Bhutan Tour Packages from Chennai: Plan an exotic trip to Bhutan for a ravishing and relaxing experience. The distance between Chennai and Bhutan is 2,688.1 Km. Tourists can travel by Chennai-Delhi-Paro or the other option is Chennai-Kolkata-Bagdogra. The travellers can choose the route to travel according to their own preferences. It takes around 4.5-5 hours to reach Bhutan, if one is planning to travel by air. The calm and serene beauty with pleasant climate, Bhutan is a perfect destination for people of Chennai to visit and experience the beauty and cool climate.
Bhutan Tour Packages from Delhi: Bhutan, the country of monasteries, valleys and beautiful mountain peaks with enchanting aura of Buddhism. This is the top most destinations for every traveller who wants to taste the beauty of nature and come in terms with the tradition and culture of Buddhism.
Bhutan Tour Packages from Mumbai: The distance by road between Bhutan and Mumbai is 2,837.9 Km and takes 54 hours to cover the journey. If one wants to travel by train, they can take a train from Mumbai to Kolkata, Duronto Express or there are also many other trains. From Kolkata one can take a train to New Jalpaiguri and then take an auto from here to the main Bhutan. This tour package to Bhutan will make you witness one of the best thrilling experiences in Bhutan and have a memorable trip of your life
Bhutan Tour Packages from Kolkata: Tourists can travel to Bhutan from here directly by taking a train towards Bhutan or by air to the Paro airport in Bhutan. This trip to Bhutan will make you witness a trip full of nature’s beauty and rich cultural and religious heritage of Bhutan. This place is a perfect getaway for the person, who has keen interest in exploring history of unknown.
Bhutan Tour Packages from Ahmedabad: Bhutan proves to be an ideal and frolic break from the mundane and business culture prevalent in Ahmedabad as this city has strict industrial mind-set. People looking to escape this dry industrial mind-set can fly to Bhutan to take a break from their regular monotonous life by selecting this tour package.
Bhutan Tour Packages from Bangalore: The distance between Bhutan and Bangalore is 2,877 Km. This tour will take you to the most exotic destinations in Bhutan, where you can see beautiful monasteries, national parks, libraries, textile industries and what not. This tour package will reward you with the most memorable trip ever.
PLACES TO VISIT
Rinpung Dzong, Paro:The place is a magnificent fort with towering walls that was built in the 16th Century. The fort is also known as the “Fortress on a Heap of Jewels”. It is a fine example of Bhutanese architecture.
Chele La Pass, Paro:The pass is en-route the Haa Valley and at this pass, one can get the panoramic view of the Jomolhari Mountain. In fact, once you reach the pass you can get the view of the valleys of Haa and Paro as well.
Punakha Dzong, Punakha :The second largest dzong of the country is known for its marvellous structure. The place has a number of stories and traditions to speak of, about the culture of Bhutan.
Buddha Dordenma Statue, Thimphu :This 169 feet tall statue of Buddha is built at the foot in Thimphu. It is crafted in gold and bronze and is visible from anywhere in Thimphu.
Dochula Pass:This pass consists of 108 chortens and stupas. It was built in the memory of the Bhutanese martyrs of the war. The beautifully built temple and stupas make the Dochula Pass one of the most beautiful tourist places in Bhutan.
Taktsang Palphug Monastery, Paro:This is the most famous monastery in the entire world. Its pictures are something you will find anywhere on the internet/social media. It is also known as ‘Tiger’s Nest,’ and is one of the most prominent places to visit in Bhutan. The highlight of the place is its unique architecture.
Punakha Suspension Bridge, Punakha :The town is known for the Punakha Dzong but apart from that an interesting place to visit is the Punakha Suspension Bridge. This bridge is around 160m long and is one of the longest suspension bridges of the world. This wonderful bridge connects Punakha Town with Punakha Dzong.
National Museum, Paro:A museum helps you learn in detail about the culture and history of the place. This is what the National Museum of Paro does. Even if you aren’t a history enthusiast you will enjoy exploring the museum.
Jigme Dorji National Park, Gasa:The second largest national park in Bhutan is an absolute treat for wildlife lovers. The major attractions in this park are species like clouded leopard, Bengal tiger, Himalayan blue sheep, Himalayan black bear, etc.
Tashichho Dzong (Thimphu Dzong), Thimphu:This structure is praised a lot for its architecture. It is currently the house of the throne room and seat of the government. Also known as the Thimphu Dzong, it is the ‘Fortress of Glorious Religion’.
Tango Buddhist Institute, Thimphu:Tango Monastery is located on steep crags of Thimphu Valley. Built as a monastery initially, the institute now serves as an educational institute for monks. It is built upon a cave where Tibetan Lana Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal meditated once.
Gangtey Monastery, Wangdue:Although the country is replete with numerous Buddhist monasteries one of the famous ones is the Gangtey Monastery. It displays a lovely architectural structure, which belongs to the Nyingmapa school of Buddhism. It is a popular place among pilgrims and tourists.
THINGS TO DO
Archery Practice:Archery is Bhutan’s national sport, actually, it is not just a sport but it is a passion. On hills, across fields and in stadiums throughout the country one can find multi-coloured throngs of men taking turns to shoot arrows. All you got to do is, try your hand at the sport.
Enter Tiger’s Nest:Clinging to a sheer cliff face situated 900 hundred metres above the Paro Valley is Bhutan’s, Taj Mahal. Trekking up to the nest is an experience in itself and is one of the must-try things in Bhutan.
Search for a Yeti :A popular myth is about the Yeti, in Bhutan. The animal has a strong hold//belief on the local culture. Every village has a tale about a close encounter with the big animal, Yeti, and advice on how to escape one.
Dance with monks at a Tsechu Festival:The biggest annual festival in Bhutan is the Tsechu Festival. This social gathering has many fun things to do and experience, and one of them is performing the local dance. The locals are very warm and help you learn the traditional dance and then you can be a part of the culture and enjoy the day with them.
Phallus Fixation:Wondering what this is? It is a tiny village in the Punakha region. Nearly every building is adorned with a giant phallus and others are decorated with ribbons. It is a place, which you must explore with your camera.
Trekking Tours:The country is snuggled up against some of the world’s highest mountains and this makes the place a perfect destination for trekking. From gentle treks through ancient rhododendron forests, it has everything one can ask for.
Go Rafting Differently:In Bhutan, rafting is very unlike the typecast image of rafting. Here you do not go against the rapids and strong currents, in fact, you just pleasure yourself to gently float down the river while soaking in the surrounding beauty.
Kayaking:Bhutan has some really majestic rivers that offer plenty of opportunity for adventure water sports. One of them is kayaking, which can be experienced at the six key rivers in Bhutan and their tributaries. They provide a variety of courses, perfect for amateur as well as veteran kayakers.
Cycling through the Streets :The country has challenging climbs and exhilarating descents to the dense mixed forest and lush meadows. Cycling in Bhutan is an amazing way to connect to this aspect of the place.
Rock Climbing :The most thrilling and adventurous sport, Rock Climbing is available in Bhutan. You can undertake this beautiful adventurous sport amidst the breathtaking view of the country.
BEST TIME TO VISIT
Bhutan is located in the Himalayas and faces variation in altitudes. The monsoons in Bhutan range from June to September and it overlooks heavy rains and during the summers, high humidity with it being hottest. From October-November the country goes through autumn and late November to early March is dry. The pre-monsoon showers start in May.
So, the best time to visit Bhutan is from March to May. The valleys come alive with flowers in bloom and the Himalayan peaks are at their most visible. The skies are also clear and it is the best time for trekking.
HOW TO REACH: FOR INDIAN CITIZENS. FOR INTERNATIONAL TRAVELLERS
By Air:In Bhutan, the Paro International Airport is the one and only international airport. This is the most effective way for any international traveller to enter into Bhutan by air. There are international flights from Delhi, Kolkata, Bangkok, Bagdogra, Dhaka, Bodh Gaya, Kathmandu, Singapore, Guwahati and Mumbai that enter the Bhutan region very often.
The other domestic airport in Bhutan for Indian Citizens is the Gelephu Airport.
By Road:For Indian Citizens, there are bus services also. The closest bus ride starts from Kolkata. These bus services are run by the Royal Bhutanese Government and the ride takes around 18hours.
By Rail :There is no direct train to Bhutan. The nearest rail stations are New Alipurduar, Siliguri, New Jalpaiguri Station and Hasimara.
From there convenient bus and private car options are available that take you anywhere in Bhutan.
CULTURE OF BHUTAN
Bhutan’s soil is rich with precious culture and diversity. The kingdom of Bhutan has so many celebrations from time to time. In fact, every single village in the country has its own celebration. But the most famous annual festival is Tshechu.
The celebration is actually a prayer meeting for the second Buddha, the Guru Rimpoche. The celebration has a traditional dance and sharing of meals. The locals also consume the local traditional wine known as Ara. It is like a huge culturally gathering of families and loved ones.
FOOD OF BHUTAN
Ema Datshi (Chillies and Cheese):This is the national dish of Bhutan and it is unarguably the most popular dish in the country. It is so popular that any discussion about Bhutanese food cannot go without the mention of Ema Datshi. They say the locals love chillies and cheese, which is included in most of their dishes.
Red Rice :The rice is gluten and wheat-free and rich in minerals. It is a highly nutritious dish and very earthy and nutty to taste. The locals often accompany this with dishes containing mushrooms and chillies.
Jasha Maroo or Maru (Spicy Chicken):A dish worth tasting is the Jasha Maroo, which is like a spicy curry. It is made with diced chicken, onion, garlic, chillies, tomato, ginger and coriander leaves but the taste of ginger gives this dish its essence. It is served with a portion of chicken broth.
Phaksha Paa (Pork with Red Chillies):This is a curry with gravy or a meaty stew. It is another favourite item of the locals and is made of pork slices stir-fried with whole red dry chillies. The dish is often eaten along with rice.
Suja (Bhutanese Butter Tea):The tea consumed in Bhutan is the Suja. It is also known as Po Cha or Goor-Goor, which is usually served after meals. It is found to be very comforting in the cold weather.
Ara (Traditional Alcoholic Beverage):Ara is the traditional alcoholic drink in Bhutan. It is prepared by fermenting rice, wheat, maize, millet, barley or buckwheat. The drink is usually creamy or clear in appearance. Although it has a very strong smell and taste, it is worth drinking.
Zow Shungo:The dish is made from leftover vegetables and red rice. It can be prepared very quickly and is a healthy option.
Jaju Soup:This is the traditional Bhutanese soup. Made up of green leafy vegetables like local spinach, or even turnips its broth is prepared with milk and butter. Usually, the locals also add cheese to it for a better taste.
Jasha Tshoem:This is a spicy dish and is almost like a stew. It is prepared with beef and flavoured up with ginger garlic, onions, chilli pepper and mushrooms.
Khur-le:This dish is a breakfast dish, which is ideal for the cold climates. In layman’s language, it is pancake made out of buckwheat, barley or wheat flour.