Bhutan Travel Blog

We cover practical travel issues, current events, tour planning, suggestions for interesting sights and various activities in Bhutan. We try to be useful source of information for foreign visitors to Bhutan.

Bhutan Coronavirus FAQ

Bhutan is closed for tourism until further notice. Total 378 cases of novel coronavirus were detected and no one died due to COVID-19 in Bhutan so far. Tourism restrictions in transit countries are another factor blocking travelers from coming. Read more about novel coronavirus crisis in this detailed FAQ! You can also register to get info when Bhutan reopens.

Refund for your Bhutan tour

We got several inquiries from people who did pay for their tour to Bhutanese, often several thousands US dollars, and had to cancel due to COVID-19 pandemic. Now they are struggling to get their money back. Some tour operators stopped communicating, some did say that they only can provide voucher for tour in 2021 or gave other doubtful excuse. Given the long duration of the pandemic with no end in sight, most travelers want to get their money back now, and we are here to help with that!

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Bhutanese King protecting country from coronavirusgraphics by @susanpuwar

Bhutanese people love their King unconditionally. However, with Covid-19 crisis, their embrace of the monarchy reached totally  new levels. His Majesty ordered the government to prevent even single death in Bhutan by novel coronavirus and toured around the country to oversee proper preventive measures implemented in it’s every corner. People’s responses on social media were overwhelming with hundreds of charming graphics being created and posted to express their respect and gratitude. We collected some of the most accomplished pictures, and we also explain why the King of Bhutan is so candidly and heartily loved.

Tiger's Nest from Viewpoint

Tiger's Nest monastery called as Taktsang Phalphug in Bhutanse, is the major highlight of every trip to Bhutan. It is like the Eiffel Tower in France or Taj Mahal in India – if you miss it, it’s like you didn’t visit the country at all. On the other hand, for many travelers this iconic monastery perched on the steep cliff above Paro valley is also the source of concerns, since you need to undertake the hike – presumably difficult one – to reach up there. Should you be worried? How is the hike in real? Read more in this blog post!

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!

Paro Dzong in summer

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!