Bhutan Travel Guide, Bhutan
Trekking, Bhutan Tourism, Bhutan Adventure Holidays
Getting to Bhutan
Bhutan is accessible by air and by land. Entry by air is through Paro
International Airport, the only airport in the Kingdom. It is located
in the western part of Bhutan. At this time, National Carrier, Druk
Airlines has flying arrangement between Paro and 6 other sectors: Delhi,
Dhaka, Bangkok, Kathmandu, Kolkotta, and Rangoon. It operates several
flights between these sectors in a week. Many more sectors including
Mumbai, Chennai, Singapore, Hong Kong are being explored and will soon
be part of destination for Druk Airlines.
Entering by flight to
Airbus A-319 jets transport passengers in and out of Paro. View of Eastern
Himalayan Range during the flight is said to be one of the most spectacular
flight paths in the world. On a journey from or to Kathmandu, 4 of the
5 highest mountains in the world are seen on clear day. Do not miss
the first experience of landing at Paro. The small airstrip between
the narrow hills in Paro valley appear so abruptly that you only get
chance to take one breath and marvel the sight.
We welcome you at Paro Valley
Paro is one of the most fertile districts in Bhutan. Lying at an elevation
of 2350 meters, the valley is surrounded with high mountains covered
with snow during most part of the year. Company representative will
welcome you at the Airport with traditional fanfare, and white ceremonial
Khadhar (Scarf), blessing you with safe journey through out Bhutan.
and help you with Visa formalities. Drive to Thimphu, Capital city of
Bhutan is 1 and half hour from Paro.
Arriving by Road
While entry can be made either by Samdrupjongkhar in far South East
or through Phuntsoling in South West part of Bhutan. Both are bordered
with Indian State, and later is biggest commercial town in Bhutan. Distance
from Phuntsholing to Thimphu can be covered in 7 hours.
Distances and Travel Times
Thimphu – Paro
1 hr 30 min
Thimphu – Phuntsholing
Phuntsholing – Bagdogra (India)
Thimphu – Ha
3 hrs 30 min
Ha – Paro
2 hrs 30 min
Thimphu – Wangdue Phodrang
Thimphu – Punakha
2 hrs 15 min
Punakha – Wangdue Phodrang
Wangdue Phodrang – Trongsa
Trongsa – Bumthang
2 hrs 30 min
Bumthang – Mongar
Mongar – Trashigang
Trashigang – Trashi Yangtse
Getting around the Bhutan
Usually travel through road to Bhutan is undertaken to complement one
of your trip to nearest state in Eastern part of India. All districts
Head Quarter in Bhutan are accessible with road except Gasa. Journey
through out Bhutan is organized through Luxury Cars for smaller or in
Bus for larger group. Road may not be straight or flat in many places,
but it is well networked and most places can be reached between 6 to
7 hours of journey. For you, comfortable journey time has been arranged
to able to see places during and after you reach new destinations.
People are frank, helpful and out spoken. If you lost on your way, or
you want to see any kind of help, you can unhesitantly catch one passer
by and ask him or her. Most people in town can converse in English.
Ngultrum (Nu.) at par with Indian Rupee or US $ 45 (RMA, May 2006).
Traveler can exchange their money in hotels and or at the Air port through
Govt. approved money exchanger. There are few craft shops which accept
American Express or Visa Cards.
Travel in Bhutan
Tours are escorted by licensed guides by Department of Tourism. Depending
on your needs foreign language guide can also be arranged. Hotels
and food are arranged and paid for within the amount you paid. There
is no extra payment except for visa, and museum fees.
Bhutanese delicacies are rich with spicy chilies and cheese. AHKE Adventure
Travel selected list of hotels and lodges offer delicious Chinese, Continental,
Bhutanese and Indian Cuisine. Even on trek AHKE Adventure travel trained
cooks prepare dishes suitable to western taste ranging from Continental
to Chinese and Bhutanese to Indian.
Places in Bhutan start at hot topical climate in south to extreme cold
condition in north.
During the summer, Trashigang, Phuntsoling, Samdrupjongkhar, Wangduephodrang,
Punakha are hot at an average temperature between 25 and 33 degree Celsius.
While places in middle or temperate region, Thimphu, Paro, Bumthang
in Bhutan experiences very nice weather condition with temperature between
15-25 Degree Celsius. Winter is very cool in these areas, where Bumthang
have much harsher climate.
July and August can be preety rainy months, with monsoon around the
Winter in Bhutan is from mid-November until mid-March, with low humidity.
Temperature is as high as 15 degree, while minimum goes below minus
5. March, April, May and Mid August, September, Oct, are the best time
to visit Bhutan with clear sky, and lots of Sun.
Due to wide range of temperature and climatic conditions it is advisable
to bring appropriate clothing. During visit of monasteries, Dzongs and
other religious institutions you would be adviced to wear proper attire,
and follow proper dress code.
What you can bring along
Important list that you shouldnot miss out.
- sunglasses, spare glasses or contact lenses,
- sun screen, preparation for relief of sunburn,
- Sufficient cotton shirt or T
- Good working shoes,
- Good sun cap,
- insect repellent,
- hand cream,
- torch or flash light with spare batteries,
- nail clippers,
- antiseptic cream,
- anti-histamine cream,
- anti diarrhea pills,
The photographic opportunities on all trips are immense. You will also
wish to record the local people, their houses and shops etc. Always
ask by gesture if it is ok to do so. Don't take your destination as
living museum. Also while visiting Dzong, monasteries and religious
institutions, please follow your guide's instruction carefully.
35mm colour print film is readily available. Slide film is more difficult
to find. Bring enough batteries if you use lithium batteries.
No vaccinations are currently required for travelling to Bhutan. However
if you are arriving from an area infected with yellow fever, you are
required to have a yellow fever vaccination and should be administered
at least 10 days before your arrival in Bhutan. Also if arriving from
a Cholera infected area, the vaccination is strongly recommended. Anti-malarial
medication is also recommended for all travelers who are visiting rural
areas in the districts that border India.
You can shop at numerous tourist handicraft shops, and post
office for those of who collect stamps.
Electricity is 220/240 volts. You should have much problems, incase
you have doubt bring along international electricity converter kit.
We recommend that all travelers obtain a short-term traveler's
insurance policy, which covers everything from life and emergency medical
care to lost baggage.
Visitors must be informed that Bhutan is remote and a unique
country and all the facilities are not the best. There are comfortable
hotels, lodges and guesthouses at tourist destinations. Western Bhutan
has better hotels while in central and eastern part of the country;
accommodations are more rudimentary but cleaned.
The telecommunication services available in the Kingdom include:
telephones, facsimile, telex, telegraph, international phone links and
14.4 Internet e-mail cafes.
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.: Can I use ATM in Bhutan?
.: As it is going to be my first
visit to your country, can you briefly describe nature of Bhutanese?
.: How is weather like in Bhutan?
.: Is it true that we have to
pay 200 US$ per person per night as a tourist in Bhutan?
.: How do I book my trip?
.: How do I greet in Bhutanese?
.: Do you have references for
.: What's included in the trip
.: Trip price does not include
.: What kind of shape does
my client need to be in to enjoy their trip?
.: What are standard accommodations
on the trips?
.: Who will lead my client's
.: How far in advance do I
need to book the trip?
.: Why book your clients on
a The AHKEA?
.: What sets The AHKEA apart
from other Adventure Travel Companies?
I use ATM in Bhutan? ^
No, but there are Handicraft shops which accept Credit cards on purchase
it is going to be my first visit to your country, can you briefly describe
nature of Bhutanese? ^
Bhutanese are friendly, generous, and helpful people. Incidence of theft
or inflicting harm to stranger is very rare.
is weather like in Bhutan? ^
March - May/Spring, and Mid August - October/Autumn is fairly warm with
temperature between 12-25 Degree Celsius, while summer between June
and mid August is mostly rainy, with temperature between 15-27 Degree
Celsius. Winter months are November until late February. It is cold
at temperature between -5 degree +16 during day.
it true that we have to pay 200 US$ per person per night as a tourist
in Bhutan? ^
Yes, it is true.
do I book my trip? ^
You can directly write to us or write to one of our trusted partner
abroad. Do let us know what you want to do, while in Bhutan, or list
out any special interest that we might be able to help you with for
do I greet in Bhutanese?
KUZUZANGPOLA! Meaning; wishing you good body, or health.
you have references for your trips? ^
Absolutely! All Himalayan Kingdoms Eco Adventure (AHKEA) is happy to
provide travel agents and your prospective clients with the names of
past clients who have volunteered to be references.
included in the trip price?
• double-occupancy accommodations
• all meals & snacks
• activities and equipment as specified on trekking trips
• expertise and services of professional guide and leaders
• personalized itineraries
• transportation: 4 WD car, bus, or van to support a variety of
• taxes, and royalty
• pre-departure information
• plus a farewell drink
price does not include
• personal insurance
• personal expenses
• alcoholic beverages
• gratuities to trip leaders as deemed appropriate
• visa fees
kind of shape does my client need to be in to enjoy their trip?
The adventure is designed for all abilities! Some trips are more challenging
than others and we suggest that you refer to detail itinerary of the
trip you have chosen or enquire with us.
are standard accommodations on the trips?
Standard accommodations on our whole trips are double occupancy and
almost always with private bath (unless otherwise specified in our detailed
trip itineraries). We assign two people per room by gender, unless a
couple or friends ask to be in the same room. However, on treks, 2 men
tent are shared between two.
will lead my client's trip? ^
At The AHKEA, we realize that a trip is only as good as its leaders,
and ours are among the best. Our guides' in-depth knowledge of the local
geography, natural history and culture comes from years of experience
in the backcountry. They take great pleasure in sharing their insights
with your clients. In addition to sharing hidden wonders they may never
find on their own, our guides make sure your clients vacation runs smoothly,
delivering an unforgettable experience. Above all, our guides are an
extraordinary group of gifted professionals who are congenial, caring
and fun loving. Their attention to detail is unmatched, their enthusiasm
infectious, and their personalities and talents make the difference
between a good trip and a great one!
far in advance do I need to book the trip? ^
The farther in advance that you book your trip, the better selection
of available departure dates you will have. For holiday trips, you'll
want to reserve several months out to find the best selection.
book your clients on a The AHKEA? ^
• Receive one to one care during your stay with us.
• We offer personalized service and unsurpassed support with an
average guide to guest ratio of 1:8.
sets The AHKEA apart from other Adventure Travel Companies? ^
• We are a small company committed to serving and supporting the
agents who represent our tours.
• Top uncompromised services, and equally good trip organization.
• We offer more backcountry getaways in remote part of Bhutan.
• We specialize in hidden, off-the-beaten-path travel experiences.
• Our professional naturalist guides are local to the area of their
specialization we operate.