Bhutan Destination

Bhutan is a small landlocked country located in south-central Asia touched with Eastern Himalaya. Bhutan also known as the land of thunder dragons is a harmonious country, and awe-inspiring remote and culturally distinct nation that has been attracting tourists worldwide in recent years. Bhutan provides a sanctuary, where visitors find heavenly pleasures with archery and old-age crafts, dishes of homemade cheese, frightful hot chilies, stunning treks, and healthful stone baths. Buddhism is the main religion followed in Bhutan so travelers are hinted by the prayer flags across gorges and fluttering hillside. It is the best travel destination to explore epic landscapes, immerse yourself in wonder, and embark on exhilarating adventures.


Bhutan is derived from the Sanskrit language. The documented history of Bhutan was founded in the 8th century when Guru Rinpoche also known as Padmasambhava visited Bhutan after Tibet. There were different changes in a different era in the history of Bhutan. However, since 2008 the government of Bhutan has been a conditional monarchy and the head of the state is the king and the prime minister is the head of the government.


Bhutan is also known as Himalaya’s country and has different heritage sites. More than 70% of the land in Bhutan is covered with forests and is the first carbon-negative country in the world. Bhutanese people use different types of medicinal herbs to create different medicines. Bhutan has a number of national parks containing different plants and animals which helps create a good balance in the ecosystem including several species of flora and fauna.

Some Facts about Bhutan

Population: Around 766,000

Official Name: Kingdom of Bhutan

Government: Parliamentary Monarchy

Religion: 75% Buddhism, 24% Hinduism, and 1% other

Literacy rate: 65%

King of Bhutan: Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, born on February 21, 1980

Economy: Based on agriculture, tourism, hydropower, and forestry

Note: Around 56% of people engage in the production of agriculture and hydropower is the main backbone of the Bhutanese economy for the government.

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Visiting Bhutan

The journey to Bhutan is in itself an adventure to savor, from planning to arrival and departure. Bhutan is an ideal destination for travelers to crave an unspoiled nature, less crowded destinations, and to escape from life's hustles. Bhutan is considered a visiting paradise with its golden-roofed temples, magnificent fortress-like monasteries, high altitudes, rural villages, rich cultures, and undivided remote destinations. Bhutan is safe to visit for independent and group travelers. Bhutan offers unique species of flora and fauna including the different types of wildlife. 

Bhutan is awe-inspiring and unspoiled marinated in ancient traditions and history as tall as its Himalayan peaks. The mystical kingdom of Bhutan is well known for Gross National Happiness with collective happiness and the well-being of the Bhutanese people. Buddhism thrives, national sport - archery, people wearing national dress, cultures, forests, and monasteries are the major attractions of Bhutan. Surrounded by the green hills, Himalayas, and forests, Bhutan is exotic, mystical, and almost unearthly. Bhutan is a joy to travel around the straddling Himalayas, have amazing cultural experiences, and explore dzongs that marvel at the Himalayas.   

How to get to Bhutan from Nepal?

Getting to Bhutan from Nepal can be done in two ways: A direct flight from Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu to Paro International Airport, Bhutan. Another way is traveling overland through Nepal, across India, and into Bhutan at the border crossing Phuentsholing.

Traveling overland to Bhutan from Nepal, first, you will require a local bus from Kathmandu to the border with India. The closest Nepal and India border for Bhutan is located at Kakarbhitta in Eastern, Nepal. Crossing the Raniganj immigration checkpoint over the Mechi Bridge, then you can get the local bus to Siliguri, the closest railway station to the Indian town of Panitanki. 

From Siliguri, the trains run on a regular basis and direct from New Jalpaiguri to the closest railway station to the Bhutanese border at Phuentsholing, Hasimara. The trip takes around four hours to reach Hasimara. Reaching Hasimara, you can find the local buses to Jaigaon, opposite Phuentsholing on the Indo-Bhutanese border. After crossing the border, your tour guide will transfer to the hotel in Paro or Thimpu on a private car. 

Best time to visit Bhutan

Bhutan is a landlocked country in the lap of the Himalayas so knowing the best time for traveling is most significant for the travelers. The best times to visit Bhutan are usually considered either in the Spring season (March to May) or the Autumn season (September to November). During these months weather tends to be pleasantly dry, with mild temperatures, and beautiful skies so travelers can experience Bhutan at its most glorious. Even lower altitude trek and the tour are also amazing in the rest of the months. 

The best time to visit Bhutan depends on what type of activities you want to do in Bhutan. The ideal time for visiting Bhutan according to activities are enlisted below:

Tours or sightseeing: All around the year

Trekking or hiking: Spring and Autumn Season

Water Sports (Rafting or Kayaking): Months of October and November

Mountain Biking and Rockclimbing: All around the year

Bhutan Visa Information 

Visas for travel to Bhutan are being issued only by the Department of Immigration, the Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs, Bhutan. All visitors will need a visa to visit Bhutan except the visitors from India, who will require a permit. Nationals of Bangladesh and Maldives shall be eligible for a visa on arrival at the port of entry. Visitors can process a visa or permit online from the website of the Department of Immigration by visiting with your Bhutanese tour operator or foreign travel operator. Your visa will be processed via the Tourism Council of Bhutan once you paid the travel fee. Your visa clearance will take a minimum of 72 working hours and you should have at least 6 months passport validity date.

The visa fee is US$ 40 per person and it is non-refundable.

The following documents are required to process the visa:

A passport copy is required. The passport must be valid for 6 months from the intended date of departure from the Kingdom

Travel Insurance valid for the duration of the trip

A recent passport-size photo

Food And Accommodation

Food in Bhutan

While you are traveling in Bhutan food is the main thing for any traveler. The national food of Bhutan is Ema Datshi. Travelers won’t get any fast food like KFC, MacDonalds, etc. You can have a bowl of rice (red rice and white rice) with plenty of veg and no veg curries. Bhutanese people eat rice and vegetables with heavy chilies, So you can request to make it less chilly if you don't like it much.

Likewise, restaurants around Bhutan also provide Indian and Chinese meals but the availability of international meals is somehow limited. However, most of the restaurant offers a buffet style of meals. In central Bhutan they produce buckwheat. Bhutan is well known for buckwheat pancake where rice is not produced because of the high altitude. Some popular food in Bhutan is Kewa Datshi, Ema Datshi, Phaksha Paa, Jasha Maroo or Maru, etc. In a different restaurant in the city around Bhutan, you can have your own meals national or international meals.


Accommodation in Bhutan

Accommodation in Bhutan is a luxury and standard category that target tourist and their service. 5-star, Resorts, guest houses, and Homestays are the types of accommodations available in Bhutan. Thimpu, Paro, Punakha, Wangduephodrang, and Bumthang have only 5-star hotels and resorts available as per Bhutan standards. Even the other parts of the country have standard 3-star level hotels. Most of the trekking route has trekking lodges and some have camping sites only.


Faq List

Bhutan is a small landlocked country located in the Eastern Himalayas between India and China. It extends an area of 38,394 square km in between the latitude of latitudes 26°N and 29°N, and longitudes 88°E and 93°E. Its landscape ranges from Subtropical plains and forests in the south to subalpine forests and the snowy Himalayas in the North

Bhutanese currency called ngultrum is used in Bhutan. 

Approximately 20 languages are spoken in Bhutan but the Dzonkha is the official language of Bhutan. Besides, people in Bhutan mostly speak Nepali, Tshangla, and English languages. 

All foreign tourists planning to visit Bhutan must require a visa except for a few southeastern countries like India, Bangladesh, and the Maldives. You cannot apply for a visa on your own and that should be pre-arranged through a licensed Bhutanese Tour Operator or any of their international associates. Certain documents particularly the electronic copy of your passport are required for visa processing by the travel agency and will cost around 40$ for the application.

Tourism in Bhutan was opened in 1974 to promote the unique culture, tradition, and landscape of Bhutan. Tourism in Bhutan is strictly regulated by the government under the 'High Value, Low Impact' policy, which targets a limited number of tourists who are respectful towards the preservation of Bhutanese culture. Here are the certain rules you need to follow:

If you are not a citizen of India, Bangladesh, and the Maldives, you'll need to require a visa to travel to Bhutan

You have to book your travel activities only through a government-licensed tour operator

There is a strict minimum daily package/minimum price of tours that a tourist should follow per night.

Bhutan is the safest country to travel even if you are heading to remote regions. The happiest country in the world relishes almost zero crime as the country is known for meditation and Buddhist belief in peace. You will not have to worry about getting caught up with corrupt officials. Nature is unspoiled, the villages and cities are clean, and the air is fresh for breathing making the Bhutan is safe even naturally. 

Furthermore, you'll be traveling with your trained and experienced tour guide with the coordination of a travel agency, so you'll not have to worry about safety issues. 

Yes, it is compulsory that you must use a multinational tour operator, a licensed Bhutanese Tour operator to book your trip to Bhutan or one of their international associates. 

Traveling independently in Bhutan is not allowed. Traveling in Bhutan can be done only by hiring a tour operator who provides an experienced guide along with you to assist you throughout the trip. Hiring a tour guide and traveling with them is much easier and you will get to learn about the folklore, history, and hidden secrets of the valleys, hills, caves, monasteries, and mountains. 

You can get to Bhutan from Nepal in the following ways:

A direct flight from Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu to Paro International Airport, Bhutan. 

A domestic flight from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur in eastern Nepal, and then a 6-hour road trip across India to Phuentsholing - a gateway to Bhutan. 

Overland traveling from Kathmandu to Phuentsholing, the journey passes through Indian roads for 5 to 6 hours before arriving at the entry point of Bhutan. 

Festivals in Bhutan reflect the spirituality and vibrant culture of the Kingdom of Bhutan. Bhutan celebrates several traditional festivals throughout the year, and it is recommended to attend at least one stunning festival during your trip to Bhutan so you can witness the unique masked dance and approach authentic Bhutan with a friendly community. Thimpu Tshechu, Paro Tshechu, Jambay Lhakhang Drup, Punakha Drubchen, and Haa Summer Festival are the major festivals in Bhutan. 

In Bhutan, rice forms the main body of the meals and it comes with one or two side dishes consisting of meat or vegetables. Beef, Pork, and Chicken are the most frequently used meats. The unique feature of Bhutanese cuisine is its sharp taste. They use chilis as an essential ingredient and Bhutanese people would not enjoy a meal that is not spicy.

A wide range of Western and Indian cuisines are also accessible in many restaurants across the country. 

Bhutan offers a wide range of accommodations from luxurious five-star hotels to cheerful homestays in traditional village settings. 

Tap water is not considered safe in Bhutan for drinking purposes unless it is boiled or purified by a water purifier. Bottled mineral water is easily available in hotels and restaurants.

Yes, all visitors must have full valid travel insurance for the duration of their visit. Visitors from India, Bangladesh, and Maldives have the option to purchase domestic travel insurance at their port of entry. 

There are numerous famous places that travelers must visit in Bhutan. Before entering the land of thunder dragons, Bhutan, it is always in your favor if you know some of the most visited attractions and most considerable places. Rinpung Dzong, Dochula Pass, Gangte Monastery, Phobjikha Valley, Chomolhari, Jambay Lhakhang Temple, National Museum of Bhutan, Tiger's Nest Monastery (Taktsang Phalpung Monastery), Motithang Takin Preserve, Punakha Suspension Bridge, Drukgyek Dzong, Haa Valley, Buddha Dordenma statue, Hidden Valleys of Bumthang, Chele La Pass, Punakha Dzong, Jigme Dorji National Park, Wangdue Phodrang, Chimi Lhakhang Temple, Royal Manas National Park, Kyichu Lakhang Temple, and many more. You can also check out the best places to visit in Bhutan

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