Is it Worth Paying USD 250 Per Night???
A tiny country nestled deep within the high Himalayas, known as the “Land of the Thunder Dragon” is one of the most fascinating countries to visit in the world.
But is it worth paying USD 250 per night?
For the information, The Royal Government of Bhutan sets the minimum daily package rate which must be paid in US dollars prior to issuing a visa as follows
- $250 – per person / night (March, April, May, September, October & November)
• $200 – per person / night (January, Feburary, June, July, August & December)
The minimum daily package rate includes:
- Bhutan Visa
- All internal taxes and charges (including the royalty)
- Tourist standard accommodation
- All meals
- All travel with a licensed Bhutanese tour guide
- All internal road transport
Despite all these you may still wonder, ‘Why is it so expensive?”
Well out of the daily tariff of USD 250; USD65 per night per person goes to the Government. The Government uses this money for the country’s economy growth like for free education, free hospital and infrastructure.
The kingdom of Bhutan today remains as one of the last ventured destinations. Television was introduced just a few decades back and Bhutan does not have traffic lights even today. That is how the Bhutanese people would like to keep it. Thus the carefully managed tourism policy of the government based on ‘High value, Low impact’, in essence: ‘take nothing but memories, leave nothing but footprints
So what is here for you to experience: A journey of a lifetime? You can experience the uniqueness of the Kingdom, the smiling and happy people which you will encounter in the country, the beautiful landscape, rich cultural heritage, devoted people, the nature, the festival, simplicity of High lander and lots more.
To be a part of this enthralling place you can have your own Bhutan experience through this guided list of Things To Do In .
Trekking & Adventures
One can’t satisfy oneself just by praising the magnificence of Bhutanese hills and mountains from a distance of view. To know those landscapes closely, one must come out of the comfort zone and choose to go on a trek to these steeps. It is a lifetime adventure. Hiking the slopes, campfires, and going down the hills as teams are more joyous than they sound.
Trekking in Bhutan is a unique experience. The variety of treks range from a simple 3 days trek from the district of Thimphu to Paro (and vice versa) to the 25 days legendary Snowman’s Trek that takes veteran trekkers through some of the most exquisite spots in the country. The Snowman Trek is also labelled the world’s toughest trek as it goes over 12 mountain passes, all of them over 4,500m. Almost all the treks offer a combination of natural discovery and an insight into the country’s delicate and unique daily life. Many of the trails take walkers past remote and ancient monasteries, through deep forests, and close to villages. The trails pass grasslands and pastures for livestock, and meadows of wild flowers, butterflies, and grazing animals. Trekkers often get to spot blue sheep, Takin and a variety of bird life including wild pheasants. Bhutan’s treks are also famous for the majestic views of the Himalayan peaks that provide a sense of awe and wonder and a point of contemplation for trekkers along the way. Few of our Popular Treks are
Druk Path, Jumo-lhari Trek, Dagala Thousand lake , Laya Gasa Trek & Snowman Trek are few of the popular Treks
Culture and Heritage
Bhutan is a country where ancient culture thrives in the best possible way. The Bhutanese have slowly and steadily marched towards progress but they have always been grounded to their beliefs and traditions. A Bhutanese man or woman must wear the traditional Bhutanese attire whenever the visit any religious or judicial premises in Bhutan. This not only keeps the tradition alive but also instils a sense of integrity and cultural pride in the people.
To penetrate through Bhutanese culture few thingsthat you can engage yourself would be
Sleep under the rafters of an ancient’s farm house.
Add a recipe to your cook book by learning the art of making Emadatsi
Relish your Taste to the coarseness of locally brewed alcohol, Ara
Rest by a bonfire to drift away to the soothing melody of folklore music
Get mesmerised with the intricate pattern of Bhutanese Architecture
Make a wish by building a miniature stupa out of mud or flour
Get married in Bhutan like a royal couple
Renew your wedding vows the Bhutanese style
Meet the floating Goddess at Chumphu
Milk a cow and try your skills in cheese and butter making Enjoy the meal with locals
Try out a homestay
Capture the sunrise at Tiger’s Nest
Festivals and Celebrations
Bhutan is rich in cultural diversity and this richness is further enhanced by the wide variety of elaborate and colourful religious festivals. Every village is famous for its distinctive festival and the most widely known are the annual Tshechu, a religious festival. These religious celebrations are high-spirited affairs and lively during which people exchange and share meals of red rice, spicy pork, and Ema whilst drinking the heady traditional rice wine known as Ara. One must visit Bhutan during these festivals.
Few things that you may enjoy during festival
Join the locals in their finest attires and relish their festival meals
Realize the meaning of life through the acts of dances
Meet and take selfies with the Atsara, the jester of the festival
Enliven your spirit with a sight of giant scroll (Thongdrel)
Receive blessings from rare display of sacred relics
Dress in Bhutanese costume by choosing your favourite colour
Spirituality & Wellness
Bhutan is the last bastion of Mahayana Buddhism, a spiritual practice that is known to be one of the most profound schools of teaching in the Buddhist world. The sacred monasteries that sit precariously on sheer cliffs, the fluttering prayer flags that line the high ridges, the red robed monks who chant through the day and night give this kingdom an aura that comes from another time.
Youmay try to
Spread merit by hoisting prayer flags
Practice yoga amid the serene environment
Sooth your soul with your favourite book by the riverside
Sit with monks through the chanting of prayers
Discover your inner-self with meditation
Take part in annual rituals with the locals
Take lessons on Buddhism from a Buddhist master
Light thousand butter lamps and make a wish
Rejuvenate with herbal and hot stone bath
Heal your mind with yoga and meditation
Immerse in natural Himalayan hot spring Try our indigenous therapies
Experience undisrupted calmness of nature
Try your skills with organic cooking from a selection of your favourite organic food
Enjoy a session on meditation with a renowned master
Treat your lungs with a breath of fresh air everyday
Bhutan is marked by raw natural beauty where the dense foliage changes dramatically as the sub-tropical jungles at sea level merge into a fertile temperate zone and rises up to the great northern glaciers. The pristine environment is home to exotic wild life and is the last refuge for endangered species like the Black – Necked Crane, the Blue Sheep, the Golden Langur, the Takin and even the Royal Bengal Tiger.
Feel the fresh grass under a blanket of stars
Add 565+ species of birds in your ornithology dictionary
Spot wildlife from a boat on the Manas river
Take a leisurely walk through the pristine nature
Hike through the tapestry of Bhutanese colours,
Explore the wild array of flora and fauna
Scroll through protected national parks
Relieve city stress in nature’s lap These are the few activities that you can engage in while in Bhutan. Bhutan can