The Kingdom of Bhutan is known for its culture, architecture and archery, but in many ways, it has remained a mystery until half a century ago.
Trekking Bhutan is becoming more and more popular now that traveling to Bhutan has become easier since the cap of 25000 tourists per year is off.
The serene country is landlocked between its neighbors China to the north and India to the south. From subtropical Savannah’s to forests to the unforgiving Himalayas that guard the country’s eastern border. It covers an area of about 4500 kilometers and is populated by an estimated 683,000 who live in the central valleys. Its isolation and the policy to limit tourism have helped to protect its culture and its natural beauty. On the other hand, the Bhutanese call their country Druk Yul, Land of the Thunder Dragon, because of the violent snow storms.
The country’s three main ethnic groups are the Ngalongs, Sharchops and the Lhotshampas. The Ngalongs live most in the western and central regions. They are descendants of Tibetan immigrants. The Sharchops, considered the original inhabitants live on the east side of the country. The south is inhabited by The Lhotshampas, ethnic Nepalese. Dzongkha is the spoken language but several dialects are used throughout the country. Dzongkha means, “the language spoken in fortresses.” It has 30 consonants and four vowels.
The local currency is the Ngultrum. It is divided into 100 chetrums. The exchange rate in late May was 39.98 Ngultrums was equal to one U.S. dollar.
Buddhism is the counties official religion. The major religious festivals are called tshechus. They last three to five days and involve music, dance and drinking. Masked dances and dance dramas accompanied by traditional music are common features at festivals. Energetic dancers, wearing colorful wooden or composition face masks and stylized costumes, depict heroes, demons, animals, and gods. The dancers enjoy royal patronage.
You can visit Bhutan any time of the year. Bhutan’s warm and temperate climate, the festivals and rich heritage sites provide visitors a lot of experiences throughout the year across the country. Bhutan has all four seasons and the climate varies widely depending on the altitude. Spring (March – May) is thought to be the most beautiful time of the year. It also is the time to witness the famous Paro tsechu festival.
Autumn (September – November) is lovely with clear and blue skies providing a fabulous view of some of the tallest unclimbed mountains in the world. It is the best time for trekking and traveling. The monsoon season, summer (June- August) gives more rainfall than any other region in the Himalayas.Winter (December – February) is sunny and cool. The majority of the east-west highway remains snowbound during winter. It is best to visit the western districts however,: Paro, Wangdue, Punakha, Thimphu and Haa.
Temperatures in the south range from 15°C in winter (December to February) to 30°C in summer (June to August). In Paro the temperatures vary from -5°C in January to 30°C in July . In the high mountains the average temperature is 0°C in winter and could reach 10°C in summer with just an average of 350mm of rain.
Besides excellent relationships with airlines professional bodies and travel companies, Royal Mountain Travel has close alliances with many well known hotels and accommodation and this is one of the reasons for its success.
Royal Mountain Travel makes every effort to provide the best and most suitable accommodation to its guests to meet their individual preferences. 3 star, 4 star or 5 star Hotels, we carefully select the best ones in all the cities in our most important destinations. From very modern, Pagoda or Monastery style to the Heritage Awards winning hotel Dwarika’s. So no matter what your wishes are or what your budget might be. We have a suitable hotel room for you!
Following are some preferred hotels with which we have excellent business relationships with:
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