Last Shangri La | 2020-2021 | Happiness is a Place
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Why travel to Bhutan?
The Seat of the Golden Throne.
Tourism in Bhutan was first initiated in 1974 by the Royal Government of Bhutan (RGoB) to raise revenue for its development. Tourism in Bhutan follows the high value, low impact policy. The opening year of tourism in Bhutan recorded 287 tourists.
Druk Heritage warmly welcomes you to the Kingdom of Bhutan, a small Buddhist nation set among the majestic Himalayan ranges, sandwiched between China in the north and India in the south. Bhutan has a geographical area of just 38,816 KM square and with a total population of 7,50,000 people. Bhutan is often proclaimed as the Last Shangri La on earth and is one of the top ten biodiversity hotspots. Bhutan is one of the only two carbon-negative nations and is known for following Gross National Happiness as its development parameter.
Our kingdom is an exciting destination for all kinds of adventure, birding, festival, and trekking tours.
Bhutan’s festival tours are exciting when you get to see the happiest people on earth – happiness is a place. The unique culture and tradition of Bhutan share a close link with the Tibetan form of Mahayana Buddhism. Bhutanese live by their religious values and respect their gods and deities. Bhutan is rich in cultural diversity, and its richness is further enhanced by the varieties of festivals observed around the year. Every valley is known for its unique festivals, popularly known as Tshechu.
Birding Tour in Bhutan
It’s a wonder that a small country like Bhutan is home to 675 different species of birds
Bhutan Birding Tour is a popular name among birders and ornithologists who have had the chance to visit this unknown part of the world. Bhutan presently has 675 bird species.
Bhutan Birding Tours help keen bird watchers to spot rare and common birds with professional guides. Deep held Buddhist beliefs create a respect for the natural environment that results in the conservation of pristine and untouched habitat for both flora and fauna. The sacred constitution of Bhutan demands that 60 percent of the total landmass must remain under forest. More than 26 percent of the country’s total landmass are protected national parks.
Trekking in Bhutan
Best trekking destination in the world.
Trekking in Bhutan offers an extraordinary opportunity to experience its pristine and extended preserved natural environment. The journey through different valleys with different vegetation will leave you wanting to stay in this beautiful country forever. You will find beautiful hairy Yaks grazing in green meadows and Blue Sheep or a herd of Takins galloping on mountain slopes. The rustic lifestyle of the nomadic yak herders will keep you curious for days. Mountains in Bhutan are considered the sacred abode of the deities and home for the legendary Yeti- hence they remain unconquered. You will be amazed and captivated by breathtaking views of the highest unclimbed peaks in the world.
How much does it cost to visit the Last Shangri-La, Bhutan?
Bhutan- a destination that adds value to your life.
Why is Bhutan Expensive?
A visit to Bhutan is considered the most unique and exciting experience in the world. During the high season, the cost amounts to $250 per person per day and $200 during the low season. The policy of High value; low impact helps protect the unique culture and pristine environment of Bhutan. Traveling to Bhutan is not as expensive as you think because the fees cover all internal taxes and charges, tourism royalty fees, 3-star accommodations, all meals, your personal tour guide, and all internal transportation.
Are you a solo traveler?
Travel cost for solo travelers to Bhutan
If you are a solo traveler to Bhutan, you will have to pay a surcharge of $40 and $250 in the high season and $200 during the low season. People like to travel solo because you can go wherever you want and when you want. Most people travel solo for self-discovery and to make new friendships.
The daily tariff of $200- $250 is not applicable if you are a citizen from India, Maldives, and Bangladesh. If you are from these countries you only have to pay $20 per person per day.
Is it safe to travel to Bhutan now?
Bhutan is a safe travel destination
Bhutan is reputed to be a safe destination globally with low crime rates compared to other countries.
Bhutan is way ahead of most countries in tackling the Covid-19 Pandemic with various strategies adopted by the RGoB. The Royal Government of Bhutan imposed a nationwide lockdown for 21 days to prevent community transmission of the Covid-19 virus after the first covid case in March. Bhutan has successfully managed to ease the Covid-19 situation and is now open to all tourists wishing to visit Bhutan.
However, there are a few Covid-19 protocols to be followed. Druk Heritage offers you three simple steps to follow before visiting Bhutan:
- Upon arrival at Paro International Airport, you have to make sure that you produce a covid 19 negative certificate. This test must be carried out by RT-PCR from a certified laboratory not earlier than 72 hours (3 days prior to leaving your country).
- Upon arrival at Paro valley, Bhutan – guests will go through another round of RT-PCR test and you will have to spend 24 hours only at your hotel in Bhutan before starting your trip.
3. During your trip, you will be taken care of by your well-being directors/guide every day to ensure you have a memorable experience.
Note: You must wear a facemask every time you travel out in public areas.
What is the best season to visit Bhutan?
Best time to travel to Bhutan
The month of October to December is considered the best time to visit Bhutan as the weather is preferable with clear blue sky and good road conditions, unlike the muddy roads during monsoon. Another good time to travel would be the months of April-June where the famous rhododendrons bloom, flooding the lush green valleys with its color.
Trekking in Bhutan (October to November and March to April):
Trekking through Bhutan’s virgin forest and its dramatic mountain ranges give you a wonderful experience like never before. It is a once in a lifetime experience and I highly recommend you to try Bhutan. The month of Oct-Nov and March- April is considered the best time to visit Bhutan if you wish to go hiking and trekking in this magical part of the world.
Visiting Bhutan in November
A group of black Necked Crane in Phobjikha valley
The rare Black-necked cranes fly to Bhutan from the Tibetan Plateau in November. The valley of Phobjikha is a protected area. The valley of Gangtey also observes a unique festival to celebrate the arrival of the birds. You can even experience the extraordinary landscapes of Gangtey valley painted with blue pine, birch, and maple trees, as well as colorful rhododendrons in the blooming season.
A visit to the Land of Thunder Dragon is a once in a lifetime experience. Bhutan is rapidly earning its reputation as one of the best destinations for all kinds of tourists. I warmly welcome one and all to explore, experience, and discover the magical part of the world. The more you discover this sacred land of Bhutan, the more you discover about yourself. Druk Heritage offers you a wonderful trip like no other travel agents in Bhutan.
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