Bhutan is also been called ‘Druk Yul” – The Land of The Thunder Dragon by its people since the 17th century. Bhutan has a population of around 797,000 (2016 data). Due to its location on the rooftop of the world, not many tourists have had the opportunity to explore Bhutan, which keeps the land remains as a new and mysterious tourist destination.
The Kingdom of Bhutan is a South Asia country, which lies in the eastern Himalayas, bordered by Tibet (China) in the north and India in the south. The capital is Thimphu, which is located in the western central part of the country.
Map of Bhutan
The topography of the country can be divided into different regions from north to south based on altitude: the Great Himalayas, the Inner Himalayans and the Southern Foothills. Rivers are also very important to Bhutan’s geography because they are a source of hydroelectric power.
Bhutan has a sparse population, with only more than 700,000 people in the country. During the festival, Bhutanese are all dressed up to travel. Even so, as a niche tourist country, festivals will not be as crowded as in other places. Bhutan has many festivals throughout the year, which can be divided into three categories: traditional festivals, non-religious festivals and religious festivals. The best time to visit Bhutan varies. October, November and March to May are the most popular times to travel as the weather is typically warm and sunny. December to February brings colder temperatures and from June to September, the temperature rises with the arrival of monsoon rains.
Bhutanese have a very special way of celebrating festivals. On festivals (including public holidays), Bhutanese usually hold prayer ceremonies and perform religious dances and theater performances. Bhutanese usually wear human and animal masks when performing religious dances and theater performances. The masks of humans and gods focus on various expressions of heroes, demons and monsters in armor, to show their loyalty, meanness, greed, humor and other expressions; animal masks are most common in deer, yak, sheep and birds.
In addition to the traditional Buddhist dance and mask dance performances, there are also traditional songs and dance performances by people from all over Bhutan. This is an opportunity to understand the life of Bhutanese, and it is also a good opportunity to take portraits.
There are different festivals all over Bhutan. The main Bhutan celebrations are in early March and early October. The most important festival is Tshechus Festival, usually in early March. There are also festivals in Punakha and Thimphu, usually in early October. Therefore, early March and early October are also the most prosperous tourist seasons in Bhutan. If you plan to travel during these two time periods, you must make arrangements in advance.
U.S. - Bhutan Tourism
Traveling from the U.S. to Bhutan is easy. All you need to do is to travel from the U.S. to Bangkok or Singapore in Thailand. You can transfer to Bhutan for a Royal Bhutan airline flight after you get your Bhutan visa. One option is flying to Bhutan from Kathmandu, Nepal or New Delhi, India, or Kolkata. As an experienced Bhutan travel agency, we provide you with various travel routes from the United States to Bhutan. The following is a guide on how to travel from the United States to Paro, Bhutan.
What documents do I need to prepare from the U.S. to Bhutan
Whether you are going to Bhutan by plane or by land from Darjeeling in India to Bhutan, you must first apply for a Bhutan visa. Bhutan visas can be processed by local travel agencies that provide you with Bhutan travel services. In addition, a U.S. passport within the validity period is also a necessary document.
Travel to Bhutan from the USA
No matter which city you are in the United States, such as Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Boston, San Diego, Chicago ) For these cities, you need to fly to Bangkok, Thailand or Kathmandu, Nepal or New Delhi, India, and then fly to Bhutan (Bangkok/Kathmandu/New Delhi round-trip flights to and from Bhutan are available once a day).
Recommended Bhutan tour places for Americans:
Conventional Bhutan tourism is concentrated in the west and central, starting from Paro, the only international airport in Bhutan.
Bhutan Paro-Thimphu-Punakha 5 days itinerary
D1. Arrive at Paro-Thimphu
D2. Thimphu Thimphu - Punakha
D3. Punakha – Paro