While planning a trip to Bhutan from Mumbai, we were looking out for some reliable tour operators. Our online research made it clear that Bhutan offers Visa on arrival to Indians, since India is a part of SAARC nations and that hiring an official tour guide is a must, throughout the tour.
When we approached Druk Asia, we found that the rates they offer were really steep.
While exploring the options, we landed on MakeMyTrip website and found that MMT has an official partnership with Government of Bhutan to roll out holiday packages, for Indians. So with loads of queries and concerns we dropped a line on their website and soon received a call from them.
A Tour expert, very patiently answered our questions ranging from the flight routes, weather, hotel stays and about the packages available and the cost of the tour etc. Convinced by what we were explained, we made the part payment, online, for Ex-Mumbai tour plan to Bhutan.
Our package included the costs of travel from Mumbai to Bhutan, via Kolkata, a night stay in Kolkata and a 7 day tour in Bhutan.
In subsequent posts, you can read about our wonderful experience as we try to capture the essence of Bhutan in pictures and words.
Bhutan, a quaint little place, is situated in Eastern Himalayas surrounded by China in North, Assam (India) in the South and Sikkim (India) in the west. The climate in southern Bhutan is hot and humid, the central Bhutan has warm summers and cool winters, while the northern parts are very cold during winters.
Winters from November to February can be very harsh depending on the altitude. The highest altitudes experience strong winds along with the winter monsoon or even the snowfall at higher peaks. These strong winds give Bhutan its name DrukYul, which in local language means ‘Land of the Thunder Dragon’.
Spring season from March to mid April, is considered to be one of the best season to visit Bhutan.
Summer season from Mid April till end of June is warm with occasional showers.
From June to September, Bhutan experiences summer rains.
In September and October, Bhutan enjoys sunny days of autumn.
Depending on the altitude and season, the average temperatures in Bhutan range from 1 to 29 ºC
The western Bhutan comprises of the six districts: Thimphu, Paro, Haa, Wangdue Phodrang, Punakha and Gasa.
Central Bhutan: Places of Significance: Bhumthnag, Trongsa, Gelephu, Sarpang etc.
Eastern Bhutan: Trashigang, Mongar, Samdrup Jhonkhar, Lhuntse etc
In 1972, Bhutan's King introduced the Gross National Happiness (GNH) philosophy wherein the country measures its prosperity depending on the happiness of its citizens instead of gauging it by GDP (Gross Domestic Product). People of Bhutan highly respect their King and are staunch followers of the principles of Buddha. They follow a strict dress code and refrain from smoking in public or talking loudly in Dzongs.
Bhutan is a carbon negative country, which means that the country’s green cover absorbs more carbon than what is emitted by the sources of pollution (vehicles, factories etc).
Hence we were curious to explore the serene and enigmatic Bhutan.
NOTE: This is not a paid post. The views and reviews are based on our personal experiences that we encountered on our Bhutan trip, booked via Make My trip and no favors were offered/accepted. See Photos from our Bhutan Tour