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About Bhutan

Explore the kingdom of Bhutan, a unique destination tucked away in the Eastern Himalayas. Known as the 'Land of the Thunder Dragon', you will discover a country with rich Buddhist heritage, lush green valleys, scenic rivers, and centuries-old monuments.

Book the carefully curated Bhutan packages by Thrillophilia and wander through valleys that offer breathtaking views of snow-capped peaks. Head to the bustling towns of Thimphu and Paro to encounter the depth of Bhutanese culture in ancient monasteries and vibrant festivals.

The specially crafted packages ensure you experience the beauty of Bhutan's unexplored regions. Visit the iconic Tiger's Nest Monastery, perched high on a cliff, or the grand Punakha Dzong, steeped in history and surrounded by trekking routes. Embark on adventures like trekking, hiking, and rafting, with personalized service throughout your journey. Explore the ancient dzongs that stand as pillars of spirituality, each holding centuries of history. Savour the flavours of Bhutanese cuisine, dressed in colourful attire during festive celebrations to truly understand its magic. Expert tour guides will accompany you, providing valuable insights into the country's culture and traditions. 

From group adventures and solo tours to romantic getaways, Thrillophilia offers packages suitable for all types of travellers. Opt for the best Bhutan package today and embark on an unforgettable journey in this marvellous land.

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Attractions

Taktsang Palphug Monastery

Taktsang Palphug Monastery or more popularly known as the Tiger’s Nest Monastery is one of the most revered pilgrimage place in the Himalayan province. This iconic destination beckons travelers exploring Bhutan trip packages, offering a profound cultural experience. It is also one of the most visited tourists destination in Bhutan and is a place that showcases the great traditional values of the country.

Uniquely located on top of the mountain 1200 meters above the Paro Valley, this monastery is surrounded by the scenic beauty. This white building topped with the golden roof on the back drop of blue sky and lush green hills look stunning. The centuries old legend of this monastery makes it more mystical. The isolated location of Tiger’s Nest can only be reached by following the gruelling mountain paths.

Location: The Tiger’s Nest Monastery is located in Paro, approximately 10 kilometres away from the city.

Best time/season: March to May and September to November.

Approx Price: N/A

Difficulty Level: Moderately challenging.

The National Memorial Chorten

Built in the memory of the third Druk Gyalpo (Head of Kingdom) of Bhutan, the National Memorial Chorten is devoted to World Peace and of the best places and it be part of your Bhutan tours. The Chorten started gaining popularity amongst the localities when various major Buddhist religious festivals started taking place at the Chorten and it is one of the best places to see in Thimphu Bhutan. The word “Chorten” literally translates to “Seat of Faith”, and the structure itself has become an important part of the Bhutanese culture. You can spot various Buddhists circumambulating around the Chorten all throughout the day. The Memorial also attracts a lot of tourists from around the world due to its architectural and deep connection with Bhutan’s rich culture.

Drukgyel Dzong

Drukgyel Dzong, a historic fortress in Bhutan, symbolizes the country's resilience and cultural heritage. Built in the 17th century to commemorate victory over Tibetan invaders, it once served as a strategic stronghold. However, now in ruins due to a fire, it remains a poignant reminder of Bhutan's past glory.

National Library
National Library of Bhutan or NLB was established in 1967 and possesses a wide collection of 6100 Bhutanese and Tibetan books, xylographs and manuscripts as well as 9000 printing boards and wooden printing blocks for religious books. It has one of the largest holdings of Buddhist Literature in the entire world and it is one of the best places to visit in Thimpu.It has a dedicated collection and promotes religious and cultural heritage of Bhutan in the form of ancient printed resources related to history, religion, traditions, and culture of Bhutan. Highlights: The building is two-storied with staff accommodations, administrative offices along with technical equipments like computers, microfilm section, separate room for wooden books and much more. Located in: Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. Open from : 9:30 am to 5:00 pm (Monday to Friday) in March to October and 9:30 am to 4:00 pm in November to February and remains closed on government holidays and weekends. It is a complete representation of Buddha.
Clock Tower Square

Located in the heart of Thimphu, the Clock Tower Square is amongst the popular tourist places to visit in Thimphu and you should this famous place in your Bhutan holiday packages. The Clock Tower consists of four clocks facing in four different directions. The tower resembles the Bhutanese architecture pattern of wood engraving. The tower has some beautifully carved patterns, flowers, paintings and much more. The eye-catching thing in the tower are the dragons facing each clock. The dragons are sacred to the culture of Bhutan and they represent the freedom of the kingdom, it offers an enriching experience for visitors, especially those on Bhutan tour packages.

Changangkha Lhakhang
Changangkha Lhakhang is a 800-year old temple, constructed in the 12th-century in Bhutan which is visited by a large number of locals daily. The Changangkha Lhakhang temple is entrenched profoundly into the native culture and levies and is a crucial part of the local community. There are magnificent prayer bells in the outer region of the temple scripted with black and gold manuscripts. Along with two beautifully embedded gigantic prayer wheels adds to the appearance of the temple and it is one of the best places to visit in Thimpu and it must be part of your Bhutan holiday packages.

Bhutan FAQ's

Travel Advice

  • Make sure you have a medical or travel insurance before going to Bhutan. One can easily get a travel insurance via the Royal Insurance Corporation of Bhutan.

  • Some of the currency notes denominations (500 and 1000) are not accepted in Bhutan. So, avoid using the same.

  • You can easily spot an ATM after a distance of 2-5 km. So, make sure when you go out there is just enough cash that lets you commute and enjoy. Carrying excess cash can be an invitation for pick pockets.

  • Strictly avoid traveling during the night hours.

  • Make sure whenever you go in secluded trails or destinations, you are in a group.

  • Don’t let anyone mislead you.

  • Stay away from drugs or narcotics in any form.

  • Bhutan is slightly on a cooler side. So, ensure that you have your woolens with you when traveling here.

  • If you are up for some trekking, do wear comfortable shoes as the trails are steep here.

  • Carry your first aid kit with you.

  • Trekkers must have a trekking kit with them.

  • Dress appropriately if you go to a religious place.

  • Don’t photograph wherever prohibited.

  • Film or take videos only with permissions.  

  • Hire a guide only from a reputed agency.

Drinking Laws

There is no ban on alcohol in Bhutan. Moreover, drinking the traditional alcohol of this place is believed to be a tradition.


How to reach Bhutan?

The best and fastest way to reach Bhutan is by airways. The country has the only one International airport at Paro located at the 7,300 feet above the sea level. If boarding from Kathmandu airport, one can enjoy some enigmatic mountain views between Nepal and Bhutan.

  • By Air:

Bhutan can be reached by Air, and its National Air Carrier Druk Air and Bhutan Airlines operates regular flights from Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai and other regions. IGIA (Delhi), Bagdogra International Airport (Darjeeling, West Bengal) and Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport (Kolkata) are major airports serving direct flights to Paro Airport. There are no direct flights from Bangalore, Hyderabad, Mumbai and Chennai.

Do I need a visa for Bhutan? How does one get a Bhutan visa?

For Indian nationals visiting to Bhutan are not required to carry Visa, but instead can carry two valid documents "Valid Indian Passport with the validity of 6 months and Voter ID. However, tourists coming from other countries must have visa clearance before arriving to the country. Indians arriving to Bhutan by road need to obtain "Entry Permit" from the Immigration Office of Royal Government of Bhutan

What is the currency of Bhutan and where can I get my money exchanged?

The currency of Bhutan is called as Bhutanese Ngultrum and Indian currency is acceptable in Bhutan. However, you cannot carry Rs 500 and Rs 1000/-.

International tourists can exchange currency at the Foreign exchange desk at Paro Airport and Banks in Bhutan. You’ll find ATMs frequently, so you don’t have to worry about carrying heavy cash. You can even exchange currency in Hotels.

What is the local food of Bhutan? Which are the best places to taste this food?

The culinary and cuisine of Bhutan is spicy, and if you love spicy food, then Bhutan has lot to offer. There are hotels in Bhutan that offer some tasty and spicy food. Bhutanese food has a quite influence of China, India and Tibet. If you want to try some local food here, then some of the best options are:

  • Ema Datshi
  • Jasha Maroo or Maru
  • Phaksha Paa
  • Momos (Dumplings)
  • Red Rice

Restaurants where you'll find this food items are:

  • Folk Heritage Museum Restaurant
  • Bukhari at Uma by COMO
  • Ambient Cafe
  • Galingkha
  • Chig-ja-gye at Taj Tashi
  • Swiss Guest House

What is the best public transport to commute around Bhutan?

Bhutan doesn’t have huge population and neither it is too large that requires trains to get transported and tour around. The best way to explore and tour around is by foot or by road. The local transport here is the Taxi which you can majorly find in Phuentsholing, Paro, Jakar and Thimphu. Though they have meters, but are hardly used and so taxis run on flat rate.

For a full day trip, you can expect a charge of Rs 1500-Rs 2000/- charge from taxi driver. Avoid travelling in public bus because they're mostly crowded and you may get confused in getting down at the dropping point.

Do I need to have any vaccinations before the trip to Bhutan?

Well, it is recommended to carry some medications when packing for Bhutan. As the climatic condition and food taste changes, there can be health issues following you. There is a high risk of diarrhoea, respiratory infection and other infectious disease. This will certainly interrupt your trip. Before you head for Bhutan, do pack some medications and seek doctor advice regarding the medicines that need to be taken during health issues. Get yourself equipped with vaccination for Hepatitis A/B and Typhoid that can attack your body through contaminated water and food in Bhutan.

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Ajay
Reviewed: 01 Jan 2024
5.0/5
Local guide TT (short name) was excellent. Best guy. He made us feel so comfortable and relaxed.
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Shubhranshu
Reviewed: 01 Jan 2024
4.0/5
We had a great fun trip, the people the group that was made were of the similar taste and that made the journey more enjoyable. Every trip has their highs and lows, lets go through them in the below points - Good things/Pro's of the trip : - The vehicle provided was very well maintained and comfo... Read More
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Krishna Sastry
Reviewed: 31 Oct 2023
5.0/5
Starting from our first call with Mr. Anshuman Sharma followed by Ms. Ayushi Ramrakhyani, the approach of Thrillophilia agents was extraordinarily helpful. They have provided with basic information, cleared our queries, assisted us in customising the plan and also make necessary arrangements well in... Read More
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Prachi
Reviewed: 08 Dec 2023
4.0/5
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Rewant Singh
Reviewed: 29 Nov 2022
5.0/5
We had a great trip of Bhutan 🇧🇹. Our trip was very well organized by Thrillophilia. The agent especially Mr Pemba provided by them took great pain in organizing all the transportation and accommodation arrangements and made our experience buttery smooth. The guide and the driver(Mr Sunam and Mr ... Read More
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DEBESH KUMAR DASH
Reviewed: 29 May 2024
4.0/5
Except food rest good . Ve Indian breakfast. Add fruits in breakfast
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