Untouched and mysterious - a Bhutan trip still has the charm of the unknown. The kingdom in the Himalayas did not open its borders to tourists until 1974 and still offers plenty of room for discovery. Through the long isolation and focus on gentle quality tourism since its opening, Bhutanese culture and natural beauty have been preserved unspoiled.
The small country in South Asia borders on India and Tibet in China and impresses with its scenic diversity and cultural characteristics. Visit the Buddhist monastery Taktshang, the cities of Paro and Thimphu and experience nature in national parks such as the Royal Manas National Park. Less
Bhutan offers a rich culture and abundance of natural beauty that is worth discovering on your Bhutan tour. Visit cities sparkling with culture and discover all the sights and temples with your own eyes. Witness the breathtaking flora and fauna in the national parks and experience a special country with the recommendations of our travel experts in an intensive way.
The Bhutanese language, literature, art and architecture as well as social and cultural values have their origins in Buddhism. The people of Bhutan follow a prescribed code of conduct called Driglam Namzha, which regulates public behavior and dress.
The Taktshang or Tiger Nest Monastery, is the most famous sight in Bhutan. Monks still live in the Buddhist monastery today. What makes the monastery so famous is its location high up on a rocky slope. To get to the Taktshang, you have to go up to 10,200 feet. For this purpose, the ascent in Paro is 2300 feet. It is worth to start the ascent early, then the temperatures are more pleasant. After the ascent you will be rewarded with the view of the Paro valley. Attached to the monastery there are some caves that can be visited.
The capital Thimphu is a good starting point for a round trip of Bhutan because of its proximity to the airport. Just outside the city is the Dechencholing Palace, which was once the official residence of the royal family and is an impressive excursion destination.
The Buddha Dordenma in the Kuenselphodrang Nature Park near Thimphu is definitely worth a visit. The golden Buddha figure is one of the largest sitting Buddhas in the world. And even more: From here you have a great view over the city of Thimphu.
The Phobjikha Valley is the perfect destination for nature lovers. The almost untouched valley is famous for the black-necked crane, which hibernates here from October to February. Mountains surround the valley from all sides, an ideal hiking area that is well worth exploring. Less
Bhutan is located in the subtropical climate zone, but shows, depending on the region, very different climatic phenomena. The best time to travel to southern Bhutan is from November to March. The best travel time for Bhutan's low and high mountain ranges are the spring and autumn months, i.e. from March to May and from September to November.
The national currency in Bhutan is the Ngultrum (NU). Besides the Ngultrum, the Indian Rupee is also legal tender.
The official language of Bhutan is Dzongkha. But English is widely spoken and even traffic signs or menus are in English. In the east of the country and in the mountains, dialects are spoken and English is not widely used.
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No special vaccinations are required for Bhutan. The standard vaccinations should be complete and up to date. These include vaccinations against tetanus (tetanus), diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), measles and a basic immunisation against poliomyelitis/infantile paralysis. Vaccination against hepatitis A is recommended as in other Asian countries. Vaccinations against hepatitis B, typhoid fever and rabies can be useful, depending on your state of health and travel style.
For a Bhutanese holiday you should think about certain things depending on your plans. Hiking boots, warm clothing, preferably in several layers, and sun protection are essential for trekking. For visits to monasteries you should pack long clothes and a cloth. In addition to your travel documents, an adapter for the power outlet, a torch and a sufficient first-aid kit are advantageous. If you travel between March and the end of September, you should remember to bring a rain jacket. If you want to visit a Hot Stone Bath, pack swimwear.