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Home > Bhutan
Bhutan – The Land of Thunder Dragon

Capital City : Thimpu
Total Population : 708,427
Language : Dzongkha Language
Currency : Bhutanese Ngultrum (BTN)
Time Zone : GMT+06:00
Electricity : Type D (Old British 3-pin) Type F (German 2-pin, side clip earth) Type G (Irish/British 3-pin)
Dialing Code : +975

A vivid landscape and even more vivid people greet you as you come to Bhutan. This small country nestled in the lap of the Himalayas is a visual treat. It is bordered to the north by China and to the south, east and west by India and measures only 110 miles from the north to south and 200 miles from east to west. Bhutan is also known as Druk Yul or 'the Land of the Thunder Dragon' has retained the traditional heritage of the past. There are a plenty of stunning monasteries all over Bhutan since the nation is largely Buddhist. In addition, there is breathtaking scenery to enjoy as the Great Himalayan Range runs along Bhutan. Bhutan is the only country in the world to continue to follow the traditional Himalayan Buddhist culture.

People, Lifestyle and Culture :

Bhutanese society is centered around the practice of Buddhism, which is the main religion. Religious beliefs are evidenced in all aspects of life. Religion of around one fourth of the Bhutanese population is Indian and Nepalese influenced Hindus and rest of the three fourth of the Bhutanese population is Lamaistic Buddhism.T he Buddhist faithhas played and continues to play a fundamental role in the cultural, ethical and sociological development of Bhutan and its people. Though Bhutan is the last country to follow the traditional Himalayan Buddhist culture, it is by nomeans a backward country wrapped in the mist of ignorance. The majority of the people still lives in rural areas and has kept the traditional culture alive. Bhutanese people wear their traditional clothes, Men's attire is known as 'Gho' (a long robe tied around the waist by a belt) while the women's dress is known as 'Kira' made from beautifully colored and finely woven fabrics with traditional patterns. The official language of Bhutan  is Dzongkha. The people of Bhutan are well educated with 42% of them being literate. However, women are far behind both in terms of education and employment but they enjoy equal rights with men in every respect. Agriculture is the predominant occupation and mode of earning for the people of Bhutan.

Explore the festivals and art forms of Bhutan. Here you will witness that both festivals and art forms are deeply connected with Buddhism. Painting, music, Dance and everything is heavily influenced by Buddhism. One of the most important festival of the country is Tsechus. They bring together the population and are dedicated to the Guru Rinpoche or other deities. Villagers from the surrounding district come for several days of religious observances and socializing while contributing auspicious offerings to the lama or monastery of the festival. Food in Bhutan is also traditional with plenty of chillies.

Best time to visit Bhutan

The best time to visit Bhutan is between October to June. Winter can be a good time to visit as the days are generally sunny (although cold) and the blanket of snow makes for picturesque panoramas.

Shopping :

Bhutan is famous for its top quality handicrafts and colorful art. While Bhutan isn’t known as a top shopping destination but there are many talented artisans creating good quality souvenirs to buy here.

Things to buy in Bhutan

1. Hand-Woven Fabric
Bhutan is the best known for its traditional weaving. Visit one of the many textile stores and boutiques of Bhutan and choose from colourful rugs, clothing, blankets and accessories.

2. Traditional Music
Here you have an option to buy CD of Bhutanese harmonies, or chanting monks as a melodic stress-buster when you’re back at home and in work mode.

3. Spiritual Souvenirs
You can buy vibrant prayer flags, fragrant incense and prayer beads which can be a wonderful gifts for friends and family when you will be back home.

Transportation in Bhutan

Getting There
: Paro is the only airport situated in Bhutan. There is only one 01 airline operating in the region. Drukair - Royal Bhutan Airlines, is the national airline of the Kingdom of Bhutan operating in Bhutan. Tourists need to board Druk Air, the Royal Bhutan Airlines if they want to go to Bhutan by air. The airline is operating to seven cities in six countries in which four times a week from Bangkok, three times a week from Kolkata, twice a week from Gangtok, Delhi and Kathmandu, and once a week from Dhaka.

You can also enter Bhutan by road but it require special permission for the same. It is a 03 to 04 hours drive from Bagdogra airport (the nearest Indian airport, Sikkim) and approx. 12 hours drive from Darjeeling or Gangtok.

Getting Around : Bhutan has neither domestic Air Service, nor railway so the travelling can be done either on foot or by road. You can use the vehicle provided to you by Welcome Journeys as it has all the permission for the same. Also the local transport facilities are available between the cities of Bhutan but the foot journey through the streets is the best way to get clear access of its intrinsic beauty.