Bhutan, known to many as the land of peaceful dragons, is, breath-taking. Being an Indian, it was easy for me to travel in Bhutan, as exorbitant fees is not incurred on Indians.
The country has a rich cultural heritage and beautiful sceneries. You will be mesmerized by the Bhutani folklore, the Buddhist culture, the lamas, the 8 lucky symbols, a king and queen of high esteem and such other factors. You have to visit Bhutan, at least once, to be a part of the culture and heritage.
Bhutan remains an elusive destination as you can hike your way to the legendary Tiger’s Nest Monastery, enjoy the beauty of River Paro, take peaceful strolls through the many dzongs, taste the varied cuisines and do a lot more.
Here are a few tips to consider before you plan your trip to Bhutan:
The visa applications for your Bhutan trip has to be channeled through the Department of Tourism (DOT). Its always better to take help from a tour operator. On approval, visas can be on arrival to the country. Its quiet hassle free and you can set up a trip with just minimum planning.
Spring and Fall in Bhutan attract maximum number of tourists. March-May and September – November are the peak and busiest months in Bhutan. Try to book your tour package or flight tickets well in advance in case you are planning a trip during the peak seasons. You can consider traveling in the non-peak periods, as Bhutan is equally beautiful even then.You can cut on the cost that way.
3.Plan your visit around a festival
A few popular festivals in Bhutan are the Paro and Thimphu Tshechu, which takes place in the high tourist seasons. You can witness colorful dances, elaborate Bhutanese costumes and a lot more.You can capture amazing photographs and see the place coming to life.
4.A home-stay is a fantastic option
If you are a person interested in unwinding in the comfort of a hotel room, this might not be a suitable option for you. But if you want to enjoy the authenticity of the place, try to stay in a home with a local family to experience the life of a Bhutanese.
5. Food Specialities
Bhutanese food comprises of a wide variety of fruits and vegetables and a lot of chili seasoning is added to the food preparations. Rice is the staple food, though momos and noodles are widely consumed.
6.Mode of Intercity Transport
The country of Bhutan is devoid of domestic airlines or trains. Locales commute by motor vehicles. The roads are well maintained and cars with drivers are easily available for intercity travel. Due to mountainous terrain and meandering roads, vehicles maintain an average speed of 40 km/hr.Unexpected disruptions can happen during winters and monsoons owing to extreme weather changes.
You will have plenty of shopping options ranging from hand-woven textiles, masks, baskets, handmade paper products,metal objects and jewelries, paintings and off course postage stamps. Try not to purchase items of religious or cultural significance. There might be chances you need a clearance certificate for exporting the same.