Bhutan Travel Blog

We do cover practical travel issues, tour planning, suggestions for interesting sights and various activities to undertake while in Bhutan.

Bhutan Coronavirus FAQ

Bhutan is closed for tourism until further notice. Only 80 cases of novel coronavirus were detected in Bhutan, all imported. As of now, there is no ongoing community transmission and no one died due to COVID-19. Tourism restrictions in transit countries are another factor blocking travelers from coming. Read more detailed info in this FAQ! You can also register to get info when Bhutan reopens.

Bumdrak Trek

Although Bhutan is located in the Himalayas, the main settlements like Paro, Thimphu or even Bumthang are in the elevations below 3000 meters which poses very little or no risk to health in regard of altitude sickness syndrome. Unless you are going for trekking above 3500 meters, you don’t need to worry at all. To read about the risk on Bhutanese treks, prevention and related topics, follow reading this post!

Group in Dochu-la

Post-covid economic crisis is looming and the travelers might be forced to do some penny-pinching. While travel to Bhutan is hardly ever going to be really cheap, there are numerous options how to save. See some travel hacks suggested in this post!

Summer doesn’t have very good reputation for visiting Bhutan and for a good reason. From June through August, Bhutan is affected by monsoon coming from the Bay of Bengal and while the temperatures are conveniently warm, the chances of occasional showers or continuous drizzling are major setbacks for most of the tourists. Anyway we believe that if you really want to visit Bhutan, you can still enjoy your time during the summer months and below you will find some good reasons for that.

Schoolgirls in Changankha Lhakhang

Internet is full off various blogs or media reports rightfully presenting Bhutan as beautiful and unique country with friendly and happy people. Unfortunately some authors, perhaps in the pursuit of more clicks, goes way too far in spreading some fantastic and untrue allegations about Bhutan. We prefer to remain true and honest, so we decided to debunk some of the most popular myths about Bhutan in this post!

View if Everest region from Paro to Kathmandu flight

Flight to Paro airport in Bhutan is world famous for two main reasons. The first is the unusual landing procedure during which plane maneuvers dramatically in the narrow valley before making it to the runway. Paro is rightfully considered as one of the most daring international airports in the world. Second and much more interesting feature of the flight is the stunning mountain panorama which you can see when flying from Delhi and Kathmandu in good weather conditions. In this article we will tell you what you can see and how to enjoy the experience to the maximum!

Monk talking phone

Staying connected when visiting Bhutan might be a considerable challenge. Not every phone operator has roaming agreement with one of the two Bhutanese network providers and even if they have, cost might be excessive. Getting Bhutanese SIM card is the best way to keep in touch and also save. Please read below how to get, set and use your SIM card when visiting Bhutan.

Padmasambhava statue in Takeyla

Exciting news is that stay in Eastern Bhutan will be discounted by 65 USD per person per night till the end of 2020. At the same time, the Yongphula airport near to east's capital of Tashigang became operational with 3 flights a week. The eastern Bhutan is now finally opening to tourism. If you are planning to come to Bhutan for the second time or even if you want to visit it first time, eastern Bhutan package is worth of considering for many reasons. If you want to know details about discount, practical information about how to get to eastern Bhutan and what to see there, read our most recent blog post below!

Bhutan – Australia Friendship OfferCourtesy of Tourism Council of Bhutan

In 2017 Bhutan and Australia marked 15th anniversary of it's bilateral diplomatic relations. To celebrate the occasion, Bhutanese government decided to present Australian tourists special Bhutan – Australia Friendship Offer for summer 2018. What are the advantages? Should you start packing your rucksack to use the opportunity? Perhaps yes, but before you do that, better read our comments below!

Dochu-la pass with snow

Coming to Bhutan in winter, is that good idea? YES, it's actually excellent plan! You might be worried about the cold but in fact, apart from elevations above the 3000 meters, you will experience quite pleasant temperatures during a day. Just in the morning, evening and night, you might need to endure mild freezing. If you're coming from northern hemisphere, you will probably find the winter climate in Paro, Thimphu and most other places more akin to late autumn or early spring. Actually there are number of good reasons for coming to Bhutan in winter. Check all the advantages below and book your ticket!

Short answer for this question is simply NO, YOU CAN'T. As of now, tourists are not allowed to operate any type of UAS (Unmanned Aerial System). You might discover some photos and footages from Bhutan apparently made using drone elsewhere, including the official Tourism Council of Bhutan commercials but it was either made illegally or before the drones were banned by Bhutan Civil Aviation Authority (BCAA). Originally the ban was complete for everyone. Since June 2017, the BCAA issued new set of rules which we will discuss below.

Doklam

Bhutan has recently flashed the international headlines due to ongoing stand-off between Chinese and Indian armies on the obscure mountain ridge disputed between Bhutan and China. Mountainous territory called Doklam, Dokola or Donglam lies on the tri-junction of Bhutan, Sikkim (India) and Tibet (China). Many articles from different perspectives were written since mid-June when the crisis broke out. Stand-off is often described as the most serious Sino-Indian hostility in the last 15 years. Many commentators from India and China alike expressed rather aggressive and threatening attitudes, invoking the fears of the possible clash between two nuclear giants. Should you be worried to visit Bhutan then? The short answer is resolutely NO. For long answer please continue reading below.