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Bhutan is one of the most fascinating places I have ever visited – but so many people have never even heard of it. Nobody I knew had ever been there before so I couldn’t ask anyone for Bhutan travel advice beforehand. Lucky for you, I’ve tried and tested one of the most booked Bhutan travel packages and will let you in on all the secrets. This article covers everything you need to know before traveling to Bhutan.

Bhutan Travel Packages & Bhutan Travel Agents

When I tell people about my awesome Bhutan travel experience, I often get responses that it seems to be a country that is difficult to visit. In fact, it’s not hard at all to travel to Bhutan.

It’s true that you cannot just book a flight to Paro airport (the only international airport in the country) and travel around solo in Bhutan, you must book your Bhutan trip via one of the government approved Bhutan travel agents. You can fly into Bhutan from the following airports: Delhi, Kathmandu, Singapore or Bangkok. I chose to fly in from Nepal and spent four amazing days in Kathmandu prior to my Bhutan trip.

Once you decide on the Bhutan travel package of your choice, the travel agent arranges the trip for you, including flight, accommodation, Bhutanese guide and driver.

I booked my Bhutan trip through DrukAsia, an approved tour agency for Bhutan travel with 30 full time guides and 15 freelance guides. All Bhutan tour guides undergo a 3-month-long tourism training by the Bhutanese Tourism Organization and are subject to regular drug testing to ensure the best tour experience to all guests.

I chose the “7 Day Essential Bhutan Tour” covering the most important attractions in Bhutan. This tour starts from $1,550 USD and is available year-round.

Bhutan travel landscape with stupa

How much does it cost to travel to Bhutan?

Bhutan travel budget

The Bhutan travel cost per day is $250 USD.

This might seem like a steep price but it already includes accommodation, food, transportation and guide during your entire stay. Plus, a part of this daily tariff is also used to fund Bhutan’s education and healthcare system.

The Bhutanese government introduced these strict tourism regulations in order to prevent mass tourism from destroying the country’s unparalleled natural wonders and deep-rooted Buddhist culture.

Bhutan Travel Visa

There are certain Bhutan visa application requirements that need to be met in order to be able to visit Bhutan.

It is not possible to travel Bhutan without a visa except for Indian and Bangladeshi citizens, who can travel to Bhutan without a visa.

A Bhutan travel visa is issued to tourists who booked a Bhutan tour package with a local tour agent approved by the Bhutanese government.

I booked my Bhutan trip with the Bhutan travel specialist DrukAsia, who submitted my Bhutan visa application to the Tourism Council of Bhutan in Thimphu on my behalf. They took care of the entire process – the Bhutan travel visa fee is also included in the Bhutan tour package price.

Bridge with Flags and Stupa in Bhutan

Reiseversicherung für Bhutan

In order to visit Bhutan and qualify for a tourist visa, you need to have travel insurance for Bhutan. Obwohl Bhutan sehr sicher ist, können unerwartete Unfälle, Naturkatastrophen oder Ähnliches jederzeit passieren.

Eine angemessene Versicherungsdeckung ist daher unbedingt zu empfehlen. Eine Reiseversicherung beinhaltet nicht nur medizinische Versorgungen (wenn man krank wird oder sich den Fuß bricht, zum Beispiel), sondern eine Reiseversicherung schützt auch dann, wenn einem zum Beispiel die Kamera gestohlen wird, der Flug gestrichen wird oder man durch eine Naturkatastrophe irgendwo fest sitzt.

Kurz gesagt, eine Reiseversicherung schützt gegen alle möglichen Szenarien, die beim Reisen auftreten können - und kann sogar dein Leben retten!

BUCHEN | Ich empfehle die World Nomads travel insurance.

Best Time to Travel to Bhutan

Bhutan Travel Time

In general, Bhutan is a great destination for year-round travel because of the different climate within the country. However, October to December is said to be the ideal time to visit Bhutan because the air is clear and fresh with sunny skies.

January and February are colder, but from then until April the weather remains dry and pleasant. Late spring is also very popular as the famous rhododendrons bloom spectacularly, flooding the valleys with color.

From May, heat and humidity increase and from June to September the monsoon rains dominate the mountains of Bhutan.

For those wanting to spot the rare black-necked cranes in Phobjikha Valley, you should plan your Bhutan trip between late October and mid-February.

River and Bhutanese fortress

Is Bhutan safe for traveling?

Bhutan Travel Safety

Many of my fellow travel ladies keep asking me “Is Bhutan safe for solo female travellers”? The answer is: Yes!

Bhutan solo female travel might not yet be a “thing” but it definitely could be. At the same time, you’re never truly alone since you are traveling with a guide and driver for the majority of your tour.

During my own Bhutan trip, I traveled in a private tour with only a Bhutanese guide and a driver – both male and about my age. They were super professional and laid-back at the same time and it felt like traveling with new friends.

At no point did I feel unsafe during my trip in Bhutan. That being said, yes, Bhutan is safe for solo female travellers!

Dos and Don’ts for Visiting Sites of Cultural Importance in Bhutan

Religion is incredibly important in Bhutan and visitors should show respect accordingly. The following tips will help you avoid unnecessary faux-pas when traveling to Bhutan.

Do

  • Bring warm socks to wear inside temples and monasteries
  • Speak quietly in and around religious places
  • Use a stretched palm when pointing to someone
  • Small donations at temples or monasteries are welcome (5 or 10 Nu)

Don’t

  • No hats, shorts or sleeveless shirts
  • No shoes inside shrines or temples, socks are allowed
  • No smoking in and around temples/monasteries and religious monuments
  • No shouting/loud talking in and around religious areas
  • No pointing with your finger at people, statues and religious figures

The Best Places to Visit in Bhutan

Bhutan Travel Guide

Memorial Chorten, Thimphu

Ein Chörten ist ein Kultbau aus dem tibetischen Buddhismus und stellt die lokale Weiterentwicklung einer Stupa dar. Dieser Chörten in Thimphu mit goldener Spitze ist einer der größten in Bhutan. Er wurde zu Ehren des dritten Druk Gyalpo von Bhutan errichtet und dem Weltfrieden gewidmet. Jeden Tagen besuchen viele Menschen den Chörten und umkreisen ihn mit Gebetsgesängen mehrere Male, vor allem in den Morgenstunden. Das Innere des Chörten, wo sich ein besonderer goldener Buddha befindet, kann man nur an besonderen Tagen betreten.

Buddha Dordenma, Thimphu

Die Buddha Dordenma Statue befindet sich auf einem Hügel im Naturpark Kuenselphodrang mit Blick auf das südliche Thimphu-Tal. Die Statue erfüllt eine alte Prophezeiung aus dem 8. Jahrhundert nach Christus. Die Statue soll Frieden und Glück in die ganze Welt ausstrahlen soll. Mit einer Höhe von 51,5 Metern gehört das Bauwerk zu den größten Buddha-Statuen der Welt.

Chorten Stupa in Thimphu, Bhutan
Golden Buddha statue in Bhutan

Dochula Pass

Der Dochula Pass ist ein beliebter Touristenort auf dem Weg ins Innenland von Bhutan. Neben einem atemberaubenden 360-Grad-Blick auf die Himalayas, kann man hier auch ein wunderschönes Denkmal besichtigen. Es besteht aus 108 Stupas, die zum Gedenken an bhutanesische Soldaten gebaut wurden, die 2003 in einem Kampf gegen indische Aufständische aus der Region Assam getötet wurden.

Punakha Dzong

This fortification is one of Bhutan’s most stunning structures and was built strategically between the Pho Chu and Mo Chu rivers in 1637. Punakha Dzong is one of only five in Bhutan. Dzongs serve as administrative centers for government offices and monasteries and their massive architecture is unique to Bhutan, Tibet and parts of India.

view from the inside of Punakha Dzong

Pho Chhu Hängebrücke

Die 160 Meter lange Pho Chhu-Hängebrücke befindet sich neben Punakha Dzong und ist die längste Hängebrücke in Bhutan. Wenn man auf der Brücke steht, hat man einen spektakulären Blick auf Punakha Dzong und das Pho Chhu Tal.

 

Phobjikha (Gangtey) Valley

One of my personal highlights was visiting Phobjikha Valley. This bowl-shaped valley is home to many of the most beautiful wild animals of Bhutan, including muntjac, sambar, serow, or yak. However, the black-necked cranes are a true gem in this area as they only flock here in the winter months when they migrate here from Tibet.

 

girl sitting next to stupa on meadow

Paro (Rinpung) Dzong

Another one of Bhutan’s five majestic Dzongs, Rinpung Dzong in Paro literally translates to Fortress on Jewels. It received its name due to the fact that the dzong was built using stones rather than clay. It’s considered one of the most beautiful examples of 15th-century architecture in Bhutan.

Taktsang (Tiger Nest) Monastery

A trip to Bhutan wouldn’t complete without climbing to Tiger Nest Monastery. This dramatically set Buddhist relic hanging from a cliff is going to be the highlight for any traveller to Bhutan. The 2.5-hour hike up the mountains fills you with spiritual bliss when you ascend over two thousand feet over the valley floor.

monk with red robe in front of door
Tiger Nest Monastery on Mountain with Flags

What to pack for a trip to Bhutan?

Bhutan Packing List

Essentials

  • warm jacket
  • good leather or waterproof fabric boots or shoes with good soles
  • waterproof jacket
  • sunglasses
  • warm hat
  • sunhat and sunscreen
  • a sufficient supply of any medication you are taking

Recommended

  • gloves
  • thermal underwear (for evenings and in the winter)
  • backpack
  • head lamp
  • insect repellent
  • lip balm
  • Camera & gear
  • Adequate wet weather gear

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Linda

Linda has been living in Asia since 2012 and loves sharing her travel and life experiences on her website. She currently works remotely in Online Marketing and also teaches various English classes in South Korea.

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