Bhutan

Bhutan

Country profile

Bhutan – a country which measures its success by gross national happiness, rather than gross domestic product – is certainly unique. Global developments are carefully embraced here (television didn’t arrive until 1999) and foreign tourists can only visit via a licensed tour operator. But there are plenty of trip types to choose from to explore this last great Himalayan kingdom.

Bhutan

KEY INFORMATION
Capital: Thimphu
Visa requirements: Required. Visas are only issued on arrival but visitors must apply in advance through a tour operator and receive visa approval prior to travel
Time zone: GMT + 6
Language: Dzongkha
Currency: Indian rupee and Bhutanese ngultrum
Population: 807,610
Electricity: 230V and 50Hz

Tipping policy: Your tour will be organised by a local agent, so there’s no need to tip in hotels or restaurants. However, it is customary to tip on treks. Your guide will be able to advise on the appropriate amount. Tips may be refused the first time but accepted on the second offer 

AIRPORTS AND FLYING TIME FROM THE UK 

Indirect flights to Paro via: Bangkok, Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Singapore

TOP FIVE ATTRACTIONS
Paro Taktsang cliffside monastery
Punakha Dzong, a 17th-century riverside palace
Tashichho Dzong Buddhist monastery
Buddha Dordenma temple
Chele La, a picturesque pass

MAJOR EVENTS
Nyilo (Winter Solstice)
Paro Tshechu spring festival
Rhododendron Festival Bhutan
First Sermon of Lord Buddha, August 4
National Day, December 17

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