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BHUTAN - The Land of Thunder Dragon

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Bhutan, a Buddhist Kingdom, lies along the lofty ridges of the eastern Himalayas, bordered by China (Tibet) to the north and northwest, and by the Indian states of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, West Bengal and Sikkim on the East, South and West respectively. With an area of 46,500 Sq. km Bhutan is comparable to Switzerland both in its size and topography.

It was the mighty Himalayas, which protected Bhutan from the rest of the world, and left the Kingdom blissfully untouched Bhutanese people are driven by their respect for the tantric strain of Mahayana Buddhism. The Bhutanese people have been able to protect this sacred heritage and unique identity for centuries by choosing to remain shrouded in a jealously guraded isolation.

The population of the Kingdom is only about 6,00,000. Three main ethnic groups constitute Bhutan's population. the Sharchops, who are held to be earliest resident.

BHUTAN TRAVEL TIPS:
All Foreign National Tourists visiting Bhutan must travel through all inclusive package Tours, for which there is a fixed tariff set by the Royal government of Bhutan. This Tariff includes the Services of accommodation, All meals, Transportation within the country, Guide services, sightseeing and entrance fees for the museums and monuments.

VISA INFORMATION:
All visitors to Bhutan must have a visa approved prior to arriving in the kingdom. Those who have not had a visa approved will not be permitted to board their Druk Air flight to Bhutan. A two-week visa costs US$40/- + USD 10/- Tourism Tax and actual visa stamping in your passport at Paro Airport during the immigration process. Visas are approved and issued prior to entry, with the prepayment of your travel itinerary. Therefore visitors to Bhutan need to finalize their travel plans well in advance. We recommend 30 days.

SEASONS:
High Season: February, March, April, May, August, September, October, November and December
Low Season: January, June and July.

GETTING THERE:
By Air: The best way to enter Bhutan is by Druk Air, the national air carrier. Following stations are connected with Druk Air Flight.

By Surface: Entry or exit is also possible through Phuntsoling the southern Bhutanese border town. From here the nearest airport is Bagdogra in West Bengal. For travelers wishing to visit indian states of Sikkim, West Bengal along with Bhutan, Phuntsoling serves as the convenient point. Exit from Bhutan can be also made through Samdrup Jongkhar, an important link for visiting further Northeastern states of India. However, Government rules of Bhutan has made it mandatory to use at least one way by air.

CENTRAL BHUTAN:
The Black Mountains separate Western Bhutan from Central Bhutan. This region includes Trongsa and the rich broad valleys of Bumthang including Chumey, Choekhor, Tang and Ura valleys. The passes crossed are Yotang La (3400m, 11,155ft.) Shertang La (3573m, 11,723ft) and Thrumshing La (3800m, 12,465ft.). Central Bhutan is known for its buckwheat and apple production, its sturdy stone houses, and its plethora of monasteries. Its the ideal place for walking due to its broad valleys and sloping mountains. The beauty of the Bumthang valleys are legendary. View Details

WESTERN BHUTAN:
Western Bhutan is comprised of the Haa Valley at 8860ft. (recently opened to limited travel), Paro Valley at 7200ft., Thimphu at 7500ft. the Punakha Valley and Wangdue Phodrang at 4200ft., separated by high passes or "La's": Cheli La (3988m, 13,084ft.), Dochu La (3050m, 10,007ft.), Pele La (3300m, 10,825ft., separates Western from Central). Western Bhutan is known for its stunning scenery with rice paddies and orchards cascading down magnificent mountains, the pristine rivers that flow through the main towns of Paro, Thimphu and Punakha, and unique two-story houses with brightly painted window designs. View Details

EASTERN BHUTAN:
This region comprises Mongar, Lhuentse, Trashigang and Trashi Yangste. Sengor Valley separates Central from Eastern Bhutan. After Thrumshing La, passes crossed are Kori La (2400m), Yongphu La (2190m) and Narphung La (1698) at much lower altitudes than Western and Central. The forests dissipate and the altitude is lower. The warmer climate is suitable for growing corn, rice, wheat, potatoes and surprisingly lemon grass. Eastern Bhutan is known for its stunning hand-loomed textiles and the weavers are all masters of the supplementary weft-weave technique. Eastern Bhutan is the least travelled area of the country and is where many of the kingdom's most ancient spiritual sights are found. View Details