Bhutan Travel Guide

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Introducing Bhutan

Bhutan- the land of thunderbolt is still one of the most spectacular destinations in the world; it is not an ordinary place. It is shrouded in mystery and magic where traditional Buddhist culture carefully embraces the global development. Bhutan holds many surprises and offers kaleidoscope of sceneries and experiences. There is a long list of forts, monasteries, trekking spots, and shopping areas are surely worth a visit. Explore it with our Bhutan holiday packages. 

 

Must Know Facts

Best Time to Visit

Bhutan’s weather varies dramatically depending on the elevation, it rains all year but monsoon season (June- August) is really wet. Spring (march- may) can be wet but the birds are in song but birds are in song and wildflowers are out which makes a best time for incredible hiking.
 
During Autumn (September to November) with less rainfall and clear skies, winters (December to February) is a photographers dream with thick blankets of snow, but road closers are common and temperature can fall below zero at night. 

December is the coldest month of Bhutan but skies are truly blissful and clear, and valleys are sunny with reaching views with Himalayas- it is well worth for those who can brave the chill. Be a part of this beauty with our International tour packages. 

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History & Culture

Excavations and ruins recommend Bhutan was settled up to 4,000 years back, in spite of the fact that the recorded history of the territory starts around the time Buddhism was introduced with the central region of Bumthang, in the seventh century. Legend states the incomparable Tibetan lama Guru Rinpoche visited Bhutan in the eighth century. Influenced first by neighboring Tibet and in the fourteenth century by Yuan Dynasty China and its Mongol rulers, the nation's political advancement has been emphatically influenced by its religious history. 

In recent times partitioned into warring fiefdoms, Bhutan was finally together in the seventeenth century by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, a military head and Tibetan lama who got away oppression by escaping Tibet. Shabdrung was in charge of the arrangement of cautious fortifications still noticeable today and started a legitimate code to bring the nearby rulers under focal control. The two moves were instrumental in shielding Bhutan from attacks by the warlike Tibetans.

Bhutan's culture is emphatically founded on its Tibetan type of Mahayana Buddhism, which contains a sprinkling of Tibet's old Bon shamanist religion. The nation's rich legacy, shielded by Bhutan's separation from the cutting edge world until the 1960's, is still especially in evidence. For most guests to the nation, Bhutan's conventions and uniqueness are the principle attractions, only in front of its breathtaking and for the most part untainted regular magnificence. 

Bhutanese national dress is as yet worn the nation over, and its structure is firmly connected to class and economic wellbeing. Men wear a belted, knee-length robe and ladies wear lower leg length dresses, again belted at the midsection. The surface of the texture, its hues, its weavings, and its woven beautifications all decide the wearer's class, as do the shades of the scarves and shawls conveyed by ladies. In Bhutan, generally a primitive society, status has a solid impact in human connection. Experience the rich traditions and culture of Bhutan with our Bhutan holiday packages from Mumbai. 

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Geography

Landlocked Bhutan is arranged in the eastern Himalayas and is generally hilly and strongly forested. It is bounded for 470 kilometers by Tibet (China's Xizang Autonomous Region) toward the north and northwest and for 605 kilometers by India's conditions of Sikkim toward the west, West Bengal toward the southwest, Assam toward the south and southeast, and Arunachal Pradesh (some time ago the North-East Frontier Agency) toward the east. 

Sikkim, an eighty-eight-kilometer-wide domain, partitions Bhutan from Nepal, while West Bengal isolates Bhutan from Bangladesh by just sixty kilometers. At its longest east-west measurement, Bhutan extends around 300 kilometers; it gauges 170 kilometers at its greatest north-south measurement, shaping an aggregate of 46,500 square kilometers, a zone 33% the span of Nepal. 

In the mid-1980s, around 70 percent of Bhutan was secured with woodlands; 10 percent was secured with all year snow and icy masses; about 6 percent was forever developed or utilized for human home; another 3 percent was utilized for moving development (tsheri), a training restricted by the legislature; and 5 percent was utilized as knolls and fields. Whatever remains of the land were either infertile rough regions or scrubland.

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Things to Do in Bhutan


Jungshi means natural and it is a joy to watch Bhutanese paper being made from scratch, without using chemicals or harming the environment. Jungshi Handmade Paper Factory is one such place, one kilometer away from Thimphu, where paper is made using the Daphne bush’s bark. Historically, this paper was made to be provided in Bhutan’s monasteries – today a handful of such factories preserve the age-old tradition. Watch the entire process that involves pulling the bark from a tree, soaking and boiling it, then sorting, crushing and pulping it, and finally layering, pressing and drying the paper. Don’t forget to buy paper, cards, notebooks and calendars before you leave!

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Thimphu's Handicrafts market is dedicated to traditional Bhutanese arts and crafts. You can find anything ranging from woven items, wooden beads, ornaments and printing blocks, to miniature statues of Lord Buddha, local fabrics and even yak tails. You may try bargaining here or check with your guide to ensure the quality of the items that you are buying. This Handicrafts market is an ideal place to get a peek into the vibrant and colorful arts and crafts of Bhutan. The shops itself are eco-friendly, made using bamboo and decorated beautifully.

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Located just outside the city center, the Choki Handicrafts market employs local painters, carvers, and weavers to design and make traditional handicrafts and furniture. A portion of the proceeds is contributed to the Choki Traditional Art School for underprivileged students. You will find paintings (especially the thangka ones), masks, lama tables, other furniture items and lovely souvenirs here. The Bhutanese handicrafts are not made specifically to cater to tourists – so one can trust the products to be authentic and hence relatively expensive when compared to other Asian markets.

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Traditionally, festivals during a particular time of the year in Bhutan call for dancing on regional, religious and folk songs in typical masks and attire. However, you can now enjoy this performance of Khuju Luyang, a troupe of 12, which takes to public spaces in Thimphu or even graces private shows to give the visitors a look and feel of their centuries-old culture. The dance performance is accompanied by singing and the use of traditional instruments like Yangchen (dulcimer), Lym (bamboo flute) and nga (drums). The troupe’s work is preserving their rich cultural heritage of folk dance and songs, some of which are listed as UNESCO’s Intangible Heritage.

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The characteristic fragrance of incense sticks is easily associated with Thimphu, and Bhutan at large. While you are in the Bhutanese capital, you must plan a visit to the famous incense maker Nado Poizokhang Incense Factory. Pleasant smells of vanilla and roses amongst other fragrances welcome you in the factory that makes these sticks in bulk. You can take a look at the entire process of making incense sticks and also buy some from their souvenir shop too.

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Located at the southern end of Thimphu, the Gagyel Lhundrup Weaving Centre produces some of the finest, traditional hand-woven textiles of the region. In fact, the Bhutanese royals source most of their fabric and ceremonial garments (the gho and kushturara for the king and queen respectively) from this centre too. It is a place where tourists can not only buy traditional fabrics and readymade garments but also see expert weavers at work, creating intricate designs from vibrant silk threads. Housed in a humble, one-storied building, this weaving centre produces some finely embroidered scarves and kiras (traditional Bhutanese dress for women) that you can take home as souvenirs.

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Bhutan boasts of a wide range of flora and fauna and has one of the richest stocks of orchids in the whole world. With over 350 species, some of which are unique to the country, this diversity of orchids is a prized possession that must be explored. While many species are traded in the international market, some are rare and conserved by several organizations in the mountain kingdom. One can enroll in an orchid tour in Thimphu to explore this floral treasure. 

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To buy larger items of a good quality that you can easily take through customs, Lungta Handicrafts is the place to be. They are a Government-authorized handicrafts dealer which sells everything from bamboo boxes to antique masks, jewellery to thangka paintings, and carpets to horse saddles. They are renowned to be selling handmade items, made using pure raw materials which are wood-crafted or metal-crafted to perfection. 

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Packages & Recommendations

Tour Name
Trip Type
Month/Validity
Included Cities
Price Per Adult
Trip Type
Group Tour
Main Flight Included
Month/Validity
  • Sep
Included Cities
Calcutta (1N) - Thimphu (1N) - Wangdue Phodrang (2N) - Paro (3N)
... Calcutta (1N) - Thimphu (1N) - Wangdue Phodrang (2N) - Paro (3N)
Price Per Adult
₹ 69,100
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