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Bhutan - The Land of the Thunder Dragon

 

The Last Shangrila

Bhutan holds many surprises. This is a country where the rice is red and where chillies aren't just a seasoning but the main ingredient. It's also a deeply Buddhist land, where monasteries are part of the mainstream, and where giant protective penises are painted beside the entrance of many homes. 

KNOW THE FACTS

  • Population: 750,000
  • Capital: Thimphu
  • Area: 38,364 sq km²
  • Major Language: Dzongkha
  • Major religions: Buddhism
  • Currency: Ngultrum

The Wangchuck hereditary monarchy has wielded power since 1907. But Bhutan became a two-party parliamentary democracy after elections in March 2008.

General Information
  • Visa & Entry Formality

    All visitors traveling to Bhutan are required to obtain the Visa prior to arrival in the country. One cannot obtain the Visa for Bhutan in their home country. We will organize the entire Visa procedure for our guests. Once the trip is confirmed, we will send the Visa application form via email. The clients do not have to send us their passports. The final visa stamp will be issued upon arrival in the country.

  • Best time to Visit

    Autumn (October and November): the best time for a trek in the mountains of Bhutan is the period from late September to late November. Though it gets quite cold when the strong wind blows down from the mountains, the blue, bright and sunny sky makes this time the absolute best time of the year.

    Spring (March to May): the period from March to May is the second best time of the year for a trek in the mountains of Bhutan. During this time of the year, the abundant magnolias and rhododendrons cover the mountain slopes, creating an astonishing view. The sky may be cloudy during this period, but a trek can still be an enjoyable experience. Different varieties of birds come down from the colder climates and are ready to go back to their homes when the winter is over.

    Monsoon (June-August): the months stretching from June to August are best avoided when planning a trek in the mountains. Showers of rain are very frequent during this time of the year, especially at night. The wet mountain slopes can make a trek very slippery and dangerous. The sky remains cloudy and the weather is cold and wet with hardly any view at all. Flights can also get cancelled during this time due to poor visibility.

    Winter (December-February): the months of January and December are not a good time for a trek, since the passes can be blocked due to heavy snowfall. However, tours can be easily done.