A Buddhist kingdom on the Himalayas’ eastern edge, is known for its monasteries, fortresses (or dzongs) and dramatic landscapes that range from subtropical plains to steep mountains and valleys. In the High Himalayas, peaks such as 7,326m Jomolhari are popular trekking destinations. Paro Taktsang monastery (also known as Tiger’s Nest) clings to cliffs above the forested Paro Valley.
Currencies: Indian rupee, Bhutanese ngultrum
Official language: Dzongkha
Best Time to travel: March, April, May, September, October & November
- All the visitors to Bhutan need a visa.
- Visas are processed through an online system by your tour operator.
- You are required to send the photo-page of your passport to your tour operator who will then apply for your visa. The visa will be processed by the Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) once the full payment of your holiday (including a USD $40 visa fee) has been wire transferred and received in the TCB bank account. Once received the visa clearance will be processed within 72 working hours.
- At your point of entry you will be required to show your visa clearance letter, the visa will then be stamped into your passport.
TRAVEL BY AIR
There are flights to destinations that include Bangkok, Delhi, Kolkata, Bagdogra, Bodh Gaya, Dhaka,
Kathmandu, Guwahati, Singapore and Mumbai.
Paro is situated at a height of 2,225 m (7300 ft) above sea level and is surrounded by mountains as high as 4,876 m (16,000 ft). At present two carriers operate to Bhutan, Druk Air and Bhutan Airlines lying into Bhutan’s Paro International Airport is typically an exciting experience as the descent into Paro valley brings you closer to the mountain tops than most other flights in the world
Interesting Facts about Bhutan:
a) The word “Bhutan” translates to “Land of the Thunder Dragon.”
b) Origin of the name Bhutan may be derived from the Sanskrit Bhotanta which means “the end of Tibet,” or the Sanskrit Bhu-attan, meaning “highlands.”
c) Bhutan is the first country in the world with specific constitutional obligations on its people to protect the environment. Among its requirements: At least 60 percent of the nation must remain under forest cover at all times
d) Thimphu is one of just two capital cities in Asia that does not have a single traffic light. The other is Pyongyang, North Korea.
e) At 24,840 feet, Gangkhar Puensum is the highest point in Bhutan—and the highest unclimbed mountain in the world.
f) 54.3% of adults and 76.2% of youth in Bhutan are literate
g) Bhutan is the only nation in the world where the sale of tobacco is banned.
h) Bhutan is one of the last countries in the world to introduce television to its people. The government lifted a ban on TV—and on the Internet —only 11 years ago.
i) The first foreign tourists were allowed into Bhutan in 1974.
j) All citizens officially become one year older on New Year’s Day. This way, no one forgets anyone’s birthday
k) It sells hydro-electrical power, making it the only country whose largest export is renewable energy.
l) Rather than using the GDP as an economic index, Bhutan measures its overall “health” through the four pillars: sustainable development, environmental protection, cultural preservation, and good governance, which together form the Gross National Happiness or GNH.
m) Bhutan is the world’s only carbon sink, that is; it absorbs more CO2 than it gives out.