go sightseeing to the mountains, monasteries, and many more places where you can find the reason as to why Bhutan is called the happiest country in Asia. You can visit Bhutan during the month of March and April when it is a bit less cold in the country.

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What’s Special: Check out the gold leaf roofs of the Tashichho Dzong, a government palace and a fortified monastery

Main attractions: Tashichho Dzong, Memorial Chorten and Folk Heritage Museum

The capital of Bhutan, Thimphu is sure to be part of your Bhutan itinerary. The city offers picturesque views of the surrounding hills, and is home to plenty of Buddisht sites including temples and memorials.

What’s Special: Try to attend the Punakha Tshechu religious festival, which features masked dancers and local musicians

Main attractions: Punakha Dzong, Mo Chhu River and Chimi Lhakhang

Another beautiful little town in Bhutan, Punakha is located on the banks of the Mo Chhu river. There is a lot to see here, including beautiful mountain views and forest trails that are perfect for trekkers and bird watching.

3. Phobjikha Valley

What’s Special: You can get to check out a wide variety of bird species here

Main attractions: Trekking, nature trails and scenic views

A huge glacial valley, in a U shape, Phobjikha is one of the best kept secrets of the country. It gets a considerably lesser number of visitors than other parts of Bhutan, despite its immense natural beauty.

What’s Special: Paro is home to the only international airport of the country, and is famed for its dangerous looking taxiway

Main attractions: National Museum of Bhutan, Kichu Lhakang and Jangtsa Dumtseg Lhakhang

Paro is a gorgeous little town in Bhutan, located in a valley. It is home to some of the biggest attractions of the country, starting from historical monuments and forts to the largest Buddhist temples.

There are many places which are specifically named as tourist attractions. You would get to visit each of these amazing places in Bhutan which would be there in your Bhutan trip itinerary . Visit the famous Memorial Chorten which is known to represent the mind of Buddha, which would help you and the kids to know about the history of the place. Don’t forget to visit the capital city of Thimphu where you can see the textile work of the craftsperson in Bhutan.

The Bhutan itinerary for 7 days  consists of a trip to Punakha Dzong, which is considered as one of the most beautiful Dzongs in the country.

Apart from that, Bhutan tour itinerary  consists of visits to the Buddha Point, the Tango Monastery, the Tiger’s Nest, and many more places. This Bhutan tour package itinerary  with your family will help you to rejuvenate and would give you a break from the hectic city life. Not only would you love the natural love from the country, but you would even be able to savor the amazing cuisine of the country. Bhutan is also known for its amazing spicy cuisine. The country even has a national dish called Ema Datshi. Bhutan would definitely show you a rich yet diverse culture which would leave you and your family craving for more.

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  • Spend time exploring the National Museum of Bhutan
  • Spend time enjoying beautiful views of the Mo Chhu River

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Start your Bhutan tour itinerary  by visiting the capital of the country

On your arrival at Paro Airport, one of the agents would be there to receive you and your family. From there, you would be taken to Thimphu, which would take 1 hour. After breakfast at the hotel, you will be taken to visit the National Library and the Memorial Chorten for an amazing insight into the history and culture of Bhutan. After the visit, you would be dropped to your hotel where you can stay overnight and prepare for the next day.

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Know the city better by visiting the local areas

As part of your Bhutan travel itinerary , after breakfast, you will be taken for local sightseeing to Buddha Point and Bhutan Textile Museum, which is located at a walking distance from the National Library. The Buddha point consists of one of the largest Buddha statues. You would even be taken for a visit to Tashichho Dzong, to show a glimpse of the government and the King of Bhutan. Return to the hotel for an overnight stay.

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Have a day spent in the lap of nature in Punakha

On day 3, you would be taken to Punakha post breakfast, as decided in the Bhutan tour itinerary , where you would drive through the mountain pass. A 30 minute-visit to the Royal Botanical Garden located in Lamperi is taken up after which there would be a walking tour through the villages of Chimi Lhakhang and visiting the Punakha Dzong. An overnight stay at the hotel, after dinner, is arranged and would end your day 3 in Bhutan.

Phobjikha: Sightseeing in Phobjikha

Visit the amazing monasteries in Phobjikha.

As a part of the Bhutan itinerary for 7 days , you would be taken for sightseeing in Phobjikha where you would be shown the largest monastery right after your breakfast. You would even be taken to visit the Gangtey Valley. An overnight stay in Phobjikha would be the end of the day 4 of the tour in Bhutan. Return to the hotel for an overnight stay.

Paro: Visit to Paro.

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Visit to one of the major tourist places in Bhutan

You will be transferred to Paro today post breakfast. In Paro, you will be taken to Simtokha Dzong after which there would be the historical tour of all the Dzongs that are situated nearby. You will get to know about the rich history of Bhutan in Paro. Have an amazing lunch after which you would be taken to visit a traditional farmhouse and then to the hotel.

Paro: Visit to Tiger’s Nest

Trekking in Tiger’s Nest would define your visit to Bhutan

Post breakfast, you will visit the Tiger’s Nest. It is the best place for trekking where you would experience the adrenaline rush in you. Guides would be there to help you. The monastery on top of the mountain is a must visit. After an eventful day, you would be taken back to the hotel for resting.

Paro: Departure

Last day at Bhutan

Post breakfast, you would be taken back to Paro where you can do shopping and roam around with our family. After this, you would be taken to the airport by one of our agent’s. This would mark the end of your tour to Bhutan.

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You might not be allowed to click photos inside the monasteries. Though, you can get a photograph from the local sellers.

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Are you looking for the perfect getaway and have 7 days to spare? Then Bhutan should be at the top of your list! With its stunning mountain views, rich culture, and friendly people, it’s easy to see why so many people are drawn to the small Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan. Planning a trip to Bhutan from India can seem daunting, but with the right information, it can be a fun and rewarding experience. In this blog post, we’ll go over the essential steps you need to take to plan the perfect Bhutan trip from India in 7 days.

Choose your travel dates

When planning your trip to Bhutan from India, the first step is deciding when you want to go. Depending on the time of year you plan to travel, there will be different weather and activities to enjoy. Before deciding on your dates, it’s important to consider the climate, religious holidays, and festivals that could impact your trip. 

Weather in Bhutan can vary greatly depending on the time of year. In general, spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) are considered the best times to visit, with mild temperatures and plenty of sunshine. Summer months (June to August) are usually warm and humid, with occasional rain showers. Winter (December to February) can get cold in the higher altitudes, and it’s important to note that some passes may be closed due to snowfall. 

You should also be aware of any religious holidays or festivals taking place during the time you plan to travel. These celebrations are a great way to experience local culture, but can also affect lodging availability and transportation schedules. The Losar Festival (Tibetan New Year) takes place in late February or early March and features traditional music and dance performances, as well as archery tournaments. Paro Tshechu, a three-day festival, takes place in April and features masked dances, traditional songs, and other cultural performances. Other events include Punakha Drubchen in May and the Thimphu Tshechu in October. 

Finally, remember to book your flights and accommodations in advance to make sure you get the best prices and availability. With careful planning, you can ensure that your trip to Bhutan from India will be a memorable one!

Get your visa and travel insurance

Visiting Bhutan from India requires you to have a valid visa, and it’s best to apply for it in advance. Indian passport holders can get a visa on arrival in Bhutan, but the process can be time-consuming. Instead, you should apply for a visa at your nearest Royal Bhutanese Embassy. To do so, you will need to provide documents like a passport-sized photo, travel itinerary, and proof of sufficient funds to cover your expenses.

You should also consider getting travel insurance before your trip to Bhutan. Travel insurance will cover you in case of any unexpected emergencies or cancellations during your trip. It can also help with costs associated with medical care, lost luggage, and flight cancellations. Make sure to research different policies and compare the coverage and prices before buying one.

Choose your mode of transportation

When planning a 7 day trip to Bhutan from India, one of the key decisions you have to make is choosing the right mode of transportation. Depending on your budget and preferences, there are various ways to get to Bhutan. 

The most popular and cost effective way is to take a flight from India to Bhutan. Druk Air is the national airline and offers direct flights from Kolkata, Delhi, Bagdogra, Guwahati and Gaya to Paro. You can also take a flight from Bangkok to Paro. 

Another option is to take a bus from Siliguri in India to Phuentsholing in Bhutan. There are several companies offering daily bus services from India to Bhutan. The journey takes about 10-12 hours. 

If you’re looking for a luxurious and adventurous experience, you can opt for a self-drive from India to Bhutan. This involves driving from India to Bhutan, crossing through the India-Bhutan border at Phuentsholing. You’ll need to get special permission from the government of India and present your passport and valid visa for Bhutan at the check post. 

Whether you’re traveling by air, land or self-drive, there are plenty of options when it comes to getting to Bhutan. It’s important that you make your choice wisely so you can enjoy a comfortable and convenient journey.

Book your accommodation

When it comes to booking your accommodation for a 7-day trip to Bhutan from India, you’ll have several options available. Hotels and guesthouses are the most popular choices for tourists, with both offering comfortable stays. If you’d like to stay in a homestay, there are plenty of options available as well.

Hotels in Bhutan provide a luxurious and comfortable stay for visitors, as many of them feature all the modern amenities one could need, including WiFi and on-site restaurants. Hotels are typically located in larger cities, so you’ll have access to plenty of attractions and restaurants.

Guesthouses in Bhutan provide a cozy atmosphere with basic amenities like a private bathroom, air conditioning, and Wi-Fi. Guesthouses usually offer a more affordable option than hotels and are often located in smaller towns.

If you’d like to immerse yourself in Bhutanese culture, homestays are a great choice. Many homestays provide meals and local guides who can show you around the area. You’ll also be able to interact with the locals and get an insight into their way of life.

When booking your accommodation, it’s important to consider your budget and preferences. Be sure to check the reviews before booking, so you can make an informed decision. With the right accommodation, you’ll be sure to have an amazing time during your 7-day trip to Bhutan from India.

Choose your activities

When you’re planning a trip to Bhutan, it’s important to choose the right activities to make the most of your time. After all, you only have seven days to experience all that Bhutan has to offer. 

Start by looking for attractions that you want to explore. Popular sites in Bhutan include the Tiger’s Nest Monastery, Dochula Pass, and Punakha Dzong. Other activities include trekking, cycling, and river rafting. There are also a number of cultural activities such as traditional dances and visiting local villages.

Once you’ve selected your activities, you can start planning out your itinerary. Make sure to allocate enough time for each activity, as well as any rest days or travel days that may be necessary. Keep in mind that Bhutan is a high altitude country and some activities may be physically challenging, so it’s important to take breaks if needed.

Finally, it’s important to remember to get the proper permits and guides when required. This will ensure that you stay safe while exploring the country and make the most of your time in Bhutan.

Pack your bags

When it comes to packing for a trip to Bhutan, the key is to pack light. The weather in Bhutan can range from hot and humid during the day to cool and crisp during the night, so bring layers. Pack versatile items that can be used for both warm and cold climates. Also, make sure to bring along comfortable walking shoes, as you’ll be doing a lot of trekking and exploring. 

Be sure to bring your passport, visa, and any other important documents with you on the trip. It’s also a good idea to have a few copies of each document, just in case. Additionally, bring along some small bills for buying snacks or souvenirs. 

Finally, don’t forget to bring items that will make your trip even more special, like a camera or journal to capture the beauty of Bhutan. So make sure to pack all these essentials before you embark on your journey!

Enjoy your trip!

You have now planned your trip to Bhutan and the adventure is just beginning! Spend your days exploring the country’s majestic landscape, diverse culture and rich history. Be sure to take time to relax and recharge. Whether you are hiking up mountains or visiting monasteries, don’t forget to take in the beautiful scenery, snap a few photos, and make memories that will last a lifetime.

Make sure to bring plenty of snacks, water and comfortable shoes as you explore the city. Get some local advice and use it to your advantage when making decisions about where to go and what to do. Don’t be afraid to try something new, as this is your chance to really get to know the country and its people.

The locals are friendly and welcoming, so ask questions and learn as much as you can. Learn about their culture and try the local cuisine. This is the perfect opportunity to connect with the culture of Bhutan. 

At the end of your trip, take some time to reflect on your journey. Think about all the places you have visited, the people you have met and all the wonderful experiences you have had. Most importantly, remember how special Bhutan is and how much it has to offer. 

With this guide, you have all the tools you need to plan the perfect Bhutan trip from India in 7 days. Enjoy your journey!

Final Words

Congratulations! You’ve just planned an amazing Bhutan trip from India in 7 days! Now, it’s time to enjoy the best that this beautiful country has to offer. Whether it’s trekking through picturesque valleys, exploring ancient monasteries, or tasting delicious Bhutanese cuisine, you’ll be sure to have the time of your life.

When planning your trip, remember to keep safety in mind and research any potential risks. Ensure that you have proper travel insurance in case of any unexpected situations. Above all, have a great time and come back with amazing memories and stories to share. Bon voyage!

Q: How do I get a visa for Bhutan?

A: Visitors to Bhutan need to apply for a visa before traveling. You can apply for a visa online at the Royal Government of Bhutan website, or you can apply through a local tour operator.

Q: What type of currency is used in Bhutan?

A: The official currency of Bhutan is the Ngultrum (BTN). You can also use Indian Rupees in some places.

Q: Is there any way to reduce my costs while traveling in Bhutan?

A: Yes, there are several ways to reduce your costs while traveling in Bhutan. You can book your accommodation and transportation in advance to get the best rates. Additionally, many activities and attractions have discounted rates for students and senior citizens.

Q: Is it safe to travel to Bhutan?

A: Yes, Bhutan is generally a very safe country to visit. The people of Bhutan are friendly and welcoming, and crime is rare. However, it’s still important to take basic safety precautions when traveling, such as avoiding being alone at night and keeping an eye on your belongings. 

Q: Are there any places I should avoid visiting in Bhutan?

A: It’s always best to check with your tour operator or hotel before visiting any destination in Bhutan. Some areas may be restricted or off-limits to visitors due to political or security reasons.

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For international tourists, our all-inclusive Bhutan tour package includes accommodation, transport, entrances, visa, tour guides and more. For Indian tourists, the services in the tour package are included as per the client's requirement.

Yes, we do provide private as well as group Bhutan tours where you will be assisted by a tour guide and a driver.

Yes, with us you can customize your Bhutan itinerary/tour that will be based on your interests and time frame.

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There is no such time period for booking the Bhutan tour, but it is advisable to book your tour one month in advance to secure your hotel bookings.

You will have different cuisines (both veg and non-veg) to choose from including Bhutanese, Tibetan, Indian and more. Also, you can relish Ema Datshi, the national dish of Bhutan.

Yes, hotel bookings are included in Bhutan tour package.

No, flights are not included in Bhutan tour package.

Your Bhutan tour payment can be made either via Bank Transfer or Credit Card.

Yes, we do provide 24 hours support in case of any emergency during the Bhutan Trip.

Yes, attractions/monuments/museums fee in Bhutan vacation package is included for tourists from countries other than India. For Indian tourists, the fee is optional.

The minimum cost of Bhutan Trip from India depends on the requirement of the clients.

Yes, we do provide flight booking for Bhutan for both Indian as well as international tourists.

Paro and Thimphu are the most popular destinations to visit during a religious/pilgrimage trip to Bhutan.

Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Gangtey and Bumthang are the best places to visit for a honeymoon in Bhutan.

Paro, Thimphu and Punakha are the best and most preferred destinations to visit on a family trip in Bhutan.

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Been in the news all over the years for being the first country to measure Happiness Index over their GDP, Bhutan is one of the most unique countries in the world. A country which is landlocked in the eastern Himalayas of South Asia, Bhutan is known for its stunning landscapes, rich culture, and its unique approach of measuring the progress of the country through National Happiness Index, making Bhutan tour packages popular gradually.

When you travel to the country with our Bhutan tour packages, you’ll notice that Bhutan is an intriguing and unique place to visit. Bhutan, a mostly Buddhist nation with a population of just over 750,000, is dedicated to sustainable development and has a strong respect for the environment, which travellers notice evidently during their Bhutan trip with our Bhutan tour packages. Bhutan has a wide variety of attractions despite its small size, including historic temples and monasteries , untouched mountains and forests, and lively festivals and celebrations. Bhutan tour packages have something to offer every traveller, whether they are seeking adventure, culture, or relaxation.

The cultural heritage and traditions of Bhutan have been passed down through generations. It serves as a destination that offers visitors looking to go deep into a different culture with a unique and authentic experience. Bhutan tour packages allow travellers to discover this fascinating nation and its culture.

Another aspect of Bhutanese culture that is interesting is its architecture, which is also one of those interesting things which excite travellers during their Bhutan trip with our Bhutan tour packages. Traditional Bhutanese buildings are made of earth stone, and wood and are decorated with elaborate wood carvings and vibrant paintings. The dzongs which in English are known as fortresses, with their imposing walls and elaborate courtyards, are very impressive, and for sure will leave a lasting impression in your heart when you take a Bhutan trip with our Bhutan tour packages and Bhutan holiday packages. These structures, which function as monasteries and administrative hubs, are an essential component of Bhutan's cultural heritage.

We’ve talked so much about the culture and unique traditions of Bhutan along with their architecture which you’ll get to witness with our Bhutan tour packages, we won’t keep you waiting and without further ado its time to go deeper into the country and know more about the places which you’ll be exploring during a Bhutan trip with our Bhutan tour packages and Bhutan holiday packages. Let’s Go!

Places To Travel In Bhutan

Bhutan has a plethora of places to visit spread all over the country, the country has a plethora of natural and man made marvels which are essentials in almost all our Bhutan tour packages. Though Bhutan is a small country, it has plenty of places to visit , and it has a lot to offer travellers on a Bhutan trip with our Bhutan tour packages. From majestic mountains and forests to old temples and monasteries, Bhutan has it all. The country has something to offer to every traveller, whether they are seeking adventure, culture, or relaxation.

Sounds exciting right? Well, you can explore all the marvels of Bhutan with our Bhutan tour packages, just scroll through and check them out .

First up on the list of places to explore with Bhutan tour packages is the capital city of Bhutan, Thimphu . This vibrant city is the best place to learn about Bhutan's unique culture because it expertly blends traditional Bhutanese architecture with all the modern conveniences.

With our Bhutan tour packages, travellers on a Bhutan tour can explore all the attractions that Bhutan offers. The Tashichho Dzong, a massive fortress and monastery that serves as the seat of government, is one of Thimphu's top attractions which is included in all Bhutan tour packages. With towering walls, intricate carvings, and ornate decorations, the fortress is an impressive example of traditional Bhutanese architecture. During their Bhutan trip visitors can explore the dzong's myriad of courtyards, temples, and halls and gain knowledge about the fascinating history and importance to the Bhutanese people, with plenty of things to do in Thimphu for travellers.

The country is also abode to a plethora of museums and institutions of information which exhibit a plethora of Bhutanese artefacts which resonate with the traditional arts and crafts of the country. During their Bhutan trio, visitors can also explore the country’s many galleries and exhibits to learn more about the country’s unique culture and traditions.

Travellers on a Bhutan trip will also cherish Thimphu’s food scenes with the assortment of restaurants and food stalls which serve authentic Bhutanese cuisine like Ema Datshi, and momos among other dishes which are a must try during a Bhutan trip.

Places To Visit In Thimphu: Buddha Dordenma Statue, Semtokha Dzong, National Memorial Chhorten

Best Time To Visit Thimphu: September to November

Western Bhutan is abode to the charming town of Paro , which is known for both its breathtaking natural beauty and its rich cultural heritage. Tourists who want to experience Bhutan's distinctive culture and traditions during their Bhutan tour with our Bhutan packages frequently travel there. Travellers can explore the numerous attractions Paro has to offer with Bhutan tour packages.

The Paro Valley, a breathtaking and serene location encircled by mountains and forests, is one of Paro's main attractions in Bhutan packages. A leisurely stroll through the valley allows visitors to take in the breathtaking scenery and clean air. Many small farms and traditional homes can be found in the valley, giving visitors a glimpse into everyday life in Bhutan.

Historical temples and monasteries like the Kyichu Lhakhang and the Drugyel Dzong can also be found in Paro when exploring the city with our Bhutan tour packages and Bhutan holiday packages. One of Bhutan's oldest and most revered temples, the Kyichu Lhakhang dates to the 7th century. The temple is well-known for both its significance to Bhutanese religious customs and its exquisite architecture and carvings.

Besides this, Paro is also home to a plethora of temples and monasteries like the Kyichu Lhakhang and Drugel Dzong which are guaranteed to make a lasting impression in the hearts of travellers on a Bhutan trip with our Bhutan packages.

Places To Visit In Paro: National Museum of Bhutan, Paro Taktsang, Jangtsa Dumtseg Lhakhang

Best Time To Visit Paro: September to November

One of the most well liked vacation spots for visitors seeking peace and tranquilly is Punakha, which is a stunning valley in the western region of Bhutan, offering plenty of things to do in Punakha . Travellers can explore and witness the numerous attractions that Punakha has to offer during their Bhutan trip with the help of our Bhutan packages and Bhutan holiday packages.

Punakha provides an assortment of hiking and trekking options for those who enjoy outdoor activities. An attractive trail leads to the popular Punakha Suspension Bridge through lush forests and past historic temples and monasteries. The trail leads to one of Bhutan's longest and highest suspension bridges, which offers breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and valleys.

Punakha is also an amazing place to unwind in addition to its outdoor activities and cultural attractions. The valley is well liked for its stunning scenery and pleasing ambiance, making it the ideal getaway for people looking forward to get away from the bustle of city life.

Places To Visit In Punakha: Punakha Dzong, Punakha Suspension Bridge

Best Time To Visit Punkaha: September to November

4. Phuntsholing

Next destination in our Bhutan trip with the Bhutan tour packages and Bhutan holiday packages is the border town of Phuntsholing. It provides a fascinating fusion of Bhutanese and Indian cultures and serves as the primary entry point to Bhutan for tourists arriving by land from India. Travellers can explore the numerous attractions that Phuntsholing has to offer by taking advantage of Bhutan packages and Bhutan vacation packages.

The Bhutan Gate is the primary attraction of Phuntsholing, the gate marks the entry to Bhutan from India. This gate is a popular tourist attraction and is the perfect photo backdrop as it has intricate Bhutanese designs on it.

Phuntsholing is also an amazing location during a Bhutan trip for learning about Bhutan's distinct approach to environmental conservation including the wildlife sanctuaries in Bhutan . The nearby forests are home to several conservation initiatives aimed at protecting these and other endangered species, including the Royal Bengal Tiger and the Indian Rhinoceros.

Places To Visit In Phuntsholing: Karbandi Monastery, Zangtopelri, Gumpha Mandir

Best Time To Visit Phuntsholing: December to February

Next up in this Bhutan trip of our Bhutan tourism packages is Trongsa. Trongsa is a charming town in central Bhutan that should be on the list of must see destinations for anyone planning a Bhutan vacation. Visitors can explore the many attractions that Trongsa has to offer with Bhutan packages.

The Trongsa Dzong is an exquisite fortress established in the 16th century, and is one of Trongsa's most prominent sights. The fortress, an outstanding epitome of Bhutanese architecture in which resides temples galore, courtyards, and government buildings. The dzong is open for tours, where guests can discover its fascinating past as well as cultural significance.

The Ta Dzong another popular attraction in Bhutan tourism packages is a fortress which has been coverted into a museum that showcases Bhutan's history and culture, is another well known attraction in Trongsa. The museum, established in a former watchtower, offers visitors an exquisite opportunity to gain knowledge about Bhutan's distinctive history through a collection of artefacts and exhibits.

Trongsa is an amazing location to learn about Bhutan's distinct strategy for the preservation of the environment. The region is abode to a number of projects meant to safeguard Bhutan's biological diversity, including the Black-necked Crane Information Centre, which is devoted to preserving this species' habitat.

Places To Visit In Trongsa: Trongsa Dzong, Taa-Dzong, Chendebjio Chorten

Best Time To Visit Trongsa: November to February

6. Wangdue Phodrang

Located in central Bhutan is a town that goes by the name of Wangdue Phodrang, the town is known for offering travellers opting for Bhutan tourism packages an authentic Bhutanese experience. The town is renowned for its jaw dropping landscapes, distinctive culture, and a rich history which usually leaves a lasting impression on the heart of everyone who visits.

The Wangdue Phodrang Dzong, a fortress constructed in the 17th century, is one of the city's main attractions. One of the largest fortresses in Bhutan, this impressive building is perched atop a hill overlooking a valley. The dzong offers guided tours where guests can learn about its background and cultural significance.

Wangdue Phodrang also provides a plethora of opportunities for those who are interested in spirituality and meditation to connect with Bhutan's rich spiritual heritage. Numerous meditation retreats and centres can be found in the town, where guests can learn about Bhutanese meditation techniques and take in the serene ambiance of these revered locations.

Last but not least, Wangdue Phodrang is a wonderful location to enjoy the hospitality and cuisine of Bhutan. Ema datshi, suja, and momos are just a few of the traditional Bhutanese dishes that can be found in the town's restaurants and food stands. A traditional distilled spirit made from rice or wheat called ara can also be tried by tourists.

Places To Visit In Wangdue Phodrang: Phobjikha Valley, Gangtey Monastery, Pele La

Best Time To Visit Wangdue Phodrang: March to May

7. Trashigang

Eastern Bhutan's Trashigang is a stunning district well-known for its natural beauty, rich cultural history, and traditional handicrafts. It is a well-liked vacation spot for tourists who want to see Bhutan's off-the-beaten-path attractions.

Trashigang lies in an idyllic valley surrounded by mountains and rolling hills. The Trashigang Dzongkhag and the Khaling Wildlife Sanctuary are two of the district's many incredible natural landmarks. The Trashigang Dzongkhag is an aesthetic and idyllic fortress with breathtaking views of the encircling countryside that is perched on a hill overlooking the valley. The elusive snow leopard and the threatened black-necked crane, on the other hand, can be found in the Khaling Wildlife Sanctuary, a natural haven.

In addition to its natural attractions, Trashigang is well famous for its rich cultural heritage. The Gom Kora Temple and the Radhi Lhakhang are just two of the district's numerous historic sites. The well known Guru Rinpoche is rumoured to have visited the Gom Kora Temple, while the Radhi Lhakhang is a charming temple well-known for its intricate wood carvings and beautiful architecture. Trashigang visitors can also explore the traditional villages nearby, which are well known for their unique textiles and handicrafts.

The active community life in Trashigang is another highlight. Visitors have the chance to experience Bhutan's rich cultural traditions at a number of festivals and events held in the district throughout the year. One of the most well-known festivals in the region is the Trashigang Tshechu, which showcases conventional dances, music, and other performances.

Places To Visit In Trashigang: Trashigang Dzong, Chorten Kora, Gom Kora

Best Time To Visit Trashigang: October to December

8. Royal Manas National Park

Last destination in our list of best places to visit during this Bhutan trip is the Royal Manas National Park . One of Bhutan's biggest and most stunning national parks, Royal Manas National Park spans more than 1,000 square kilometres. It is situated on the border of the Indian state of Assam in the southern region of Bhutan. Tigers, elephants, leopards, and golden langurs are just a few of the many different plants and animals that can be found in the park. For both nature lovers and adventure seekers, it is a must-visit location, and there are several Bhutan packages available that include a trip to the park.

With a surface area of more than 1,000 square kilometres, Royal Manas National Park is one of Bhutan's biggest and most stunning national parks. It is situated on Bhutan's southern border with the Indian state of Assam. Tigers, elephants, leopards, and golden langurs are just a few of the many species of flora and fauna that call the park home. There are several Bhutan packages that include a trip to the park, making it a must-visit location for both nature lovers and adventure seekers.

The opportunity to experience traditional Bhutanese culture is one of the highlights of a visit to the Royal Manas National Park. The park contains several small villages inhabited by indigenous communities such as the Tshanglas and the Bodos. Interacting with the locals allows visitors to learn about their unique way of life, including traditional customs, music, and cuisine.

Visitors can participate in a variety of adventure activities at the park in addition to its natural and cultural attractions. Numerous rivers and waterfalls in the park provide opportunities for kayaking and white water rafting . For a more in-depth exploration of the park's many natural wonders and to spot wildlife, visitors can also go on a guided tour or a jeep safari.

Best Time To Visit Royal Manas National Park: October to May

With this we come to the end of the list of the best places to visit on a Bhutan trip. Post this, its now time to dive deep into the best things to do on a Bhutan trip with our Bhutan packages.

Best Things To Do In A Bhutan Trip

1. visit the tiger’s nest monastery.

One of Bhutan's most well-known sites is the Tiger's Nest Monastery, also referred to as Paro Taktsang . Buddhists regard it as a holy place because they think Guru Rinpoche, the founder of Tibetan Buddhism, meditated there and attained enlightenment. The monastery is situated in Paro Valley and can only be reached by a difficult walk through the forest. It is perched 900 metres above the Paro Valley floor on a cliff.

The trek to the Tiger's Nest Monastery is strenuous but worthwhile. The trek is a steep ascent that takes about two to three hours each way, with some sections requiring you to climb steps carved into the mountain. You will pass through a forest of rhododendron and pine trees along the way, and you'll get to take in breath taking views of the Paro Valley below.

Observing the Guru Rinpoche's meditation cave, which resides in one of the temples is one of the highlights of an excursion to the Tiger's Nest Monastery. Even though the cave is small and unassuming, it serves as a potent reminder of the spiritual importance of this location.

The Tiger's Nest Monastery visit is a once in a lifetime opportunity that just cannot be missed. Trekking through Bhutan's rich cultural and religious heritage is a difficult but rewarding experience. The Tiger's Nest Monastery is certain to leave you feeling inspired and humbled by the beauty and spirituality of this sacred site, whether you are a Buddhist pilgrim or merely a curious traveller.

2. Experiencing The Bhutanese Culture and Traditions

Experiencing Bhutanese culture and traditions should be at the top of your list if you're planning a Bhutan trip. Here are a few ways to fully experience Bhutan's vibrant culture:

Attend a Festival: Bhutan is known for its vibrant and colourful festivals, which are observed all year long. The chance to learn about and experience Bhutanese culture and traditions is provided by these festivals.

Visit Dzongs and Monasteries: Bhutan is home to many Dzongs (fortresses), which are not only architectural wonders but also the epicentres of Bhutanese culture and religion.

Try the Bhutanese cuisine: Travellers during their Bhutan trip should try out the many dishes that are a part of the Bhutan cuisine like momos, Phaksha Paa, and Ema Datshi.

3. Learn About Bhutanese Textiles

Learning about Bhutanese textiles is a great way to learn about its culture and traditions because they are known for their intricate designs and patterns. To see how these fabrics are made, you can go to weaving studios and textile museums.

4. Practice Meditation

Bhutan is a one of those countries where Buddhism is an integral part of daily life. Practicing meditation at a monastery or temple is an excellent way to immerse yourself in the spiritual and cultural aspects of Bhutan.

5. Participate In A Farm Stay

Bhutan is a predominantly agricultural nation, and farming is central to its traditions and culture. An excellent way to experience local culture and discover conventional farming practises is to take part in a farm stay.

Well, with this to come to the end of the things which you should do during a Bhutan trip. Well to sum it up, we’d just like to say that Bhutan is a place with a distinctive fusion of spirituality, culture, and natural beauty. Bhutan is without a doubt a gem in the Himalayas with its pristine landscapes, vibrant festivals, intricate architecture, and hospitable people. Bhutan has something to offer to everyone, whether travellers are seeking adventure, cultural immersion, or spiritual enlightenment, Bhutan has it all. So without any further delay, pack your bags and start your Bhutan adventure.

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  • Original passport with a six month validity is required to enter the nation.
  • For children under the age of 18 years are required to carry original birth certificate to enter the nation and they must be accompanied by a legal guardian.
  • Tourists must have a travel insurance for the entire duration of their trip.

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For travelers from India, Bhutan stands as a magical and enchanting realm where Buddhism intertwines with the serene landscapes of this mountainous kingdom, bringing tranquility to the body, mind, and soul. The allure of Bhutan lies not only in its stunning views of the Himalayas but also in the spiritual richness embedded in its sacred religious sites.

Indian nationals enjoy a unique advantage when traveling to Bhutan, thanks to the reciprocal freedom of movement established by the 1949 Treaty between India and Bhutan. With just a valid passport or ID, the journey to Bhutan becomes a simple and cost-effective venture. Unlike other nationalities visiting Bhutan, Indian travelers are not obligated to join an organized tour, and the government-issued Minimum Daily fee does not apply to them.

Bhutan and India share a border in the Indian states of Sikkim, West Bengal, and Assam, providing various entry points. Indian nationals can choose to enter Bhutan via the Paro International Airport or through overland border crossings at Phuentsholing and Gelephu. The southeastern crossing at Samdrup Jongkhar serves as an exit point for those leaving Bhutan to India, particularly heading to eastern Assam.

As a reputable Himalayan tour operator, we present a diverse array of Bhutan tours that seamlessly integrate with travel experiences in India, Nepal, and Tibet. Explore our classic Bhutan tours and refer to our comprehensive India to Bhutan travel guide for a fulfilling journey through this mystical kingdom.

Visa and Permit-Free Access for Indian Citizens to Bhutan

Indian citizens enjoy the privilege of visa-free travel to Bhutan due to a reciprocal agreement, allowing them the freedom of movement into this enchanting kingdom. To cross the border, identification is mandatory. Accepted forms of identification include a valid passport with at least six months of validity, an Indian Voter ID with a photograph, or an Identification Slip issued by the Indian Consulate office in Phuentsholing. To obtain the Identification Slip, Indian citizens need to provide proof of citizenship, such as a birth certificate or Aadhar Card.

The processing of these documents is swift, taking only 15 minutes, and a nominal contribution of 100 rupees for the Army Welfare Fund is required. This streamlined process ensures seamless entry for Indian nationals, allowing them to explore the beauty and culture of Bhutan effortlessly.

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Various Routes for Traveling from India to Bhutan

Traveling from India to Bhutan by Flight :

Reaching Bhutan from India primarily involves air travel, and the exclusive international gateway to the kingdom is the Paro International Airport. Only two airlines, Druk Air (the national carrier) and Bhutan Airlines (a private airline sanctioned by the government), are authorized to operate flights to and from Bhutan. International flights to Paro originate from key Indian cities such as Delhi, Kolkata, Bagdogra, Bodh Gaya, and Guwahati.

While flights from India to Bhutan may be relatively more expensive compared to flights from non-Indian locations, the services provided by Druk Air are commendable. The airlines offer friendly and attentive crews, along with quality Indian meals (both vegetarian and non-vegetarian), although there is no in-flight entertainment.

It’s important to note that flying to Paro International Airport is the quickest mode of travel but can be more expensive. For those considering flights from Bagdogra, it’s advisable to explore various websites for the best deals, as discounts may vary. Additionally, Tashi Air, a local domestic airline operating exclusively within Bhutan, facilitates faster travel between Paro and Bumthang, catering to those exploring the western regions of Bhutan.

Traveling from India to Bhutan by Train

India’s extensive rail network offers a convenient means of traveling across the country, providing easy access to Bhutan. With railways connecting every city and many towns and villages, train travel presents an affordable option for reaching Bhutan.

The most economical route to Bhutan by train leads to Jaigaon, the Indian border town near the Indo-Bhutan border. Hasimara, located in West Bengal, is the nearest railway station to Jaigaon. Regular train services operate from Delhi, Kolkata, and Kanpur to Hasimara, with minimal connections and changes. To secure a seat on the desired date, especially for long-distance travel, it is advisable to book train tickets well in advance. Online booking options are available, and e-tickets can be conveniently sent to your email or phone.

Alternatively, New Jalpaiguri is another railway station situated close to Bhutan. From New Jalpaiguri, you can either take a connecting train to Hasimara or opt for a car or local bus to reach the border town of Jaigaon. The Indian Railway’s IRCTC website provides the timetable for all trains to Hasimara and Jalpaiguri. While tickets can be booked for the entire journey from your hometown to Hasimara or Jalpaiguri, it’s important to note that the connecting trains are predetermined on the ticket. Explore the latest train schedules to Hasimara and Jalpaiguri for reference.

Important Note: Advance Booking for Rail Travel to Hasimara

For travelers opting for rail transport to Hasimara, it is highly advisable to secure your tickets well in advance, ideally up to 120 days before your planned travel date. Attempting to book tickets within the final week leading to your travel date may result in unavailability of seats on specific segments of the route due to high demand and extensive bookings. To ensure a smooth and stress-free journey, plan ahead and secure your train tickets to Hasimara at the earliest convenience.

Traveling to Bhutan from India by Overland Road Trip:

While not the most cost-effective option for travelers coming from distant places like New Delhi, Lucknow, Hyderabad, Pune, etc., an overland road trip to Bhutan can be a more economical and convenient choice for those in proximity, such as Kolkata and neighboring areas.

Indian nationals have the option to bring their own cars into Bhutan, though a permit is required. Permits can be obtained from the Regional Transport Office in Phuentsholing after crossing the border, with a cost of approximately 200 Ngultrum (Bhutanese Currency), equivalent to around 200 INR.

For those interested in bus travel to Bhutan, a Royal Bhutanese Government-run bus service operates daily from Kolkata to Phuentsholing. Departing from the Esplanade Station in Kolkata, the journey takes approximately 18 hours, and the buses are equipped with comfortable amenities, including an onboard toilet.

It’s important to note that overland travelers have the option of using the extensive train network in India, particularly converging in West Bengal, to connect to the closest railway stations near the Bhutanese border crossings. The vast railway network across India makes travel relatively straightforward. Road travel, however, is the longest and potentially most expensive option, especially for the considerable distance from Kolkata and New Delhi to the Bhutanese border.

Various Travel Options from India to Bhutan

For those looking to optimize costs or enjoy scenic views along the journey, mixing and matching travel methods offers flexibility. The nearest airport to Bhutan is in Bagdogra, West Bengal, approximately a four-hour drive from Phuentsholing and close to Siliguri, a connecting railway station leading to Hasimara.

Flights from New Delhi to Bagdogra are available from around 2,500 INR, and travelers with E-cash can earn an additional 500 INR in their E-cash account. This allows for a customized travel plan, combining different modes of transportation to suit preferences and take advantage of discounted prices. To learn more about preparing for a Bhutan trip from Delhi, refer to additional details.

Optimizing Travel from New Delhi or Kolkata to Bhutan :

For a cost-effective and flexible journey to Bhutan, consider the following travel route:

1. New Delhi/Kolkata – (Flight) – Bagdogra:   Flights from New Delhi or Kolkata to Bagdogra are available, with prices starting from as low as 1,800 INR. Travelers can also earn a 500 INR E-cash reward. The short flight duration of 1 hour and 20 minutes allows for a convenient morning arrival, providing ample time to arrange train tickets to Hasimara upon reaching Bagdogra.

2. Bagdogra – (Road) – Siliguri: After arriving in Bagdogra, a road journey to Siliguri is necessary.

3. Siliguri – (Train) – Hasimara: From Siliguri, take a train to Hasimara. Train travel is a cost-effective and efficient option.

4. Hasimara – (Road) – Phuentsholing:   After reaching Hasimara, continue the journey to Phuentsholing by road. This overland route not only reduces overall travel time but also offers the opportunity to explore Sikkim and West Bengal before entering Bhutan.

Another budget-friendly approach is to take the train to Hasimara and then hire a car to drive into Bhutan for the remaining part of your trip. Renting a car for the duration of your stay in Bhutan can be more economical than relying on hired cars and drivers within Bhutan, given the limited public transport options in the country.

Best Time to Travel from India to Bhutan :

The ideal time to travel from India to Bhutan is during the months when the rainy season has subsided, as the southern part of Bhutan experiences heavy rains influenced by the Indian monsoon. The monsoon typically occurs from late June to the end of September. Hence, the recommended period for travel to Bhutan is from October to March.

Bhutan experiences five seasons – spring, summer, monsoon, autumn, and winter. The summer months, spanning from April to mid-June, mark the peak tourist season in Bhutan. During this time, the country is bustling with visitors. It is the opportune period to explore the northern regions, venturing into the Himalayas for trekking or sightseeing.

For the southern parts of Bhutan, the best time to visit is during the winter months. This period, from October to March, offers cooler weather and a decrease in tourist activity, providing a more tranquil experience. Traveling during these seasons ensures a pleasant climate and enhances the overall enjoyment of your Bhutanese adventure.

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Explore our selection of popular Bhutan tour packages, tailored for Indian tourists, available throughout the year. Whether you prefer a brief 3-day stay in Paro and Thimphu or an extensive 16-day Bhutan Himalaya tour covering Bumthang and Trashigang, we offer a diverse range of tours to suit your preferences. Designed for those on a budget or those who appreciate traveling with like-minded individuals, our well-crafted Bhutan tour packages provide an exceptional opportunity for an unforgettable experience in the Land of the Thunder Dragon. Join us and embark on a once-in-a-lifetime journey through the enchanting landscapes of Bhutan.

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How to Plan An India Bhutan Tour (2024 Ultimate Guide)

Journey to the mystical heights of Bhutan and the colorful depths of India , where every moment is a step into a world of unparalleled beauty and profound traditions. Picture yourself marveling at the majestic Taj Mahal, exploring the vibrant markets of Delhi , and seeking tranquility in the cliff-hugging Tiger's Nest Monastery . This is a land where ancient traditions thrive and spiritual journeys unfold.

Are you captivated by the idea of this adventure but find yourself overwhelmed with the intricacies of planning such an expansive trip? Whether it's navigating visa requirements, crafting the perfect itinerary, or budgeting for experiences from the Ganges to the Himalayas , the task can seem daunting. Fear not, the best India Bhutan tour planning guide is at hand.

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Attractions & Things to Do During Your Trip to India and Bhutan

When traveling through India and Bhutan , it's not just about checking off the attractions. Immerse yourself in the local cultures, interact with the people, and let the essence of each place transform you.

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Things to do in India:

  • Capture the most beautiful moments at the Taj Mahal in the morning.
  • Feel the gentle breeze at the Palace of Winds.
  • Explore the forts and palaces of Rajasthan , such as the Amber Fort in Jaipur , Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur, and the City Palace in Udaipur.
  • Experience the Ganges in Varanasi and catch a glimpse of the evening Aarti.
  • Take a backwater cruise in Kerala, relaxing in a houseboat.
  • Go on a wildlife adventure in Ranthambore.
  • Enjoy the beaches and water sports in Goa.
  • Participate in the vibrant and colorful festival of Holi in India .

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Things to do in Bhutan:

  • Trek to the Tiger's Nest (Paro Taktsang) monastery.
  • Explore the cultural heritage of Thimphu , Bhutan's capital city.
  • Visit Punakha Dzong
  • Discover the ancient temple complex of Bumthang Valley.
  • Witness the breathtaking beauty of Phobjikha Valley and its endangered black-necked cranes.
  • Explore the remote and picturesque Haa Valley.

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How Many Days Stay in India and Bhutan?

Once you have identified the key attractions and experiences you want to include in your itinerary, you can plan the duration of your stay in India and Bhutan accordingly. Here are some general guidelines to help you with your trip planning:

India (1-3 Weeks):

India is a vast and diverse country with numerous attractions and regions to explore. The duration of your stay in India depends on the specific destinations you wish to visit. For example, if you plan to visit the golden triangle of Delhi , Agra , and Jaipur , a 7-10 day trip would be sufficient.

However, if you want to explore multiple regions or cover popular destinations like Rajasthan , Kerala, or Himachal Pradesh, you might need 2-3 weeks or more.

Bhutan (4-12 Days)

Bhutan's allure lies in its distinct cultural and natural offerings. To uncover the highlights of Paro and Thimphu , a minimum of 4-5 days is recommended. For a more comprehensive exploration, including destinations like Punakha and other regions, it is ideal to plan a 6-10 day trip. If you yearn to delve deeper into remote valleys in Bhutan or embark on a trekking adventure, extending your stay to 10-12 days would be worthwhile.

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Recommended India Bhutan Itinerary

After reviewing your wishlist and gaining some understanding of your India and Nepal itinerary , it's time to plan the entire trip. Generally, a classic route for combining India's Golden Triangle with the popular destinations of Paro , Thimphu , and Punakha in Bhutan is to plan for around 12-14 days .

If you're still unsure about the specific daily itinerary, here's an example of a 12-day India-Bhutan tour:

Day 1: Arrival in India

Day 2: Explore the highlights of Delhi (Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk, India Gate, Qutub Minar, Humayun's Tomb)

Day 3: Delhi to Agra

Day 4: Explore Agra (Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Baby Taj)

Day 5: Agra to Jaipur

Day 6: Experience the main attractions of Jaipur (Amber Fort, City Palace, Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar)

Day 7: Jaipur to Delhi

Day 8: Fly from Delhi to Paro, Bhutan, and travel to Thimphu (Tashichho Dzong, National Memorial Chorten)

Day 9: Thimphu to Punakha excursion (Dochula Pass, Chimi Lhakhang, Punakha Dzong)

Day 10: Punakha to Paro, visit Paro attractions (Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten Hike, Paro Dzong, Bhutan National Museum)

Day 11: Visit the iconic Tiger's Nest Monastery in Bhutan

Day 12: Depart from Bhutan

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Extend Your India Bhutan Tour

You can extend your India and Bhutan trip to include Nepal and Tibet, which would require approximately 2-3 weeks of planning. Here's a suggested time frame for each destination:

Nepal (4-10 days): A brief visit to Kathmandu can be done in about 3-4 days. If you want to include popular destinations like the wildlife-rich Chitwan, the outdoor paradise of Pokhara, and the birthplace of Buddha, Lumbini, you should allocate around 10-12 days for your Nepal itinerary .

Tibet (4-15 days): If you only want to explore the highlights of Lhasa , plan for about 3-4 days. If you wish to visit the Everest Base Camp , you'll need approximately 8-10 days. Travelers planning a pilgrimage to Mount Kailash will require at least 15 days for the entire journey.

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Best Time to Visit India and Bhutan All Together

Combining a trip to India and Bhutan optimally requires consideration of the diverse climatic conditions in both countries. Since the preferred times to visit India and Bhutan have some overlap, the best time for a combined trip would be during the transition periods of from March to April or from October to November .

March to April: The weather in North India is pleasant, with the end of the winter chill and before the onset of the intense summer heat. This is also a great time to experience the colorful festival of Holi in India . In Bhutan , spring is the time of beautiful blooms.

October and November: Excellent for travel in both countries. In India , the monsoon season has ended, and the weather is cooler and dry, suitable for sightseeing and cultural tours. In Bhutan , the clear skies and cool weather provide great conditions for trekking and attending the Thimphu Tshechu festival .

Best Time to Visit India

The best time to visit most parts of India is generally from October to March . During this period, the weather is cooler compared to the hot summer months, and there is no disruption from monsoon rainfall. It is ideal for sightseeing and outdoor activities.

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Best Time to Visit Bhutan

The best times to visit Bhutan are spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) . During spring, Bhutan enjoys pleasant weather with blooming wildflowers, and the blue jacaranda trees in Punakha add to the scenic beauty.

Autumn is characterized by clear skies and cool temperatures, providing excellent conditions for trekking and admiring the majestic Himalayan vistas. Grand festivals like Thimphu Tshechu and Paro Tsechu also take place during these periods.

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How to Apply for India and Bhutan Visa?

Preparing for a grand escapade through the mystical lands of India and Bhutan ? Let's unravel the tapestry of visa applications, ensuring you step onto these ancient soils with ease.

India Visa: The E-Visa Ease

For India , the path is paved with digital convenience. Most globetrotters can apply for an e-Visa, which is a straightforward online process. Jump onto the official e-Visa portal, fill in the application, and upload the necessary documents.

Your Indian adventure is just a click away, as the approval is typically sent to you via email within a few days. It's advisable to apply at least four days in advance of your travel date, but not more than 120 days before your journey begins.

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Bhutan Visa

For non-Indian visitors looking to explore the serene landscapes of Bhutan , securing a visa is a necessary step. Opt for an online application to obtain your visa or engage the services of a travel agency to facilitate the process on your behalf. Upon receiving your visa confirmation via email, ensure to have a printed copy at hand for presentation upon your entry into the tranquil kingdom of Bhutan .

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Cost of Your India and Bhutan Tours

The cost of your travel plays a significant role in your India and Bhutan tours . In India , you'll find a range of economical options, from converted palaces to charming backpacker hostels. Depending on your travel style, the daily expenses for visiting India can vary from 1,300 to 3,000 INR / $17-45 up to 10,000 INR+ / $150+. India can be considered a relatively affordable destination. You can dine like royalty without breaking the bank.

In Bhutan , the daily expenses are typically around $200-250 USD, but it's an all-inclusive package! You can think of it as a luxurious buffet.

To manage costs, budget-conscious travelers can explore options like group tours organized by travel agencies. Especially in Bhutan , group tours often offer cost-saving benefits. Additionally, travel agencies can assist with arranging flights, layovers, and other logistical matters, saving you time and effort in planning. Reach out to renowned travel experts at Asia Odyssey Travel specializing in the Himalayan region for personalized assistance.

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Which Country Starts Your India and Bhutan Trip

India has more international airports and direct flights from around the world, especially in Delhi and Mumbai. This makes it an easier starting point. If you plan to visit higher-altitude regions in Bhutan , starting from India can help you gradually acclimate to the altitude, especially if you depart from northern India .

If you enjoy road trips, you can even travel by road from India to reach the Bhutanese border at places like Phuentsholing, Gelephu, and other border crossings, and then proceed to Bhutan .

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How to Travel Between India and Bhutan

The most convenient way to travel between India and Bhutan is by air. Bhutan's national carrier, Druk Air, operates flights from major Indian cities such as Delhi , Kolkata, Guwahati, and Bagdogra to Paro , Bhutan's only international airport. The flight duration is relatively short, and it offers beautiful views of the Himalayan mountains during the approach to Paro .

If you prefer a road trip adventure, you can enter Bhutan through the border towns of Phuentsholing, Gelephu and Samdrup Jongkhar. After completing immigration formalities, you can continue your journey by road within Bhutan .

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Paro Airport, Bhutan

Where to Stay During India and Bhutan Tour?

Delhi : Opt for a hotel in Connaught Place or the nearby diplomatic enclave of Chanakyapuri. These areas offer proximity to historical landmarks, markets, and multiple dining options. Plus, they provide easy access to the metro for exploration further afield, like the Red Fort or Lotus Temple.

Agra : Staying near the Taj Ganj area is ideal for those wishing to visit the Taj Mahal, especially at sunrise. Many hotels here boast views of the monument, and you'll be close to other Mughal-era sites.

Jaipur : Hotels in or near the Old City, often referred to as the Pink City, will place you within reach of attractions like the Hawa Mahal and City Palace. For a quieter stay, consider areas like Rambagh, where you can find both luxury and boutique garden retreats.

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Thimphu : Choose a hotel in the city center to be within walking distance of the Tashichho Dzong and the weekend market. Thimphu offers a range of accommodations from luxury hotels to cozy guesthouses, all providing a taste of Bhutanese hospitality.

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Paro : Look for lodgings that offer views of the Paro Dzong or are close to the base of the famous Tiger's Nest Monastery. The valley is serene, and many hotels are designed in the traditional Bhutanese style, providing an authentic experience.

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Punakha : Consider a stay in the lush Punakha valley, where traditional-style hotels often overlook terraced rice fields and the meandering Mo Chhu river, with easy access to the Punakha Dzong and suspension bridge.

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Amankora Bumthang, Bhutan

What to Eat During India and Bhutan Trip?

In India, don't miss:

  • Chaat in Delhi: A tangy and crunchy street food sensation.
  • Petha in Agra: A translucent, soft candy made from winter melon.
  • Dal Baati Churma in Jaipur: A combo of baked dough, lentils, and sweet crumble.

In Bhutan, savor:

  • Ema Datshi: The fiery yet comforting national dish of chilies and cheese.
  • Momos: Steamed or fried dumplings with a spicy kick.
  • Red Rice: A Bhutanese staple with a unique, nutty flavor.

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7 Day Travel Itinerary for Bhutan – The Last Shangri La

Bhutan, is the Land of Thunder Dragon , the Last Shangri La , a Kingdom unconquered by the world’s stresses, and a country with “literally” the happiest people in the world,  where wealth is measured in GNH (Gross National Happiness) rather than GDP.

This Last Shangri La remains unexplored, and unseen by millions of travellers. However, this Bhutan travel blog mainly expands on the  7-day Bhutan Itinerary, which I followed and , has a little bit of everything, be it adventure, culture or tradition.

Day 1 – Bagdogra to Phuentsholing

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If you are planning on entering Bhutan by road via Phuentshoing, then arriving in Bagdogra before 2 PM on the first day of the trip, is the first thing you need to get sorted. Bagdogra is a military controlled International Airport, 10 KM from the city of Siliguri, West Bengal, India.

If you have pre-booked your vehicle, then the driver should be waiting for you in the airport parking.  If you haven’t, you might be able to book a taxi for yourself upto Phuentsholing, on the spot as well. Just enquire around.

Now all you need to do is sit back, and enjoy the drive past the gorgeous Teesta and beautiful tea gardens. Reach Phuentsholing and Check-in to your hotel and call it a day.

Day 2 – Phuentsholing to Thimphu

Post breakfast, head out to the Immigration office with your guide, get your passports stamped, and make your way to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan . In addition to being the government seat, the city is known for its Buddhist sites. The massive Tashichho Dzong is a fortified monastery and government palace with gold-leaf roofs. The Memorial Chorten , a white- washed structure with a gold spire, is a revered Buddhist shrine dedicated to Bhutan’s third king.

Thimphu city - 7 Day Road Trip to Bhutan

The drive itself is going to take 4-5 hours, including an hour break for lunch. So, the earlier you reach Thimphu, more time you have to head out to the city, and enjoy the vibrant pub culture. My recommendation would be to head out to the Mojo Park  or The Zone  or Steez Bar  to grab some chilled beers on the tap or to try out the Bhutanese Peach Wine , along with some munchies. You can also check out Om Bar  and Jimmy’s Pub  if you want.

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This day in the 7 Day Bhutan Itinerary is only local sightseeing so you can plan the route in advance.

Post breakfast, first head out to the 169 feet bronze statue of Buddha Dordenma . This Vajra Throne Buddha is located in the Kuenselphodrang Nature Park and is one of the largest statue of Buddha in the world.

The hill top location provides a panoramic view of Thimphu and some amazing photo shoot location. Learn more about Buddhism, like the significance of the 8 lucky symbols, and the history of Buddha as depicted on the wall paintings inside.  

Buddha Dordenma - 7 Day Road Trip to Bhutan

Next, visit the National Memorial Chorten  which is built in honour of the late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk and admire the Thimphu Dzong or the Tashichho Dzong , the largest Dzong in Bhutan, and also the seat of the office of the King of Bhutan, from a nice vantage point.

Tashichho Dzong - 7 Day Road Trip to Bhutan

Visit the Thirteen Traditional Arts and Crafts School and the Folk Heritage Museum , before continuing to the National Library, where you’ll find the World’s largest published book .

Once you are done with all the sightseeing, head out to the Thimphu Post Office , and send a postcard or two, from the Last Shangri La, to your near and dear ones. (This should be one of the key takeaways from this Bhutan Travel Blog / Bhutan Travel Guide)

You can get a post card for around Nu 20 and the international postage stamp amounting to Nu30 . Then head out for a nice long walk along the lanes of Thimphu and check out the different souvenirs that are sold at the Norzin Lam Craft Stalls!

Many of the Bhutan Trips and Tours listed here , include a visit to most of these Top Sights and Attractions in Thimpu.

For more detailed information, regarding the different things to do in Thimphu, check out this extremely helpful travel resource about the Best Places To Visit in Thimphu.

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Day 4 – Trip to Punakha

After an early breakfast, your first stop of the day will be Simtokha Dzong , a small dzong built in 1629, just 5 km from Thimphu on the way to Dochu La Pass. Simtokha Dzong is an important historical monument and a former Buddhist monastery, and today it houses one of the premier Dzongkha language learning institutes.

Simtokha Dzong - 7 Day Road Trip to Bhutan

Next up will be Dochu La Pass , where the highlights are the 108 memorial chortens / stupas also known as the ‘Druk Wangyal Chortens’ . The 108 memorial stupas were built in memory of the 108 Bhutanese soldiers who were killed in the 2003 battle against separatist insurgent groups during the first ever operation “Operation All Clear” conducted by the Royal Bhutan Army.

There is a nice cafeteria offering panoramic view of the Himalayas, on a clear day, and if you’ve got time also check out the Druk Wangyal Lhakhang  monastery, which overlooks the 108 chortens of Dochu La Pass.

Dochu La Pass - 7 Day Road Trip to Bhutan

Dochu La pass is about 45min from Thimphu and about 2 and half hour from Punakha. There’s a military checkpoint between Thimphu and the pass, where your guide will step out and show your travel permit to the authorities.

As you make your way to Punakha, take a pit stop, just before reaching Punakha, and hike your way to  Chimmi Lhakang . The hike, through open fields and specially through the village of Sopsokha , will surely stun you up. As you will see plenty of Phalluses, painted on walls, and also available in different sizes as souvenirs.

Chimmi Lhakang also known as The Fertility Temple of Bhutan , is dedicated to the Divine Madman and childless couples from all over the world come here to pray for children, and are believed to be blessed with a baby after the visit.

Ask your guide, there is a photo album  kept inside the temple with images and messages from these couples who were blessed with children after their visit.

The phallus is a symbol of prosperity and luck, and is also used to ward off evil and malice, which is why you’ll see phalluses everywhere as you walk through the village of  Sopsokha.

Phallus Temple of fertility 7 Day Road Trip to Bhutan

Thereafter, continue to Punakha Dzong , a large and spectacular Bhutanese architecture, located at the confluence of Pho Chu and Mo Chu Rivers.   Punakha Dzong is the second oldest and second largest dzong in Bhutan , and it was the religious and administrative centre of Bhutan until 1950, when the capital moved to Thimphu.

Punakha Dzong 7 Day Road Trip to Bhutan

After that, in a matter of 10 minutes, you will find yourself on a short hike to the Suspension Bridge, spanning 160 – 180 m across the river Po Chu and is longest bridge of Bhutan. The suspension bridge is draped with prayer flags all along, and provides a panoramic view of the valley.

Tip – Rather than rushing to go from one end to the other, go the middle and just enjoy the beauty of nature, and when the number of people on the bridge start getting less, take out your cameras, and get those Instaworthy shots.

If you are looking for an entirely offbeat and rustic experience, spend the night in a farm stay , away from the city, surrounded by nature.

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Day 5 – Punakha to Paro

Make your way to Paro today, and plan it in such a way so that you reach Paro for lunch. The streets of Paro are dotted with quaint cafes , which definitely need your attention.

Post lunch, you can head out to Paro Dzong also known as Rinpung Dzong , and enjoy seeing the sun go down, from there.

I visited Paro in March 2019, during the Paro Tsechu – One of the Most Popular Festivals in Bhutan. Attending any of the festivals or Tsechu in Bhutan is one of the Top 10 Things To Do in Bhutan , and if possible plan your trip keeping that in mind. 

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Have a relaxing day at this scenic valley which is the heart of Bhutanese culture, as tomorrow you will need all your strength and you can’t afford to be tired, on this day of your trip to Bhutan.

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A hike up the Tiger’s Nest is a 100% must, and trust me, the 2 hours of hike up, is definitely rewarding. Tiger’s Nest or Taktsang, constructed back in 1692, is located on a cliff about 3000 feet above Paro Valley, and is 10 miles north of Paro.

The climb up to the viewpoint will take around 1 1⁄2 hours and from there you will enjoy a spectacular view of the monastery clinging to the side of the cliff. Stop for refreshment at the View Point Cafeteria. Then walk further up to the monastery which will take about 30 – 45 minutes. Ideally, you should be done in a matter of 5 – 6 hours , including spending around one hour at the monastery itself.

In this Bhutan Travel Blog and Travel Guide we recommend you to, start the hike up by 8 – 8:30 AM, so that you can be back at base by 1-2 PM just in time for lunch. The entire trail is a wide dirt trail, and is easily doable by almost everyone. The trail gets easy once you cross the view point, as from this point on, there isn’t much of an altitude gain.

The Tiger’s Nest Trek in Bhutan is one of the Best Things to do in Bhutan, and can be done as a part of these carefully curated Guide led Bhutan Tour Packages and Trips .

Once you are back, and have had a nice lunch, head out to your hotel, freshen up, quickly grab a change of clothes, and head out for the traditional Bhutanese hot stone water bath. This therapeutic bath, will ensure that your body is rejuvenated after the strenuous day, and will definitely be one of the highlights of your 7 Day Bhutan Itinerary.

Stay for the night in Paro.

If you thought the Tiger’s Nest hike was the last thing on your 7 Day Bhutan Itinerary before heading back, there’s a surprise waiting for you.

If you love your beers, or fancy trying out some new tastes, make your way to the Namgay Artisanal Brewery, aka N.A.B Bistro . This picturesque brewery, offers amazing panoramic views of Paro city, and of the Paro airstrip as well, which is directly in your line of sight.

Namgay Artisanal Brewery 7 Day Bhutan Itinerary

The beers are dirt cheap, and the artistic labels also make the Bhutanese beer as nice souvenirs to take back. Try out the wheat beer, and the red rice beer for sure.

With this your Trip to Bhutan has come to an end, and it’s time to bid adieu to Bhutan – The Last Shangri La on Earth . You can either choose to fly back to India from Paro, or head back to Bagdogra, halting at Phuentsholing on the way.

If you are driving back, add one more day, as you’ll be stopping at Phuentsholing on the way. Paro to Phuentsholing is a 5 hours’ drive, and Phuentsholing to Bagdogra is another 4-5 hours’ drive.

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  • Bhutan is full of tourists from all over the globe, so make sure to try out different cuisines like Tibetan , Bhutanese, and explore the vibrant café culture in Thimphu and Paro.
  • The best time to take a trip to Bhutan is in Spring, from March to May  when the valleys come alive with flowers in full bloom.

Things to Shop in Bhutan to remind you of your Trip to Bhutan

  • Tibetan Inspired  Crockery
  • Baby Yak wool shawls
  • Customised stamps from Thimphu Post Office
  • Cordyceps or Cordyceps Tea
  • Home Decorative items  (Tankha, paintings)
  • Miniature  prayer wheel
  • Tibetan prayer flags.
  • Bhutan souvenir  T Shirts.
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Day 1 –  Arrive in Bagdogra and drive to Phuentsholing.

Day 2 –   Phuentsholing to Thimphu . Explore Thimphu pubs and bars.

Day 3 –   Thimphu sight-seeing – National Memorial Chorten – Buddha Dordenma – Folk heritage museum

Day 4 –  Thimphu to Punakha via Simtokha Dzong , Dochu La Pass , Chimmi Lhakang – Punakha Dzong and suspension bridge

Day 5 –   Punakha to Paro – Paro Dzong ( Rinpung Dzong )

Day 6 –  Hike to Tiger’s Nest – Bhutanese hot stone water bath

Day 7 –  Visit Namgay Artisanal Brewery  overlooking Paro airstrip, and Paro – Phuentsholing

Day 8 –  With loads of happy memories, bid adieu to Bhutan and make your way from Phuentsholing to board your flight back from Bagdogra, India

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About Bhutan Holiday:  A vacation to Bhutan is said to be one of the most profound holiday experiences. Thomas Cook India’s Bhutan holiday packages are your perfect travel companions in this heartfelt experience. Your Bhutan holidays will be a series of evocative experiences set against the stunning backdrop of the majestic Himalayas. Thomas Cook India’s Bhutan holiday packages range from a quick 4 nights and 5 days to more relaxed 9 nights and 10 days. Prices start from a very reasonable INR 26,999 and go up to an indulgent INR 67,199. Whichever holiday package you choose, Thomas Cook India ensures that your Bhutan trip offers you the best value for your money. You can not only book your Bhutan tour on our website, but you can also customise it! Leave the finer details of planning to us and get ready for an adventure.

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Nestled amidst the magnificent Himalayas, the land of the Thunder Dragon inspires awe and wonder with its treasure chest of pristine natural beauty. The emerald mountains scattered with the varied hues of multicoloured monasteries and houses, seem like a beautiful picture postcard. Whether you travel solo or with family, Bhutan will be witch you with its dazzling beauty and simple charm, a potent combination. Sitting pretty between Indian and China, the last great kingdom of the Himalayas draws you in with its craggy charm and alpine climate. Be a part of the annual Tshechu and join the locals in praying to the Guru Rinpoche, revered here as the second Buddha. Share their meals and dance their dances, and you will find yourself being carried away on waves of celebrations full of passion and fervour.

If you want a break from Bhutan’s mesmerising calm, Bhutan has a whole lot of trekking trails that will take you on adventures of Himalayan proportions. Even visiting a monastery can be an adventure. Case in point, the Tiger’s Nest Monastery is perched 1,200 metres above the Paro Valley. Apart from being a preferred choice for a rejuvenating retreat, Bhutan is also popular for a memorable honeymoon. The leisurely pace of life here is beautifully interspersed with bursts of adventure that add spice to your holidays. From the crisp mountain air redolent with the aromas of nature to the craggy texture of the terrain, Bhutan is a treat for all your senses. Book a Thomas Cook Bhutan holiday package today to experience it all yourself.

The Best Time to Visit Bhutan

Spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) are the best seasons to visit the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan. In spring, the temperatures range between 3°C to 25°C, while in autumn they hover between 10°C to 23°C. Even with the wild variations in temperatures, these two are the best seasons to be in Bhutan, because it doesn’t rain. Bhutan receives most of its rainfall during summer and it snows during winter. The mild weather of the shoulder seasons is perfect and the best time to visit Bhutan  for sightseeing and exploring the wild beauty of Bhutan.

Not only can you get your sightseeing done without any interruptions, but you also find all the main tourist attractions open during these two seasons. Some parts of the country may become inaccessible due to heavy rains and snowfall during summer and winter respectively. Summer is still a good time to visit Bhutan if you can brave the rains and settle for a curtailed itinerary. But the subzero winter temperatures and the snow will keep most of the travellers away during the season.

In spring you can join the locals in celebrating the Paro  Festival, Gomkora Festival and the Ura Yakchoe. Autumn has a bigger spread of celebrations with festivals such as Thimphu Tshechu, Wangdue Tshechu, Tamzing Phala Choetpa, Jambay Lhakhang Tshechu, Jomolhari Mountain Festival and the Black Necked Crane Festival.

How to Reach Bhutan

You can reach Bhutan  by air and road from India. There is no direct rail connectivity. The fastest way to reach Bhutan is by air. Though Bhutan has many domestic airports, Paro International Airport is the sole gateway into Bhutan by air from outside. Druk Air, Bhutan’s national airline, operates regular flights from Kolkata, Bagdogra, Guwahati, Gaya, Delhi and Mumbai. Among these only Kolkata enjoys direct connectivity to Paro. The rest all offer connecting flights. Kolkata also has the most frequent of flights.

A road trip into Bhutan is the most popular way to get into the country. You have a choice of 3 points of entry into Bhutan from India:

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Out of these, The Jaigaon - Phuentsholing border is by far the most popular option. It is the most easily accessible border crossing, and this is also where you get the entry permit quite easily. All Indian citizens travelling to Bhutan must obtain an ‘Entry Permit’ from the Immigration Office of the Royal Government of Bhutan. This entry permit will allow you to explore Paro and Thimphu only. To venture further into the country, you must get a ‘Special Area Permit’ from the Royal Government of Bhutan Immigration Office located in Thimphu.

You can either drive yourself, hire a taxi or hop on to a bus. Private taxis and buses are available from Bagdogra, New Jalpaiguri, Siliguri and Kolkata. At 18 hours, Kolkata to Phuentsholing is the longest bus journey while it takes around 4 hours from Bagdogra and Siliguri.

Where to Go in Bhutan

Bhutan is a deceptively tiny kingdom with a whole lot of places to explore. From monasteries to national parks and museums, here are some of the best places to visit in Bhutan.

Tiger’s Nest Monastery:

This is, without a doubt, the most iconic and the holiest place to visit in Bhutan. It is the sacred monastery of the Guru Rinpoche and is a place of pilgrimage for the locals. Legends say that Guru Rinpoche rode a tiger to this location and spent three months in meditation. Hugging the cliff face above the Paro Valley, it offers a stunning panorama of the surroundings. A standard entry permit allows you access to this beautiful monastery. The cave temple inside the monastery is one of the attractions here, along with the spectacular views.

Punakha Dzong:

The second-largest Dzong (fortress) in Bhutan is home to almost all the national treasure of the country. Built between 1637 and 1638, it is also the second oldest building in Bhutan. It is also the final resting place for the sacred remains of Ngawang Namgyal and the tetrön Pema Lingpa. The fort itself is a wonder of architecture as it doesn’t use a single nail in its construction. The sacred relics of the Southern Drukpa Lineage and a sizeable collection of intricate paintings are worth your time.

National Museum of Bhutan:

The National Museum of Bhutan is a treasure trove of the country’s rich history. It chronicles more than 1,500 years of Bhutan’s culture in about 3,000 exhibits. From ancient sculptures to modern paintings, it is all there. The natural history section catalogues all the flora, fauna and wildlife of the region. There’s an entire section dedicated to ceremonial masks used in celebrations around Bhutan. A comprehensive photo gallery captures and showcases the cultural timeline. The museum building is also used as a venue for traditional dance ceremonies.

Zuri Dzong:

Dating back to the 12th century, this is one of the oldest standing dzongs of Bhutan. Zuri Dzong is a historically and culturally significant structure as it is believed to have been built at the site of a cave where Lord Buddha is said to have meditated during the 8th century. Secured inside double palisade walls and accessible only by a bridge, the 5-storey-tall structure offers mesmerising panoramas of the Paro Valley. This is one of the best and most popular hiking destinations in the region.

Jigme Dorji National Park:

The Jigme Dorji National Park is a veritable treasure chest of wildlife conservation. It is home to a multitude of rare animal and bird species such as Snow Leopard, Indian Leopard, Serow, Clouded Leopard, Himalayan Blue Sheep, Sambar Deer, Barking Deer, Pika, Marmot, Goral, Red Panda, Himalayan Black Bear, Ravens and Black Musk Deer. With such a variety of wildlife on offer, the National Park is a thriving ecosystem that is a result of aggressive conservation efforts. In addition to the animals, the park also houses 300 medicinal plants species along with around 39 types of butterfly species.

Food in Bhutan

The cuisine of Bhutan  has a distinct flavour profile that is dominated by liberal use of spices as well as chillies. Surprisingly, even though there are plenty of meat dishes available, a sizable population is vegetarian. Due to its proximity to India and China, you can easily find both cuisines throughout the country. Here are some local delicacies that you should try on your vacation to Bhutan.

Jaju Soup - A Traditional Soup:

This soup is traditionally made from sun-dried turnip leaves, although they can occasionally be replaced by spinach or other leafy greens for variety. It uses a milk and butter base to create a rich concoction that holds a special place during festivals and special occasions. You might find variations of this throughout Bhutan. Eat this with rice and curry as the locals do. Also, try the heartier version with cheese added to enhance the flavour and the texture.

Red Rice - A Local Staple:

Red rice is a medium-grain variety of rice that finds its way into the daily diet of most of Bhutan. Grown mostly in the Paro region, it is nurtured by the mineral-rich glacier water. It is only partially milled, so it cooks faster and retains more nutrition from the bran. This gluten-free rice has a distinctly nutty and earthy flavour that complements the spicy dishes quite well. You will find the rice as an accompaniment in a variety of Bhutanese dishes such as Ema Dashti and Shamu Dashti.

Jasha Maru - Spicy Chicken Stew:

A complete contrast to the mellow Jaju, Jasha Maru is a lip-burningly spicy local delicacy. The stew is prepared using diced chicken, ginger, garlic, onion, chillies, tomato and coriander leaves. But it is the ginger that gives Jasha Maru its soul. Usually served with generous helpings of chicken broth, the poultry may be replaced by other meats in some other variations of this flavourful dish. You will find this served mostly with red rice, although some places may serve it with buckwheat noodles. Do try it but be prepared for the after-burn.

Zow Shungo - A Quick Meal:

The Zow Shungo is a proud proponent of the Bhutanese philosophy of avoiding needless waste. It is often a mishmash of leftover vegetables that can be tossed together in a jiffy and is served with red rice. Though this is essentially a way to cut down on food wastage, you will find the Zow Shungo served in restaurants around Bhutan. Be sure to try this for its unique taste and texture that will vary from one place to another. By the way, ‘Zow’ means ‘splendid’ in the local language.

Ema Datshi - A Marriage of Cheese and Chillies

Yak cheese and chillies. Ema Datshi is a decadent combination of these two primary ingredients that come together beautifully to form the national dish of Bhutan. Garlic, onions and tomatoes add to the taste and texture of the stew, but the gravy retains the buttery colour of the cheese. Don’t be fooled by its tame appearance though. Ema means chillies in Bhutanese and they make their presence felt with every bite. As usual, you will find this dish served with omnipresent red rice.

Things to Do in Bhutan

While most tourists travelling to Bhutan expect a quiet holiday, Bhutan  has so much more to offer than serenity and clean air. You can easily pair your stretches of tranquillity with intermittent bursts of adventure to keep your holiday more interesting. Here are some recommended things to do in Bhutan.

Relax in the Hot Springs at Gasa Tsachu:

Soaking in natural hot springs, especially amidst the cool weather of Bhutan is a pleasure that needs to be experienced to be believed. Gasa Tsachu is in the same district as Jigme National Park. It is a collection of natural hot-water springs that offer a remarkably relaxing experience in open-air communal tanks. This is a truly rewarding experience, especially after an arduous trek across the national park. Take a cue from the locals and dissolve your tiredness in the proper Bhutanese way.

Go River Rafting on Po Chu River:

After a relaxing soak in the hot springs, a river rafting expedition on the River Po Chu seems like an exciting prospect. But far from the usual rapids accompanied by strong currents and loud screams, river rafting in Bhutan is almost a Zen-like experience. You are carried along on gentle currents along the river’s flow flanked by picturesque scenery on both the riverbanks. The 16-km-long route gives you the perfect opportunity to admire the natural beauty of Bhutan from a different perspective.

Trek in the Snow:

With its varied topography, Bhutan is a trekker’s paradise. As you make your way through exquisite natural landscapes, the snow-capped mountains, the lush green valleys and the crystal-clear lakes make a magnificent background for your trek. Some of the treks are physically demanding, but most are easy to conquer with a basic level of fitness. But, regardless of the difficulty level, they will all test your resolve and check your breaking point. So, put your best foot forward and explore the magnificence of the Bhutanese landscape on foot.

Score a Bulls Eye:

Archery is more that Bhutan’s national sport. It is a passion that thrives in every Bhutanese heart. All around the country you will find throngs of men dressed in ghos (traditional robes) shooting at tiny targets sometimes placed as far as 140 metres away. You can test your aim at one of these archery fields that are present in every Bhutanese village. The archery tournaments between villages are colourful spectacles that can get as rowdy as any international sporting events. The singing, heckling and cheering lend a festive air to the intense competitions. The Coronation Archery tournament and the Yangphel tournament are the biggest tournaments of the year.

Dance with the Monks:  

The wonderful Bhutanese culture is full of song and dance that celebrate age-old traditions and beliefs. Among these the ‘Tsechu’ reserves a special place among the local populace. Taking place on the 10th day of every Tibetan lunar month, it is the time for dancing, revelry and catching up with friends. But the highlight of the festival is the ‘Cham’ dance performed by monks dressed in intricate costumes and traditional masks. Each of these dances carries a moral message that is conveyed in an entertaining format. The end of the festival is marked by the unfurling of a giant Thangka or Throngdrei.

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The best time to visit Bhutan is from October to December, when the weather is sunny and the air is clear. Although it gets colder in January and February, the weather is dry and pleasant from then until April. In late spring, the famed rhododendrons blossom gloriously, filling the valleys with colour.

How many days are required in Bhutan tour?

In order to really experience Bhutan's natural beauty and treasured culture, you should spend 7 to 10 days there. You can thoroughly explore the best of Bhutan's natural wonders and cultural highlights with this seven-day Bhutan tour  through the country's culture and outdoors.

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The ngultrum is used locally in Bhutan, it is the country's official Bhutan currency. It is used for all financial transactions on a professional level as well as locally.

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Bhutan is a peaceful, safe, and well-kept nation that is gradually embracing a more contemporary way of life. The majority of the land is made up of steep, tall mountains that are carved through by a system of rivers that create deep valleys perfect for your Bhutan trip.

How to reach Bhutan from India?

You can reach Bhutan from India by air or land. From important Indian cities including Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Bagdogra, you may fly directly to Paro International Airport in Bhutan. On this route, Druk Air and Bhutan Airlines run frequent flights. The border towns of Phuentsholing, Samdrup Jongkhar, or Gelephu are another option for entering Bhutan by land. These entry points have set entry/exit times, and a travel permit is required. The most popular land access port, Phuentsholing, lies in the southwest and connected to the Indian town of Jaigaon. To get to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan, from there, you can either take a taxi or a bus. Please make sure you check the most recent requirements and restrictions for travel before you depart.

How much does a trip to Bhutan cost from India?

How long you intend to remain in Bhutan will determine this. The total cost of a 5-day trip to Bhutan, including housing, meals, and touring, comes to roughly INR 27,000 per person.

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No, a visa is not necessary to visit Bhutan if you are a citizen of India. When visiting Bhutan, you must, however, have one of the following two documents with you: Valid Indian Passport having validity of minimum 6 months Voter Identity Card, issued by the Election Commission of India You must apply for a visa in advance through your travel agent if you are not a citizen of India, Bangladesh, or the Maldives.

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Booking customizable Bhutan tour packages with Thrillophilia will get you loads of exciting deals and offers. Specially curated packages will let you experience the charming beauty of these places that happens to be some of the unexplored parts of the great Himalayan Mountain Range. You will get to enjoy the scenic mountain ranges and also get a chance to learn more about the culture and tradition of the places by taking special guided tours. Thrillophilia makes sure that you get well-experienced and expert tour guides who will give you utmost knowledge about every single place.

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In addition to being the capital of Bhutan, Thimphu is famous for Buddhist sites. It is nothing less than a magical kingdom located in the Eastern part of the Himalayas From monasteries to dzongs along the Raidak river. Whether you are travelling with your loved ones or with your family, there is always something to do in Thimphu as a part of your Bhutan tour . For a seamless Thimphu experience, consider Thimpu tour packages , unlocking the allure of Bhutan's capital and the scenic Paro Valley with its iconic Taktsang Monastery, making your journey truly unforgettable.

Your Bhutan trip is generally incomplete without visiting Paro . It is a major valley town in Bhutan and is known for its rice fields. The name Paro brings into our minds a plethora of images of the Himalayas with their alpine forests, sacred monasteries, rugged terrains, rickety curves, and expansive landscapes under the blue dome of the sky which takes you into a pristine world of peace and tranquillity. To enhance your Paro experience, consider Paro tour packages , seamlessly blending cultural immersion with the picturesque landscapes, ensuring an unforgettable journey through Bhutan's spiritual heartland.

Nestled at the confluence of the Pho Chhu (father) and Mo Chhu (mother) rivers, Punakha is a captivating district in Bhutan. Known for the stunning Punakha Dzong, a fortress monastery, this region showcases the country's rich cultural and historical tapestry. Book Punakha tour packages & get a chance to see lush greenery, the dzong's majestic architecture complements the serene riverside setting. Punakha also hosts the revered Chimi Lhakhang temple, adding a spiritual dimension to its allure.

Alternatively known as Tongsa or even Thromde, the name translates to a new village in the local language. Nestled in central Bhutan, Trongsa is a historical town steeped in cultural significance. Dominated by the Trongsa Dzong, the town offers a glimpse into Bhutan's royal history as the ancestral home of the monarchy. The dzong's intricate architecture overlooks the Mangde Chhu river valley, creating a majestic panorama for visitors.

Located in the Sarapang district of Bhutan, Gelephu is known as the Gateway to the Royal Manas National Park. The hamlet is home to some of the most unique animals worth spotting like the langurs, one-horned rhino, and even the Gangetic dolphin. It is also alternatively known as the South Central Gateway to Bhutan. 

Visa Requirement For Bhutan Trip:

Indian citizens traveling to Bhutan typically do not need a visa for stays of up to 14 days. Upon arrival, they can obtain a permit by presenting a valid passport with at least six months of validity and a passport-sized photograph. However, for stays exceeding 14 days, travelers must arrange permits through authorized Bhutanese tour operators. These operators often organize guided tours and handle the necessary paperwork. Bhutan emphasizes high-value, low-impact tourism, and visitors are expected to adhere to specific guidelines. It's crucial to verify the current visa requirements and regulations by contacting the Royal Bhutanese Embassy or checking the official website of the Tourism Council of Bhutan before planning Bhutan trip.

Best Time For Bhutan Tour:

1. Peak Season (September to November) : Bhutan is a year-round destination as it offers diverse experiences in each season. In this crisp season, from September to November, the kingdom offers an exquisite blend of clear skies and cultural richness. Ideal for trekking, this period introduces festivals like Thimphu Tshechu against breathtaking backdrops, ensuring an immersive experience amid Bhutan's natural splendor.

2. Waning Season (December to February): Discover Bhutan's serene side during the waning season from December to February. As winter sets in, the kingdom unveils a tranquil charm with fewer tourists. Explore cultural gems, appreciating the unique tranquility that graces this Himalayan destination during the colder months. The subdued atmosphere enhances the cultural experience, making it an ideal time for travelers seeking a more intimate and contemplative journey..

3. Shoulder Season (March to May): Bhutan springs to life in March to May, adorned with blooming rhododendrons. Mild weather sets the stage for outdoor adventures, while traditional ceremonies and festivities unfold in a serene and welcoming ambiance, providing a perfect balance for exploration and cultural immersion.

4. Off-Season (June to August): The monsoon season unveils lush landscapes, painting Bhutan in vibrant hues. Despite occasional rainfall, this period showcases the country's natural beauty, providing a unique perspective for travelers. Experience the country's serene allure and uncrowded attractions, making it an ideal time for a more intimate and offbeat Bhutanese adventure.

How to Reach Bhutan:

By Air : The best way to reach Bhutan from India is by taking a direct flight. Several cities including Bagdogra, Mumbai, Kolkata, Guwahati, and New Delhi offer direct flights to Paro International Airport. These flights take approximately 3-4 hours to reach. Airlines that offer these flights include Air India, Indigo, Vistara and Spicejet. 

1. Direct Flights : 

  • From : Bagdogra, Mumbai, Kolkata, Guwahati and New Delhi 
  • To: Paro International Airport
  • Average Flight Time : The average direct flight time from India to Bhutan is approximately 3-4 hours.
  • Airlines : Druk Air, Air India, Indigo, Vistara and Spicejet

Places to Visit on Bhutan Tour:

1. Tiger’s Nest , Paro:  Tiger’s Nest , also referred to as Taktsang Palphug Monastery, is not only famous here but throughout the world. This 16th-century monastery has extraordinary architecture and is a must-visit while in Bhutan. It is a cluster of buildings that looks as if it is cascading down a 900-metre-high cliff. It consists of 4 temples, praying spaces, and residences for monks. The monastery is reachable only after a steep 2-3 hour climb, so make sure to include this place in your Bhutan tour packages.

Location :  Taktsang trail, Paro Valley. 

Timings:  Every day 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. 

2. Chele La , Paro:  One of the most intriguing and exciting  places to visit in Bhutan  and it must be part of your Bhutan packages , Chele La is the country’s highest motorable pass. Located at an altitude of around 3988 meters above sea level, it divides the Haa Valley from Paro Valley. The pass offers stupendous views of the surrounding alpine forests, waterfalls, lush green valleys, and mountains like Jomolhari.

Location:  The pass is located on the Bondey-Haa Highway.

3. Punakha Suspension Bridge , Punakha:   Punakha suspension bridge is the oldest and the longest bridge in the country built over the Po Chhu River. It is quite an exciting experience walking on this wobbly yet surprisingly sturdy bridge as one crosses over the rushing river. It is an amazing vantage point to see the beauty of the misty lush meadows and valleys around. Mountainous regions are synonyms with these amazing structures that seem to delicately hang in the air.

This wooden-planked bridge is a must-see and part of your  Bhutan holiday packages . The length of the bridge is covered in colorful prayer flags and garlands that emit peaceful and positive vibrations as they flutter in the wind. The bridge connects the Punakha Dzong with the villages of Shengana, Samdingkha, and Wangkha.

Location:   Gunji Thang, Chuu Riverbank

Timings:  The Bridge is open 24/7.

4. National Museum , Paro:  There is no better way to know about the rich cultural heritage of this Himalayan kingdom than to visit its National Museum, an inclusion in your Bhutan tour packages. The history of this museum is as intriguing as its treasures. This building was used as a watchtower in the 16th century and reconstructed to house the museum in 1968. This intriguing conch-shaped building is a testimony of how this country evolved. It has 6 floors, with each of them narrating a unique story through the preserved paintings, royal dresses, weapons, wildlife specimens, jewellery, masks, scrolls, carved stones, etc.

The biggest attraction here is the ‘Egg of Mule’ that came to the museum in 1928. While nobody knows how this intriguing exhibit came to the museum, there are many legends that one hears, it is said that there was a rich businessman Tshongpo Wangdi who possessed 2 mules with extraordinary strength. This egg, considered to be lucky, saved the family from an epidemic that destroyed their entire village.

Location:  Located above the Rinpung Dzong, Paro.

Timings:  Summers (March-October)- 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

        Winters (November-February)- 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

5. Dochula Pass, Thiumpu:  This mountain pass, standing at an elevation of around 3100 meters, is one of the most striking locations and must be part of your Bhutan holiday packages. The pass is famous for offering jaw-dropping panoramic views of surrounding mountains and valleys shrouded in silvery mist.

Thickets of flowers like magnolia, and rhododendrons, surround the pass and Daphne and are framed by Himalayan ranges in the background. At the pass summit, you will see the 108 Druk Wangyal Chortens (stupas) that stand as a memorial to the fallen Bhutanese soldiers in the 2003 armed rebellion. Every year the Dochula Druk Wangyal Tsechu is held at the festival ground near the pass.

Location:  The pass is located on the road between Thimphu to Punakha. 

6. Haa Valley , Paro:  Surrounded by miles of brown-golden rice fields, meadows, and high mountain peaks in the background, Haa Valley is one of the most stunning places to include in your Bhutan tour packages . Home to the Queen Grandmother of the Dorji dynasty, this valley was opened to tourists only in 2002.

This is why it has mostly remained untouched and is the best place to spend some laid back time. Don’t miss seeing the White Temple and the 15th-century Haa Wangchuk Dzong while here. The valley is quite popular with adventure enthusiasts for its numerous rugged trails that are perfect for hiking and mountain biking.

Location :  The valley is located in the south-west of Paro and connects it with Chhukha and Samtse. 

Timings:  Can be visited any time of the year. 

7. Royal Manas National Park , Gonphu:  Bhutan is abundant in wildlife and has rich & diverse fauna ecosystems throughout its landscape. Royal Manas National Park, sharing its border with the Manas Tiger Reserve in India, showcases how the Bhutanese people lovingly conserve their nature. It houses hundreds of endangered and vulnerable species of birds, plants, animals, butterflies, and fish that are rarely seen in any other country besides Bhutan,so make sure to include this in your  Bhutan tours .

Some of the park’s most famous and exotic residents of this park are Himalayan Black Bears, Royal Bengal Tigers, Asian Elephants, Asiatic Gaur, Pygmy Hog, Golden Langur, Red-headed vultures, White-bellied herons, etc

Location:  South-central Bhutan.

Timings :  Every day from 5:30 am to 6:30 pm

8. Choki Traditional Art School , Thimpu:  Bhutan has a rich culture of art and craft and this beautiful place showcases how the love of these extends beyond barriers and this attraction should be part of your Bhutan tour packages. This art school was specially established to teach arts to students who were talented but couldn’t afford to pay to learn. On your visit, you will be met with smiling little faces who will happily take you on a round of their school to see children engaged in clay art, carvings, and painting. 

Location:  Kabesa Lam, Thimphu.

Timings:  Every day from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. 

9. Weekend Handicraft Market:  Also known as the authentic Bhutanese Crafts Bazaar, this vibrant market is the highlight of any Bhutan tour . This is where people go to catch the vibrant and happy pulse of the country.

Sellers from all across the country come to this bazaar every weekend to sell amazing bamboo products, silk fabrics, statuettes of Buddha, prayer flags, brass incense holders, carved dragons, thangkas, bells, drums, jewelry, etc. One of the famous places to be part of Bhutan holiday packages . You can also pick up locally made beer, honey, cheese, tea leaves, noodles, and spices here. Don’t miss to try delicious and authentic Bhutanese snacks like Ema Datshi, Shakam Paa, Juma, and a huge range of momos.  

Location:  Below Norzim Lam, Thimphu.

Timings:  Friday, Saturday and Sunday: 7:00 am to 8:00 pm

10. Buddha Dordenma , Thimpu : Buddha Dordenma is a 169-foot-tall statue of Lord Buddha that overlooks the Thimphu Valley, and it is a must-see attraction to include in your Bhutan tour packages. Nestled amidst the Himalayas, this iconic landmark is not just a spiritual marvel but also a symbol of peace and happiness. The intricate details of the statue, the panoramic views it has to offer, and its serene surroundings make Buddha Dordenma an intriguing sight to witness.

Things to Do on Bhutan Trip:

Here are some of the  best things to do in Bhutan :

1. Soak in spirituality:  Bhutan is a deeply spiritual country dotted with monasteries and temples that welcome everybody to soak in the aura of calm and peace irrespective of the faith that one follows. Some of the best temples and monasteries to include in your Bhutan packages are the Tiger’s Nest, Chimi Lhakhang,  Punakha Dzong , and Trashigang Dzong. One of the best places to soak in the mountainside serenity is the Great Buddha Dordenma. Being in the presence of this 51-metre-high statue that’s encircled by 1,25,000 miniatures of the same statue is quite a surreal experience.

2. Enjoy the thrill of river rafting:  Not many people know that Bhutan is quite an amazing destination for river rafting. There are several rivers with rapids ranging from 1-6 ( 1 being the easiest) that are popular rafting locations. Whether one is a beginner or an experienced rafter, there is something for everybody. It is an amazing experience to see the stunningly rugged landscape of Bhutan from its waters as you pass through thick forests, ridges, valleys, and farmlands. The best time to enjoy river rafting here is between March-April and November-December, so make sure to include this experience of your Bhutan holiday packages. You can enjoy river rafting at Po Chhu and Mo Chhu (Punakha Valley) or Mangde Chhu (Trongsa)

3. Trace the ancient trade route:  What’s better than enjoying a trek in the pristine countryside of Bhutan? Take a trek route that will take you through one of the oldest trade routes in the world and must be part of your Bhutan tour packages. Running between stunning mountain passes, the route will take you through some of the most amazing & unforgettable landscapes.

You will pass through lush yak pastures, emerald-green lakes, forests of rhododendrons, apple orchids, and lush green ridges as your guide narrates interesting stories about the trade route. Views of Mount Jumolhari, Jitchu Drake, and Gangkar Punsum will accompany you throughout your trek. 

Location :  The trek starts from Paro and ends at Thimphu as it passes through places like Damchena Village, Jele Dzong, Jangchulakha, Simkota, and Phajoding.

4. Enjoy the exotic Bhutanese cuisine:  Bhutanese cuisine is considered to be amongst the most exotic cuisines in the world. It is known around the world for its comfortable and subtle flavours of yak meat, pork, eggs, and vegetables combined with undertones of cheese and varieties of chillies.

Some of the best dishes to try here are the huge range of steamed & fried dumplings, Goep, Juma, Gondo Datshi, Jasha Maru, Hoentay, Lom, and Khatem. Don’t miss to include local food sampling in your Bhutan trip packages and try the local ‘Ara’, creamy liquor made of wheat, rice, or barley. 

5. Enjoy traditional hospitality:  One of the best ways to learn about and enjoy the happy relaxed, and slow-paced Bhutanese lifestyle is to stay with a local family in a homestay. Not only would you get to know the native language, traditions, and culture, but you can also experience amazing things like a hot stone bath, milking farm animals, and even cooking along with the family. Don’t miss trying the hot buttery tea, pork fat flavoured rice, and khuli (traditional pancakes).

6. Attend a festival:  Bhutanese people, known as the happiest people on earth, surely know how to celebrate their culture and heritage. Any Bhutan trip is incomplete without attending one of these glorious riots of color, music, dance, and fanfare. One of the best festivals to attend is Paro Tsechu (March) to see dance performances by lamas and the unrolling of a 4-storey high thangka and it must be part of your Bhutan tour package

You can see traditional dance forms like Shingje Yabyum and Drametse during this festival. Another not-to-be-missed celebration is the Haa Summer Festival (July) to see dancers wearing colorful masks, costumes, and jewelry dancing to local drum beats. There are also sporting contests, food & drink tasting, and religious performances, which one can attend.

Bhutan also hosts the world’s only festival dedicated to mushrooms! Known as the Matsutake Festival (August), it not only educates people about the thousands of existing varieties of mushrooms but also how they are grown sustainably in Bhutan, by including this in your Bhutan tours.

Location:  Paro, Bumthang, and Haa Valley.

Timings :  The festivities generally last for 2-3 days.

7. Dig into Bhutan’s history at Trongsa Dzong : Get a chance to explore Bhutan’s rich history at Trongsa Dzong, and witness the spectacular vistas surrounding it. It is a majestic fortress that served as the country’s ancestral home of the royal family. Located in the Trongsa District, this architectural marvel will take you back to the 17th century and provide insights into Bhutanese culture.

Location : Trongsa, Trongsa district, Bhutan

Timings : 9:00 AM To 5:00 PM

8. Stroll around Bumthang Valley : Immerse yourself in the tranquillity of Bhutan’s Bumthang Valley as you take a leisurely stroll through its picturesque landscapes. Renowned for its four stunning valleys, Bumthang offers a blend of natural beauty and cultural vibrance. Here, you can wander through quaint villages, marvel at vast meadows, and visit ancient monasteries, by including this attraction in your Bhutan tour packages.

Location: Bumthang, Bhutan

Timings : 24 Hours

9. Rediscover yourself at Memorial Stupa: Recover your inner peace at Bhutan’s Memorial Stupa, also known as Thimphu Chorten. This soothing sanctuary invites self-introspection amidst prayer wheels and serene surroundings. With our Bhutan trip packages , you can add this place to your itinerary and indulge in some soul-calming retreat.

Location : Doeboom Lam, Thimphu

10. Go on a Wildlife Safari : Witness the wide range of Bhutan’s wildlife on an exhilarating safari a must to include in your Bhutan tour packages. Navigate through dense forests and glide beside the rivers to spot rare species of fauna. Bhutan is home to various animals like red pandas, takins, and the elusive snow leopards. Embark upon a well-planned wildlife safari and encounter the country’s rich biodiversity in a pristine natural setting.

Local Dishes to Try on Bhutan Tour:

Bhutan packages , particularly holiday ones, are not truly fulfilled without indulging in the country's local delicacies. Take the opportunity to savor these dishes during your Bhutanese journey, and you'll be grateful for the experience:

1. Ema Datshi : Ema Datshi is the national dish of Bhutan which is a spicy and flavourful delight. It consists of green chili peppers cooked in a rich cheese sauce, offering a fiery yet balanced kick. This dish is served with red rice and exemplifies the unique Bhutanese culinary experience.

2. Jasha Maroo or Maru: Jasha Maroo or Maru is a savoury Bhutanese chicken stew that can delight you with its robust flavours. Combining tender chicken pieces with aromatic spices like garlic, and ginger, this dish is a mouthwatering marvel. Served with red rice, it offers a taste of the country's rich culinary heritage.

3. Phaksha Paa : Phaksha Paa is a beloved Bhutanese dish that features succulent pork, stir-fried with radishes, chilies, and a medley of traditional flavours. The result is a savoury and spicy delicacy, showcasing Bhutan’s culinary creativity. Generally served with red rice, it embodies the country's love for bold flavours, making it a must-try.

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No, if you are an Indian national, a visa is not required to travel to Bhutan. However, you must carry either of the two documents while travelling to Bhutan:

1. Valid Indian Passport having validity of minimum 6 months

2. Voter Identity Card, issued by the Election Commission of India

If you are not a citizen of India, Bangladesh or Maldives, you are required to apply for visa in advance through your travel agent.

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Which currency is used in Bhutan?

Ngultrum (Nu) is the name of the currency used in Bhutan. However, Indian Rupee except for the currency notes of Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 are also acceptable in Bhutan.

Can I get visa on arrival in Bhutan?

If you are an Indian, Bangladeshi or Maldivian national, you do not need a visa to travel to Bhutan. For other tourists, no, you cannot get a visa on arrival in Bhutan. Visa is arranged in advance by a local tour company.

How much time does it take to get a visa to Bhutan?

Getting a visa to Bhutan may take around 1-2 weeks minimum, and it is valid for 7 days for Indian tourists. The process involves coordinating with a licensed Bhutanese tour operator and then getting your visas approved by the Tourism Council of Bhutan. So, it is advisable to apply for the visa application process well in advance before booking your Bhutan tour packages.

How much does a trip to Bhutan cost from India?

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Bhutan has a deeply spiritual aura with some of the most beautiful monasteries in the world, famous for its architecture and stunning locations. Some of the best monasteries that should be part of your spiritual Bhutan tours are:

1. Taktsang Monastery: Famous around the world as the Tiger’s Nest, this bronze-gold hue monastery is the one you see on picture postcards of Bhutan and must be part of your Bhutan tour packages. Edged precariously on a cliffside 3000 metres above sea level, this 8th-century monastery is shrouded in legends and mysticism. The journey to reach this spectacular monastery is quite exciting. One can only reach the temple on foot through a 2-3 hour long trek.

2. Punakha Dzong: This 16th-century monastery is the second-largest and the second-oldest monastery in Bhutan. Located at the confluence of Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu rivers, it justifies the name given to it by the locals ‘Place of great happiness’. The monastery’s calm and serene aura accentuate the only sounds that you will hear around- those of the rustling river waters and it must be an inclusion in your Bhutan packages

3. Trongsa Dzong: Famous for its captivating views, Trongsa Dzong stands like a shining white jewel amidst the black-green mountains and misty valleys. It is one of the largest monasteries in the country and now serves as the administrative headquarter of the Trongsa district and don't forgot to include this in Bhutan tour packages.

4. Paro Taktsang : Also known as Tiger’s Nest, Paro Taktsang is a monastery that you must include in your spiritual Bhutan tours. Legends speak of Guru Rinpoche meditating here, making it one of the most sought-after spiritual destinations in Bhutan. The monastery’s breathtaking architecture and panoramic views create a serene ambiance, making it an essential stop for those seeking spiritual enrichment in Bhutan.

5. Gangtey Monastery : Nestled in the Phobjikha Valley, the Gangtey Monastery is a spiritual gem in Bhutan. Surrounded by pristine landscapes, it radiates tranquillity and religious significance. This sacred site is a key seat of the Pema Lingpa tradition, featuring intricate woodwork and murals. A spiritual tour to Gangtey Monastery is a must to include in your Bhutan tour packages, as it offers a retreat into Bhutanese Buddhism.

What are the most romantic things to do on your Bhutan tour?

The breathtaking natural beauty and the cultural treasures of the last Shangri-La, coupled with comparative lack of tourists, will surely make your Bhutan honeymoon a perfect romantic getaway. The Land of Dragons, Bhutan is one of the most mystical places you can go to. The most romantic things to do on your Bhutan travel packages are:

1. Trek Together to DochuLa:  This is a scenic mountain pass that is adorned with prayer flags and surrounded by amazing landscapes. As you ascend through the cool mountain air, its panoramic views create a dreamy ambience. Reach the summit and enjoy yourself at the peak of DochuLa, one of the best destinations to cover in your Bhutan tour packages.

2. Visit Paro Valley:  Indulge in utopic instances with your partner amidst the enchanting beauty of Paro Valley in Bhutan, and explore its ancient monasteries. As you admire the iconic Taktsang Monastery on the cliffside, the valley’s serenity becomes a canvas for your romantic escapade.

3. Visit the new village of Trongsa:  Enhance your travel experience with our Bhutan vacation packages by visiting the enchanting new village of Trongsa. Immerse yourself in the indigenous culture and cuisine, engage with friendly locals, and elevate your experience of traveling through Bhutan.

4. Enjoy your time in Gangtey Valley:  Cherish your moments in Bhutan by savoring the tranquillity of Gangtey Valley. The intimate ambiance of this destination bears a spiritual aspect too, making it perfect for couples, friends and families alike. Delve into the enchanting meadows and let your soul bloom amidst the natural beauty of this serene haven.

What are the adventure things to do on Bhutan trip?

1. White water rafting in Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu River: Both these streams are famous for offering the adventure lovers a much required thrill in their Bhutan trip. The gushing streams of the white waters offer enough rapids to make rafting a must do activity here. Life jackets and other first aid is always available at site, thus helping you to enjoy this adventure at its best.

2. Kayaking: Either traveling solo or enjoying a trip with your friends, a session of Kayaking in Bhutan is a must-do activity. Traversing the deep blue waters in a raft while immersing yourself in the wilderness of slowly gushing streams will provide you with much-required adventure, this experience should be part of your Bhutan tour packages.

3. Trekking: The quaint valley of Paro is home to many beautiful trails loaded with a wide variety of local flora and fauna. These trails are perfect to indulge in a session of trekking and ascending to the top of the hills like Jomolhari Peak, so make sure to include this adventurous activity in your Dubai travel packages.

4. Paragliding: Get a chance to marvel at the panoramic scenery of the mountain area and the beautiful valley while flying like a bird and enjoying an adrenaline rushing session of Paragliding. The scenic Ura Valley is famous for paragliding due to its height, thus attracting flocks of crowds towards it and you must include this adventurous activity in your Bhutan holiday packages

Which are the famous pilgrimage sites in Bhutan?

Bhutan is the only country in the world that officially practices Mahayana Buddhism or Vajrayana Buddhism. More than a religion, Buddhism is a way of life in Bhutan. Since time immemorial, Buddhism has shaped local beliefs, culture and identity.

If you’re vacationing in Bhutan and interested to take part in some pilgrimage Bhutan tours, the best places are:

Which are the places for a wildlife experience in Bhutan?

Bhutan’s great geographical diversity combined with equally diverse climate conditions contributes to Bhutan’s outstanding range of biodiversity and ecosystems. Here places for the best wildlife experiences that you must include in your Bhutan tour packages:

1. Jigme Dorji National Park:  Explore the untamed beauty of Bhutan’s wildlife at the Jigme Dorji National Park. Being the country’s largest protected area, it comprises diverse ecosystems, flora, and fauna. By including a visit to this park in your Bhutan travel packages, you can spot elusive species like red pandas, snow leopards, and takins, and experience a captivating blend of biodiversity with scenic landscapes.

2. Royal Manas National Park:  Discover the rich biodiversity of Bhutan at the Royal Manas National Park, a haven for wildlife enthusiasts. This is one of Bhutan's oldest sanctuaries and it shelters varied ecosystems like subtropical forests and grasslands. Here, you can spot endangered species like Bengal tigers and Asian elephants, making it an ideal destination for an intriguing wildlife experience.

3. Black Mountain National Park:  Get a chance to delve into Bhutan’s wildlife wonders at the Black Mountain National Park. Situated in the heart of Bhutan, this park is a haven for diverse flora and fauna. With your Bhutan vacation packages, you can enjoy an exciting wildlife experience as you’ll spot red pandas, leopards, and a variety of birds as well.

How far is Bhutan from Siliguri?

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Bhutan is one of the safest countries with rare criminal occurrences. People of Bhutan are very helping and co-operative. However, it is advisable to be careful still and take care of your safety. And, from weather point of view, heavy rains during monsoon worsen the road condition in Bhutan and during winters, snow blocks some roads. So, you should consider the weather conditions before planning a Bhutan trip, and consider Bhutan tour packages for autumn or spring.

What I should must pack while travelling to Bhutan?

The trick is to keep your luggage light by packing only essential items. Following are the items that should be part of your luggage on a Bhutan tour:

  • Warm jacket
  • Thermal innerwear
  • Waterproof boots or trekking shoes
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Warm Gloves

Do I need to follow any dress code in Bhutan?

No, the dress code in Bhutan is only meant for the local citizens and not for foreigners visiting the country. However, it is recommended to dress up modestly in Bhutan, especially when visiting religious places. There is no rule regarding this, but it is good to do it out of respect for their culture.

Is smoking legal in Bhutan? What is the legal drinking age?

Though alcohol is easily available in Bhutan, tobacco products including cigarettes are banned, and you cannot smoke in public places. If you wish to take cigarettes to Bhutan, the upper cap is 200 sticks. Moreover, you need to pay 100% tax on their value.

As per the law in Bhutan, you must be at least 18 years of age to purchase alcohol in Bhutan.

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How to Plan Bhutan Trip for 7 Days from India under INR 12000

Travelling gives you pleasure and fulfill your mind with joy and happiness not only when you are exhausted and frustrated in your daily work schedule, but also when life is getting boring day by day and if this traveling can be explored in a foreign country that too within a low budget then your first preference should be Bhutan, “ The Land of Thunder Dragon” and “ The Last Shangri La ”.

So plan a Bhutan trip from India that will offer you a rich culture, peace and serenity. Today I am going to share with you a detailed Bhutan travel guide with Bhutan itinerary for 7 days and Bhutan travel cost breakup.

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So before going to exact budget plan details for a successful Bhutan trip let’s have an overview of which a traveler should be aware.

Specialty of Bhutan:

High gross National Happiness Index, Carbon Negative Country, One of the most Travel-Friendly Location in Asia, world-class scenic beauty.

Best Time to Visit Bhutan:

March, April, May, September, October, November but as it is all about a budget trip plan I will recommend to visit Bhutan in January or February(Though it is cold you can spend quality time with less price because of less traveler)

Official Language of Bhutan and SIM Card:

Dzongkha is the official language in Bhutan, more or less everybody can understand and speak Hindi and English . Travelers can collect a Bhutan sim card from the immigration office. B-Mobile and TashiCell are two popular Telecomm and data provider in Bhutan.

We took B-Mobile SIM card for Rs. 100 with a call balance of Rs. 100(Rs.4/Min charge to call in India) and also took a data plan of 1 GB for Rs. 100 which was enough for 7 night trip in Bhutan(Most of the hotels provide free WiFi to their guests)

Currency and ATM in Bhutan:

Bhutan’s currency is Ngultrum . They also accept Indian currency(except Rs. 2000). Ngultrum and INR both are of the same value there. ATM is also available in main cities but I will recommend carrying enough cash from Jaigaon before entering Bhutan as most of the time ATM runs out of money and secondly you can withdraw Ngultrum, not INR.

Bhutan Visa for Indian:

No visa is required for Indian, Bangladeshi and Maldivian passport holders . As we are Indian we just had to show original Voter Id (not Aadhaar card) or Passport and a passport size photo . It is better to keep a minimum of 4 copies of Id proof and 4-5 passport size photos. These are the documents required for visa in Bhutan . Travelers from other countries(apart from India, Bangladesh, Maldives) they will get the Bhutan visa permit on arrival in Phuentsholing or Paro.

Food in Bhutan:

Bhutanese cuisine is mostly influenced by Indian, Chinese and Tibetan food. The most famous Bhutanese dish is Ema Datshi which is served with chili and cheese which is a must-try for every traveler (It was not as hot as I would imagine). However, you will find several Indian restaurants in Bhutan.

How to Reach Bhutan:

By Air – Bhutan Airlines and DrukAir fly from Kolkata, Dhaka, Kathmandu, Singapore and Bangkok to Paro International Airport. While going to travel Bhutan from India, take a flight to Bagdogra from the airport nearest to you. You can also come by taking Delhi to Bhutan flight. I will recommend checking Skyscanner or Kayak to book a cheap flight . Jaigaon(Indo-Bhutan border) is a 3-4 hrs road journey from Bagdogra.

By Train – Hasimara is the nearby Indian Railway Station to the Indo-Bhutan border if you want to reach Bhutan by train. Board on Kanchankanya Express from Sealdah which goes directly to Hasimara . You have to take Cab or bus to reach Phuentsholing from Hasimara which charges Rs. 40-50 per person.

So we four travel freak friends started our long-awaited journey on 10th February(Sunday),’19 for Bhutan budget trip of 7 days from Sealdah Railway station at 8:30 pm. Kanchankanya Express(13149) was supposed to reach Hasimara railway station at 11:07 am on the next morning, but as usual, the train was late for 2.5 hrs.

We had already contacted a local experienced driver(Sanjeev) who is an expert to conduct a Bhutan budget tour. We hired a WagonR for our 8 days Bhutan budget tour for Rs. 2500/day basis. It was a 15 km distance from Hasimara to Jaigaon. Taxi or bus is also available to go to Jaigaon which costs Rs. 40-50 per person.

Bhutan gate from Phuentsholing, Bhutan

BHUTAN ITINERARY FOR 7 DAYS

Getting permit for bhutan:.

As we were already late for that day, we did not waste not a single time and directly went to the Immigration office of Bhutan crossing the border. You have to make a permit for Bhutan from here to travel in Thimpu and Paro, but to travel in Punakha you have to make another Punakha permit from Thimpu.

Generally, Monday used to be crowded due to the backlog of 2 days as the immigration office remains closed on weekend but luckily while we went to make a permit for Bhutan there was max of 5-6 people in the queue. Hereafter filling immigration form we have submitted it along with a passport size photo and a copy of our voter id or passport and got a token number.

Next, we had to go to the verification counter to verify our documents. After getting verified all documents we went to the next counter where fingerprint and photo were taken. All the processes were completed within 1 hour and our driver collected the permit. In between, we completed our lunch from a restaurant in Jaigaon.

Completing all the process we completed the two most important things before starting our journey to Bhutan. The first one was we withdrew a good amount of money(I took 14k INR) from the ATM of Jaigaon and then we bought some dry foods like puffed rice, chanachur, chire vaja , peanut, Maggi, biscuit, cake, potato chips, etc. for the breakfast and evening snacks of our entire Bhutan trip for 7 days.

It saved a good amount of money on our budget trip to Bhutan as food in Bhutan is quite costly(Later we found the Rs.5 Maggi in India was selling at Rs.15 in Bhutan).

Bhutan Immigration Office in Phuentsholing

Ultimately at around 4:30 pm we started our Bhutan budget tour towards Thimpu which is around 147 km from Phuentsholing. As soon as we crossed the border we felt the difference between two countries, there were fewer people with discipline everywhere you can literally feel the peace all around you.

We already decided previously that we won’t stay at Phuentsholing as there is nothing special to visit except Karbandi Monastery so that we can spend an extra day in Bhutan. We were dead tired when we reached our hotel “Welcome Home”(Rs.1200/Night) in Thimpu at around 9 pm. Our first day ended eating noodles at dinner from the hotel restaurant.

Best Places to Visit in Thimpu:

The next morning, we went to the immigration office to make the permit for Punakha. The weather was charming and the sky was also fully clear. While our driver was arranging this we were busy exploring the capital city of Bhutan which is not only enriched with its scenic beauty but also a combination of traditional and contemporary culture.

Streets of Thimpu

While roaming around to Thimpu city we found some local shops where local people were selling their traditional handmade crafts and pieces of jewelry but the price was a little bit higher. Taking some pictures of the Thimpu city and National Textile Museum(not worthy to visit, so we avoided).

National Memorial Chorten:

It is a Large white stupa with a golden spire on top which was built in memory of Third Druk Gyalpo. It is a place for daily worship of the Bhutanese. I found it better to take a snap from outside as the entry fee is a little bit high, Rs.300 is not justified.

National Memorial Chorten

Buddha Point:

It must be there in your ‘things to do in Thimpu’ list. The 50 meters tall Buddha Dordemna statue is one of the largest seated Buddha statues in the world. The whole statue is made of bronze and is gilded in gold that makes it more attractive on a sunny day. We got a great panoramic view of Thimpu city from here, which never fails to cease the viewer’s eyes.

Buddha Point at Thimpu

The interior chamber of this statue has a painted wall that depicts Buddha’s life and a total of 125,000 miniature Buddhas are there. Though the total cost to construct this wonderful statue is more than 100 million USD still there is no entry fee for Buddha Point till now.

Folk Heritage Museum:

It is a 3-story house made with mud and timber which was built more than 150 years ago. A traveler can have a basic idea of the traditional Bhutanese culture and living. In addition, you can also have a taste of their hand made local wine and other traditional foods of Bhutan. The entry fee of the Folk Heritage Museum is Rs.50 per person.

Bhutanese baby

Completing all the sightseeing we had lunch in a restaurant near Clock Tower Square. There are several restaurants of different ranges. We ordered mixed fried rice and two chicken item which total cost Rs.900 for 4 people.

You can explore the local market where from a little keyring to a big Buddha idol everything is expensive here. One thing you will surely notice that there is no rush to anyone, not even in the traffic, no horn, no chaos, everybody maintains a proper discipline here which will melt all tiredness after completing sightseeing.

Thimpu City from Upper Hill

We did not stay longer outside our hotel as the temperature was near around 3-degree centigrade. We ordered Roti and Paneer for dinner which costs around Rs.160 pp.

Best Places to Visit in Punakha:

Punakha is 85 km. distance from Thimpu at an altitude of 1242 m. and it is quite warmer compared to Thimpu.

Dochula Pass:

On the third day of our 7 days Bhutan itinerary we went to Punakha. On the way to Punakha, you have to cross Dochula(3100 m.) which is a pass between Thimpu and Wangdue. It was the first place in Bhutan where we got the first glimpse of snow. There were 110 small stupas constructed in memory of soldiers of Bhutan popular as Druk Wangyal Chortens.

Druk Wangyal Chortens

You can have a mesmerizing 360-degree view of snow-covered Himalayan mountain range if lucky(while returning from Punakha to Paro we could not see anything for the cloudy weather). No doubt it was one of the best places in Bhutan where we spent more than 2 hrs. and click some amazing photos of Dochula Pass.

Dochula Pass Bhutan

Punakha Suspension Bridge:

On the way, we had our lunch from a roadside hotel with Rice, Daal and Egg curry which cost Rs. 160 pp. You can try some delicious authentic Bhutanese food. We reached to Suspension Bridge at around 11 am. This is the longest suspension bridge of Bhutan built on Pho Chu river. Crossing the bridge is fun and it is one of the best things to do in Punakha. We got a nice view of Pho Chu river along with the green hills from the middle of the bridge.

Punakha Suspension Bridge

Punakha Dzong:

It is the second oldest and second-largest Dzong in Bhutan which is an Administrative building of Punakha district. For each district, there is separate dzong and everywhere the entry fee is Rs. 300(guide included). So it’s better to visit one dzong instead of visit all that will save your time and money both.

Crossing the wooden bridge we entered the Dzong which is situated on the bank of Pho Chu(male) and Mo Chu(female) river. You will surely be amazed by the great architecture and open courtyards of the inside Dzong where the life of Buddha is described in detail with great artwork. Undoubtedly, Punakha Dzong is one of the must visit places in Bhutan.

Punakha Dzong

After spending almost 2-3 hrs we left the Dzong and checked in to our Hotel Kinten(Rs.1100/Night) in Wangdue 15 km away from Punakha. It may not be the best hotel in Punakha, but the location, view from the hotel, basic amenities and service was really very good on that price. We completed our dinner with chicken wai wai(Rs. 60) and momo(Rs. 60) from a nearby restaurant and the taste was just awesome and food was very cheap as compared to other restaurants.

Book Cheap Hotels in Bhutan:

Tips: I personally recommend you to stay at Wangdue instead of Punakha because fooding and lodging both are cheap here compared to Punakha. Not only you can save money but also you can explore the Bhutanese life going into depth. We did not see a single tourist while we were roaming around the streets of Wangdue. The cold breeze and the silent atmosphere will surely allow you to extract the essence of pure Bhutan.

Bhutanese toddler playing Dart

Phobjikha Valley:

It is a vast glacial valley at 3000 m above sea level which is 81 km from Punakha, a 2.5 hrs journey. This journey itself is very beautiful and the valley will give a breathtaking view with the black naked crane if you come in Winter.

Though this offbeat place of Bhutan was not in our 7 days Bhutan itinerary checklist at first but we were impressed when we found it in Guides by Lonely Planet app, my all-time friendly travel app .

Phobjikha Valley

Gangteng Monastery:

Gangteng Monastery is a 450 years old large monastery that consists of monk’s quarter, meditation center and small guest house. While returning from Phobjikha valley we visited this place and got an amazing scenic view which was totally free.

Gangteng Monastery

We had our lunch and dinner from the same restaurant and here are the details:

Lunch : Fried rice and Chilli chicken(Rs. 190 pp)

Dinner : Chicken wai wai and momo(Rs. 100 pp)

As we 4 friends shared our lunch and dinner it helped us to keep our Bhutan food budget in the limit.

Best Places to Visit in Paro:

Paro(125 km from Punakha) is the most beautiful city in Bhutan at an elevation of 2200 m which is enriched with its cultural heritage, religious sites and vivid scenic beauty and hence it is often called Switzerland of Asia.

National Museum of Bhutan:

After a three and half-hour-long journey, we entered this century-old museum where you will have a chance to see ancient Bhutanese artifacts, traditional Bhutanese clothes, statues, scrolls, pottery and many more. The National Museum of Bhutan entry fee was 50 INR.

National Museum of Bhutan in Paro

We completed our lunch with mixed fried rice, chili chicken and chili pork. The taste was good but I won’t recommend trying pork for the high altitude in Bhutan. The total cost of our lunch was Rs. 900 for 4 people.

lunch at paro

Later at night taking a little walk through the streets of Paro city we checked in to our hotel in Paro – “Hotel Blue Poppy”(Rs.1200/Night) as the temperature was around 2-3 degrees centigrade. We ordered Mixed Veg and Roti for our dinner from our hotel which was not up to mark and costs Rs. 100 pp. Food in Bhutan is comparatively expensive than India.

Tiger’s Nest Monastery:

This was the day we were waiting for from the very first day we planned our Bhutan budget trip. Whether you plan your Bhutan itinerary for 7 days or Bhutan itinerary for 6 days or 5 days, Tiger’s Nest Monastery must be in your itinerary for Bhutan. Having a healthy breakfast we started our trek to Taktsang Monastery, better known as Tiger’s Nest Monastery at around 9 am.

We trekked for almost 3.5 hrs. to reach to the top. On the way, we got snowfall also and that was totally unexpected. There is a cafeteria also on the midway of the Tiger’s Nest Monastery trek.

On the way to Tiger nest monastery

The trek was not so hard but the last 300 steps were really hard for us. You can also hire a horse for half of the way if you cannot hike. You will surely be mesmerized by the ambiance of the Taktsang monastery, all of your tiredness will be blown away with the surrounding calmness everywhere. Spending one hour we started our return trek and returned to the base at around 3:30 pm.

Tiger's Nest Monastery Paro

On the way, we completed our lunch with rice, daal and egg curry and that tasted like the best dish I have ever had as we were very hungry after the Taktsang Monastery trek. After that, we had no more activity and took a complete rest.

Incredible Tiger's Nest - Trekking to Bhutan's Famous Monastery

We took our dinner from a restaurant in the main city with roti and shahi paneer and for the first time, we tried Bhutanese food Ema Datshi(Rs. 80) from here which is Bhutan’s national dish made with chili and cheese which total costs Rs. 180 pp. Your Bhutan budget tour will incomplete if you don’t try their signature Bhutanese dish Datshi.

Tiger’s Nest Monastery Facts and Tips:

  • Tiger’s Nest Monastery trek distance  covered more or less  10 km  on a round trip.
  • The highest  elevation  of Taktsang Monastery trek:  10232 feet
  • Opening Hours :
  • October – March: 8AM- 13:00PM, and 14.00PM- 17.00PM.
  • April – September: 8AM -13.00PM, and 14.00PM – 18.00PM.
  • You have to buy  Tiger’s Nest Monastery ticket at Rs.500  from where the trek starts. Without a ticket, you can trek but cannot enter the monastery. Unfortunately, if you cannot complete your full trek money won’t be refunded.
  • Carry a water filter bottle , biscuit, chocolate which will help you to get stamina also help you to save your budget(1 cup tea costs INR 120 in the cafeteria)
  • Photography is strictly prohibited  inside the monastery.

Chelela Pass:

The next day at 9 am we started our journey to Chelela Pass(3988 m) which is the highest motorable pass in Bhutan . As it was February the road was covered with snow on both sides and our driver was driving very slowly as there was black ice which is very dangerous. We were stuck before 16 km of Chelela Pass due to road blockage, there is no sign of green rather we saw only snow-capped mountains and trees. You will be lost in the scenic beauty of Chelela with a cup of hot coffee.

Way to Chele La Pass, Paro

While returning we stopped our car at a perfect bend from where we got a clear view of Paro International Airport. If you wish you can visit Rinpung Dzong which is quite similar to Punakha Dzong. We did not enter with an entry fee of Rs. 300, rather we captured some beautiful picture of the night view of Rinpung Dzong.

Paro Airport

At lunch, we ordered rice, daal and gobi curry from a Bengali restaurant near Paro which costs around Rs. 160 pp. Our hotel in Paro was Blue Poppy that was 5 km away from main Paro city and the beauty of the surrounding was more spectacular than the main Paro city.

With less traffic, fewer people, this picturesque location is the ideal place for a nature lover to enjoy the essence of Paro. We completed our dinner with roti and matar paneer costs around Rs. 150 pp.

Tips: Book a hotel like Blue Poppy which is not in the main Paro city, it will help you to have a better view and also reduce your Bhutan cost and as we had reserved car so we could go to the main city whenever we wanted. P.S: Paro is costlier than any other city in Bhutan.

The next day taking a light breakfast with puffed rice and namkeen we started our journey for Hasimara. On the way near Phuentsholing we had our lunch with chole bature(Rs. 80) and reached to Hasimara at 3:30 pm. This is our complete Bhutan itinerary for 7 days.

If you have 3-4 more days in hand you can explore Buxa Jayanti additionally, as it is just 74 km from Hasimara.

Our train Kanchankanya Express(13150) started its journey at 4:48 pm and we arrived at Sealdah on the next day at 8:30 am.

View of Paro

Bhutan Travel Tips for Budget Tour to Bhutan:

  • The Bhutan immigration office closes by 4 pm and remains closed at the weekend, hence plan accordingly.
  • Smoking weed in Bhutan is strictly prohibited.
  • No restriction for Alcohol in Bhutan, one can openly drink, even you can find alcohol in 9 out of 10 restaurants.
  • Photography is prohibited in some Dzong, Monastery, Temple, Museum . Better take permission before capturing any picture.
  • Follow traffic rules and always use zebra crossing while crossing a road to avoid fine.
  • All Bhutanese people have a deep respect for their King and Queen. You will see the picture frame of King, Queen and Royal family of Bhutan at each restaurant and hotel. They don’t entertain any disrespect of the Royal family of Bhutan as well as religious sentiments. So make sure not to mock them anyway.
  • Travel insurance in Bhutan is not mandatory.
  • Road condition is very good in Bhutan so I will recommend coming here by land.
  • Bhutan monitors the export of any antique. Buy Bhutanese handicrafts but not antique to avoid punishment.
  • Try to book the hotel not in the main city to save your budget, you can find several budget hotels outside the main city which are better also.
  • Do thorough research on Bhutan, make a list of Do Visit and Don’t Visit. For example, we keep Motithang Takin Preserve(you will see Bhutan’s national animal Takin with an entry fee of Rs.100) and National Memorial Chorten in our Don’t Visit list.
  • Try to travel Bhutan in a group of 4-7 which will minimize your Bhutan travel cost .
  • Indian food in Bhutan is pretty much available but a little bit expensive than the local Bhutanese dish.
  • If you are a nonvegetarian try to compromise and go for veg to reduce your Bhutan budget.
  • Though this post is related to budget travel in Bhutan but do not neglect Travel Insurance in Bhutan. You can buy World Nomad Travel Insurance which is the cheapest and best value for money policy.

BHUTAN COST BREAKUP

Now coming to the most important part of this blog: Detail list of expenses of my Bhutan budget tour:

Beautiful Paro Travel in Bhutan

* We went in a group of 4 people.

Transport Cost in Bhutan:

Train : Kanchankanya Express(Sealdah <> Hasimara) round trip: Rs.375*2= Rs.750

Cab : WagonR(Pick up and Drop Hasimara to Hasimara): Rs.2500/day for 8 days. (2500*8)/4= Rs.5000

Hotel Cost in Bhutan:

Thimpu : Hotel Welcome Home(Rs.1200/Night for 2 nights): (1200*2)/4= Rs.600

Punakha : Hotel Kinten at Wangdue(Rs. 1100/Night for 2 nights): (1100*2)/4= Rs.550

Paro : Hotel Blue Poppy(Rs.1200/Night for 3 nights): (1200*3)/4= Rs.900

Food Cost in Bhutan Tour:

Breakfast: We bought some dry foods like puffed rice, chanachur, chire vaja, peanut, Maggi, biscuit, cake, potato chips etc. for our breakfast and evening snacks. Total costs approx. Rs.300:(300/4)= Rs.75

Lunch: Avg. Rs.200 pp: (200*8)= Rs.1600

Dinner: Avg. Rs.200 pp: (200*8)= Rs.1600

Entry Fees: (I have enlisted the major places where we visited)

Folk Heritage Museum: Rs.50

Punakha Dzong: Rs.300

National Museum of Bhutan: Rs.50

Tiger’s Nest Monastery: Rs.500

Finally here is the total Bhutan Budget tour Cost: INR 11,975/Person for 7 Night 8 Days.

Please note: We plan our 7 days Bhutan itinerary on 10 th Feb,’19 which was offseason. The above-listed price may vary from time to time.

I hope this Bhutan travel guide will help you to plan your Bhutan itinerary on a low budget successfully.

If you have any queries or want me to cover any other places within budget then put your comment, I will try my best to do so.

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Amazing …a budget friendly trip Bhutan

Thank you Shelly for your feedback. Stay tuned…

The whole trip to Bhutan is sequentially described with each and every minute details……will be very helpful for neew vistors to BHUTAN

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Nicely portrayed. The blog added a bit more excitement to my upcoming trip to Bhutan. Thanks.

Nice to hear from you Souritra. Explore Bhutan and don’t forget to add your budget saving suggestions in the comment box after your Bhutan trip. Happy traveling. 🙂

Hi, how did you arrange for the driver? I have a trip coming up and looking for options

Hey Ayan, thanks for reading the post. Sanjeev was our cab driver for the entire trip. You can directly contact him. Mob: +91-7365055476

please, You talk about the cost in RS. But we don’t understand this currency. Can you xplane?

Hi Remko, the post is all about a budget trip to Bhutan from India. That’s why I used the Indian currency INR(Rs.) and Bhutan’s currency is Ngultrum. 1 INR= 1 Ngultrum. Even you can use Indian money in Bhutan.

It gave me some good ideas and inspired me to go to Bhatan. We are exploring our next vacation and deciding between Tibet, Nepal and Bhutan, we plan to go with a small child so the more relaxing (while some treks are welcome) the better and Bhutan seems to meet this criteria. Thanks

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Superb article.Love it. Really helped a lot to plan my next Bhutan trip on a budget…

Thank you, Deepa for your appreciation.

Great article. Is it mandatory to arrange a vehicle? Can Indians roam around the country in public transport instead?

Arranging a vehicle is highly recommended. In major cities like Thimpu, Paro I saw private taxis but traveling by taxi might be costly.

This information from you helps alot. Thank you for sharing, May God bless you. Keep growing.

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hi Shashank, we are not a tour agency, but you can call Sanjeev, our driver in Bhutan. He is very friendly and helpful. Mob: 7365055476

Hoping to travel to Bhutan for 5 days .This budget planning article helps for exact same amount for 5 days and 2 ppl ryt?

It won’t be exactly same due to inflation but you can expect near around this budget.

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Hello. Thanks for the article. One thing I didn’t undertand is: are you from India? Because as far as I read, one must pay for a tour agency and saw no information about that. Thank you!

Hi Anne, yes, I am from India and for Indians visa is not mandatory but we also booked through travel agency and they managed all the hotel and car booking. If you are from other countries, you have to pay about $200-250 per day.

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India to Bhutan by Road, Flight & Train : How to Reach Bhutan from India

How to reach bhutan from india by flight, train & bus, india to bhutan border - 3 ways to enter bhutan.

How To Reach Bhutan From India

1. Kolkata to Bhutan  - Flight, Train or Bus

How to Reach Bhutan from India

2. From Bagdogra  or Siliguri to Bhutan - Bus or Taxi

How To Reach Bhutan From India

3. From Phuentsholing to Thimphu - Bus or Taxi

How to Reach Bhutan From India

Do Indian's Need a Visa to Enter Bhutan?

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Travel Tips

  • The Bhutanese currency is the Ngultrum (Nu.) It is of the same valuation as the Indian rupee. Incidentally, the Indian rupee is accepted as legal tender in the country.
  • Most hotels and handicraft stores in the country offer the option of paying by credit card.
  • If you're not sure what to buy when in the Kingdom of Bhutan, here are a few recommendations:
  • Favourite handicraft items include hand-woven textiles of raw silk, carved masks, woven baskets of cane and bamboo, wooden bowls otherwise known as Dapas, handmade paper products, metal crafts, and so on. You can also get a beautiful Thangkha painting or some vibrant postage stamps.
  • Bhutan is a mountainous country, and if you're travelling through the winding roads, motion sickness can become a significant concern. Do make sure that you carry appropriate medicines if you're prone to motion sickness.
  • If you're not entirely sure of your Bhutan itinerary yet, do check out the link below to find out the highlights.

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Protected by the great Himalayas in the north and hugged by the ocean in the south, the Indian subcontinent cultivated its unique and splendid civilization throughout its long history. The incredible mahals and forts of ancient India, the mysterious temples and palaces of blessed Nepal, and the peaceful monasteries and towns of the hidden Bhutan - all of them will offer you a historical and cultural feast.

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Welcome to India. Meet our representative in the arrival hall of the airport and then he will escort you to your hotel and help you checking in.

Visit the biggest Mosque in India, Jama Masjid , to see how the Islamic and Indian cultures combine in this great architectural structure. Imagine how magnificent and solemn it is when 20,000 Muslims pray there. Then, take a rickshaw ride through the bustling Chandni Chowk market to the Red Fort .Explore this magnificent architecture of the Mughal dynasty.

In the afternoon, continue your visit to Qutub Minar . where Qutbuddin Aibak announced the advent of the Muslim sultans. It is a symbol of victory.

Drive to Agra in the morning and explore the erstwhile capital of the Mughal Empire. After lunch, visit Agra Fort , which is also called Red Fort. Imagine the luxurious lifestyle of the royal family in this fantastic palace. Don't forget to view the Taj Mahal in the distance from the Khas Mahal, feeling the loneliness of Shah Jahan as he missed his loved one. Then you will visit Mehtab Bagh for a romantic sunset view of the Taj Mahal. The Yamuna River flows between the garden and Taj Mahal peacefully, just like Shah Jahans love to his wife has never stopped.

Visit the Taj Mahal in the early morning. The closer you walk to this ivory-white marble mausoleum, the more moved you will be by the spectacular architecture and the true love that sparked its creation. It is a miracle in the history of architecture and also a symbol of the most beautiful emotion of human beings

And then you will visit the Itmad-ud-Daula (the baby Taj Mahal) and be impressed by the thousands of beautiful inlaid patterns.

You will be driven from Agra to Jaipur in the afternoon.

On the way to Amber Fort, you will have a picture stop at the landmark of Jaipur, the Hawa Mahal . After entering the Amber Fort, you will feel that you have stepped back in time to the great dynasty. The corridor with elegant pillars, the lovely colors of the patterns on the walls, and the shining mirrors in Sheesh Mahal, any of them can make you forget to leave.

In the afternoon, continue your visit to Jaipurs City Palace . The abundant exhibits will highlight what life was like for the maharajas of Jaipur. Then visit the Jantar Mantar . Be impressed by the wisdom of the ancient Indians.

Visit the less touristy Nahargarh Fort in the morning to get a great view of Jaipur. It was originally built to enhance the city defenses and eventually became a summer house for the royal family. Your guide will show you the living rooms, bedrooms, kitchens, washrooms, and cloakrooms of the maharajas and their wives. The beautiful colors on the walls of each room will impress you because of the natural resources they came from. The maharajas and their wives have gone forever now only the monkeys live nearby, guarding this old but beautiful fort.

You will fly from Delhi to Kathmandu. You will walk around Kathmandu Durbar Square . You will get excited when the old temples and palaces come into view one by one. The whole square looks like a museum in the open air. You will travel back in time to the Middle Ages.

In the late afternoon, move to Swayambhunath Stupa (Monkey Temple) ,which is a great place to enjoy the sunset and the birds-eye view of Kathmandu.You will find out how well Hinduism and Buddhism combine there. The eyes on the pagoda seem to have a magical power, which can comfort your mind.

Explore the most magnificent square in the Kathmandu Valley. Patan Durbar Square will impress you with the stone carvings in Krishna Mandir, the amazing religious artworks in Patan Museum, and the exquisite pool for the king in Sundari Chowk.

Visit Pashupatinath Temple in the afternoon, which is the most important Hindu temple in Nepal. You can feel the spiritual strength even if you are not a Hindu. Dont be surprised if you see a funeral at a cremation ghat it could be a moment that stuns your soul.

Continue to Boudhanath Stupa to experience the piety of Tibetan Buddhism. Join the monks as they walk around the pagoda to immerse yourself in the culture of Tibetan Buddhism.

Take a morning flight to another secret place hidden in the Himalayas. You will be driven to the capital of Bhutan, Thimphu from Paro.

On the way, you will visit the Buddha Dordenma .It is a massive golden statue of Shakyamuni on top of a hill and 125,000 smaller Buddha statues have been placed within it.

Afterward, visit the Memorial Chorten . This large Tibetan-style chorten is a landmark of Thimphu. For many Bhutanese, it is where they perform their daily worship.

You will start your Thimphu exploration with Tashichho Dzong . Tashichho Dzong has traditionally been the seat of the Dharma Raja and the summer capital of the country. It is the headquarters of the central government, just like the White House in America, Downing Street in Britain, and Zhongnanhai in China.

Visit the Folk Heritage Museum to discover the Bhutanese folk heritage and rural history and visit the National Library of Bhutan , which houses a collection of sacred religious books and priceless Buddhist manuscripts.

Finally, you will visit Bhutan Post Office Headquarters where you can make stamps with your own photos and put them on postcards for your family and friends.

On the way to Punakha, you will visit Simtokha Dzong and Dochula Pass . At the Dochula Pass where you can have a stunning 360-degree panoramic view of the Himalayan mountain range. You will be impressed by the snowcapped mountains and the 108 chortens gracing the mountain pass.

In the afternoon, you will explore the most beautiful dzong in Bhutan, the Punakha Dzong. It is also the most important dzong in Bhutanese history and is known as 'the palace of great happiness or bliss'.

You will be driven from Punakha to Paro in the morning. Visit Paro Dzong in the afternoon.The dzong has a long and fascinating history. Its full name is Rinpung Dzong, which means the fortress on a heap of jewels.

Afterward, you will visit the Ta Dzong, which houses the National Museum of Bhutan .The museum has a fascinating collection of arts, relics, religious thangka paintings, household items, arms, handicrafts, stuffed animals, and Bhutan's famous stamps, among others.

After breakfast, you will take an excursion to Paro Takts ang. It will take approximately 5 hours on a round-trip walk. Paro Taktsang is one of the most famous monasteries in Bhutan. There are 13 taktsang or "tiger lair" caves in which Padmasambhava meditated. This site has been recognized as a sacred place and was visited by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1646. It is visited by all Bhutanese at least once in their lifetime. It is worth hiking all the way there to explore one of the top 10 monasteries in the world.

Enjoy your free time in the afternoon.

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Bhutan Itinerary for 7 Days

  • Updated on December 25, 2023

Bhutan is a picturesque valley nestled between the towering Himalayas. The country has it all: beautiful landscapes, vibrant culture, preserved traditions, friendly people, and delectable cuisine . However, it remains one of the world’s least visited countries. The Kingdom of Bhutan, also known as the ‘Land of the Thunder Dragon,’ is a little-known travel secret that is fiercely guarded by its rulers.

The country is not very popular among international travelers due to its inaccessibility, limited infrastructure, travel restrictions, and high Sustainable Development fees. Bhutan adheres to the ‘High-Value Low Impact Tourism’ principle and strives to keep mass tourism at bay. It limits the number of visitors to protect its environment, resources, and culture. Isn’t that reason enough to visit this pristine country?

If you are in the region and have 6-7 days to spare, Bhutan is a country you should visit; especially if you are willing to take the road less traveled. The little kingdom, known as the “Happiest Country in the World,” will enchant you, fascinate you, and, most importantly, touch your soul. Not many countries can make that claim.  Seven days may not be enough time to fully explore this enthralling country, but if that is all you have, here is the best itinerary for you.

Bhutan itinerary gor 7 Days

I haven’t squeezed in too many towns because Bhutan is a place to unwind and absorb in the mystical surroundings. The roads are also winding, narrow, one-way, and have sharp hairpin bends. So the best option is to drive slowly, take frequent breaks, and enjoy the breathtaking scenery along the way. Bhutan can offer a fantastic combination of spiritual experiences, nature hikes, and cultural exploration in a 7-day itinerary.

What are Sustainable Development Fees (SDF)?

The Sustainable Development Fee (SDF) is a daily levy paid by all visitors on a tourist visa to support Bhutan’s growth and development. The SDF is collected as part of the visa application process by the National Exchequer of Bhutan. As of September 1, 2023, the daily SDF has been reduced by half to US$100 per person, per night. Tourists from India , Bangladesh, and the Maldives will be charged a  Sustainable Development Fee of BTN 1,200 (approximately Rs 1200/) per person, per night. To encourage tourism in the less visited Eastern Bhutan, the SDF will not be levied on visitors visiting 11 districts in the region.

Bhutan Itinerary for 7 days

Suggested Seven-Day Bhutan Itinerary:-

Day 1:  Arrive in Paro, transfer to Thimphu, and spend the night in Thimphu.

Day 2:   Explore Thimphu; Overnight in Thimphu.

Day 3:   Drive to Punakha, stopping at Dochu La Pass. Stay overnight in Punakha.

Day 4:   Explore Punakha and the surrounding areas. Spend another night in Punakha.

Day 5:   Drive to Paro and explore the town. Overnight stay in Paro. 

Day 6:  Hike Tiger Nest Monastery. Another night in Paro

Day 7:   Return flight

Detailed Bhutan Itinerary - 7 Days

Bhutan itinerary day 1 – paro & thimpu.

Landing in Paro is an experience in itself. Paro International Airport is located in a deep valley and you can admire the spectacular views of the snow-capped Himalayas as you descend into the lush green valley. Make your way to Thimphu, Bhutan’s capital city. The scenic drive through the woods will take well over an hour. Check into your hotel and spend the rest of the day resting and acclimatizing. Stay in Thimphu for the night.

Bhutan Itinerary for 7 days

Bhutan Itinerary Day 2 – THIMPU

Begin your journey in Thimphu, Bhutan’s capital. Thimphu is a modern city with high-rise buildings, but its sacred culture and heritage have been preserved.  Visit the Memorial Chorten and the Buddha Dordenma, one of the world’s largest Buddha statues. You can also explore the 17th-century Tashichho-Dzon and shop for local wares and handicrafts at the local craft bazaar. The city is ideal for sampling Bhutanese cuisine. You’ll be staying in Thimphu for another night.

Places to visit in and around Thimpu.Bhutan:

  • Buddha Dordenma statue – 50 m tall statue
  • National Memorial Chorten – the stupa built to honor the third Druk Gyalpo, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck
  • Thimphu Dzong – the seat of Bhutan’s Government
  • Centenary Market
  • Tashichho Dzong – Buddhist monastery and fortress on the outskirts of Thimphu.
  • Takin Preserve – wildlife reserve area for Bhutan’s national animal, the Takin
  • National Textile Museum
  • Junghi Handmade Paper Factory
  • Folk Heritage Museum

Bhutan itinerary gor 7 Days

Bhutan Itiner ary Day 3 – PUNAKHA

Leave early in the morning for Punakha; the drive will take approximately three hours. You can halt at Dochula Pass, which displays 108 Chortens built to commemorate Bhutan’s victory over Indian militants. Punakha is a riverside town known for its charming rivers, majestic fortress/Dzong, picturesque rice fields, and breathtaking vistas. Explore the iconic city at your leisure. Discover Punakha Dzong, which sits at the confluence of the Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu rivers. Stay the night in Punakha.        

Places to visit in and around Punakha, Bhutan:

  • Chimi Lhakhang Temple – the Fertility Temple
  • Punakha Dzong – oldest, largest, and most striking fortified monasteries in Bhutan
  • Punakha Suspension Bridge – a 590-foot-long suspension bridge adorned with colorful prayer flags
  • Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten – a stupa overlooking the Punakha Valley

Bhutan Itinera ry Day 4 – PUNAKHA

Spend the day exploring the rest of Punakha’s attractions. Rafting is permitted on the Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu rivers. Alternatively, wake up early and go on a short trek to Chimi Lhakhang Temple. It is known for inducing fertility in all visitors who come here hoping to have a child.

Chin Lhakhang Temple, Bhutan

Bhutan Itinerary Day 5 – PARO

Head back to Paro. The journey will take about four hours. With mountains on one side and a river on the other, the panorama is stunning. The quaint little town exudes old-world charm, complete with traditional houses, paddy fields, and natural beauty. Mountain biking, rafting, and hiking are all available in Paro. Stay in Paro for the night. PS – If you want to take a day trip from Paro to the idyllic Haa Valley, you should arrive on the fourth night so that you can leave early. The drive from Paro to Haa Valley takes about two hours.

Top Places to visit in and around Paro, Bhutan:

  • Khamsum Yulley Namgyal – one of the oldest and most sacred shrines in Bhutan
  • Paro Dzong – Buddhist monastery and fortress
  • National Museum of Bhutan
  • Druk Choeding Temple – a 15th-century monastery
  • Ugyen Pelri Palace – a stunning example of Bhutanese architectural design
  • Chele la – the highest motorable pass in Bhutan
  • Rinpung Dzong – a  Buddhist monastery and fortress
  • Dumste Lhakhang – an unusual chorten-like temple

Dochula Pass

Bhutan Itinerary Day 6 – Paro

Early in the morning, set out on a 1000-meter hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery, one of Bhutan’s most iconic sights. Tiger’s Nest, perched perilously at over 3000 meters on the edge of a narrow cliff, is the highlight of this itinerary. You must climb for 2-3 hours to get to this 17th-century temple complex. It’s a steep uphill climb at high altitudes, so take it slow and easy. As you climb the steep trail, you will be rewarded with spellbinding beauty, clean air, and mystical serenity. According to legend, Guru Rinpoche was transported to this particular spot by a flying tigress, hence the name. You’ll be exhausted after such a perilous excursion. Return to your hotel for the night.

Bhutan Itinerary Day 7 – Paro

Your Bhutan vacation has come to an end. It is time to depart from Paro International Airport and return home. PS – This itinerary is still manageable if you have less than 7 days. Shorten your stay in any of the three cities based on your preferences.

Paro, Bhutan Itinerary for 7 days

Things to Know Before Traveling to Bhutan

  • The best time to visit Bhutan depends on your preferences and the activities you plan to engage in. The peak months are from March to May (when flowers are in full bloom) and September to November (the best time for trekking). June-August is monsoon season. Although you may be caught in a few showers and landslides, the prices will be lower and Bhutan will be lush green. If you want to see snow, go between November and February . However, you may encounter roadblocks and detours
  • Bhutan has only one international airport, which is located in Paro, and only two airlines are permitted to operate: Druk Air and Bhutan Air. They only fly from selected places like Delhi , Mumbai , Kolkata, Bangkok, Kathmandu, Singapore, and Dhaka. As a result, international connectivity is a major concern. You can also travel by road from neighboring countries.
  • As there is little public transportation in Bhutan, booking a taxi for the duration of your stay is the best option. Long-distance trips are usually charged a flat rate. Ask your driver to make all the necessary arrangements.
  • Dzongkha is the national language of Bhutan. However, English is widely spoken and understood all over Bhutan.
  • The Bhutanese currency is the Ngultrum, which is equivalent to 0.012 USD. ATMs are scarce, and international debit and credit cards are rarely accepted. You are also charged an additional fee. So always keep enough cash on hand .

Bhutan Itinerary for 7 days

  • Bhutan is noted for its intricate textiles, thangka paintings, and wooden crafts, so look for lovely prices to bring home. Unlike in other parts of Asia, you are not expected to haggle for everything if you plan to go shopping. You typically pay the price listed. 
  • Citizens of most countries need a visa to enter Bhutan which can be obtained through licensed tour operators. The visa costs $40 and is non-refundable. While the visa is usually issued easily, the process can take up to five working days.
  • Citizens of India , Bangladesh, and the Maldives require an entry permit which can be obtained at the port of entry on producing a passport with a minimum 6 months validity. This permit is free. Indians can also get an entry permit by showing their voter ID cards. Aadhar Cards are not accepted.
  • When visiting Bhutan, it is mandatory to hire a tour guide and stay in Department of Tourism-certified accommodations for the duration of the trip.
  • Carry small bills for tipping, dining, shopping, and other needs because very few businesses accept credit cards.
  • Bhutan’s internet service is undoubtedly subpar. Large hotels provide free Wi-Fi but don’t expect lightning-fast speeds. To stay connected, purchase a local SIM card in Paro or Thimphu.
  • Bhutanese people hold their royal family in high regard, so respect them.
  • Observing local traditions when visiting monasteries, temples, and villages is vital. Remove your shoes before entering sacred sites, dress modestly, and avoid taking photos inside temples unless permitted. The circumambulation of a Buddhist shrine should always be clockwise, whether by car or foot. Avoid public displays of affection.
  • Tipping is not required at restaurants or hotels because a 10% service charge is automatically added to your bill when you dine out. Gratuity is not mandatory but is always appreciated. 
  • Smoking is not permitted in public areas
  • It is not safe to drink tap water in Bhutan.

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