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Bhutan

In the middle of three countries — India, China, and Nepal — is Bhutan. The nation just opened to the outside world in the 1970s, so there is still a lot of mystery around the things you will discover on your Bhutan voyage.

It is about the length of Switzerland and seems to have a population of between 650,000 and 1.4 million people. In other words, no one seems to be 100 % sure.

Bhutanese Buddhism permeates the country, as shown by its many monasteries, monks, and Tibetan-style culture. It does, however, have some breathtaking landscapes, ranging from snow-capped peaks (it is situated in the middle Himalayas) to forested valleys, arable grasslands, and rainforests. The unique and magnificent flora and wildlife will wow the guest as well.

Bhutan is a great nation to enjoy for its vibrant festivals, which occur regularly, and no traveler should miss witnessing at least one during their Bhutan voyage. We can arrange to attend one or more of these festivals if you book your Bhutan trips with New Paths Expeditions.

Thimpu, the capital city, is located in a gorgeous and picturesque valley. Monasteries with fascinating architecture, museums, and marketplaces are among the city’s numerous attractions. Paro is a historic town that is also home to several impressive monasteries.

Perhaps the next bit of information sums up what Bhutan is all about. As an alternative to Gross National Product, the government set a Gross National Happiness quota.

BHUTAN HIGHLIGHTS

  • Visit the magnificent temples and fortresses of Bhutan.
  • Hike up to the sacred Tiger’s Nest Monastery in Paro.
  • Admire soaring Himalayan. peaks and the natural beauty of Paro Valley.
  • Learn about the kingdom’s rich history. 
  • Experience Bhutan’s unique culture.
  • Visit Punakha’s Dzong.
  • Explore beautiful pristine valleys. 

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Time and Weather

Bhutan’s climate is very varied, owing to the considerable differences in height and the impact of India’s southwest and northeast monsoons. The southwest monsoon delivers heavy rain and high humidity to Bhutan’s southern border area from late June to September. However, from late September to November, there are brilliant sunny days and, at higher altitudes, early snowfall.

The northeast monsoon season (November to March) delivers gale-force winds across high altitude mountain routes, giving Bhutan its moniker «Drukyul,» which means «Land of the Thunder Dragon.»

Winter arrives, with frost covering most of the nation and snowfall often exceeding 3,000 meters. In Bhutan, December and January are the coldest months, with Paro, Thimphu, and Bumthang nighttime temperatures falling below zero.

Spring is usually dry and pleasant, while summer brings sporadic rains and highs of about 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit).

Peak Season in Bhutan Passport holders from countries other than India, Bangladesh, and the Maldives must take a guided trip to visit Bhutan. For all trips, the government has established «Minimum Daily Package» prices. These prices vary according to the high and low seasons, as seen below. The high season lasts from March to May and September to November, whereas the low season lasts from December to February and June to August.

The best time to visit

Bhutan has four different seasons, each with its unique beauty and charm. Bhutan is an all-year destination. As a result, the duration of your voyage is entirely up to you.

Spring (March, April & May)
As different flowers begin to blossom in the spring, botanists rejoice.
And plants begin to bloom after their long winter hibernation. Flowers like rhododendron, wild azaleas, and edelweiss blanket the meadows, adding a new sense of enchantment to Bhutan’s environment.

Summer (June, July, and August)
In full bloom, flowers cover hillsides and valleys, weeping willows line rivers’ banks, and pine cones sparkle in the sunlight, ready to fall to the ground as they are full of life.

Autumn (September, October & November)
This is the time of year when the whole countryside becomes golden. Farmers harvesting their harvests in golden-colored paddy fields beneath the clear blue sky is a breathtaking picture of Bhutan’s autumn scenery.

Winter (December, January & February)
Winter has its charms. The days are bright and sunny, but the nights may be cold. Cloud turfs gently drape over mountain peaks as if waiting for new life to blast it over the landscape. Bhutan’s winter season offers a great picture of the world’s tallest Himalayan mountain ranges blanketed in snow.

Wildlife

Bhutan’s decision to stay secluded from the rest of the world for many centuries has resulted in one of the world’s most preserved ecosystems. It was designated one of the world’s top ten biodiversity hotspots in 1998. The Bhutanese people are highly aware of the natural environment and work very hard to protect it in collaboration with the government.

Moreover, 35% of Bhutan’s land area is under some protection or conservation management. Bhutan’s Royal Government has committed to preserving at least 60% forest coverage at all times (they currently sit at 65 percent ). Unlike many other countries, the government often votes against abandoning natural resources for short-term economic benefits and enterprises.

Bhutan has four declared national parks, as well as many animal sanctuaries and environmental reserves. Jigme Dorji National Park, situated in western Paro, Thimphu, and Punakha, is home to many endangered species like the takin, blue sheep, snow leopards, musk deer, Himalayan black bear, and red panda. The Royal Mauas National Park, situated in south-central Bhutan, is a reserve game park home to rhinos, buffalos, tigers, leopards, elephants, and other animals. Tourists are expected to be allowed inside the park in the future. The Black Mountain National Park preserves the mountain range that divides eastern and western Bhutan. It is home to tigers, Himalayan black bears, leopards, and red pandas. Finally, the Thrumshing la National Park, situated between Bumthrang and Mongar, aims to preserve temperate woods. It is also a well-known protection area for birds.

Even though Bhutan does not have many indigenous species of mammals, the country is home to a wide range of creatures. Bhutan’s national animal is the takin. Many experts are perplexed by the takin since they cannot associate it with any other species. It is known as «beestung moose» because of the hump on its snout and size, similar to a North American moose. Hunting these animals is illegal, and poaching is rare since Takin parts have little actual commercial value. Snow leopards, blue sheep, red pandas, and tigers may be found in Bhutan’s higher elevations.

In contrast, leopards, grey langurs, sambhar deer, one-horned rhinos, and elephants can be found in the lower, temperate, tropical zones. Bhutan is also home to over 670 bird species due to its location at the crossroads of a significant avian migratory path. Bhutan is regarded as a «safe haven» for sixteen severely endangered bird species, including the endangered Black Necked Crane.

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