Divided into 20 districts, Bhutan or the Kingdom of Bhutan is a landlocked country near the Himalayas, China, and Nepal. When wanting to communicate in Bhutan, the national language of the country is Bhutanese, although tourists will not have a hard time getting understood since English is the medium of instruction in schools. Bhutan weather depends on location and altitude, with the weather varying, and temperatures playing between 15 to 30 degrees Celsius.
Where to go
Divided into three parts, Western, Central, and Eastern, Bhutan destinations differ depending on the part of the country you’re in.
Western Bhutan is known for Paro, Adha and Rukha, Chhukha, Dagana, Dochula, Gasa, Gaselo and Nahee Village, Haa, Laya Village, Lunana Village, Phuentsholing, Punakha, Samtse Dzongkhag, Thimphu, and Wangdue Phodrang. The western part of the kingdom features the Folk Heritage Museum, Himalayan flowers via the Nob Tsonapatra trek, Takin Festival, and Punakha Tsechu, among others.
The central part or Central Bhutan is known for Bumthang, Gelephu, Jakar, Sarpang, the Burning Lake, Trongsa, and Zhemgang. The top spots in Central Bhutan include Kurje Lhakhang, Tamshing Lhakhang, Watchtower of Trongsa Museum, and Thrumshingla National Park, to name a few. This part of the kingdom is also the home of many exotic and endangered birds, along with other animals like the red panda and royal Bengal tiger.
Eastern Bhutan features some of the most ancient spiritual practises along with the regular Buddhist festivals. Also known as the least explored region of the kingdom, Eastern Bhutan has Gangzur Village, Khoma Village, Lhuntse, Mongar, Pemagatshel Dzongkhag, Radhi Village, Samdrup Jongkhar, Trashigang, Trashiyangtse, and so on.
Other Bhutanese attractions include Taktsang Monastery, Kyichu Lhakhang Monastery, Tashichho Dzong, Jakar Dzong, Singye Dzong, to name a few. With treks including, but not limited to, Bumthang Cultural Trek, Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek, Punakha Winter Trek, and Wild East Rodungla Trek.
Take a short flight to destinations such as Delhi, Mumbai, Singapore, Bangkok, and Kathmandu. These places can be reached from Paro International Airport with flights via Druk Air and Tashi Air. Travel comfortably to closer places to spend more time enjoying the area, rather than spending more time on the travel. Although in close proximity, these destinations offer a unique combination of modernity and tradition that works well for locals and tourists alike.
Since Paro International Airport or Paro Airport does not operate long-haul flights, airports such as Singapore Changi Airport and Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport are ideal entry and exit ports with its flights to Cairo, Paris, London, Johannesburg, Zürich, Helsinki, Amsterdam, and Istanbul. The sky’s the limit when it comes to long-haul flights, although these are the top places to go to since they have connecting flights to and from Bhutan.
How to get out
Bhutan is served by Paro International Airport, the only international airport in Bhutan. Among the airlines that fly to and from the country include Buddha Air, Druk Air, and Tashi Air, with its numerous flights to destinations such as Jakar, Trashigang, Bagdogra, Bangkok, Delhi, Dhaka, Gaya, Guwahati, Kathmandu, Kolkata, Mumbai, and Singapore.
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