Concealed from the world, Bhutan is a nation obscured from the rest of modernised society. Nestled beneath Tibetan China, and surrounded by India, Bhutan is, without doubt, the last bastion of traditional-style society left in the world. You will not find modern shopping malls and fancy five-star hotels within this hidden gem. What you will find is an awe-inspiring lifestyle rich in Buddhist philosophy but hesitant in its adoption of Western culture. Beyond the rugged landscape lies a nation so inert in its development, yet so beautiful in its simplicity that travellers will have to see to believe.
For a tour of this enchanting nation, travellers must pay a steep daily tariff, making Bhutan one of the world’s most expensive destinations. Bhutan’s capital city, Thimpu, is the busiest and most contemporary town. Within this melting pot of traditional culture and attempted modern development, travellers are greeted with many attractions that radiate pure Bhutanese culture, such as the Dechen Phrograng Monastery and the Dechencholing Palace, Bhutan’s royal residence.
Bhutan is rich in Buddhist heritage, unique culture and phenomenal natural beauty. Travellers can tour the stunning country and experience all of Bhutan’s famous attractions along the way. Visit the Taktsang Monastery and be totally mesmerised by the sheer radiance of Bhutan’s most famous monastery resting on the side of a cliff, some 700 metres above the Paro Valley. The doorstep to the Himalayas provides a plethora of magnificent valleys and mountains for hiking enthusiasts. The world’s highest unclimbed mountain, Gangkhar Puensum, is located in Bhutan’s northern region.
Accommodation in Bhutan
Accommodation in Bhutan is quite basic, but can be very comfortable. There are no elegant hotel chains, but the daily tariff for tours usually includes accommodation. Hotels are not graded according to international standards, but are generally comfortable and convenient. Thimpu has a rather nice selection of hotels and inns, particularly the premium Druk Hotel.
Airport in Bhutan
Getting into Bhutan by air is possible from Bangkok, via Dhaka or Kolkata, and New Delhi via Kathmandu. Drukair is the sole carrier into Bhutan, and for this reason, tickets can be quite expensive. Travellers destined for a Bhutanese holiday generally fly into Kathmandu, Kolkata, or Dhaka and then transfer via Drukair for the final leg into Paro International Airport. Unfortunately, Drukair does not have alliances with other airlines therefore all passengers must re-check their baggage before flying Drukair.