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About Bhutan

Bhutan flaunts its beauty with green hills, houses that look like chalets and pleasant snow peaks that cover the basic terrain of the region. Bhutan is a country of rolling hills and towering crags. With small patches of cultivation and very little deforestation, Bhutan proves to be paradise for the traveller who enjoys untouched scenic beauty and fresh air. Often compared to the Swiss Alps, Bhutan flaunts its beauty with green hills, houses

Traveling light is the key to having fun in Bhutan. Casual clothes are most appropriate but if the trip is scheduled around a festival season, you should carry at least one set of dressy clothing. To kill the cold use a layering system; start with thermal underwear and ad a shirt, pile jackets and windbreakers. Don't forget to pack a folding umbrella and also bring a water bottle and iodine. Avoid wearing revealing clothes - women especially should not wear any short shorts, halter neck or tank tops. Trek to mountain area you will need expensive, expert mountain trekking gear. Do not forget to carry a pair of sneakers or walking shoes.

Climate

A primary feature of this land is its mountain ranges which are filled with wildlife and vegetation. The weather depends largely on the time of the year that you visit and the altitude of the place where you are visiting. In general, October and November (autumn) has a dry and mild climate and the temperature fluctuates between 70F (20C) to 90F (30C). December and January are dry and it gets chilly in the morning and night, but the temperature can reach up to 59F (15C) - 68F (20C). Late February, March and early April is the springtime and the temperature is similar to the autumn. May and June are the pre-monsoon months with hot and humid temperature that is accompanied by occasional evening thunderstorms. During July and early September, the monsoon hits this region it rains almost everyday and it is during this time that nasty downpours, humid air and hot temperatures are to be expected. Though Bhutan can be visited all year round, it's best to visit during summer and spring.

Visas

Visa are required for entry Bhutan. you can obtain the visa on arrival at Paro Airport or at Phuentsholing if you are entering by road. You must apply in advance through a tour operator and receive approval before you travel to Bhutan. The Bhutanese Embassy only issues visas for governmental project.

A tourist single-entry visa, which is valid for up to two months from the date of arrival, costs $40. A multiple-entry visa, which is valid for six months, will cost around $100. For a business visa applications can be made on arrival, which need to be approved by the Ministry of Industry.

Foods

In Bhutan, the restaurant food is not particularly special, but beware of the local dishes with chillies. There is a wide range of vegetarian food to choose from, but most of it is prepared using chillies and the primary ingredient and not as a seasoning, so ask the waiter what ingredients go in a dish before you order it. Popular Bhutanese dishes include ema daste, which comprises of large green chillies dipped in cheese sauce and phak sha laphu, which is basically stewed pork with radish.

After the meal be sure to try paan. It is a local Indian mouth freshener, which is sold by the street vendors at roadside shops. Paan is bittersweet tasting, mildly intoxicating concoction and it stains the mouth bright red.

Language

Dzongkha, similar to Tibetan, is Bhutan's official language, although fortunately English is widely spoken amongst educated people and it is taught in schools. In the south, Nepali is widely spoken and in the east Sharchop is the main tongue. Numerous tribal languages are spoken as well, like Khengkha, Kurtoep, Mangdip and Bumthap.

People

Bhutan is very much a rural country with no major cities and few big towns, where half the people live a day's walk from the nearest road, although it's mainly young population is growing at a rapid rate and it is thought to exceed one million people. The main ethnic groups are the Sharchops ('people of the east' of Indo-Mongoloid descent), the Ngalong (of Tibetan origin who live in the west) and the Lhotshampa (Nepalis who live in the south).


Bhutan Activities

Glimpse of Bhutan

Glimpse of Bhutan

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Druk Path Trekking

Druk Path Trekking

Druk Path Trekking is one of the short and most popular trekking trips in Bhutan. Durk Path trekking is one of the short trip to explore the small country ...

The Magical Kingdom tour

The Magical Kingdom tour

The magical kingdom tour is a short and amazing tour package in Bhutan designed to explore the mysterious Buddhist kingdom, Bhutan popularly known as the ...

Bhutan – Sikkim - Darjeeling Tour

Bhutan – Sikkim - Darjeeling Tour

Bhutan-Sikkim-Darjeeling tour is one of the most exciting tour package in order to explore three mysterious countries at once--Nepal ...

Jumolhari Trekking

Jumolhari Trekking

Jumolhari trekking is one of the most adventures trekking in Bhutan. Jhomolhari (7,314 m) is one of the most beautiful Himalayas in Bhutan and it is one ...

The Snowman Trekking

The Snowman Trekking

The snowman trekking is one another popular trekking trips in Bhutan. Snowman trek is regarded to be the most challenging and adventurous trekking trips in Bhutan ...

Shangri- La Tour

Shangri- La Tour

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Central Bhutan tour

Central Bhutan tour

Central Bhutan tour is one of the most loved trips in Bhutan. The central Bhutan tour comprises of tour mainly in Trongsa and Bumthang district in Bhutan ...

Dagala Thousand Lakes Trekking

Dagala Thousand Lakes Trekking

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