Bhutan Travel information - Traveling in Bhutan- Bhutan general information
Bhutan is popular travel destination the world. Bhutan is a Land locked Mountain Kingdom, bordered by Tibet, China, and India and has very close cultural ties with Nepal and Bangladesh. Though it is small in size, the kingdom's topography is one of dramatic contrasts. The capital city is Thimpu which is unlike any other capital in the world. The dramatic geography of the country and its exotic energetic culture and mystical atmosphere makes Bhutan one of the most magical and appealing countries in the world as a travel destination. Bhutan is a land of majestic mountains, varied flora and fauna, ancient Buddhist monasteries, mesmerizing religion and traditional culture all unscathed by the modern world. Bhutan exerts a sense of the ancient way of life. As a travel destination, Bhutan is a prominent place with the attractive Himalayas, peaceful and warm hearted people, eye catching lush valleys and hidden evergreen forests. Bhutan offers itself as a paradise for any traveler to explore, a place where you
can loose yourself in the countries beauty and spiritualist.
Travel in Bhutan is really an exploration of Natural beauties , Landscape, eye catching lush valleys as well as spectacular mountain views, immense scenic beauty, a unique culture and lifestyle. Traveling in Bhutan is still regulated through a policy of high value tourism. At this time and age when tourism most often dictates national economics, travel to Bhutan is a refreshing experience. Since Bhutan has been open for traveler /visitor , Himalaya Journey Treks & expedition, Nepal has depth experience to operate all kind adventure package trip, Bhutan trekking and cultural tours in Bhutan.
Bhutan travel general information
Population: 7,00,000 (1996)
Location: Bhutan lies between 89 degree and 92 degrees E and 27 degrees nd 28 degrees N.
Language: Dzongkha Traveling in Bhutan by air and By road:
You can enter into Bhutan by road through Phuentsholing in the south or by air at Paro. Druk Air, the national carrier, is the only airline servicing Bhutan operating from these cities: Bangkok, Delhi, Kathmandu, Calcutta, and Dakha.
Visa: All foreign nationalities require a visa for Bhutan. We will need a completed visa application from you and should be faxed or e-mailed to us at least 6 weeks prior to arrival in Bhutan. The actual visa will be issued in your passports at the entry points, either Paro airport or Phuentsholing.
Bhutan travel season: The best times to visit are the spring months of March, April, and May, and the autumn months of September, October and November. The winter months are cold at night, but the daytime temperatures are warm with bright, clear blue skies. Most high altitude trek routes are closed during winter but there are a number of low altitude treks which we offer for winter. During the summer monsoon in June, July, August and early September, rain is expected. There are chances of road and flight problems, but every effort within Bhutan Gateway Travel capacity will be made to stick to original program.
Accommodation: Hotels and tourist lodges in Bhutan are comfortable but not luxurious. Although recently a few luxury hotels have been established in Bhutan, visitors in general can expect an unique combination of traditional Bhutanese style together with modern services, but not international five-star luxury all over Bhutan! Clean and well maintained, most of the hotels are equipped with telephones, fax machines and long distance service. The food offered to the visitors is carefully prepared to suit the western taste combining Bhutanese food and western dishes.
Currency: Bhutanese currency is the ngultrum (Nu). The approximate exchange rate is Nu 42 for one US dollar. The ngultrum is on par with the Indian rupee (both the Nu and Indian Rupee can be used in Bhutan). US dollars and dollar traveller's cheques can be exchanged at banks (hours 10:00 am to 1:00 pm Mon to Fri) and the larger hotels Ngultrum or rupees will be what you will need for your purchases while in the kingdom
People: There are two main population groups in Bhutan: the Dukpa (67%) of Tibetan and Monpa origin and Lhotsampa (of Nepalese origin).The rest comprises of indigenous tribal groups such as Toktop, Doya and Lepcha of SW Bhutan.