Bhutan is a small Himalayan Kingdom with a population of just over 790,000. An extended period of isolation from the global community has contributed in the emergence of a unique culture and tradition. The country’s nascent economy is offset by its rich cultural heritage in strengthening its sovereignty. Its proximity to India and Tibet and consequent use of Bhutan as a route by merchants and Buddhist practitioners from Tibet influenced the spread of Buddhism and inception of early trade with Tibet and India. The subsequent rise in the significance of Buddhism in the society shaped its culture to a great extent.
The commencement of national developmental activities ceased its self-imposed isolation and Bhutan gradually opened up to the world adopting global practices such as introducing modern education and public health services. Commemorating the coronation of the Fourth King, tourism first began in 1974.
- Explore Thimphu, the country’s distinctly mellow capital
- Enjoy dishes made with the local chilies
- Stroll the quaint town of Paro
- Toast your stay with asa (a rice liquor) or local Red Panda beer
- See Taktsang Goemba, Bhutan’s most famous monastery
- Bhutan generally has four seasons in a year. Winter months in western and central region generally experiences warm days and cold nights. The temperature seldom drops below 0 degree Celsius and light snowfall is expected.
- Summer is characterized with frequent rainfall and humid conditions. The most favorable weather conditions are experienced in spring and fall. These periods are ideal for outdoor activities.
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Bird Watching: Bird watching tours can generally be organized throughout the year however if travelers are interested in specific seasonal birds, your travel plan must be arranged according to the seasonal movement. For instance the popular endangered Black Necked Cranes migrate to Bhutan only during the winter season and fly back by early spring.
Trekking: The perks of being a mountainous country, it offers tourists many trekking options varying in intensity. We have mild treks lasting few days to snowmen treks which are considered the most difficult trek in the world lasting several weeks. Interested trekkers need to know that the most trekking routes are closed during the winter months due to heavy snowfall and during summer due to heavy rainfall. Trekking expeditions are generally recommended during the spring and fall seasons.
Motor Biking Tours: The climatic conditions can greatly affect the motor biking experience in Bhutan. We recommend avoid planning a motor biking trip during the summer and winter months. Bhutan currently has major highway widening project in the central and eastern region. The bad quality road is further worsened by heavy rain in the summer and the winter months are too cold to be riding a bike. Spring and fall season have the best climatic conditions to enjoy bike ride in Bhutan.
River Rafting & Kayaking: River sports are generally closed during the summer months due to the rise in water level and stronger waves making it dangerous.