When To Visit Bhutan - Know About Bhutan Weather, Seasons & Food
Bhutan is one of the least heard or traveled destinations, even by the young travel enthusiasts of its neighbouring country – India. The small and predominantly Buddhist nation of Bhutan is tucked between China and India. It is lanced by deep ravines and coasted with thick woods.
The country with an area of 14,824 sq miles is slightly larger than US. Even though it is the least traveled country but it has a long list of beautiful forts, monasteries, and other Buddhist relics, trekking spots, and shopping areas that are surely worth a visit. The rivers, arising from the Himalayas, meander through the valleys and mesmerise with their beauty.
Smoking as well as tobacco products are illegal, so is hunting and fishing. Dha (Archery) is the national sport. It is a male-dominated activity but both male and female tourists are encouraged to try it out. Every village in Bhutan has an archery field.
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Bhutan Travel Guide :
- How to Reach Bhutan
- Best Time to Visit Bhutan
- Things to do in Bhutan
- Tourist Attractions In Bhutan
- Things to buy in Bhutan
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Whenever you visit a place you should always check the peak season to visit the place. The peak tourist seasons to visit Bhutan is Spring: March-may and Fall: September-November. March, April, October and November are especially busy. If you have the urge to trek in mountains of Bhutan, April, May, September and October are the best months with optimum weather. If you ever want to catch a glimpse of an endangered black necked crane then winter is a good time. Bhutan has various festivals throughout the year; Paro Tsechu and Thimphu Tshechu happens during the high tourist seasons.
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These festivals showcase colourful dances in elaborated costumes which usually draws tourist attraction. Always hire a travel guide when you visit a foreign place. The Bhutanese government requires tourists to book their trips through one of the hundreds of official tour operator which is governed by the Tourism Council of Bhutan.
If you're visiting from India, Bangladesh and Maldives, you don't need a visa but if you're travelling from foreign then visas must be acquired through tour operators for a fee of $40 per guest. But before finalising everything, keep in mind that Bhutan is not a budget destination.
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While you can't downgrade to lower star level hotels, you can do homesteads. Bhutan's homestay are not like the typical homestay program where you stay at someone's home. In Bhutan, you can stay in farmhouses in the countryside which is an absolute bliss to stay, and the best part is they operate like a hotel, with hotel standards.
On the plus side, you eat with the family on every meal and what is better than eating with a family away from family. You get to hear their stories and experiences and you get to tell them yours. Bhutanese eat chilli for breakfast, snacks, lunch and dinner. It is believed that Bhutanese people feel that the meal is unworthy until it has chilli in it.
The country's national dish "ema dashes" is a spicy curry of chillies and farmer's cheese; paired with nutty red rice. It is also topped off with essay salsa, which is also made from dried chillies. Bhutan is the only country in the world that has banned the sale and production of tobacco completely in the country. Tourists are allowed to carry only 200 cigarettes and are allowed to smoke only in a hotel, restaurants or bars which have indoor smoking zone.
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You should always keep in mind that the right type of clothes is the key while visiting any place. The weather in Bhutan irrespective of summer or winter can swing over 10 to 15 degree celsius in day so pack the right type of clothes to enjoy roaming in Bhutan. Always carry comfortable walking shoes because even though you might travel in cars but you'll be required to walk to monasteries. Buy a local SIM card to stay connected with your people. Don't be alarmed with the phallic obsession of the Bhutanese. If you see penis, dildos, don't question their culture because phallic worship is a nod to the teachings of Drukpa Kunley, a revered saint who travelled the country teaching a new form of Buddhism- via the bedroom.
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