Step By Step Guide To Planning Your Ideal Holiday

Paro Taktshang (Tiger’s Nest)

Planning a holiday to Bhutan will be one of the best trips of your life. Since the country is well known for safety and 100 percent guaranteed happiness, there are no complicated steps to make your Bhutan holiday special. The steps are as basic as planning a budget, hiring a No 1 travel agent, and listing some cool places to visit. Here is how to make your trip relaxing and eventful. Please don’t ignore any of it!

Step 1: Get Your Visa to Enter the Country

Get your visa for Bhutan through a travel agent. 

All tourists except Indians, Maldivians, and Bangladeshis must provide a visa clearance to enter the country. So, how do you get your visa to fly into Bhutan? It is simple! Just hire a tour company in Bhutan and send your valid passport photo page to them. They will handle the rest, applying and processing your visa. 

Step 2: Hire a No 1 Travel Agent in Bhutan

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Contact Norbu Bhutan @: info@norbubhutan.com OR +975-2-340151

Unless you are a citizen of India, Maldives, and Bangladesh, you won’t be able to travel between the cities alone. The Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) mandates all western tourists to hire a tour company in Bhutan. The tour company provides transportation, a professional driver, and a licensed tour guide. Hiring the best tour company not only meets the requirement but makes your stay in the country smooth and peaceful. That is because a tour company knows everything – your visa, accommodation, the best places to visit, and best food, literally everything! 

Step 3: Plan Your Budget

Planning a holiday in Bhutan will cost you 250 USD per day.

Planning a holiday in Bhutan may break your bank! Honestly, 250 USD per day is quite a lot for many who want peace of mind in the small nation of the Himalayas. Well, the high visa fee is not to let in selective tourists. The TCB focuses on sustainability by following the strict measures of “High-Value, Low-Volume Policy.” The high cost controls the influx of tourists, and once they are in, they are provided with the finest services they deserve and expect. 

The visa fee (250 USD) may sound expensive, but it covers everything you need while in the country. The tour package includes private transportation, a tour guide, three-star hotels, meals, teas, and water. 

Step 4: List the Best Places You Want to Visit in the Country

A glimpse of Punakha Dzong in early summer

You can choose the places you want to visit when you are in the country or ask your tour company for the best places. The itinerary is also flexible; you can make changes to it, but be sure to inform your Bhutanese associate beforehand so they get enough time to make arrangements for transportation, accommodation, cancellations, etc. Bhutan is a small country yet too big with tons of amazing places to visit. Once you are on board, remember these places – Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Phobjikha, and the Haa Valley. You will be exposed to the traditional Bhutanese lifestyles, unique living, food, festivals, rich biodiversity, breathtaking landscapes, snow-covered mountains, and the fresh mountain river. 

Step 5: Know the Best Time to Visit the Country

The best time to spend your holiday in Bhutan varies depending on what they want to see and experience. But, generally, the peak season to travel to Bhutan is Spring (March-May) and Autumn (September-November). The nature and surroundings of the place are at their best, with fresh blossoms and streams in spring. Bhutan is home to several endemic flower species and rare epidemic species.

Bhutan is home to 45 endemic species of Rhododendron

In Autumn, the temples and monasteries in the country celebrate festivals every few days. The festival in the country is super-unique, performed by monks with colorful clothes and masks. People gather to witness the dance with their best clothes, showcasing colorful hand-woven national dresses (Gho for men and Kira for women).

A unique festival of Bhutan

3 Things to Know About Bhutan

  1. Food

Ema datshi (chili and cheese) – Traditional Bhutanese Dish

We cannot conclude if the food in Bhutan is great or not, but we can assure you one thing – Bhutanese foods are spicy! Yea, really spicy because every Bhutanese uses five to six spicy chilies in every meal (curry)! If you have allergic reactions to spicy foods, tell your tour company so they can arrange separate meals. 

  1. Weather

Bhutan has moderate weather conditions with slightly hot-wet summers and cool-dry winters.

The weather is hot and wet in summer and cool and dry in winter. If you are planning a winter or autumn trip, then you should probably pack some thick clothes. Summer is usually humid and hot, with rainfall in the morning and evening. Winter is a little bit cold, and you can expect snowfall in places at higher elevations like Thimphu, Haa, and Paro. 

  1. Social Conventions & Etiquette

Make sure you are well dressed while visiting Dzongs, temples, monasteries, and festivals. You need to wear the national attire of Bhutan – Gho for men and Kira for women to visit these sacred places. No jeans, skirts, naked legs and arms, and finally, please remove your hat if you are wearing one near the religious sites!

Conclusion

Now, you are aware of the country, plan your Bhutan holiday trip accordingly. Contact Norbu Bhutan (the No 1 travel agent in Bhutan) and start processing your visa! The fee may be a bit high, people-different, and culture-unique, and may even be weird, but we are confident that you will love your stay in Bhutan!

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