the peaceful Dragon
to reach Bhutan? There are choices to pick from. If you wish to
come by road then start from Alipurduwar or New Jalpaiguri and come
to Phuntsoling. Beautiful Phuntsoling is the border town and known
as a commercial & trading hub of the region. From here a176
of 6 hours will take you to Thimpu the capital of
Bhutan. You can avail a flight to Paro from Delhi, Kolkata, Kathmandu,
Bangkok and Dhaka.
Panorama of Paro
Paro a 2 hr drive from Thimpu offers unlimited scope of exploration
to its visitors. Paro Dzong (fort), presently the national
museum of Bhutan situated at the altitude of 7000 ft. is a glimpse
into the ancient Bhutan. Drugyel Dzong another fort was well
ablaze in fire in 1954, now it is in ruins but its historic significance
makes it an enticing tourist spot.
a break at the exotic Kichu resort, which is situated beside
the oldest & the most sacred Kichu Lhakhang monestary
of Bhutan. There is another monastery called Taktsang, the
breathtaking sight of this is an unforgettable memory for the tourists.
Taktsang, known as the "tigers nest, is the gravity-defying
cluster of a building hanging on to a sheer 3000 ft. rock, an allusion
to the popular legend that Guru Padma Sambhava flew here from Tibet
on the back of a tiger. Tourists enjoy the one & half hour trek
all the way up to the Taktsang. Horse ride is available too.
stay at Paro is advisable. Ganety Palace, a heritage property
turned into luxury hotel can be a comfortable resting place
towards the capital
at 7,600 ft altitude in the broad, fertile valley of Wang Chu River,
is Thimpu, the capital of Bhutan. It has a very coluorful
& vibrant character. Indulge in your shopping spree or revitalize
the energy level at welcoming pubs like Dzoma or Dragons
Nest. Go for a stroll at the mall, or enjoy a game of golf,
the city offers plenty of choices which can lighten up your holiday.
If you are in Thimpu on a Sunday donot forget to visit the
Archery competition organized by the locales. Give in to the temptation
of Swiss confectioneries or collect the original Bhutanese art,
craft & curios at the handicraft centre, you get good value
for your money. Cherish the cleanliness of Thimpu.
monastery is a place to visit to the west of the city at 10,000
ft. A short trip on the back of a yak to Dontsho la pass
will be exciting, sparkling lakes, snow peaks, alpine flowers drive
away all tiredness. Bhutans international fame for its varieties
of stamps is well known, the post office here should be visited
if you want see an entire collection of them.
the royal palace and Tashichhodzong, the administrative headquaters,
are examples of marvelous stone architecture.
Freaks? Go for an enchanting four-hour trek to Cheri and
Tangu monasteries. This is where the monks come to practice
the ancient disciplines of meditation and levitation.
Hotels like River View, Druk & Jumolahri are excellent
in terms comfort and facilities.
The Resourceful Punakha
A three-hour drive form Thimpu to Dochula pass(10,218ft)
through the pine forest is mind-blowing. Punakha, the abode
of central monk body in Bhutan is two-hour drive from Drochula
pass. The Punakha Dzong, ancient capital of Bhutan, is
perched on a piece of land just above the junction of Pho Chu and
Mo Chu rivers.
Move on to Wangdiphodrang
After one night stay at Punakha come to the last town on the central
highway, before entering central Bhutan. Wangduephdorang is like
a village with few shops. Wangdiphodrang Dzong is the most
visible feature here. Down the south high way there is Gantey
Gompa, a monastery of 17th century and very much similar to
temples in its styling. The district is known for its fine bamboo
work and for its slate and stone carvings.
Tongsa, A taste of royalty
heading towards Bhumthang take refreshment break in Tongsa. It is
the ancestral home of Bhutanese Royal family.
Bhumthang- A blend of Adventure, legend & religion
two-hour drive to Yotungla pass & a few hair-raising
bends takes one to Bhumthang. Situated at an altitude of
11,500 this is the religious and spiritual capital of Bhutan. Listen
to the legend of the castle of the white bird
and enjoy. Cheese, apple, apricots are all the production of Jakar
valley. Here, at the Jampa Lakhang and the Kurjey
monastery one gets to view the bodily marks of Padma Sambhaba
impressed till date on the solid rock face.
Credit Cards are not accepted in Bhutan. Monetary transactions are
to be done through bank.
Visitors must book through one of the 58 registered tour operators
in Bhutan. They can either approach the minimum tariff set by the
Tourism Authority of Bhutan is US$ 200 per day ( the rates can be
higher, depending upon the nature of services desired beyond
The entitlement for US$ 200). The rate is same for both cultural
tours and treks. High season tariff -US$ 200 per person per night
half (March, April, May, September, October & November).Low
season tariff-US$ 165 per person per night half (January, February,
June, July, August & December).
Tariff Set Entitlements
Accommodation / Meads: All guests are put up in government
approved hotels, guest houses and lodges. While the Quality of service
, infrastructure and facilities differ in these hotels, tourists
are kept in all the hotels during peak seasons because of the limited
number of hotel in the country. The hotels accept bookings on a
first come, first serve basis.
All operators either have their own fleet of luxury buses or have
access to them. Both, vehicles and drivers, are provided by the
All guides are licensed by the Tourism Authority of Bhutan and undergo
periodical examination to upgrade their knowledge and services.
There are surcharges on individuals and groups of less than four
a) Single person - US$ 40 per night
b) Two persons - US$ 30 per night
Except Indians holding a valid ID all foreign nationals require
a visa to enter and tour in Bhutan.
All information (including tour details/entry point/exit point)
should be sent to the authority 03 weeks prior to the arrival. Approval
will be sent to you before you start for Bhutan.
Two passport size photos must be submitted on arrival at the Paro
FEE US$ 20/ Person. On paying that on the entry point Visa stamp
will be issued.
VISA EXTENSION initially Visa is granted for 15 days. It
can be extended for another 15 days on paying the extension fee
DEPARTURE tax is US$ 10/person (apprx.), i.e. RS.400/-. Mimimum