Bhutan is cute little country in the lap of Eastern Himalayas. It is landlocked between India and China. It has forest covering three fourths of its land, absorbing more carbon than it produces. The former king of Bhutan had once said “Gross National Happiness is more important than Gross National Product”. The monks and monasteries. The rivers and paddy fields. The dzongs i.e. fortresses or palaces. They all await to welcome you, a place to oxygenate yourself.
Area of Bhutan is 38,394 square km and its population is 8.2 lacs. Tiger’s Nest or Taktsang Monastery built in 1692 is the most iconic monument of Bhutan. If you are little adventures you can trek to Tiger’s Nest which is approx 3 hours trek. Capital of Bhutan is Thimphu. Punakha has been its old capital till 1955. The palace on the confluence of Mo chu and Po chu rivers is another iconic buildings of Bhutan.
Climate :- Northern Bhutan remains covered with snow throughout the year .Central Bhutan has Europe like weather, where winter is extended till March. Places like Punakha have hot summers and pleasant winters. March to May would be most ideal season for Indian tourists to visit Bhutan. If you are visiting in winters you can come to Punakha.
Religion :- Most of the people are Buddhist. Buddhism came to Bhutan in 7th Century. Padmasambhava or Guru Rimpoche.
Flora and Fauna :- In 2012 snow tiger was spotted in Bhutan.
Transport :- Bhutan can be accessed by Air and by Road from India. The common entry points would be Paro International Airport and Phuentsholing if you are coming from Bagdogra or NJP. It is a good idea to take flight to Bagdogra than taking a direct flight to Paro. It could save a handsome sum on your travel cost.
Indian currency can be used in Bhutan except Rs. 2000 notes. Indians do not need a Visa for a visit to Bhutan. They need to carry a Passport valid for 6 months or Voters ID card to obtain entry permit to Bhutan. Permit is for 7 days valid of Thimphu and Paro only. For other places like Punakha permit has to be applied at Thimphu.
|Sinchula||4 days 3 nights||Mar to May, Sep to Nov||Moderate||3600 Mts|
|Druk Path||6 days 5 nights||Apr to June, Sep to Nov||Moderate||3400 Meters|
|Dagala||6 nights 5 days||Apr to May Sep to Nov||Moderate||4520 Meters|
|Jomolhari||11 days 10 nights||Apr to Jun Sep to Nov||Strenuous||4820 Meters|
|Laya Gasa||14 days 13 nights||Apr to Jun Sep to Nov||Strenuous||4600 Meters|
|Snowman||25 days 24 nights||May to Jun Sep to Oct||Strenuous||5100 Meters|