Bhutan Information

Nestling in the heart of the great Himalayas, and called Druk Yul (Land of the Thunder Dragon), the Buddhist Kingdom of Bhutan is one of the worlds most beautiful tourist destinations.


Often referred to as the Last Shangri-La, this Himalayan Kingdom occupyes an area of 47 000 kms².


Bhutan is sparsely populated by 680 000 people of Tibetan, Indo-Mongoloid, Aboriginal and Nepalese origins. It is also the last surviving Mahayana Buddhist state.


Opened for tourism only in 1974, Bhutan has three regions that are opened to the visitors : western, central and eastern areas.


Many parts of the country have been declared wildlife reserves, and are the natural habitats of rare species of both flora and fauna. Travelers also experience the full glory of this ancient land as embodied in the monastic fortresses, ancient temples, monasteries and stupas which dot the countryside.


The prefix number to make a call in Bhutan is 975.


Bhutan can be visited throughout the year but due to the monsoon season in summer, it is advisable to come between September and May.


About Bhutan
Nestling in the heart of the great Himalayas, and called Druk Yul (Land of the Thunder Dragon), the Buddhist Kingdom of Bhutan is one of the worlds most beautiful tourist destinations... MORE>>

History
Although archeological exploration of Bhutan has been limited, evidence of civilization in the region dates back to at least 2000 BC. Aboriginal Bhutanese, known as Monpa, are believed to have migrated from Tibet. The traditional name of the country since the 17th century has been "Druk Yul", Land of the Thunder Dragon... MORE>>

Climate
Bhutans climate is as varied as its altitudes and, like most of Asia, is affected by monsoons. The climate is humid and subtropical in the southern plains and foothills, temperate in the inner Himalayan valleys of the southern and central regions, and cold in the north, with year-round snow on the Himalayan summits... MORE>>

People
Bhutan is the only country in the world to retain the Tantric form of Mahayana Buddhism as its official religion. Although originating from the Tibetan Buddhism, Bhutanese Buddhism differs significantly in its rituals, liturgy and monastic organization... MORE>>

Festival
Festivals in Bhutan have the reputation of being raucous and joyous. The festivals, called Tsechus, are colourful events and all Bhutanese gather and celebrate at every Dzongs (fortress), temples and monasteries. These celebrations attract people from far and wide... MORE>>

Formalities
No international certificates of vaccination regarding Cholera, Typhoid, Yellow Fever or Japanese Encephalitis is demanded but recommended. Malaria represents a little health risk between June and September in the low plains of Bhutan but not in the trekking areas... MORE>>

Visa
No foreigner is allowed to enter into and stay in Bhutan without a valid visa. The Bhutanese Tourist Visa can only be obtained after processing by the travel/tour agent through the Tourism Authority of Bhutan (TAB). A clearance number for visa is issued and only once the visa has been cleared can visitors travel to Bhutan... MORE>>