Bhutan Travel Facts

The Basics

Country: Bhutan

Where is it?: Bhutan is in southern Asia, between China and India.

Why do people go here?: Bhutan is an isolated kingdom that is still very traditional and hasn’t had much contact with the outside world. This is truly an off-the-beaten path experience.

What are the main entry points?: Most travelers fly into the Paro. However, there is one entrance via India at
Phuentsholing.

Currency used: Ngultrum, Indian rupee

Country Code for Phones: 975

Religion: Lamaistic Buddhist 75%, Indian- and Nepalese-influenced Hinduism 25%

Population: 2 million

Ethnic Groups: Bhote 50%, ethnic Nepalese 35% (includes Lhotsampas – one of several Nepalese ethnic groups), indigenous or migrant tribes 15%

Government: Constitutional democratic monarchy

Languages: Dzongkha (official), Bhotes speak various Tibetan dialects, Nepalese speak various Nepalese dialects

Travel Information

Major Cities: Thimphu

Attractions: Bumthang, Phobjika Valley, Paro

Accomodation: Bhutan Hostels

Tourism Office locations and links: Bhutan Tourism Office

Off-the-Beaten-Path: Most of Bhutan is off-the-beaten path, so anywhere you go will be very remote. If you want toreally leave the world, head east.

Health Issues: Altitude Sickness, Diarrhea, Hepatitis

Tips for Visiting

When to go: Late September through February are the best times to visit.

Specific Events/Holidays: Bhutan has a host of festivals in the fall and spring. Check for details before you arrive.

Getting Around: Exploring Bhutan will be organized by your tour operator. Most likely a car.

Good to know: Bhutan can only be explored as part of a tour group, or working for an NGO.

Cheapest airport to fly into: Bhutan does not have an airport, thus the only airport that is nearer to Bhutan is the Paro International Airport, which is 50 kilometers away from its capital,Thimphu.

Need more information?: Check out the Bhutan travel guide for more on what to see, where to stay, and how to get there.

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