Bhutan, the ultimate bucket list destination with engorging culture, preserved old heritage, a boundless territory of nature, happy peoples, and a loving King, which combines to make this Himalayan Kingdom a must-visit once in a lifetime. A minimum Bhutan Package Tour of 6N/7D provides a fair sneak peek into the life and culture of this country, apart from including stays in cozy hotels with great views in prominent locations like Thimphu, Punakha, and Paro. So don't wait and connect to NatureWings now to grab the best deal for your Bhutan Tour.
Before planning a Bhutan Tour Package first let's learn about this beautiful country. Located in the eastern end of the mighty Himalayas, Bhutan is the last existing Buddhist kingdom in the world, overlooked by neighbors like India, China, Nepal, Bangladesh and India's North-Eastern state of Sikkim. Being surrounded by mountains full of lush greenery, Bhutan is fabulously rich, in terms of scenic beauty, which makes it an alluring tourist destination. The country appears like the bottom end of a bowl with walls made of mountains. The Buddhist kingdom of Bhutan is also known as the Land of the Thunder Dragon since it often experiences a tremendous storm from the Himalayas. Apart from mountains with altitude ranging up to 23,000 feet, landscapes of Bhutan also consist of sub-tropical plains. The subalpine Himalayan heights dominate the Northern part of the country while the Southern part is comparatively plain. Bhutan is also blessed by Mother Nature in the form of rivers which have flown through different parts of the country and have passed by all the major cities adding to their breath-taking scenic beauty. Travel this beautiful destination, book a Bhutan Package from NatureWings – The largest Bhutan Tour DMC and expert in India.
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|Dept Month/Year||Sector||Outward Journey Date||Sector||Inbound Journey Date||Package Duration|
|To be Announced||Mumbai[BOM] Paro[PBH]||To be Announced||Paro[PBH] Mumbai[BOM]||To be Announced||7N/8D|
|To be Announced||Mumbai[BOM] Paro[PBH]||To be Announced||Paro[PBH] Mumbai[BOM]||To be Announced||7N/8D|
|To be Announced||Mumbai[BOM] Paro[PBH]||To be Announced||Paro[PBH] Mumbai[BOM]||To be Announced||7N/8D|
|Departure||Sector||Outward Journey Time||Sector||Inbound Journey Time|
|Sunday||DelhiParo||Depart 10:20 - Arrive 13:00||ParoDelhi||Depart 07:30 - Arrive 09:20|
|Monday||DelhiParo||Depart 12:35 - Arrive 16:15||ParoDelhi||Depart 08:30 - Arrive 11:35|
|Tuesday||DelhiParo||Depart 10:20 - Arrive 13:00||ParoDelhi||Depart 07:30 - Arrive 09:20|
|Wednesday||DelhiParo||Depart 10:20 - Arrive 13:00||ParoDelhi||Depart 07:30 - Arrive 09:20|
|Thursday||DelhiParo||Depart 10:20 - Arrive 13:00||ParoDelhi||Depart 07:30 - Arrive 09:20|
|Saturday||DelhiParo||Depart 12:35 - Arrive 16:15||ParoDelhi||Depart 08:30 - Arrive 11:35|
|FROM||TO||DISTANCE IN KM|
|Mumbai [BOM]||Paro [PBH]||1912 km|
|Delhi [DEL]||Paro [PBH]||1214 km|
|Ahmedabad [AMD]||Paro [PBH]||1745 km|
|Kolkata [CCU]||Paro [PBH]||535 km|
|Hasimara [HSA]||Phuntsholing, Bhutan||40 min (19.0 km) via NH317A|
|Alipurduar JN [APDJ]||Phuntsholing, Bhutan||1 hr 31 min (60.7 km) via NH317|
|New Cooch Bihar [NCB]||Phuntsholing, Bhutan||2 hr 12 min (82.4 km) via NH317|
|New Jalpaiguri [NJP]||Phuntsholing, Bhutan||3 hr 44 min (156.4 km) via NH 17|
|Siliguri||Phuntsholing, Bhutan||3 hr 32 min (153.7 km) via NH 17|
|Bagdogra||Phuntsholing, Bhutan||3 hr 41 min (162.6 km) via NH 17|
|Thimphu||2,234 m||27.4712° N, 89.6339° E|
|Paro||2,200 m||27.4287° N, 89.4164° E|
|Punakha||1,242 m||27.5921° N, 89.8797° E|
|Phobjikha Valley||3,000 m||27.4659° N, 90.1766° E|
|Haa Valley||2,670 m||27.2652° N, 89.1706° E|
|Chele La Pass||3,988 m||27.3698° N, 89.3466° E|
|Tigers Nest Monastery||3,120 m||27.4920° N, 89.3634° E|
|Dochula Pass||3,100 m||27.4900° N, 89.7503° E|
|Travel Month||Weather||Temperature (Min & Max)|
|End of March to End of May||Spring||10°C to 22°C|
|End of June to End of August||Summer||15°C to 28°C|
|End of September to End of November||Autumn||12°C to 26°C|
|Early December to end of February||Winter||-3°C to 10°C|
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|Seasons||Name of Festivals|
|Spring||Paro Tshechu (Paro) |
Ura Yakchoe (Bumthang)
Gomphukora Tshechu (Tashigang)
Rhododendron Festival (Lamperi Botanical Park, Punakha)
|Summer||Haa Summer Festival (Haa ) |
Ura Matsutake Festival (Bumthang)
|Autumn||Thimphu Tshechu (Thimphu) |
Wangdue Tshechu (Wangdue)
Jambay Lhakhang Drup Festival (Bumthang)
Jhomolhari Mountain Festival (Jhomolhari Base-camp)
Royal Highlander Festival (Gasa)
Black Necked Crane Festival (Gangtey)
Tour of the Dragon (Bumthang to Thimphu)
Bhutan Bird Festival (Zhemgang)
|Winter||Punakha Drubchen (Punakha) |
Punakha Tshechu (Punakha)
Druk Wangyel Tshechu (Dochula, Thimphu)
Takin Festival (Gasa)
This is the most exciting day for your much awaited Bhutan Tour. The flight to Paro Airport is considered as one of the most spectacular journey in the world. The flight to Paro is magnificent as it offers wide range of mighty Himalayan range with Mt. Everest, Mt. Lohtse, Mt Makalu from the top and when entering Paro Airport, it offers an exciting glimpse of the kingdom of Bhutan better known as the - Land of Thunder Dragon.
As you de-board your flight and after completing immigration/ permit came out from the airport, our representative will welcome you in a Bhutanese style with Tashi Khada (white scarf) and guide you at the car, it marks the beginning of your Bhutan Package Tour with transfer to Thimphu (2334 m). On arrival, check in your hotel. Get refreshed and rest of the time free for leisure. In the evening stroll around the Thimphu city. Enjoy the picture perfect chill ambience of Thimphu. Overnight stay at the hotel in Thimphu.
Get early in the morning when Sun drenched the Thimphu valley with its soft & careful warmth. Get fresh and start your day with a cup of hot Suja (Butter Tea). The freshness and cool atmosphere will charge your workout zeal and you can have some Yoga session in the hotel roof or in your hotel room or balcony. After this you might be hungry enough to fill your belly with delicious and sumptuous breakfast. Later get ready, join your driver who will be at the hotel lobby to tour you some of the best attractions of this beautiful city. First visit -
The National Memorial Chorten or Thimphu Chorten - Also known as Thimphu Chorten is a site for evening prayer. The chorten was build in the third King memory, and it was continuously circumambulated by people, murmuring mantras and spinning their prayer wheels. The idea to construct this landmark was proposed by Bhutan Third King, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuk - the father of modern Bhutan, who has wished to erect a monument to the World for peace and prosperity. Completed in 1974 after Majesty's untimely death, it served as a memorial to the late King and a monument of peace.
Sakyamuni Buddha - On the top of Kuensel Phodrang hill sits the Statue of Great Buddha Dordenma. The 51.5-meter long gilded bronze statue would surely attract you, and the uninterrupted view of the valley would leave you spellbound. This site is also known as Buddha Viewpoint.
Changangkha Lhakhang – At Thimphu, you will come across several monasteries and temples, but Changangkha Lhakhang is the most important religious structure amongst all. The fabric is dedicated to Avalokiteshvara, a sign of compassion dating back to the 15th century, the oldest in the region, and from here, enjoy the grand view of Thimphu valley.
Takin Zoo – In here, you will find the National animal of Bhutan, "Takin". Takin is one of the most endangered species of the World, and it is available only in Bhutan, preserved in open habitat.
Trashi Chhoe Dzong - Or the Fortress of the Glorious Region is another 'must visit' site on a Bhutan Package Tour from Mumbai. Situated on the west bank of Wang Chhu River, the Trashi Chhoe Dzong is the formal coronation site of the fifth King that hosts the annual Tsechu festival. This Dzong was built in the year 1641 by the political and religious unifier of Bhutan, Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, later it was reconstructed in the 1960s in a traditional Bhutanese manner, without the use of nails or architectural plans. Overnight at Hotel in Thimphu.
NOTE: - The sightseeing may ends within 4 to 4.30pm. Get back to hotel and refresh yourself. Now you have ample time to light your brain. Have some local or branded wine in the hotel lounge bar. Taste some authentic Bhutanese beverages that you can’t not have anywhere in the world. If you like it, you can bring it back to your home (1 person can bring up to 2 liters of wine from Bhutan). If you wish you can patch up with the driver and visit some of the local bar to quench your thirst.
Thimphu City has some renowned bars and clubs to have beers and hang out with friends over live music sessions. Some of the best clubs around this tiny place will make your Bhutan Package Tour even more memorable. Here is the list of some nightclubs, which you can explore if you love a little dance and some great music. The List is:
Mojo Park -
Address: Chang Lam, Thimphu, Bhutan
Phone: +975 17 63 58 07
Address: FJFQ+CQ9, Thimphu, Bhutan
Phone: +975 17 51 92 96
Om Bar -
Address: Thimphu, Bhutan
Phone: +975 17 60 36 17
Address: Yarkay Central Building, Sheten Lam, Thimphu, Bhutan
Phone: +975 17 28 39 35
Barz Brothers -
Address: Changlam Square, Thimphu, Bhutan
Phone: +975 17 35 56 18
Thimphu has some good restaurant to dine with your friends and families. There you can enjoy cuisines like Indian, Chinese, Nepali, Bhutanese, and Continental. The best restaurants in Thimphu are Bhutan Kitchen, Chula Restaurant, Folk Heritage, Bhutan Orchid Restaurant, Cousin Restaurant, and Zombala.
Apart from that you can visit some outdoor Gym, can enjoy an evening walk (Kuenselphodrang to Debsi Hiking Trail, Thimphu), can enjoy Thimphu city night view from Buddha Dordenma and can indulge yourself in Yoga and meditation. After completing your preferred activity return back to your hotel, have dinner and enjoy a tight sleep to get recharged for next day Bhutan Tour.
As your Hot Suja (a Sweet Bhutanese milk tea) arrives sip into it while enjoying the beautiful valley from the room. Post breakfast heads towards Punakha, the former capital of Bhutan. Punakha is much backward from the chaotic city life at an elevation of 1200 m, which makes this place quite warm in winter and cool during summer. The valley is famous for Red and White rice farming along the Pho and Mo Chu river's stretch. En-route visit.
Punakha Dzong : Also known as "The Palace of Great Happiness", Punakha Dzong is located at the confluence of the Pho Chhu (father) and Mo Chhu (mother) rivers in the Punakha–Wangdue valley. This Dzong is the most picturesque of all Bhutan ancient fortresses and it joins the mainland by an arched wooden bridge that contains many precious relics from the days when successive kings reigned the Kingdom from this Punakha valley.
Suspension Bridge - This hidden treasure in the Punakha Valley connects the rest of the valley to the old administrative center of Punakha Dzongkhag. The whole deck is covered with prayer flags and provides a perfect spot for bird watching and photography.
Chimi Lhakhang (Fertility Temple) : Stationed at the top of a hillock, the Chimi Lhakhang is a site dedicated to Lama Drukpa Kuenley. Known as the 'Divine Madman,' Lama Drukpa Kuenley is said to use songs, humor, and outrageous behavior to preach his teachings. Chimi Lhakhang temple is believed to be the temple of fertility, and the Bhutanese hold a strong belief that childless couples are blessed by Lama Drukpa Kuenley if they visit the temple and pray for a child. The road to the temple follows a picturesque rural trail through the paddy field that takes visitors to the temple from the road, and after crossing the paddy field, you will find a tiny stream from where Chimi Lhakhang is just a short climb away. Overnight stayat hotel in Punakha.
NOTE: In the evening return back to hotel. Get freshen up. Rest of the time is free for leisure. You may get bored always with sightseeing so why don't you experience something out of your itinerary. Here are some incredible activities that you may try out during your Bhutan Package Tour apart from your day to day itinerary.
Experience river side camping near the bank of the Mochu River in the Punakha valley. The location is perfect to have that unforgettable night on the bank of the river surrounding scenic beauty.
You can experience an outdoor picnic in Zomlingthang near the bank of the Mochu River. The location is picture perfect and you can enjoy delightful hours at the riverside. It is advisable to inform beforehand to NatureWings to arrange the picnic lunch.
If you are interested in birding, Punakha is the best place to explore different birds. You can spot some unique species of birds such as the Fire-tailed Myzornis, Himalayan Monal, Blood Pheasant, Rufous-necked Hornbill, and White Billed Heron.
Do you know the fact that Punakha Dzong is one of the most beautiful Dzongs of Bhutan? In your Bhutan Tour Package, make sure you visit the Punakha Dzong at night time, from the viewpoint. The night view of Punakha fort is gorgeous and lovely.
Overnight stay at hotel in Punakha. Have a good sleep in the cozy ambience of Punakha as next day you are going for a whole day sightseeing.
As the Sun shines up high in the Land of Happiness, open your eyes to a beautiful morning in the lap of serene nature, and sip into your cup of hot tea while admiring the green valley from your bed before moving towards Phobjikha Valley post breakfast.
Phobjikha Valley (3000 m) : A treat for all nature lovers, and an idle place for spotting various birds, including the famous Black Necked Cranes that migrate to this valley. Being one of the most important wildlife preserves in Bhutan, this serene and untouched beauty of nature away from the hustle-bustle of the city life is a pleasure to enjoy with the happiest people surrounding the entire region that makes this place worth the visit. The Phobjikha Valley is the largest and the widest in Bhutan and is known for the panoramic vistas with tranquil nature that not only call the nature lovers to witness its beauty but also traps the adventure buffs who wish to follow the trekking and hiking routes while exploring the untouched beauty of nature. Overnight at hotel in Punakha.
In the evening come back to Punakha. After freshen up you can have evening recreation at Zomlingthang riverside area. There you can enjoy camp fire on the bank of the river, can arrange group song or Antakshari Game. After dinner and whole day exhaustion you will feel asleep as soon as you surrender in the bed. Have a nice sleep and good night to Punakha.
From the beautiful valley, the next destination is the picturesque Paro town, located at an elevation of 2200 m. Paro valley is the most extensive valley in entire Bhutan and is blessed with mesmerizing nature, fertile rice fields, deep valleys, and a crystalline river. The beautiful view of the mountains, clear sky, and dense coniferous forest with chirping birds can make you fall in love with its first glimpse. En-route Paro, you can enjoy sightseeing like -
National Museum of Bhutan : In 1968, The National Museum of Bhutan was built, which stands inside the ancient Ta-dzong building that showcases Bhutan culture and is stationed right above Rinpung Dzong in Paro. This museum is the house of beautiful specimens from Bhutanese art and culture, with main highlights are the paintings and bronze statues which are placed in extensive galleries, from where you can get to know a lot about Bhutan art and culture.
Rinpung Dzong : Built by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1646, the first spiritual and temporal ruler of Bhutan, the Dzong houses the monastic body of Paro, the office of the Dzongda (district administrative head) and Thrimpon (judge) of Paro district. The approach to the Dzong is through a traditional covered bridge called Nemi Zam.
NOTE: The Paro town is full of Dzongs (monasteries), where you can join the monks for prayers as they wrap themselves in red robes with priceless smiles or walk down to the bed of Paro Chu and dip your feet in the cold crystalline water. In the evening you can stroll around the Paro City and can indulge with:
Shopping - It is a kind of ever-no-say activity. In your Bhutan Tour Package, it is better for you to experience shopping in Paro. You can buy souvenirs like textiles, local paintings, wooden products, lemongrass oil and soap, red rice, and chilli flakes. You can explore the listed places when you are in Paro.
Sangay Arts and Crafts
The Weekend Market
Experience Bhutanese farmhouse - It is always an opportunity to experience typical Bhutanese village life when stayig in Paro. The traditional Bhutanese houses are very colorful, decorative, and follow the same architectural pattern. Tourist can also eat with the host family and have a good glimpse into the lifestyles of a farmer.
Bhutanese attire - In Bhutan, the traditional attire for women refers to as Kira and for men known as Gho. You can also try Bhutanese attires and take beautiful photographs for memories.
Relax and enjoy the evening. Try some cheese Bhutanese cuisine with local wine that will certainly relax your day long journey and sightseeing. Have a good sleep in the hotel at Paro.
As the sun rays touch the beautiful Paro valley, wake up in the middle of Mother Nature and relish the beautiful view of the river and mountains in a single frame. Enjoy the gala spread but make sure to add some protein to it, as climbing to the top of the Taksang Monastery and back will require a good boost.
Taktsang Monastery : After covering 1200 meters on a fierce cliff, you will reach this sacred site known as the Tiger Nest. Once you climb to the top, take a deep breath of the fresh air and soother the eyes and soul with the stunning view of the scenic surroundings and the valley lying underneath—the Taktsang Monastery, established by Sain Guru Rinpoche in 747 CE. Construction was of the complex was completed in 1694. After 3 hours of some adventurous trek, discover the Tiger Nest monastery, and if you wish, opt for a horse ride from the parking lot to reach the top. While trekking, witness the glorious view of the Paro town, with its lush green valleys, sparkling river, clear blue sky, and moving clouds, in-short, enjoy nature at its best.
NOTE: Generally for Taksang Hiking, you will start at 9am and can reach your hotel around 4 to 5 pm depending upon your hiking speed and energy. Get back to hotel and freshen up. In the evening you can opt for:
Bhutanese Hot Stone Bath - It is the perfect way to relax and wind down after a long day strenuous hiking of Paro Taksang. This bath is a perfect treat as it considers for numerous health benefits. It admitted that the local herbs all combine to produce medicinal benefits for joint pains, hypertension, stomach disorders, and arthritis. You can experience hot stone bath in Aum Choden Homestay, Sherab Dema Farmhouse and Bjagoe Menchu.
After that relax the evening with some local Cultural Program. You can witness the cultural show performed in three parts by a group of experienced dancers and singers. The guest can watch Joenpa Legso (welcome dance), Flute dance, Shazam cham (dance of deers), Sa Dida Sa Ngo (The dance of victory), and Sakten Dance (The dance of Nomadic people).
Post breakfast bid farewell to the Last Buddhist Kingdom and start for Paro Airport with long-lasting sweet Bhutan Holiday memories, while chanting one mantra - Life is short, and the World is wide.
Thimphu - Taj Tashi, Le Meridian, Termalinca Resort & Spa, Amankora Thimphu
Paro - Le Meridian, Naksel Boutique Resort, Uma Paro, Amankora Paro, Hotel Zhiwaling
Punakha/Wangdue - RKPO Green Resort, Amankora Punakha, Uma Punakha, Dhensa Boutique Resort
Thimphu - Druk Hotel, Ramada Valley, OSEL Hotel, Thimphu City Hotel, Tara Phendeyling Hotel, Thimphu Tower, Gyelsa Botique Resort, Hotel Riverview, Hotel White Tara, Migmar Hotel, Hotel Pedling
Paro - Tashi Namgey Resort, Khangkhu Resort, Olathgang Resort, Kichu Resort, Mandala Resort, Drukchen Resort, Tiger Nest Resort, Udumwara Resort, Taksang View Resort
Punakha/Wangdue - Zhinkham Resort, Drubbchu Resort, Punatsangchhu Cottage, Meri Puensun Resort, Damchem Resort, Hotel Vara, Kitchu Resort, Dochula Eco Resort
Bumthang - Jakar View Resort, Hotel Ugyen Ling
Phobjikha Valley - RKPO Resort, Dewachen Resort, Gakeyling Hotel
Trongsa - Yangkhil Resort
Thimphu - Hotel Amodhara, Khamsumm Inn, Hotel RiverSide
Paro - Rema Resort, NamseyCholing Resort, BaseCamp Hotel, Khamsum Paro, Sinchula Villa, Pelri Cottage
Punakha - Hotel Lobesa, Kingaling Hotel, Hotel Pema Karpo
Bumthang - Samyae Resort, Yozerling Resort
Phobjikha Valley - My Home Resort
Thimphu - Shantideva Hotel, Centinial Hotel
Paro - Authentic Bhutaneese Home Stay, Paro City Hotel, Twon View Resort
Punakha - Phinsum Digoling
Trongsa - Tashi Ninjey Guest House
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→ Wear always decent dress, don’t wear sleeveless / Collarless outfits
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→ Don’t smoke outside your hotel or inside the hotel room
Here are some of the best festivals in Bhutan which one must experience when they plan a vacation to Bhutan - the happiest country in the world.
Tshechu, Tshe meaning date and the Chu meaning the tenth is an annual religious festival conducted annually all around the country coinciding on the 10th day of the Bhutanese calendar. Thimphu Tshechu is the biggest and the most popular festival in Bhutan one must see and experience during Bhutan Tour. They call this the national festival of Bhutan where thousands of people flock down, all decked up in fine colorful attires to be a part of the festivities. A 3 day cultural exhibiting the vibrant culture and proud heritage of Bhutan, Thimphu Tshechu is a festival celebrated to commemorate the birth of Guru Rinpoche.
It marks Thimphu Tshechu by days and nights of prayers to invoke God. Thimphu Tshechu festival celebrates the prosperity of the country and its citizens, and the rituals of the festivals aim to seek blessings of deities.
The festival’s masked dances performed by monks clad in colorful brocade attire and permeated by chanting and reading of Buddhist scripts. The culmination of festival makes up the unfolding of a huge cloth thangka, a sacred scroll, depicting Padma Sambhava and imagery from Buddhist pantheon. Thimphu Tshechu festival is celebrated from 16th September to 18th September 2021.
This is one of the most famous festivals of Bhutan, which is Paro Tshechu. Monks and laymen dress up in vibrant multi-coloured brocade costumes. They mingle, they dance, they enjoy and they celebrate. Monks, wearing masks which represent the deities, re-enact and replay the scenes from legendary tales and historical anecdotes. However, the showstopper of the festival is when people get the much-awaited glimpse of 350 years old Thangka, which is one of the oldest Buddhist religious scrolls. It has narratives from history, celebrating the high deeds of Guru Rimpoche.
On the ultimate day of the festival, visitors will admire a giant religious picture called Thangka depicting the life of the Buddha. The painting made from silk, cotton and used as a teaching tool, telling the story of mythology and the crucial historical events in the past. With a variety of sizes and the anger and peaceful images, this would be a significant chance for visitors to discover the unique culture of the Himalayan Kingdom.
The reason why Paro festivals in Bhutan are known to be the most visited ones around the country is its hospitality and connectivity. The duration of Paro Tshechu is for 5 days. It is the most popular spring festival of Bhutan, and it will take place from 24th March to 28th March 2021.
Wangdue Phodrang Tshechu
Punakha Drubchen and Tshechu
Jambay Lhakhang Drup Festival
Haa Summer Festival
Ura Matsutake Festival
Jomolhari Mountain Festival
The Annual Black-Necked Crane Festival
Gompa Kora festival, Tashigang
Druk Wangyel Tshechu
Bhutan Bird Festival
Tour of the Dragon (Bicycle Race)
Royal Highlander Festival
As Bhutan remained isolated from the modern world for centuries, hence has lack of habit of fast food. Bhutan offers a rich, diverse, and very interesting culinary experience. Bhutanese food is unlikely any other food you will ever eat during your Bhutan Tour. The cuisines are less oily than Chinese or Indian food and spicier than most Tibetan dishes. Chilies are an essential part of nearly every dish and are considered so important that most Bhutanese people would not enjoy a meal that was not spicy.
Most Bhutanese meals are basic, simple, and easy to cook and involved mostly local ingredients specially butter and cheese. Popular snacks include Momo (Bhutanese Dumpling), Khabzay (Dried fritters made with flour, water, sugar, which are then deep-fried), Shabalay, Juma (Bhutanese Sausages marinated in spices) and Noodles.
Popular Beverages include butter tea prepared using tea leaf, Salt, and fresh butter (called Suja), milk tea (called Ngaja), locally brewed Ara (Rice wine). There is also Bhutanese manufactured wine such as Zumzin, Raven, and Takin, due to its popularity, the made in Bhutan winery's and alcoholic beverages are sold online.
Following are some are some authentic Bhutanese Cuisine that one must try during their Bhutan Tour:
If you haven’t eaten Ema Datshi, you haven’t been to Bhutan. Ema Datshi is made of green, yellow (Boiled dried chilies) or red chilies (Dried Chillies), onions, tomatoes, and cooked with milk cheese (Datshi which is Bhutanese cheese). Although the basic ingredients remain the same, every cook has their version, some watery with more sticky with cheese and some dry with more cheese.
The potatoes are typically sliced into thin round pieces and then sautéed down with Bhutanese Cheese (Datshi). Some cooks adding tomatoes, Garlic, and Onion, and some they used to use only potatoes and cheese.
The mushrooms, which can be any variety of local Bhutanese mushroom, are again, cooked into cheesy using Bhutanese Cheese (Datshi)
Shakam is Bhutanese dried beef, which is among the most famous of meats. For Shakam ema datshi, dried beef is cut into bite-sized pieces and simmered cheese.
Eggs are scrambled up with datshi (Cheese) and a huge amount of butter, spring onion, and some chill flakes are added. The result is a very condensed scrambled egg cheese mixture that is butter and packed with heartiness.
Shakam Paa (Dried Beef, Chillies, and Radish)
Phaksha Paa (Pork with Red Chillies)
Sikam Paa (Bhutanese Bacon)
Yaksha Shakam (Dried Yak)
Juma (Bhutanese Sausage)
Jasha Maru (Spicy Chicken)
Jaju (Traditional Bhutanese Soup)
Goen Hogay (Bhutanese Cucumber Salad)
Khur-le (Buckwheat Pancake)
Puta (Buckwheat Boodles)
Tshampa (Flour Dough)
Zaow (Crunchy Rice Snack)
Ezay (Chilli Sauce)
Ara (Traditional Alcoholic Beverage)
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To enter into Bhutan, no Visa is required for Indian Nationals, only permits are required. To obtain the permit, you require producing the Passport or Indian Voter ID Card. The permit can be obtained on arrival at Paro Airport, at Phuntsholing check post. Phuentsholing Permit office is closed on Saturdays / Sundays & Bhutan Holidays. So, it is highly advisable to reach Bagdogra from Sunday to Wednesday and not one day before the Bhutan Holiday. Please validate your arrival date with NatureWings Specialists before purchasing the domestic tickets to Bagdogra (IXB). Naturewings provides all sorts of supports to obtain the permit as part of their package.
March to May/June is spring in Bhutan, and it is the best time to visit Bhutan. During this time, the air becomes clear fresh with sunny sky. The average temperature during this time becomes 20ºC to 25ºC which is very much soothing and comfortable for a tripper. This is the most pleasant time in Bhutan with dry and sunny weather all the time. The famous rhododendrons bloom this time and flood the valleys with color. From June to August monsoon comes and the mountain covers with heavy rain. Flights (except the chartered flights) may interrupt their schedule due to rain.
Bhutan currency is Nu. And it is 1:1 with Indian Rupee, Most of the merchants are accepting all denomination of Indian currency including INR 500 and INR 2000 Notes. The ATM facility in Bhutan is very limited and it is recommended to carry cash in Bhutan. Only Visa/Master Debit cards are working in ATM for the purpose of cash Withdrawal. Please check with your Bank / Card issuing authority about the possible validity of your card in Bhutan The usage of credit cards is also very limited in Bhutan.
Indian Mobile Operators provide the Global Roaming Connectivity in Bhutan, However, it is expensive. Please check with your operator about Global Roaming Activation / Incoming and Out Going Charges. Tourists can easily get the Bhutan Tourists SIM card (Tashi Cell and BMobile ) at Rs 200/- with data option at Rs 99/- for 400 MB data. NatureWings Operation Team based in Bhutan will help you to get the local SIM card over there.
All Hotels provide the Free Wi-Fi facility at the Hotel Lobby / Restaurant / Reception level. Some of the hotels also provide Free Wi-Fi at the room.
Bhutan is running by the philosophy of GNH. Gross National Happiness or GNH is a global indicator of the progress that measures both the sustainable economy as well as social development while protecting the environment and culture. In the year of 1972, the king of Bhutan supported the philosophy and put GNH into practice. In 2006, Bhutan ranked 8 th among the World Map of Happiness.
If you have already Online Permit or E-Permit, you can enter into Bhutan through Phuentsholing gate even on Saturday or Sunday. The Biometric office is generally open seven days a week from 9 am to 9 pm for the Online Permit Tourists. But if you want to do offline permit, Saturday, Sunday and Bhutan National Holiday Permit office is closed and hence you can’t enter into Bhutan through Phuentsholing on Saturday /Sunday or Bhutan National Holidays.
Yes, it is possible to organize Bhutanese Cultural Dance show in your Hotel itself, if you are medium or big sized group, generally Hotels allow to organize the Dance Show in their Conference hall. Please get in touch with NatureWings Tour Coordinator well in advance to organize the same.
Buying and selling of cigarettes are banned in Bhutan. However, you can carry up to 80 pieces of Cigarettes but you have to provide a declaration for that because it will help you to get rid from any legal issues if caught red handed in open air smoking. We suggest every guests travelling to Bhutan not to smoke in Public. You can smoke either in Hotel Lawn or any predefined smoking zone.
In Paro Duty free shop, you can get various brands of imported foreign Whisky, Wine, Vodka, Beer etc and price is relatively cheaper compared to any Indian Duty Free shop. In Thimphu, you can get the imported wine brand, however in Paro and Punakha, you may get the imported brands only in your hotel, not in any off shop.
However, in Bhutan, availability of local brand wines is abundant and they are really worthy to buy. While you are in Bhutan Package Tour, you must buy Local Peach Wine and am confident you will love it.