Bhutan

39°
34° - January
34° - February
39° - March
45° - April
50° - May
54° - June
55° - July
55° - August
54° - September
46° - October
43° - November
39° - December
Dec avg
$68
Avg Hotel
$1,310
Est. Airfare

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Tucked away in the Himalayas, Bhutan has quietly remained one of the most peaceful places in the world. It's the last remaining Buddhist Kingdom in the world where, using income from tourism, agriculture and hydroelectric power, they provide free education and free medical care. On your visit to Bhutan the best thing you can do is to tranquilly take in the unbelievable natural wonders and meaningful architecture however it suits you best. Rafting, hiking, and cycling are popular offerings for guests to experience everything this country has to offer. Its immaculate environment and abidance to harmonious tradition do affect Bhutan's approach to tourism. While Bhutan's government and citizens are eager to share their traditions with visitors, they are even more eager to protect the valuable environment that they've been able to create and sustain. They require a few extra rules for travelers, so be sure to do your research.
Photo Credit: Tourism Council of Bhutan
Photo Credit: Tourism Council of Bhutan
Photo Credit: Tourism Council of Bhutan
Photo Credit: Tourism Council of Bhutan
Photo Credit: Tourism Council of Bhutan
Photo Credit: Tourism Council of Bhutan
Photo Credit: Tourism Council of Bhutan
Photo Credit: Tourism Council of Bhutan
Photo Credit: Tourism Council of Bhutan
Photo Credit: Tourism Council of Bhutan
Photo Credit: Tourism Council of Bhutan
Photo Credit: Tourism Council of Bhutan
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    Dzongdrakha Temple

    Often called the mini- Taktsang, Dzongdrakha temples are built on the cliffs above Bondey village. The walk there is not as strenuous as to Taktsang. Legend says one of the temples is built around a levitating monument. Folks built a stronger temple around this monument with the hope that the levitating monument does not fly away into the sky.

    Kayaking and Rafting

    The clean and clear rivers of Bhutan are one of the kingdom's best kept open secrets. Fed by the Eastern Himalayas, the six rivers (Wang Chhu, Sunkosh, Puna Tsang Chhu, Mangde Chhu, Kuri Chhu and Dangme Chhu and their tributaries) have been scouted for kayaking and rafting. They cut through high valleys and low plains to meet up with the Brahmaputra River in India.
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    Bird Watching

    Bhutan is a paradise for bird lovers and ornithologists. Over 670 species of birds have been recorded and many more are yet to be discovered. Around 50 species of the known birds are winter migrants.
    Cost: Free
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    Tshechu and Festival

    Festivals or Tshechu ("tenth day") are Bhutanese festivals held every year in various temples monasteries and dzongs across the country. The Tshechu is mainly a religious event celebrated on tenth day of a month of lunar calendar corresponding to the birth day of Guru Rinpoche (Guru Padmasambhava). However the month of Tshechu depends place to place and temple to temple.
    Cost: Free
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    Ta Dzong

    On a ridge immediately above Rinpung Dzong is the Ta Dzong, built as a watchtower to protect the Dzong from intruders and warring factions. In 1968 Paro's Ta Dzong was inaugurated as the National Museum, and now holds a fascinating collection of art, relics, religious thangkha paintings, Bhutan's exquisite postage stamps, coins and handicrafts, together with a small natural history collection.

    Rinpung Dzong

    Explore the Rinpung Dzong which the locals call the "fortress of a heap of jewels." Built in 1646 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the dzong stands on a hill above Paro Township. It is linked by the traditional cantilever bridge (called the Nemi Zam) over the Pa chu where one may pose a photograph. Experience a walk up a paved stone path running alongside the imposing outer walls. Once inside the Dzong, you will be welcomed by the monks, architecture and the ancient frescoes.

    Taktsang Monastery

    Often called the Tiger's Nest, perched on the cliffs, has awestruck many a visitor. "Trip to Bhutan is never complete without climbing to Taktsang," says one tourist. Indeed it's true as the journey there fills you with spiritual bliss. For those not choosing the spiritual side it is the dramatic, artistically built monument that becomes a hiker's delight. Take a trip to this dramatically set Buddhist relic hanging from a cliff. Experience the uphill climb as you ascend more than two thousand feet from the valley floor.

    Paro Tsechu

    The five-day Paro Tshechu is one of the biggest religious celebrations. Mask dances are performed to illustrate Buddhist moral tales from various Buddhist masters. You may attend the tshechu together with the Bhutanese people from all walks of life who join the residents of Paro in their best finery to attend the dances. One can witness the popular folk dance called the Wochubi Zhey that commemorates historical events.
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    Planning Tip

    Visitors to Bhutan are required to book travel and obtain a visa from a local, licensed Bhutanese tour operator or international partner in order to enter the country. Visas are processed through an online system and clearance must be obtained before coming to Bhutan. A list of tour operators can be found here.

    Language

    Dzongkha

    Currency

    [BTN] Bhutan Ngultrum

    Airports

    Paro Airport [PBH]