Nestled in the eastern Himalayas, the tiny Buddhist Kingdom of Bhutan was inaccessible to the outside world until a few years ago, and now it has become one of the premier travel destinations in this part of the world primarily because of its unique culture and traditions that have been preserved for centuries now. Bhutan is also nicknamed as ‘the Land of the Thunder Dragon’ and is the only country to go by the philosophy of Gross National Happiness as a development index. Bhutan lies in Southeast Asia and shares its border with Tibet, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, and West Bengal. Bhutan has only one international airport— Paro Airport. The nearest railway station is Hasimara in West Bengal. Bhutan is well connected by roads too (Phuentsholing, Samdrup Jongkhar) and accessible from India.
The landscape of Bhutan consists mostly of steep and high mountains and deep valleys. , Bhutan’s climate goes from subtropical in the south to temperate in the highlands, while in north Bhutan the region experiences an extremely cold climate with year-round snow. No wonder Bhutan is rich in flora and fauna. You will also find delicious foods here from soups and stews of meat and dried vegetables spiced with chilies and cheese are popular preparations. Buckwheat, rice, and maize are staples here. Food will never be a problem here.Dzongkha is the official and national language of the Kingdom of Bhutan. Having said this, most of the people in Bhutan speak English and Nepali and even understand and speak Hindi. The national dress for Bhutanese men is the gho and women wear an ankle-length dress called the kira. The best time to visit Bhutan is in the spring/summer months between March and May. October and November are great for hiking and trekking.
Bhutan has a lot of exciting holiday options. Here are a few curated by TourGenie:
Festival holiday packages: Festivals are the best time to visit Bhutan to understand their culture and religion like the Lhuentshe Tshechu Festival
Motorcycle tour holiday packages: Nothing beats a tour on bike to appreciate the beauty of this country. Popular routes takeyou through the main cities of Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, and Bumthang.
Mountain biking holiday packages: Have an adventurous heart and love mountain biking? Then this is a once in a lifetime experience waiting to be explored. Explore Western Bhutan Mountain Biking Tour
Walking tour holiday packages: Walking tours are perfect to see and experience local lifestyle and way of living of those living in rural Bhutan, like the Bhutan Remote Villages Walking Tour.
Hiking and trekking holiday packages: Treks like theChelela to Kila Goenpa Nunnery Hike will take you through beautiful dense forests, with spectacular views of Paro Valley and Haa Valley of Bhutan.