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18 November 2015
Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek was a great experience. It passes by picturesque lakes, Alpine meadows and villages set to a backdrop of magnificent mountainous landscapes. The experience was amazing and br...
16 August 2015
The trekking experience was great. I had a really nice trek here. It was an inexpensive and a really nice trek. I had a great time.
10 October 2015
Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek is something that every trekker must take in his life. It is so poignant and brilliant. I totally loved this. WOW can be an understatement. The crystal clear, poignant lakes ...
09 February 2016
13 days of fun: This is the first time I am taking a long trek. I had a lot of fun. It was well organized and absolute fun. The trekking was very beautiful and brilliant. I had such a lovely and nice t...
15 November 2015
The trekking was great. I had an awesome experience with the trek. It was a worthy and a nice trek. Trekking can be very tedious but the beauty of the trek lies in its beauty. The trek is so beautiful
14 April 2015
This trek was the best trek ever. I had an awesome experience. I totally loved it. I always prefer trekking than instant adventure sports. Lake treks were something that I wanted to take for a long tim...
15 June 2015
This trekking is a one of its kinds of trek in the world. This trek is so famous that there are a lot of trekkers going for this one. The trekking is good and moderately phased in the level of challeng...
17 February 2016
I so recommend this trek to all. It was a really nice and an interesting trekking experience. This is also one of the best treks to take if you are a person who loves to hang out with friends on a trek
15 October 2015
I always wanted to take lake treks, but I never got a chance as such. When my friend invited me to this trek, I was more than happy. It was an awesome and a great experience. It was a little expensive,...
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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.
There is no ban on alcohol in Bhutan. Moreover, drinking the traditional alcohol of this place is believed to be a tradition.
There is no ban on alcohol in Bhutan. Moreover, drinking the traditional alcohol of this place is believed to be a tradition.
Bhutan is a beautiful place and is all weather friendly country attracting tourists throughout the year. Spring is considered as the best time to explore Bhutan because of the flora that turns this country into a spectacle.
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.
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.
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
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.
Bhutan is the most beautiful country and is known for its mountainous regions and beautiful monasteries. Trekking spots, monasteries and Buddhist Relics create visuals around. Bhutan is called as Last Shangri-La comprising of Majestic Himalayas and plethora of flora and fauna. For tourists, there are some amazing places to visit in Bhutan which are an absolute no-miss:
Bhutan is an adventurous location offering multiple options for tourist to do around. From trekking to visiting monastery or joining the festival celebration, there are many things you can do throughout the trip. You can make your trip memorable by planning things prior to the trip and hunting down some amazing locations to explore. Bhutan has a colourful story and its every place has something to offer. You can set a theme holiday to explore the place that can remain in your memories lifelong:
Adventurous Things to do in Bhutan:
One of the important things to do in Bhutan is to taste the Ema Datshi- red hot mix of chillies and cheese, and is the country's favourite dish. You can even try- Phaksha Paa, Jasha Maru and others.
Bhutan is colourful and its festivals and tradition are worth witnessing. Attending festival is a must in monasteries and temples. Tsechu is one such festival that draws huge crowd.
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:
Restaurants where you'll find this food items are:
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.
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.
Bhutan is rich with linguistic and 19 dialects are spoken in the country. The national language spoken in Bhutan is Dzongka, which means the language spoken in Dzongs. Along with this, there are two other languages spoken- Tshanglakha and Lhotshamkha. The language differs according to the region. English is being taught in schools and colleges and is widely spoken as communication.
Some of the common greeting phrases are:
Bhutan is known for offering handmade items including hand-woven fabrics, carved masks, woven baskets and others. If you're in a mood to shop some handicrafts products, then Bhutan offers some great options. Bhutanese textiles are the best way thing you can invest on while shopping.
Bhutan is rich with textiles and defines cultural identity. The fabrics weaved are intrinsic and are finely printed. So when it comes to buying textile items, you've options like- eternal knots, double thunderbolts, tree of life etc. You can shop for shawls made up Yak wool, Pashmina and sheep wool that are highly sold across markets of Bhutan.
Visit Thimphu where you'll find some craft stalls in Norzim Lan near Taj Tashi. Some of the good options to shop around are:
Bhutan is blessed with some finely architect Buddhist monasteries that offers peace and solace. Be it the exterior or interior, every monastery here is amazingly designed keeping the culture and tradition in mind. Most of these monasteries are situated on the hill top giving an amazing view of mountains. Reaching these monasteries can be a task, but upon reaching you'll fall in love with its artistic work and peace the place offers. Some of the top Buddhist monasteries to visit in Bhutan are:
Planning for some adrenaline experience while in Bhutan? Then why not try your hands on some water sports. Rafting and Kayaking are the most favourite adventure followed in Bhutan and offers an amazing experience. The crystal clear water of Bhutan are the part of six major rivers-Wang Chhu, Sunkosh, Puna Tsang Chhu, Mangde Chhu, Kuri Chhu and Dangme Chhu and their tributaries. These rivers are formed by the glacial-melt of the Eastern Himalayas.
Bhutanese rafting and kayaking guides offer complete safety to rafters. Some of the best routes of Kayaking and Rafting are:
Introduced in the year 1998 by Vertical Bhutan Climbing Club, Rock Climbing in Bhutan is the most promising act tourists can enjoy. The Nose is the iconic place located above Bhutan's capital Thimphu having 13 different climbing routes.
Bhutan has some protected areas which are also national parks and wildlife sanctuaries. It covers approx. 42% of the country and is largely in northern regions. These wildlife sanctuaries are home to endangered species like- kin, snow leopard, blue sheep, tiger, musk deer, red panda, Himalayan black bear and others. National parks are also rich with floral species making it worth to explore. Jigme Dorji National Park is the only park in the Bhutan which is the home to national animals like taking, raven, and cypress are found.
Below is the list of national parks and wildlife sanctuaries:
Archery also called Da in Dzongkha is the national sport of Bhutan and started in 1971. It is widely used as a part of sports competition in Bhutan. Many royals and locals play this game as a part of the competition. Yangphel Archery hosts the largest events naming-Yangphel Open Archery Tournament. During the tournament, there are more than 260 teams participating and is a 3 month long event.Changlingmenthang National Stadium is the place where you can enjoy watching and playing archery.
Presently, tournament organizers such as Bhutan Olympic Committee (BOC) encourage new archers to participate in the game and take the game forward. For Bhutanese, archery is not just sports, but is an expression of rich culture followed since ages.
Bhutan is known for culture and tradition that has been followed since decades. This can also be witnessed in its festivals tourists can enjoy. These festivals are held throughout the year and offers great visuals for tourists. Masked dances, colourful dresses and pyrotechnics are some of the features of these festivals.
Some of the festivals celebrated in Bhutan are:
Thimphu Tsechu: It is a ten days festival held to pay homage to Guru Rinpoche and is usually held during September-October.
Haa Summer Festival: Celebrated in the month of July, the festival is all about letting your hair down and is set in the stunning wild region of Bhutan. It is a highly waited summer festival.
Sakteng Festival: This festival is celebrated in the month of June and is a 3 day festival. The festival is celebrated in Sakteng Valley.
Punakha Drubchen and Tsechu:
Celebrated in the month of February, the festival described dramatic recreation of Bhutan's 17th century battle with Tibetan army.
Other festivals are:
Bhutan is gearing up to become the most desirable adventure location. Majestic Himalayas offer a great activity experience including- Trekking, Kayaking, Mountain Biking, Cycling and Fishing. White river rafting is the most thrilling adventure to be enjoyed in Bhutan. Thimphu, Bumdrak Camp and Paro are some of the top location for adventure activity.
Hot spring in Bhutan is known as Tshachus and is found across Bhutan. Bhutanese people use this hot springs as a medicinal property to curve various health ailments and body pains. While you're in Bhutan, it is important to visit these hot spring locations:
Bhutan is rich with some architectural marvellous that stands out from others and are worth to be in the list of UNESCO Heritage site. These sites are characterized by their uniqueness and structure.
Some of the best sites are:
Bhutan may not offer the most crazy nightlife like other countries, but it will still amaze you with its nightlife. Thimphu is the city where you can enjoy the best of nightlife. It has hosted some events of big names like- Mick Jagger, Cameron Diaz, Matt Dillon, etc. The entry fee is cheap and you'll enjoy some traditional Bhutanese music in some occasion. Some of the best clubs to enjoy the nightlife of Bhutan are:
If trekking is in your list on touring to Bhutan, then you're going to enjoy the best of the journey. The country has long preserved its culture and amazing scenic views that makes it most revitalizing place on the earth. For those who want to have some adventurous time and challenge themselves, then Bhutan offers some amazing and thrilling locations for trekking trials. For trekking, the best months are March to May and September to October. These trekking trails in Bhutan, are easy to very difficult. Depending on your experience and energy level, you must try these trekking trails. Some of the top trekking trails are:
Bhutan is the storytellers’ country and offers some great locations to explore. Its rich culture and tradition shouldn't be missed. Some of the advice Thrillophilia would like to give are:
Some of the recommended places are:
Do a good research about the places in Bhutan to make your journey easy.