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Best time to visit - March,April,May,June,October,November,December
One would assume that Thimphu is still settling into its role as the capital of one of the happiest countries in the world, Bhutan. Simple at heart, grappling with growing commercialisation, Thimphu is bustling with energy and is the heart of the country. Thimphu is a delight to explore if history interests you and also if you want a break from the quiet and serenity of Bhutan. Brimming with cafes, nightclubs and restaurants, the city welcomes people from all over the world with open arms. While here, do check out Changangkha Lhakhang, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan, the National Folk Heritage Museum which offers a peek into the life of the Bhutanese people, especially the rural way of life. There are tons of parks, gardens and galleries in and around Thimpu and you cover most of these in a single day depending on your interests. The exhibits here range from archaic to contemporary and are definitely worth taking a look at.
Best time to visit - March,April,May
Bhutan has gradually become a popular tourist destination. And if you are visiting Bhutan, you can't possibly miss the lovely city of Paro. Considered to be one of the most beautiful valleys in Bhutan, it is definitely a must visit! A perfect mix of culture, beauty, nature and history, Paro offers you an experience unlike another. Do visit the unofficial Taktsang Monastery or Tiger's Nest, which is a delight for trekkers and explorers! Located on a hill, the trek to this monastery is something you'll always remember. Do carry water, wear proper shoes before you start your trek lest the number of halts increases your trek time. Another wonderful place to visit is the National Museum of Bhutan which is located in a former watch tower and hosts a collection of artefacts tracing the history of Bhutan. Among other places to visit, Rinpung Dzong and Drakhapo are definitely worth visiting. The Paro market is also a great place to explore and makes for a perfect location for an evening stroll. If you don't want to stay in the city, Paro is where you should head to. The lush valleys here are a delight to explore and the streams and meadows are nothing less than a postcard.
Best time to visit - March,April,May,September,October,November
Nestled in the midst of the breathtaking sceneries of Bhutan, Punakha is famous for its picturesque beauty and Buddhist majestic dzongs. Among the many fascinating things to explore here is the Punakha Dzong, which is a stunning piece of architecture with an amazing view of the sparkling water. This dzong or palace is also the administrative centre of the Punakha district. Discover your spiritual self at the Chimi L'hakhang Temple, which can be reached by hiking through some charming paddy fields. The Punakha suspension bridge here gives you a perfect bird's-eye view of the surrounding mountains and the magnificent river flowing below. This bridge is an adventure in itself, and is definitely not for the faint hearted! You can enjoy some river rafting at the Druk Rafting Service, which makes for a fantastic experience. Although the rapids are small, but they are enough to get the adrenalin flowing! Punakha is an ideal destination to savour the authentic flavours of Bhutan. The Chimi Lakhang Cafeteria and Dochula Resort Restaurant are great for some authentic food. Since Punakha is quite popular with tourists, one can easily find suitable accommodation here. Endowed with natural beauty, Punakha is sure to make for a memorable trip!
Wangdue Phodrang
It was on offer for Rs 2500 then which now would cost 4500INR. The food is local and costs 500 for each meal. The staff is very friendly. One can indulge in their local sport, archery or go trekking to the nearby hills! They are extremely friendly and lovely people!
Best time to visit - March,April,May,September,October
A thriving commercial centre and a gentle mix of various ethnicities, Phuentsholing is a beautiful small town located in southern Bhutan. This is the town where the gorgeous big Bhutan gate is located and also where you can get your visa to visit Bhutan. While you wait for the visa, you can visit the Zangtho Pelri Lhakhang, a small temple representing the heaven of Guru Rinpoche, located at the city centre. This temple houses statues of manifestations of Guru Rinpoche and paintings on Buddha's life and times. The Kharbandi Goemba situated in the city is a charming monastery illustrating the life of the Buddha. From the monastery garden, you can get a fascinating view of Phuentsholing town and its surrounding plains. The local landscape and markets are fun to explore and offer the first peak in Bhutanese life! Phuentsholing has a great food scene as well. Don't forget to try the delicious meat dumplings and the chicken corn soup at the Zen restaurant. Once you are done exploring the quaint towns and completing all government formalities, take a bus or cab forward to visit Paro or Thimphu.
Best time to visit - March,April,May
Lying on the India-Bhutan border, Jaigaon is not a tourist place, but is frequented by tourists on their way to Bhutan. The border area is the location of the majestic Bhutan gate, which brings you face to face with Bhutanese architecture. The gateway is covered in beautiful illustrations of dragons and has authentic Bhutanese artwork all over it. The town has many small and big hotels, where you can halt the night before moving on to get the visa at Phuentsholing, on the other side of the gate. The border area has some street side food stalls, which sell momos and chowmein. The Jaigaon region is quite small and can be easily covered on foot. This destination also houses the very unique Dalsinghpara Buddist church, which is an amazing amalgamation of Buddhist engineering and Christian spirit.

Best Time to Visit Bhutan

Peak Season is from March to May and September to November. During March - May, Bhutan experiences spring, and from September to November, autumn. The eastern Himalayan peaks can be viewed clearly during the month of October.

Shoulder Season: December to February usually sees hotel tariffs dropping and during the months of December and January, the tourist numbers start dwindling. But if you can brave the winter, this is a good time to travel to Bhutan.

Off-season: June to August in Bhutan brings heavy downpour, making it impossible to venture out for treks or hikes in the valley. But one can visit during these months to make the most of the tourist-free streets and revel in the serenity, that the numerous monasteries offer.

Budget for Bhutan

For Budget Travellers: INR 2000 - 3000 a day

  • Accommodation in basic hotels: INR 1000-1500
  • Food in local tiffin-houses and street eateries: INR 200-300
  • Public Transport in metro and buses: INR 20 - 60
  • Sightseeing (Entry-tickets): INR 10 - 100

For Mid-range Travellers: INR 3000 to INR 5000 a day

  • Accommodation in mid-range hotels and homestays: INR 1500 - 2500
  • Food in cafes and restaurants: INR 650 - 1000
  • Local transport in local taxis (1km): INR 25 - 80
  • Treks: INR 500 - 600

For Luxury Travellers: INR 5000 and upwards

  • Accommodation in 4* or 5* hotels: INR 4000 and upwards
  • Food in upscale restaurants: INR 1000 and upwards
  • Local transport in cabs (with waiting, over 1km): INR 100 and upwards

Visa Information for Bhutan

All tourists must obtain a visa before arriving in Bhutan, except India, Bangladesh & Maldives nationals.Tourists have to book their trip through a local licensed tour operator, who will apply for the visa online, thus making it unnecessary to go through a Bhutanese embassy or consulate. Before being granted the tourist visa, the complete cost of your travel must be paid to the Tourism Council of Bhutan via wire transfer. During peak tourist season, the cost of a Bhutanese visa is $250 a day and $200 a day during the shoulder season, which comprise of accommodation, transportation, meals, water bottles and special entry fees. Until your travel is complete and the tour operator is paid in full, the money remains with the tourism council. Once the council receives the full payment, visa clearance can take anywhere up to 72 hours. On arrival, the visa is stamped on your passport upon payment of USD40 (this has already been paid by the operator before). Because there’s hardly any direct flight to Bhutan, ensure beforehand that you meet the visa requirements of the stopover countries.


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