Bhutan General Information

Bhutan General Information

Get to know basic facts about the tiny Himalayan nation surrounded by giants India on the east, west, and south and northern part by India.

Glimpse of Bhutan

Bhutan is known to be one of the happiest countries in the world. With a population of 771,608, Bhutan is home to many ethnic groups and communities as well as dramatic landscapes and majestic mountain views.

Capital City of Bhutan: Thimphu

Ethnic Groups: 3 major groups reside in Bhutan. They are:

I. Thangkas

II. Megalops

III. Lhotshampas

There are other minorities as well.

Geography: The land area of the country is 38117 sq km. The country neighbors Tibet on its northern side and rest of the country i.e. east, west, and south all borders with India. The country has no connection with the ocean or sea link hence it is a landlocked country. The country is located deep in the eastern Himalayas.

Religion: Buddhism, Amnisim

Major Attractions of the country

Some of the popular Buddhist historical benchmarks of the country are Tiger Monastery, Gangtey monastery, Drukgyel Dzong Monastery, and many fortresses like Punakha Dzong, Rinpungg Dzong, Zuri Dzong and many more.

Bhutan Travel Visa

Voyagers wishing to visit Bhutan ought to go through a travel operator in Bhutan. Venturing out to Bhutan without a movement administrator isn’t conceded by the legislature of Bhutan. So to go to Bhutan, you need to experience a privately based travel service or with their international partners. Travel Visa to Bhutan is applied through an online application system and is handled by the Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB).

To apply for a Bhutan visa, voyagers are required to send a scanned copy of the passport with a photo page and full installment of your tour/treks with USD 40 for the Bhutan visa fee. It takes around 72 hours to get your visa clearance letter. You should show the visa freedom letter at the section point and visa will be stamped on your identification.

Residents of India, Maldives, and Bangladesh don’t need to apply for the visa heretofore. Indian residents even can get a visa with their voter’s identity card. They can get the visa at the section point anyway. A substantial identification with the legitimacy of a half year is important.

Minimum Daily Package

Minimum Daily Package accompanies two costs relying on the months you choose to visit. This bundle includes convenience for 3* categorical Hotel, transportation, guides, camping and trekking gear, and sustainable Development Fee.

For the package, it costs USD 200 for each individual traveling Bhutan during summer/monsoon (June to August) and winter (December to February).

For the travelers visiting Bhutan during spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November), it costs USD 250 for each individual.

The above-mentioned cost is for 3 people and more. In the event that there are a couple of individuals, an extra charge on the given cost applies to the voyagers. For Solo explorers, an additional extra USD 40 per night per person is applied. Furthermore, a couple of voyagers are to pay an extra USD 30 per night per person.

Note: If you wish to upgrade your accommodation in a 4 or 5-star categorical Hotel, a premium surcharge will be applied to you.

Seasons that Bhutan Experiences

Bhutan has four particular seasons and each season has its magnificence and appeal. Bhutan is an all year goal. Thus, it is completely dependent upon you to choose your movement period.

I. Spring (March, April, and May)

It is a joyful time as it is a blooming season. The blossoms of different kinds start to bloom and shade of green color the hill. Rhododendron, edelweiss, wild azaleas spread their colorful essence to the surrounding. You will experience feelings of wonders with amazing scenes during spring.

II. Summer (June, July, and August):

It is a bountiful time as flowers are in full sprout and dales are shrouded in green. There are a significant number of streams to cross and sobbing willows clear the banks.

III. Autumn (September, October, and November)

This is the point at which the whole scene transforms into brilliant shading. The farmers reaping their harvests in the brilliantly shaded paddy fields under the clear sky are only astonishing sights on Bhutan’s scene in the autumn.

IV. Winter (December, January, and February)

Winter has its minutes. The days are loaded with daylight while night times can turn to chilly. Delicate turfs of mists wrap apathetically over peaks as though trusting that new life will blow it over the scene. The winter season in Bhutan gives one an away from the world’s most noteworthy Himalayan mountain ranges canvassed on a day off.

Best time to visit Bhutan

Bhutan is an ideal place to visit all year round for touring purposes. The country has magnificent arts and architectures that can be explored throughout the year. While Bhutan is perhaps the smallest nation on the planet, its social decent variety and extravagance are significant. And to cherish these prodigal values of the country is interesting to experience. On the other hand, trekking is particularly best when it is done around spring and autumn.

The country flourishes with colorful flowers and spreads the lush greenery everywhere. The season rolls from March to May in Bhutan and gives you a perfect opportunity to appreciate its finesse. Likewise, autumn which falls from September to November is an idyllic time to watch picturesque views of the Himalayas on Bhutan terrain.

Nonetheless, we would not recommend trekking in Bhutan during winter or summer/monsoon. Winter with its extremely cold weather will make your journey changeling really testing. And Summer/monsoon brings the unfortunate cloudy weather that covers the incredible mountain sights as well as makes the trails muddy, moist and wet. Hence, will hinder your trekking experience.

Getting into Bhutan

The countries international airports is situated at Paro, about an hour’s drive from Thimpu. Presently, two national airlines are operating in Bhutan and they are Druk Air and Bhutan Airlines. You can get into Bhutan from Nepal, Bangladesh, Singapore, Myanmar, Thailand, India, Qatar, and Singapore.

Moreover, there are three land borders that let you enter into Bhutan (via Bhutan-India Border) i.e. Phuntsholing, Samdrup Jongkhar in the southeast, and Gelephu.

Trip Grade

As much as Bhutan is famous for its grand cultural tours, it is equally famous for its remote trekking trails as well. The country is one of the best places for majestic mountain views and offers various trekking routes that lead through the wilderness and open to breathtaking mountain sights. The country has some easy to moderate as well as challenging treks.

I. Easy

As the name suggests, it is a simple level trip. The altitude for such kinds of treks ranges from 300-600m above sea level. To do easy treks, no prior trekking experience is required because the trails in these types of treks are not very difficult. Even though related trekking knowledge is not required, having physical strength will be beneficial.

II. Moderate

Moderate trekking grade is for people with good physical fitness even though one does not have prior trekking experiences. Such types of treks take place around the height of 3500-5000m and above. Daily intakes on a moderate level of treks are 400-700m and you will walk for 6 to 7 hours daily. There is a possible chance of getting altitude sickness as the altitude range is quite high. So taking precautions while doing a moderate level of trek is very important. And as much as being physically fit is important, one should be mentally strong too.

III. Difficult/Strenuous trek

These kinds of treks take place in the height of 5000m and above. These types of treks are physically as well as mentally straining treks. The daily intake of covering would be around 500-1000m above sea level. And the prior experience of trekking in a high altitude area, as well as a good physical fitness level, is required. The chances of getting altitude sickness are very high hence one should be very careful while doing strenuous treks. The oxygen level in the high altitude areas is less so there are high chances of getting altitude sickness. Therefore, before opting for a difficult to strenuous trek, doing training and exercise is very important. And while on the trek, keep the high spirit and let it flow.

Travel Insurance

It is compulsory for all visitors to travel to Bhutan to hold substantial travel insurance. And if you are visiting Bhutan for trekking or any other adventure activities, make sure that includes it covers cancellation and emergency evacuation. Similarly, if your trekking journey crosses the height of 4000m and above, it is very important to check if the insurance covers this height or not.

Equipment Checklist

Some of the mandatory equipment for Cultural tours. We request you to bring the clothes as per the season you are traveling.

For head

  • Sun cap or hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Scarf

For upper body

  • Half or Full T-shirts
  • Windcheater
  • Water-proof jackets (If you are traveling during monsoon)

For Lower Body

  • A pair of cotton long pants
  • Jeans are also favorable
  • Formal clothing for evening programs
  • Underclothing
  • Waterproof shell pants

For Feet

  • Two pairs of cotton socks
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Pair of sandals

Miscellaneous

  • Lip Balm
  • Sunscreens (SPF 30 or whichever suits you)
  • Wet tissues and dry tissues
  • Earplug

And for the list of mandatory items for trekking in Bhutan: please click this link.

Is Bhutan Safe to Travel

Bhutan is one of the safest countries in the world. Upon your arrival, you will be in the trusted hands and you will be delivered care and attention of the guide throughout your tour. You will have a private car, highly qualified and professional tour guide with you most of the time to assist you with your needs.

Even if you are a solo traveler, you will have a dedicated tour guide leading your journey making sure you are comfortable. It is one of the friendliest countries in the world and you will surely love your time exploring cultural and natural delights of the country.