Bhutan or Druk Yul, the 'Land of the Thunder Dragon', is a small country in the Himalayas, located between Tibet and India. Bhutan has stunning natural scenery, and a strong sense of culture, tradition and spirituality. It is also the world's last Mahayana Buddhist kingdom. All tourists coming to The Kingdom of Bhutan must travel on a pre-organized all inclusive guided tour through both International and Bhutanese local tour operators. The basic rate is fixed by the government.
REASONS TO GO
The amazing Buddhist festivals.
The impressive ruins of Drukgyel Dzong and the Taktsang Monastery in Paro.
The breathtaking landscape over the Himalayas.
BEST TIME TO VISIT
The best time to visit Buthan is from October to May. If you are planning to go trekking, avoid the months from November to February due to the excess of snow in the trails.
HOW TO GET THERE
Paro is Bhutan's only airport, located in a deep valley and surrounded by high mountains.
The airport transfers to Paro (20 minutes) and Thimphu (1 hour) are all organised by the Tour Operators or the hotels.
Route permits are required to travel around Bhutan. These permits are issued by the immigration office in Thimphu.
The roads that cross the country are characterized are very steep and twisty, but are usually very well-maintained and safe. A 4 WD or a mini bus can be arranged through a tour operator.