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Welcome to Bhutan - The ‘Land of the Thunder Dragon’.

Bhutan, the ‘Land of the Thunder Dragon’ was isolated and almost non-existent in the annals of the twentieth century history.

This has been a blessing in disguise, for the country learnt about the mistakes made by other nations – especially the fact that development is a two edged sword- that it can destroy and not just bring about progress. Isolated and never colonized, the kingdom took the middle path in pursuing development. That is why it stands out unique and special.

Bhutan’s culture is a living organic evolution that has adapted to the changes of the world, but maintained its core norms. It is the only country in the world where the sale of tobacco is banned and the streets of the capital and other towns have no traffic lights.

It’s a country where television debuted as recently as 1999; where the first motor road was built as lately as 1964. It’s a country where the rice is red and chilies aren’t just a flavor but the main dish. It’s also a deeply spiritual land, where men and women wear the traditional dress (Gho for men/Kira for women) and giant protective phalluses adorn the walls of traditional houses. It’s also the birthplace of “Gross National Happiness” (GNH), a development philosophy that places GNH above “Gross National Product”.

  • Geography:
  • Bhutan is located in the Himalayas between India and China, and is known for it high mountain valleys and rugged terrain. For its small size the country has amazing geographic diversity. Altitude rises dramatically from 180 m in the southern lowlands to more than 7000 m as one moves north towards the high Himalayas. Vegetation varies from thick jungles in the tropical south to deciduous forests in the temperate inner Himalayan regions in the central part of the country, while in the high peaks in the north, snow is a permanent fixture and the landscape turns rocky. Mountain ranges crisscross the country making travel from one part of the country to the other extremely cumbersome and time consuming. Distances get a whole new meaning in this part of the world.

  • The History:
  • Except for folklores and mythology, which tell of flying tigers, demons and supernatural powers, not much records are there of Bhutan's early history. It is pretty much accepted that Buddhism arrived in the country in the 7th century along with Guru Rinpoche who set up monasteries all over Bhutan. Many impressive fortresses and castles (dzongs) dotted the country in the early days (some of them still exist) when feuds and fierce battles between warlords were common.

    The monarchy was established in 1907. The king soon reached an agreement with the British under which Britain conducted Bhutan's foreign affairs without interfering in any internal matters. Since 1947 Bhutan has pegged itself to India and is now guided by India on external relations.

    Until well into the 20th century, Bhutan remained isolated from the rest of the world. It was the third king who started a slow movement towards opening up the country to the outside world. Bhutan's fourth king Jigme Singye Wangchuck made the first steps towards democratising the nation before he passed on the throne to his son and present King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck. In March 2008, after the first democratic elections, Jigme Thinley became Bhutan's first elected prime minister.

  • Flora and Fauna:
  • Home to a myriad of exotic flora and fauna that few places on the earth can match, Bhutan has around 72% of its area under forest cover. Over 5000 species of plants grow in Bhutan. These include 300 species of medicinal plants, over 50 species of rhododendron and 600 species of orchids.

    The fauna includes: elephants, tigers, buffalo, one horned rhinoceros (rhinoceros unicorns), leopards (panthara pardus), gaur, red pandas, langur monkeys, wild boar, deer, white-collared black bears, yaks (bos gruniens), tahr (hemitragus jemlahicus) and goral (naemorhedus goral). Brown trout and local fishes are found in northern rivers and lakes, while in the south the rivers are full of masher.

    The rare and exotic species found in Bhutan are: golden langur (found only in Bhutan), pangolin, pygmy hog, snow leopard, red pandas, wild buffalo, monal peasant, peacock peasant, raven, rufous-necked hornbill, white-bellied heron, common shelduck, ruddy duck, black necked crane, golden masheer, spotted deer, leopard, leopard cat, Himalayan black bear, serow, snow leopard, takin, musk deer, Himalayan brown bear, Himalayan marten, tiger, hornbills, pheasants, mountain goats and timid blue sheep.

    About 675 species of birds have been recorded in Bhutan and more than 16 different species of birds are included in the lists of endangered species.

    The Royal Manas national park, on Bhutan's central-south border with India is the home to wild elephants, tigers, leopards, rhinoceros, guar, wild boar, wild dogs and deer. in the alpine region you will find yaks, the rare blue sheep (bharal).the alpine meadows are its home in summer while broadleaf forest is its winter base.For birders Bhutan is a veritable paradise with around seven hundred spices having been recorded. You can encounter enthusiastic bird watchers while driving through the dense woods in Bhutan. Bird watching in Bhutan is regarded as a national pastime.

  • Art and Architecture:
  • Bhutan revels in its interesting arts and architecture. It is one of the kingdom's most visible distinctive features. From normal houses to stately public structures like Dzongs, all the architecture structures are strictly based on the unique architectural designs of Bhutan. They are highly decorative and ornamental. The traditional Bhutanese architecture has no nails or iron bars.

    Bhutanese architectural grandeur is exhibited in the form of Dzongs, monasteries, temples, chortens(stupas) and traditional Bhutanese houses. The Dzong architecture is one of the most elegant and harmonious in the world. The genius of Bhutanese art is best expressed in frescoes and paintings. Bhutan's thangkas and mandalas depict an artistic skill and a rare exquisite fineness. The mandala or mystic circle represents the Buddhist concept of cosmogony of the universe. The statues are made of wood, stones, bronze, coral, pearl and other expensive materials, which depict fine craftsmanship of the Bhutanese artists.

    The contemplation and visualization of colours and patterns in art and craft is considered an integral part of worship and spiritual practice. The art of Zorig Chusum or the thirteen arts and crafts of Bhutan remains very much alive toady. There are two institutes of zorig chusum where these traditional arts and crafts are being taught today, one in capital Thimphu and other in Trashiyangtse in eastern Bhutan.

  • Festivals:
  • Festivals or Tshechu (“tenth day”) are Bhutanese festivals held every year in various temples monasteries and dzongs across the country. The Tshechu is mainly a religious event celebrated on tenth day of a month of lunar calendar corresponding to the birth day of Guru Rinpoche (Guru Padmasambhava). However the month of Tshechu depends place to place and temple to temple.

    Tshechus are large social gatherings where people from various villages come together to witness the religious mask dances which are based on incidents from as long as 8th century from the life of Guru Padmasambhava and to receive blessings from lamas. The event also consists of colorful Bhutanese dances and other entertainments.

    It is said that everyone must attend a Tshechu and witness the mask dances at least once to receive the blessings and wash away the sins. Every mask dances performed during Tshechu has a meaning or a story behind. In monasteries the mask dances are performed by monks and in remote villages they are performed jointly by monks and village men. Among many Tshechus in the country most popular are Paro and Thimphu Tshechus in terms of participation and audience. Besides the locals many tourists from across the world are attracted to this unique, colorful and exciting culture.

  • People and Culture:
  • The Bhutanee folk can be grouped into three distinct ethnic groups-Sharchops, People who live in east of the Bhutan, are believed to be the earliest inhabitants of Bhutan. They are Indo-Mongoloid origin and appear closely related to the inhabitants of northeast India and northern Burma. The Ngalongs are of Tibetan descendant of the migrated to Bhutan in the 9th century and settled west of the country. The third groups Lhotsampas are the Nepali origin that settled in the foothills of southern Bhutan in mid 19th century. There are other minority groups in Bhutan such as Layap, Brokpa, Doya, Lhopu, Dhakpa and Lepcha.

    The Bhutanese are very religious and this is evidenced by the numerous Dzongs, Temples and monasteries that mark the landscape. In addition, every home has its prayer room or alters and generally celebrates an annual festival called "Chogu". This is when prayers of thanksgiving are offered for the year past as well as for future well being of the family.

    One of the least densely populated countries in the world with 79 percent of the people living in the rural areas, Bhutan boasts of people; who always have a welcome smile for every visitor.

  • Information:
  • Bhutan is located in the Himalayas between India and China, and is known for it high mountain valleys and rugged terrain. For its small size the country has amazing geographic diversity. Altitude rises dramatically from 180 m in the southern lowlands to more than 7000 m as one moves north towards the high Himalayas. Vegetation varies from thick jungles in the tropical south to deciduous forests in the temperate inner Himalayan regions in the central part of the country, while in the high peaks in the north, snow is a permanent fixture and the landscape turns rocky. Mountain ranges crisscross the country making travel from one part of the country to the other extremely cumbersome and time consuming. Distances get a whole new meaning in this part of the world.

  • Daily Tariff:
  • The minimum tariff for tourist visiting in a group of 3 persons or more are as follows:

    High Season Tariff:
    USD$ 250 per person per night for the months of March, April, May, September, October, and November.

    Low Season Tariff:
    USD$200 per person per night for the months of January, February, June, July, August, and December.

    The minimum price includes:
    All internal taxes and charges (including the royalty) Accommodation All Meals All travel with a licensed Bhutanese Tour Guide All Internal Transport Camping Equipment and Haulage for Trekking Tours
    The rates given above are applicable per tourist per night halt in Bhutan. On the day of departure, the ‘local agents’ host obligation shall be limited to breakfast only and any extra requirements shall be payable on actual basis.
    The rates shall apply uniformly irrespective of locations and the type of accommodation provided/asked for. List of hotels and lodges approved for international tourist accommodation updated from time to time shall be issued by TCB.

  • Surcharges:
  • Individual tourists and smaller groups of less than three persons shall be subject to surcharge, over and above the minimum daily rates applicable, as follows:
    Single individual US$ 40 per night
    Group of 2 persons US$ 30 per person per night
    The 10% agency commission payable to agents abroad shall not be deductible from the surcharge.
    The surcharge will not be applicable to representatives of foreign travel agents on business study or promotional visit duly approved and cleared by TCB.

  • Visa Formalities:
  • Other than Indian, Bangladeshis and Maldivian nationals, all visitors to Bhutan require a visa; all visas are issued from Thimphu; visas are only issued to tourists booked with a local licensed tour operator, directly or through a foreign travel agent.

    Local tour operators’ applies for visa for their guest with the payment of tour payment along with visa fee of US$ 40 per person. Copy of approved visa will be mailed to the tourist by respective tour operator.

    Visa clearance from Thimphu must be obtained before coming to Bhutan. Visa clearance normally takes 2-3 working days to process. Air tickets to Bhutan cannot be purchased without visa clearance. At your point of entry actual visa will be stamped in your passport. Validity of the visa depends on the duration applied for; extensions can be obtained in Thimphu at a cost of Nu.510.
  • 1. How can I book a package tour to Bhutan?
  • There are two ways you can book a Bridge To Bhutan package tour:
    a) Choose any of the tour programs and send us your passport details
    b) Consult with us to create a customized trip and then send us your passport details
    We will try to place you in a group of a minimum of three persons and a maximum of twelve persons if you don't already belong to a group. For groups of less than 3 persons, there is a surcharge over and above the minimum daily tariff (Refer question 3).

  • 2. Can I travel as a free individual in Bhutan?
  • Tourists are not permitted to travel freely without a tour guide in Bhutan. While all tours in Bhutan are pre-arranged, our itineraries offer ample flexibility. Tours to most parts of Bhutan can be arranged for an individual tourist and small groups of less than three persons in accordance with the travelers' interests and desires. Such tours are subject to a surcharge, over and above the minimum daily rates applicable, as follows:
    Single individual - US$ 40 per night: Group of two - US $30 per person per night.

  • 3. Are there any DISCOUNTS?
  • Yes, we are glad to extend you the following maximum discounts allowed on daily rates:
    a) There will be no charge for CHILDREN up to the age of 5 years, while those between the ages of 6 and 12 years, accompanied by elders/guardians, will be given 50% discount on daily rates.
    b) Full time STUDENTS below the age of 25 years, holding valid identity cards from academic institutions, may beeligible for upto20% discount on daily rates.
    c) Discounts are also available depending on the size of the group and the duration of stay in Bhutan. Contact us for details.

  • 4. How can I process my VISA for Bhutan?
  • Upon confirmation that the full payment for your trip's been received, your visa application will be processed by the government. You will need to fill out our Visa Application Form and email it to us along with a COLOR COPY of your passport. Bridge To Bhutan will apply on your behalf, and after approval, your "Visa Approval Letter" will be emailed to you. This process confirms your visa for Bhutan. Remember to PRINT and save a copy of this approval letter with your passport and NOT pack with your check-in luggage. The actual visa will stamped on your passport on arrival at the Paro International Airport.

  • 5. When do I make the tour payment?
  • Tour payments must be made at least two months before the start of a tour. The visa process will begin only after receipt of the full tour payment, as mandated by the government. Please click here for payment details.

  • 6. How do I cancel my trip?
  • Cancellation of a trip should be notified in writing directly to Bridge To Bhutan
    Tour programs booked and subsequently cancelled shall be subject to cancellation charges as follows:
    a) 45 days or more prior to start of the tour - Full refund
    b) 30-45 days or more prior to start of the tour - 20% of the rate
    c) 22-29 days prior to start of tour - 30% of the rate
    d) 15-21 days prior to start of tour - 50% of the rate
    e) Less than 15 days prior to start of tour- 100%
    f) After arrival in Bhutan, or cancellation without notice - 100%
  • A separate administration fee of $75 will be applicable for all cancelled tours.
  • Your flight tickets, if bought, are governed by a separate Druk Air cancellation policy. Druk Air tickets are valid for one year from the date of issue and are subject to the following cancellation and refund rules:
    a) Full refund (minus administration charges) for tickets cancelled more than 45 days prior to arrival date in Bhutan
    b) 50% refund for tickets cancelled between 30 and 45 days prior to arrival date
    c) No refund for tickets cancelled within 30 days of arrival date in Bhutan
    d) An administration fee of $25 per ticket will be applicable for all cancelled tickets
    e) Passengers who fail to show up for a flight will not be eligible for a refund
    f) Flights can be rescheduled for a $30 re-booking fee; however, once rescheduled, tickets are non-refundable and non-reroutable
    g) Lost tickets are non-refundable

  • 7. What happens in the case of delayed arrival/departure?
  • There shall be no charge for the number of days of delay in the departure of visitors due to bad weather conditions, Druk Air problems or road blocks. However, you will be charged any actual expenses for accommodation, food, transportation and any other services required.

  • 8. What kind of vehicles are used for tours?
  • For individual travelers and a group of less thanthree persons, we use Japanese Toyota- cars, 4WD land cruisers, Hilux and Prado, Hyundai and Honda cars and SUVs. For groups of 4-6 persons, we have Toyota Hiace buses. For larger groups, we use Deluxe Toyota Coaster buses.

  • 9. When is the best time to be in Bhutan?
  • Spring and fall are usually the best times in Bhutan as far as weather is concerned. You will get spectacular views of the mountains with clear blue skies in winter and the best diversity of fauna and flora in the spring. In July and August there is more precipitation due to the famous monsoons. Nonetheless, these months are ideal if you like to be alone and you don't want to get bumped into other tourists. You will still enjoy fabulous scenery and above all experience greater flexibility, be it the guide, accommodations or the type of vehicle used.

  • 10. How do I get to Bhutan and is there a direct flight into Bhutan?
  • There are no direct long-haul flights to Bhutan. The best way to enter and exit Bhutan is by Druk Air, the national air carrier, which links Bhutan’s only airport at Paro Valley with flights to/from Bangkok, New Delhi, Kolkota, Gaya, Bagdogra, Kathmandu, and Dhaka. You will have to buy international plane ticket and book hotel room in any of the above gateway cities that you choose to connect to Druk Air.

  • 11. What is the best way to carry my money?
  • Travelers checks are a safe way to carry your funds although they can sometimes be more difficult to change than cash. Several local banks have recently introduced ATM's, but they can only be used by local clients. It is a good idea to always have a back-up of cash. We therefore recommend that you bring as much cash as you feel comfortable carrying. You may want the extra cash for incidental costs like shopping, drinking, tipping, etc.
  • Before coming to Bhutan, make sure that you attend to the following:
  • Travel/Medical Insurance:
    The Royal Insurance Corporation of Bhutan has initiated a travel and medical plan solely for our visitors. Hence it is important that you get detailed information about the insurance scheme from your travel agents here in Bhutan. You may also visit the web site at
  • Money:
    Bhutan’s currency is the Ngultrum (Nu.) that is at par with the Indian rupee. It is however recommended that you carry travelers’ cheque or cash, preferably American Express and US dollar instead, as the ATM facilities for foreign currency is limited to just few towns including the capital city Thimphu. Visa and American Express credit cards are also widely accepted.
  • Banking:
    Financial institutions in Bhutan have been greatly enhanced and today we have a number of banks that caters to the needs of the people. Some of the banks that you can avail services and facilities while in Bhutan are the Bank of Bhutan Limited, the Bhutan National Bank, the Druk PNB and the Tashi Bank. Many of these banks provide you with SMS and internet banking facilities. There are also ATM facilities that you can avail and ATMS are located in a number of places where you can withdraw your money especially in Thimphu and in the border town of Phuentsholing. Traveler’s cheque can be easily withdrawn and exchanged into local currency. However, as you travel into the interior, ATM and internet facilities are almost non-existent and we suggest that you do your banking facilities while in Thimphu.
  • Electricity:
    All major towns are well connected with electricity that runs on 220/240 volts with round hole two-pin and three-pin power outlets. Our energy is clean and green energy generated by hydro power.
  • Communications:
    The country has a good network of telecommunication facilities. Almost every town has an internet cafe and IDD calling booths from where you can log on to and send messages home and to your loved ones. Also most hotels in Thimphu and Paro have internet access. Mobile (cell) phone is also widely used with international roaming facilities.
  • Travelling Kits:
    Bhutan experiences a great variation in its climate. Summers are warm with average daily temperature ranging from 20 to 25 Celsius, while winters are cold. In winters temperatures are usually below 15 Celsius. So bring with you a couple of warm clothes and comfortable shoes to go with the weather, the terrain and the program. You might want to consider ‘what to wear’ for hikes, trekking and sightseeing, as well as for dinners, appointments and functions that we have for you.
Others that you could consider bringing with you would be a pair of sunglasses, sun screen lotion and a hat; antiseptic cream, anti-histamine cream, anti-diarrhoea pills, altitude & car sickness medicine; insect repellent, flash light (w/spare batteries) umbrella, camera, films and accessories (including spare camera batteries)etc.
  • Photography:
    Bhutan is an ideal place and a frequent haunt for photographers offering immense opportunities for photography especially during our outdoor sightseeing trips. However you may need to check with your guide for indoor photography as taking photographs inside Dzongs, temples, monasteries and religious institutions are restricted unless you have a special permission from the Department of Culture. One can however, capture images of the landscapes, the panoramic views of the mountain ranges, the rural folk life, the flora and fauna, the Bhutanese architecture and the Dzongs and Chortens in particular.
  • Shopping:
    For people who love shopping and taking home gifts, Bhutan offers a variety of goods that revolve mainly round textiles. You may shop for items like hand-woven textiles that is either in raw silk or silk, carved masks of various animals, woven baskets of cane and bamboo, wooden bowls known as Dapas, handmade paper products or finely crafted gods of silver. You can also shop for thangkha paintings and Bhutan’s exquisite postage stamp. One can come across these items in the many handicraft shops in and around Thimphu and also in major towns. Please remember that buying and selling of antiques is strictly forbidden in Bhutan.
  • Gratuities:
    Tipping is a purely personal matter. We do not have any tradition of giving tips and we clearly leave it up to you as to whether you want to give tips to your guides and drivers.
  • Customs:
    The following articles are exempt from duty:
    (a) Personal effects and articles for day to day use by the visitor
    (b) 1 litre of alcohol (spirits or wine)
    (c) 200 cigarettes, on payment of import duty of 200%
    (d) Instruments, apparatus or appliances for professional use
    (e) Photographic equipment, video cameras and other electronic goods for personal use
    You have to complete the passenger declaration form on your arrival before checking out. The articles mentioned under (d) & (e) must be declared on the declaration form. If any such items are disposed of in Bhutan by sale or gift, they are liable for customs duty.
    On departure, visitors are required to surrender their forms to the Customs authorities.
  • Import/export restrictions of the following goods is strictly prohibited:
    (a) Arms, ammunitions and explosives
    (b) All narcotics and drugs except medically prescribed drugs
    (c) Wildlife products, especially those of endangered species
    (d) Antiques

    Imports of plants, soils etc. are subject to quarantine regulations. These items must be cleared on arrival. Visitors are advised to be cautious in purchasing old and used items, especially of religious or cultural significance, as such items may not be exported without a clearance certificate.
  • Language:
    Bhutanese speak a variety of languages but Dzongkha is the national language and one of the most widely spoken language. English is also a medium of communication and most Bhutanese speak English. Communicating in English especially with the people in the urban areas and the towns will enhance your knowledge on Bhutan.
  • Clothes and other paraphernalia:
    With great altitudinal variations weather is quite erratic in Bhutan. So be prepared to brace the erratic weather as you step outdoor. We expect visitors to dress modestly and respectfully especially if you are planning a visit to the monasteries, Dzongs and other religious institutions. As a mark of respect, be kind enough to remove your hats, caps etc. as you enter religious and administrative premises, institutions and in any other place that you come across with the national flag being raised.
  • Time:
    Our standard time is 6 hours ahead of GMT and there is only one time zone throughout the country.
  • Office hours:
    Office hours in Bhutan are divided into two timings – the summer timing and the winter timing. The summer timing begins at 9AM Bhutan standard time and goes on till 5Pm in the evening. The summer timing is followed from March till the end of October. The winter timing that lasts for the months of November till the end of February begins at 9AM in the morning till 4 PM in the evening. However, these timings are followed only in Thimphu and few other Districts. These timing is followed only by the Civil Servants who work under the Royal Civil Service Commission. For those people employed in Corporations and private organizations, the timings are usually from 9AM till 5PM irrespective of the season.
  • Health: Inoculations:
    Before embarking on a trip to Bhutan, it is advisable to have tetanus, typhoid and hepatitis A inoculations.
  • Precautions:
    Avoid drinking unboiled water or taking ice cubes at all times as most water sources in Bhutan are untreated though they have their source in the mountains. One can come across treated and bottled water readily in any town and are affordable.
  • Import Authorization to import Medicines:
    Any person who wishes to bring into the country any medicinal product listed under Schedule A of Bhutan Medicines Rules and Regulation 2005, shall be allowed in a quantity not exceeding the required dose for one month.

    In case of prescription drugs, the person shall be allowed in a quantity as prescribed in the prescription.

    Any medicines/ drugs brought in by tourists for distribution and donation has to be informed to Drug Regulatory Authority of Bhutan (DRA) in advance and process for import authorization to ensure safety, efficacy and quality medicinal products.
  • Tobacco/Smoking:
    We have a duty to protect Bhutan from Drugs and Tobacco Products. To do this we need your help and cooperation. If we stop you and ask you about your baggage please co-operate. Please do not carry tobacco goods that are over the limits. For more information please see following link.
  • Accommodation:
    Over the years, many quality hotels have come up in Bhutan. Most hotels in Bhutan meet the recent standardization policy, most tourists accommodate in a 5 star or a 3 star hotel. The hotels are well maintained and have all basic amenities such as geysers and shower rooms and are properly maintained. Visitors can be assured of their warmth and comfort of the hotels and the ambience and the hospitality offered by the hotels are incredible. The 5 star hotels are mostly located in Thimphu, and in Paro, towns like Punakha, Gangtey and Bumthang also have a variety of hotels that are comfortable. Away from town, you may find it tempting to camp outside in the forest or make a night halt at the purpose-built in cabins sprinkled along some main trekking routes.
  • Food:
    Most Bhutanese dishes are rich and spicy with a lot of cheese and chilli. It is advisable that visitors stick to the Chinese, Continental or Indian cuisine that is served in most restaurants. Visitors can also choose among the various vegetarian and non-veg food. You can also try out momos, the Tibetan dumplings and for those daring, you may try out the ema datshi dish served with cheese and chili and other typical Bhutanese dishes.
  • Weights and measures:
    Bhutan has a standard system of weights and measurements in place and most weights are measured in gram (g) and kilogram (kg). With better and efficient measurement systems readily available, most of the shop keepers in the capital city make use of electronic and weighing scale. However, as you travel further east, you will find the ordinary weighing scale in place.
  • Safety precautions:
    While safety is not much of a concern, however it is good to come prepared for any mishap. One need to avoid walking alone or roaming the streets after 9 pm as you may never know of any mishap that may occur. The capital city has begun to see burglaries, street fights and an increasing number of drug abusers. It is advisable that you keep a safe distance and be in your rooms. Or else you may visit the town in groups or with your guides. Also please ensure that your belongings especially your passports, route permits, cameras, wallets and purses are properly secured. There have been incidents where visitors found their important documents missing.
  • Guides and interpreters:
    Bhutan has a good team of interpreters and guides that are well versed in history and possess good communication skills. They are all certified who undergo training conducted by the Tourism Council of Bhutan. There are also guides who speak fluent Japanese, Thai and other European languages.
  • Public holidays:
    Public holidays are declared by the government and a list of public holidays that we observe throughout the nation is listed below. However, each Dzongkhag has its own list of holidays that is observed especially while conducting annual tshechus (Religious festivals). For this one may contact your service provider or your travel agent.
  • 1 PUNAKHA DRUBCHHEN Punakha Dzong, PUNAKHA 15th – 19th February
    2 PUNAKHA TSHECHU Punakha Dzong, PUNAKHA 20th – 22nd February
    3 CHHORTEN KORA Chorten Kora, TRASHI YANGTSE 25th February & 11th March
    4 GOMPHUKORA Gom Kora Lhakhang, TRASHIGANG 20th – 22nd March
    5 PARO TSHECHU Rinpung Dzong, PARO 23rd – 27th March
    6 CHHUKHA TSHECHU Chhukha Dzong, CHHUKHA 25th – 27th March
    7 URA YAKCHOE Ura Lhakhang, BUMTHANG 21st – 25th April
    8 NIMALUNG TSHECHU Nimalung Dratshang, Chummi, BUMTHANG 16th – 18th June
    9 KURJEY TSHECHU Kurjey Lhakhang, Choekhor, BUMTHANG 18th June
    10 THIMPHU DRUBCHEN Tashichho Dzong, THIMPHU 9th – 13th September
    11 WANGDUE TSHECHU Wangdi Dzong, WANGDUEPHODRANG 12th – 14th September
    12 TAMSHING PHALA CHHOEPA Tamshing Lhakhang, Choekhor, BUMTHANG 13th – 15th September
    13 THIMPHU TSHECHU Tashichho Dzong, THIMPHU 14th – 16th September
    14 THANGBI MANI Tangbi Lhakhang, Choekor, BUMTHANG 18th – 20th September
    15 JAMBAY LHAKHANG DRUP Jambay Lhakhang, Choekhor, BUMTHANG 18th – 22nd October
    16 PRAKHAR DUCHHOED Prakar Lhakhang, Chummi, BUMTHANG 19th – 21st October
    17 CRANE FESTIVAL Gangtey Gonpa, Phobjikha, WANGDUEPHODRANG 11th November
    18 MONGAR TSHECHU Mongar Dzong, MONGAR 9th – 12th November
    19 PEMAGATSHEL TSHECHU Pemagatshel Dzong, PEMAGATSHEL 9th – 12th November
    20 TRASHIGANG TSHECHU Trashigang Dzong, TRSASHIGANG 10th – 13th November
    21 NALAKHAR TSHECHU Nga Lhakhang, Choekhor, BUMTHANG 17th – 19th November
    22 TRONGSA TSHECHU Trongsa Dzong, TRONGSA 9th – 11th January 2014
    23 LHUENTSE TSHECHU Lhuentse Dzong, LHUENTSE 9th – 11th January 2014