Bhutan Travel Guide and Tourism

Framed by China and India, the magical country of Bhutan (aka Kingdom of Druk Yul) is dotted with fluttering prayer flags, kaleidoscopic monasteries, candyfloss clouds and apple orchards. Even though Bhutan offers an array of things to do for travellers, sitting for hours on end, deluged by monastic hymns across the motley of beautiful monasteries is the way to go to really soak in the serenity that laces the air of this Himalayan kingdom. The capital city of Thimpu can be seen from the 12th century old Changangkha Lhakhang monastery, one of Bhutan’s many glorious attractions. The Buddha of Compassion or Avalokiteshvara is housed inside the main chapel of this monastery. The monastery of Trashicho Dzong, dating back to 1641 also attracts large numbers of tourists every year. A ginormous effigy of the Shakyamuni Buddha lies inside the monastery. But if you’ve travelled to Bhutan, seeking adventure then the country’s valleys and peaks offer biking, kayaking and rafting activities nearly all year round. You could trek through the spectacular Dochu La pass, at an elevation of 3,088m, where 108 stupas stand guard. This pass also greets you with a breathtaking view of the Eastern Himalayas, including Gangkar Punsum, Bhutan’s highest peak. Another very popular trek is the one to Paro’s illustrious Tiger’s Nest, wherein Guru Padmasambhava meditated for over three years in the 8th century. And while you are here, don’t forget to gorge on some Bhutanese delicacies, especially that of Ema Datshi, a spicy preparation of chillies and cheese and chhang, the local beer made from rice or millet.
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Top Attractions In Bhutan

The land of mountains, monasteries, and magic – Bhutan is no ordinary place. Shrouded in mystery, this Himalayan kingdom is a beautiful amalgamation of global developments and traditional Buddhist culture. If you're planning to go here anytime soon, go through Tripoto's list of the must-visit places in Bhutan. 

Itineraries For Bhutan

Best Luxury Hotels in Bhutan

Live like the royal family of Bhutan sipping K5 premium whiskey and indulging in local delicacies at these high-end hotels cherry-picked by Tripoto

Best Mid-Range Hotels in Bhutan

Comfortable stays, good food and Himalayan vistas, Tripoto's list of the best mid-range hotels will let you feel the happy vibes of Bhutan without having to spend a fortune

Best Budget Hotels in Bhutan

Bhutan has plenty of budget options in nice locations with stunning views and good food. Find one from Tripoto's list of the best budget hotels in Bhutan

Best Homestays In Bhutan

Find the secrets of happiness and learn about the Bhutanese culture by staying at homestays. Tripoto has carefully picked the following homestays for a complete cultural experience

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.