Where Is Bhutan?
Bhutan is tucked away in the folds of the mighty Eastern Himalayas. It is a land locked country surrounded by on three sides by Indian states – Arunachal Pradesh in the east, Assam and West Bengal in the south and Sikkim in the West. The Tibetan autonomous region of China is in the North. The country lies between latitude 26 40″ and 28 20″ north and longitude 88 45″ and 92 10″ east.
How Many Days Are Enough For A Holiday In Bhutan?
This depends on the places you want to cover. If you were looking for a very short break, a 4 night – 4 days vacation covering Paro and Thimphu would suffice. A 7 night – 8 days package would cover Paro, Thimphu, Punakha and Wangdue. However, if you have enough time on your hands and wish to cover the whole of Bhutan, then 14 days would be needed. You may enter from Paro or Phuentsholing in the West and exit from Samdrup or Jonkhar in the East.
When Is The Best Time To Visit Bhutan?
The best time to visit Bhutan is during spring or autumn, the months of February, March, April, September, October and November. The other months are either cold or rainy but they too have their own flavour.
Which Dzongs And Monasteries Can We Enter ?
We can enter till the courtyard in most of the Dzongs and monasteries. We need a special permit from Special Commission to enter to the following ones:
- Taksang Monastery, Kitchu Lhakhang, Dungtse Lhakhang in Paro.
- Kuerjey, Tamshing, Jampay Lhakhang in Bumthang.
- Tashichhodzong, Changgangkha Lhakhang in Thimphu.
Are Bhutanese Very Traditional?
Yes, Bhutanese are very traditional. They have imbibed their traditions into their living so much so that all the buildings including the airport in Paro have designs that are totally traditional. Mostly all men and women wear their traditional dresses called the ‘gho’ and ‘kira’ respectively. Even though most of their technology is from the world outside, they have learnt the art of blending it with their traditional life style.
Precautions: Amoebas and Giardias are rife especially in Southeast Asia, so avoid tap water and ice cubes. Please note that sometimes tablets for disinfecting water are not effective against all types of amoeba. Bottled mineral water is available throughout the country. If you are prone to getting sick during driving on a mountain road, it is best you get adequate medicine before you start.
Malaria: Keep plenty of mosquito repellent, cream or lotion for any exposed areas of skin when you are outdoors. Please ensure to keep them handy, especially while travelling by road.
Medication: Bring your customary medicines with you, an anti-diarrhoea medicine, antihistamine tablets, anti-nausea tablets (in case of mountain sickness), eye drops, lip salve.
Hospitals: There are simple medical clinics in all the major centres throughout the country. The hospital in Thimphu is equipped with modern facilities and has professional medical personnel.
The country is famous for its exquisite postage stamps, hand woven fabrics, carved masks, woven baskets, wooden bowls, handmade paper, finely crafted metal objects and Thanka paintings. There are many shopping complexes when one can buy these.