Cheap Flights to Bhutan

The Kingdom of Bhutan is a small South Asian country located at the eastern end of the Himalayas. It is a landlocked territory and is bordered by People's Republic of China to the north and India to the east, south, and west. Despite its total size of 38,394 km2, visitors come to Bhutan for its pristine environment, stunning natural scenery, and a strong sense of culture and tradition. The Kingdom of Bhutan has been dubbed “The Last Shangri-La.” The capital and largest city is Thimphu (also spelled Thimbu), located in the western central part of Bhutan.

What to see & do

National Museum of Bhutan - National Museum of Bhutan is a cultural museum established in 1968 in the town of Paro, housed in the renovated ancient Ta-dzong building. The museum features over 3,000 fine specimens of Bhutanese art, such as bronze statues and paintings, cover over 1,500 years of the cultural heritage of Bhutan.

Dechen Phodrang Monastery - Dechen Phrodrang means “Palace of Great Bliss.” The Dechen Phrodrang is a Buddhist monastery located to the north of Thimpu. The monastery contains several important Bhutanese artefacts, including paintings from the 12th century and a noted statue of Shabrung Ngawang Namgyal. In 1971, Dechen Phrodrang became a monastic school. It currently has a staff of 15 and 450 student monks enrolled in eight-year courses.

Centenary Farmer's Market - Thimphu's weekend market below the main town, by the Wangchhu River north of Changlimithang Stdium, is the largest domestic market for farmers in the country. Visitors from all over Bhutan arrive on Thursdays and Fridays with all sorts of fresh, organic produce and remain until Sunday.

How to get around within Bhutan

Visitors are required to acquire route permits in order to travel around Bhutan. These should be processed by the local tour operator during the application for visa, and issued by the immigration office in Thimphu. Most districts in the country have check posts, where travellers are required to present these documents in order to proceed.

The roads in Bhutan are generally well-maintained and safe. If the trip is arranged with a tour operator, then transportation (usually a vehicle and a driver) is most likely provided and arranged in advance. Otherwise, there is local and inter-district bus service available. Public transport between the towns in Bhutan is infrequent, so hitchhiking is actually a very common way to get around. Instead of signalling with your thumb in the air, try flagging down passing vehicles instead. While some drivers are happy to help, others will appreciate and maybe even require payment (the amount depends on the distance, but it should be comparable to bus fares).

How to get there

The only international airport in Bhutan is Paro Airport, situated 6km from Paro district. The airport receives scheduled commercial service from Jakar, Bagdogra, Bangkok, Delhi, Dhaka, Gaya, Guwahati, Kathmandu, Kolkata, Karachi, Mumbai, and Singapore. The airlines that operate to Paro are Druk Air and Tashi Air. It is also possible to take a bus from Kolkata to Phuentsholing, and from Siliguri to Phuentsholing/Jaigaon. There is a bus from Phuentsholing to Thimphu. All tourists who intend to visit Bhutan, except nationals of India, Bangladesh and Maldives, are required to obtain a visa prior to departure.

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