BHUTAN is a small country between India and China. This is the great Himalayan Kingdom. It is also called “Land of Thunder Dragon”.
This carbon dioxide-free country surrounded by High altitude mountains and beautiful valleys. Bhutan People follow their rules very strictly. The country has no traffic lights. Here hunting and fishing is prohibited and also all tobacco products are illegal.
One very popular ”Fishing“ festival arrange by Bhutan Govt, but they only allowed for catch and release.
In this country, all employees need to wear traditional dress. The traditional dress- a “Gho robe” Men and “Kira” for women.
In Bhutan, “Gross National Happiness” is identified as more important than “Gross National Product”.
Bhutan is a very Peaceful and adventurous tourist place. From all over the world, the tourist comes here. Here, Visa is not required only for Indian Citizens. Bhutan has no army. Indian army protects this Country.
How to Reach Bhutan?
Most countries have direct flights to one and only Paro Airport. India also well connected to all major cities. But I prefer, if you coming from India then chose Bagdogra Airport which is in Westbengal. It is the nearest airport to Bhutan-India Border. At the outside of Bagdogra Airport, you can avail of Book packages to Bhutan. Book a car and reach Jaigaon. The next plan I will discuss later. So follow the next plan continue…..
The best and nearest railway station is NJP (India Only). This station is well connected to all Indian Major cities. After reaching Njp, you can book a cab or you can take local transport(Buses) and reach to India-Bhutan border at Jaigaon.
From any place in India, you can come directly to Jaigaon. Direct Bus service also available from India.
Places to Visit during Bhutan Trip
Chukha Dam is in Southwestern Bhutan in Chukha District. It is a large hydro plant Project. Also in the chukka district, you can visit The “Galing Goenpa Tshechu” and “Chukha Tshechu”. On this route, we will also visit Pristine waterfalls.
It is a beautiful Monastery in Thimpu city which is set on the western banks of river WangChu.This famous dzong situated in Thimpu city. It is a very large structure surrounded by a well-kept lawn and beautiful gardens.
This tower is called the “Bhutan Broadcasting Service Tower”.It at an altitude of 2800 meters. From this viewpoint, we can see the whole of Thimpu city and it’s surrounded by beautiful valleys. This point also called the Sangaygang Viewpoint.
The National Memorial Chorten
This is an extraordinary example of Buddhist architecture. It is also called The National Memorial Chorten. It was built in memory of the third Druk Gyalpo and is dedicated to world peace. Here we can find only older Bhutanese people. The most Iconic Monument is located close to Thimphu city.
Here we will find one Buddha statue known as “The Buddha Dordenma”.This place is situated on a hilltop located in Kuenselphodrang Nature Park. From this point, we can view the beautiful scenic Thimpu Valley. This statue is made of bronze and is gilded in gold. The height of the statue is 51.5 meters. It is one of the largest statues in the World.100000 statues of Budhha which are 8” in height and 25000 statues of Buddha which are 12” tall have been placed within the Massive “Buddha Doredenma Statue”.
School of Arts and Crafts
This institute is situated in Thimphu city. Here students learn 13 traditional arts and crafts in an Eight years course. This school is also known as The Painting School. The foreigners also come here to learn the arts and crafts.
Motithang Takin Preserve
This a wildlife reserve area only for Takin. Takin is a National animal in Bhutan. It situated in Motithang District.
Centenary Farmers Market
The Centenary farmers market is a Two-story building that included 400 stalls. These stalls are provided to the farmer to display their produce. The market mainly operates from Thursday to Sunday Night. These three days are best to explore the market and interact with the local people.
The National library established to preserve ancient Dzongkha and Tibetan texts in 1967. The tourists visit here only to view the Architecture structure.
Lhakhang is a traditional Bhutanese Monastery. It is established in the 12thcentury. Bhutanese Parents come here to get the name of their Newborns.
This stadium is situated in Thimphu. It is used for multi-purpose games. But it is basically a football ground.
It is a Fort and also Buddhist Monastery. This monastery is situated in Upper Paro District.
Taktsang monastery is one of the most iconic and holy sites in Bhutan. The name Taktsang translates to “ The Tiger Nest”.So many of the tourists know this place as Tiger Nest. The monastery precariously perched on a cliff, 900 meters off of the ground.
Ta Dzong is a national Museum in Paro. Here we can find one Temple. In the museum, we can see Robes, The Raven, and the swords, Which used the Bhutanese kings. Also, we can visit Art technology and media room where can watch documentary programs on the history of the Bhutanese monarchy.
It is also a Chorten shape monastery built in 1421 in Paro. Here we will see a three-story building. The three floors represent Hell, Earth, and Heaven.
It is an old Monastery established by Tibetan King. Here we can see One Centuries-old Cyprus Tree and an Orange Tree which always has fruit throughout the year. The Cyprus Tree is The National Tree of Bhutan.
Nya Mai zam
It is basically an old cantilever bridge in Bhutan. This bridge connects Paro town to Dzong.
Rinpung Dzong is one of the famous monasteries in Paro. It is originally known as Rinchen Pung Dzong. In the native language, the name means “The Fortress on a Heap of Jewels”.This House is the Monastic body and Government administrative offices of Paro Dzongkhag.
Chele La Pass
This is the highest motorable pass in Bhutan.The pass situated Between Paro valley and Haa valley. For the biker, it’s heaven. During cross the Chele la Pass we can see the view of Mt.Jumolhari.The Pass is situated at an altitude of 13083 feet.
Haa valley situated near Bhutan-China Border. The valley is known for its ancient traditions and rituals.
Punakha is a scenic Place in Bhutan. It’s situated at an altitude of 1200 meters. During to low level, In the summertime, the weather is very hot. At the time Punakha was the capital of Bhutan. It is now a distance of about 72 km from Thimphu. The valley is famous in Bhutan for Red and white rice farming.
Here we can found one of the most famous Punakha Dzong. October 13, 2011, marked an unforgettable wedding of the king of Bhutan, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuk to Jetsun Pema which was held at Punakha Dzong. Punakha Dzong is situated at the confluence of two major rivers in Bhutan, the Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu, which cover the Valley. It is an especially beautiful sight on Sunny Days with sunlight reflecting off the water onto its whitewashed walls.
Duchula is a very popular high altitude pass between Thimphu and Punakha. Here we can found the snow-covered road. From the Pass, we can view a 360’ view of the Himalayan Mountain range. During Clear warm days, it is the Ideal Place for Photographer.
BHUTAN TRIP PLAN|BHUTAN TRAVEL PLAN
Our today journey starts from NJP railway station/Bagdogra Airport. Book a cab and proceed to Jaigaon. After reaching Jaigaon, arrange tourist permits to get permission to enter Bhutan. Then proceed to Phuentsholing and check in to the hotel. Overnight stay there.
In the morning, after breakfast check out from the hotel and proceed to Thimphu. On the way to Thimphu, we can chance to visit Chuka Dam and Pristine Waterfalls. Evening time we will reach Thimphu city. Then check in to Hotel.
Today we will visit Thimphu City. Thimphu is the capital of Bhutan. After breakfast, we will visit BBS Tower, Tasicchhoe Dzong, The National Memorial Chorten, Buddha Point, School of arts and crafts, Motithang Takin preserve, Centenary Farmers Market, National Libary, Lhakhang, Semtokha Dzong, Chanlimithang Stadium. After visit these places, we will back to our Hotel in Thimphu.
Today we will proceed to Paro. Paro is the nearest destination from Thimphu, it will take 2 hrs journey. On the way, we will find the beautiful Paro valley and some of the Waterfalls. After reach, Paro, check in to Hotel at Paro.
Today we will spend the whole day in Paro and will explore the beautiful Paro valley and the city. In Paro, we will visit the Drugkgyal, View of Taktsang Monastery(tiger nest), Ta Dzong, Dungstay Lhakhang, Kyichu Lhakhang monastery, Nya May Zam, Paro Rinpung Dzong. Then we will back to the Hotel.
Today we will explore the famous Chele La Pass and Haa Valley. After exploring Haa Valley we will proceed to Punakha. On the way, we will find The Duchy la Pass. Spend some time at the pass and go to Punakha and stay in a hotel in the City.
In the morning, start to explore the beautiful Punakha Valley and Punakha Dzong. Then proceed to Phuentsholing/NJP/Bagdogra(If available to reach). Or stay at Phuentsholing.
BEST TIME TO VISIT BHUTAN
Bhutan is a very Peaceful and Carbon dioxide-free Kingdom. A dry climate is characteristic of the Great Himalayan Region. It always attracts travelers for its Mystery. Bhutan offers something new at all times to travelers.
In Bhutan, we can visit throughout the year. But here we will explain the best 3 times.
The summer starts in the month of June. This season goes up to August. This is the best time to visit here. In this time, we can get clear views of the Himalayan Mountains and the lush green landscape. The temperature is about 20’c to 25’c. The famous “Haa Festival” celebrate at this time.
Winter also a good time to visit Bhutan. This time temperature moves down up to 1’c / o’ c and you will take chances to get Snowfalls. Winter also a Festive season in Bhutan and you can found the famous festival – “Punakha Dromche “ and “Tshechu” celebrating here. Most of the Bhutanese people actively participate in the festivals. This time definitely you will find Heavy snow on most of the high altitude Passes.
Spring starts from March and extends up to May. This time temperature usually moves around 2-20 ‘ c. It’s the perfect time to explore Bhutan. Spring also the best time for the Trekkers. Most of the trekking activities happen only this time. Also, you can found the famous Jacaranda flower blooms in the month of May.