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Bhutan Holidays

Bhutan, Land of the Thunder Dragon, is a nation wrapped in myth and legend. Virtually untouched and nestled deep in the eastern Himalaya, this is a mysterious and peaceful country of supernatural beings, ancient monastic fortresses and warm-hearted people. A bastion of Tibetan Buddhism, Bhutan is best known for its religious festivals known as Tsechus where colourful mask dances and religious performances depict the cultural heritage of the country. Nearly all settlements in Bhutan have a Dzong – a fortress and seat of civil and religious power unique to Bhutan – and the valleys remain staggeringly distinct, from subtropical Punakha with it spectacular Dzong and the stunning high-altitude scenery of Gangtey to remote Bumthang and the far-flung valleys of eastern Bhutan. Pettitts Travel specialises in providing quality, tailor-made holidays and tours to Bhutan.

Places to visit in Bhutan

Bhutan is series of valleys, each geographically unique and with their own administrative centre or Dzong. The southern border regions are at a lower elevation whilst the mountainous north and eastern settlements are both remote and challenging to reach. Paro, with its international airport, is the main entrance to the kingdom and the starting point of not only the famous hike to Taktsang Monastery but also the longer Druk Path Trek. The beautiful Punakha Valley and its ancient Dzong are reached from capital Thimphu by crossing the precipitous Dochu-La Pass whilst Gangtey and the Phobjikha Valley provide a refuge for the endangered black-necked crane. Secluded central and eastern Bhutan is the location of many isolated settlements including Bumthang, Mongar, Lhuentse and Trashigang – each with their own monasteries and Gompas, myths and legends. For those travelling overland from India the main border towns are Phuentsholing in the west and Samdrup Jongkhar in the east.

When to Visit Bhutan

The best time to visit Bhutan is either during the spring or autumn although the country can be a year-round destination. From March to May Bhutan is at its prettiest with spring flowers, rhododendron and azalea all in bloom whilst the clear autumn skies of October and November provide unblemished mountain views. Snowfall is common at higher altitudes, especially during December and January, and you should expect it to be cold. Between October and early March central and eastern Bhutan also sees the arrival of the rare black-necked crane. June, July and August feel the effects of the Indian monsoon although this is largely confined to Bhutan’s southern border region.

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This is a general overview suggesting when to travel in the country. Please note that this may not directly apply to any specific itinerary or region.

Essential Information

Capital: Thimphu

Main Language: Dzongkha

Time Zone: GMT + 6

Currency: Ngultrum (BTN)

Holiday Ideas for Bhutan

Accommodation in Bhutan

The Kingdom of Bhutan has limited hotel accommodation but as the country increasingly opens to the world this situation is improving. Most visitors to Bhutan will stay in standard hotels which are locally owned and run. In general these properties are small and simple but clean and comfortable and you will be sure of a warm Bhutanese welcome. Some of these hotels have a modern touch with others more akin to a heritage property but all will have a distinct Bhutanese feel and style. Bhutan is also home to a small number of luxurious hotels, the best known of which are the exceptional Amankora properties in Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Gangtey and Bumthang and the Uma resorts that can be found in Paro and Punakha. Overnight treks use tented accommodation.

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Bhutan Holiday Review

We are safely back after a most successful time in Bhutan and I wanted to say thank you to you all for arranging a wonderful trip for us. The guide, Chimi, was really great, wonderful with the children and so was the driver – they were both such fun and also so helpful and kind and careful.

The whole trip was a triumph and thank you for the trouble you took in arranging it for us.

GG - Bhutan - March 2019

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