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Most popularly known as Druk Yul or the Land of the Thunder Dragon, Bhutan is an extraordinary tourist destination in the Himalayan region. It is tucked in the eastern Himalayan and it shares its borders with India and China. The country is the last Buddhist Kingdom, admired for its rich culture, clean environment and stunning scenic beauty. Its geographical diversities such as deep ravines, high peaks, and splendid flora and fauna separate it from the other parts of the world. It is also referred to as ?The Last Shangri La.? Bhutan is equally famous as a land of monasteries, where monks are often seen praying or meditating. There are several fortresses (Dzongs), stupas and ancient temples that never fail to entice their huge count of visitors. With Buddhist prayer flags flustering on the mountaintops and foamy white waterfalls adding to the ethereal beauty of this nation, Bhutan never ceases to ama those who come to visit it. The mysterious land finds its unique identity in red rice and in eating chillies as a main dish rather than just as a seasoning. Bhutan?s magic makes it a dream destination for many, but the Bhutanese take pride in welcoming only a limited number of tourists to their country. It was not earlier than 1974 when Bhutan opened its gates for tourism. Their philosophy of Gross National Happiness makes them follow a sustainable approach to tourism. Therefore, they ensure preservation of their beautiful environment and traditional culture first. The country stands at an altitude of 100m above sea level in the south and of more than 7,500m above sea level in the north. Bhutan covers an area of 38,394 square kilometers. Best Places to Explore in Bhutan Bhutan is home to certain places that offer an unusual natural panoramic view and experience. Tiger?s Nest, Taktsang Monastery Hanging on a cliff, the Taktsang monastery or the Tiger?s Nest is one among the most sacred places in Bhutan. The monastery is believed to be the meditation place of the second Buddhist, Guru Rinpoche. It houses numerous shrines and offers majestic views of the Paro valleys. Punakha Dzong The beautifully structured Punakha Dzong is the second dzong built in Bhutan as its capital. The dzong surrounded by Jacaranda trees has a collection of beautiful murals and sacred relics of the Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism?s southern Drukpa Lineage. Chele La Pass Chele La Pass is Bhutan?s highest road pass, which is covered all around by spectacular Himalayan sights. It majorly attracts its visitors with its alpine flowers and streaming waterfalls. Jigme Dorji National Park Established in 1974, the Jigme Dorji National Park is home to the indigenous species of Bhutan?s threatened animals like the Bhutanese Takin, Bengal tiger, the snow leopard, the Indian leopard, the clouded leopard, and the Himalayan black bear. The park that is spread over an area of over 4,300 square kilometers also houses sambar, deer, goral, and different birds. Best Time to Visit There Due to a lot of variation in altitude, Bhutan?s weather keeps on changing throughout the year. Considering the fact that heavy rains flood the land during the monsoons from June to September, it is best to visit the country from late September to November, or from April to May. During the post-monsoon season, you can enjoy bright, sunny days in the region. Sometimes, there is early snowfall to enjoy. Also, it is an opportunity to see the rare black-necked cranes from late October to mid-February. Usually, January and February are quite cold. From April to May, the climate remains pleasant and you can see the beautifully bloomed rhododendrons, which are very famous and decorate the valleys. Places to Stay in Bhutan Being a renowned tourist destination, Bhutan provides various accommodation options to its guests. There are different guesthouses on hilltops that offer amazing scenic beauty. Also, if you like to feel at home, you can go for the homestay option, which is an equally amazing experience and pocket-friendly too. Hotel rooms are also available in your budget. An accommodation with basic amenities will cost you around INR 500. However, an average hotel will charge up to INR 2500 during peak season and around INR 1500 during off season. The best place to stay is Thimphu or Paru. An overnight stay at Haa is also recommended. How to Travel to Bhutan You can reach Bhutan by road, rail or air, from wherever you stay. By road If you are travelling by road, you can either travel by your own car or by a tourist bus. The roads that connect you to Bhutan go through Phuentsholing and Gelephu. Phuentsholing is some 170 km from Bagdogra airport in West Bengal. On the other hand, Gelephu is around 250 km from Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. The Royal Bhutanese Government runs buses to Bhutan from Kolkata, which take some 18 hours to land at Phuentsholing. By rail Direct trains to Bhutan are not available. The nearest stations are Siliguri, New Alipurduar, Hasimara, and New Jalpaiguri Station. Once you reach one of these stations, you can either hire a taxi or opt for a local transport to Bhutan. By air There are direct flights from some countries to Paro International Airport, which is the only international airport in the country with two airline services?Druk Air and Bhutan Airlines. Indians can take a direct flight from Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Bagdogra. The airline schedule may vary according to the season. There are no flights during night. Why You Must Visit There If you are a peace lover, Bhutan is a must-visit. The Bhutanese monasteries are not less than heaven for those who find bliss in solitude. You must take the opportunity of coming to this country to explore its geographical diversity and rich flora and fauna. There is no end to how much you can explore here in terms of sightseeing. Not to mention, the Bhutanese food is something you can?t miss out on?especially, Ema datshi that?s made with cheese and chillies. One of the inevitable factors that attract tourists to Bhutan is that it is the happiest country in Asia. The country is also worth visiting for its rich culture and heritage. Bhutanese have Kho as the national dress for its men and Kira for its women. The masked dances that happen during local festivals are outstanding. Besides, you can take a feel of their national sport Archery during your visit to the nation. For shopping enthusiasts, there is a lot to discover from colourful shawls and trinkets to hand-woven goods and handicrafts, and custom-crafted silver and gold ornaments. Best Places to Eat in Bhutan Bhutan offers you numerous amazing places to eat and satiate your taste buds. Whether you prefer the routine Indian food or a new cuisine such as Nepali, Bhutanese or Tibetan, there is a restaurant for each. When you are in Bhutan, it is recommended that you try the Bhutanese cuisine. Some of the most famous foods of Bhutan include Ema datshi, Kewa datshi, Shakam paa and Juma. Bukhari at Uma Hotel, Folk Heritage Museum Restaurant, and Babesa Village Restaurant are some of the well-known restaurants to try the Bhutanese food. Trekking in Bhutan If you are an adventure and thrill lover, you can explore this amazing country while going on several treks when the weather is just perfect. Some famous treks that you can take comprise the Jomolhari trek via Bhonte La pass and Takhung La pass, the Snowman trek, Dagala Thousand Lakes trek, and Druk Path trek. Bike Trip in Bhutan Bhutan is enclosed by steep mountains all around with its roads varying in altitudes. This makes the country a nirvana for bike lovers. You can take a Bhutan Bike Trip to take a tour of the various monasteries and the world?s biggest Buddhist figures while also relishing the pleasing mountain views. Best Itinerary You Must Try You can plan an excellent 7-day Bhutan road trip from India in your budget. This one week trip will let you explore Thimphu and its different museums, Dochula Pass, Punakha Dzong, and even the Dochula Festival. Besides, you can drive to Paro and visit the Paro Dzong fortress. See Tiger?s Nest and capture some unforgettable memories before returning from Bhutan. Weather in Bhutan Usually, Bhutan?s weather remains warm and pleasant. Otherwise, due to the changing altitudes, the climate keeps altering. The country sees four seasons through the year. Bright colors and fresh vegetation is seen during the spring season. Pure blue skies appear with a cool breeze during the autumn season. During the monsoon season, i.e. in June, July and August, there is heavy rainfall to witness at a gap of every two or three days. You can enjoy a hot cup of tea during this season. However, it is not the best time to go for a trek. The winters are colder and sunny in Bhutan.