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Bhutan Travel

Ritco ToursBhutan is a small country in the Asian continent that lies above India's north east. Perched in the Himalayas, tiny Bhutan is surrounded by Tibet to the north, the Indian states of Assam and West Bengal to the south, Arunachal Pradesh to the east and Sikkim to the west. The kingdom covers a total area of about 47,000 square kilometers. Entire Bhutan may be described as mountainous, though there are great variations in altitude. Its great rivers Wang, Sunkosh, Trongsa and Manas have helped immensely to carve its topography and their enormous potential for hydro electric power has helped in shaping Bhutan's economy. The diversity in the form of snow-capped mountains, rainforests, green valleys, lakes and rivers makes tiny Bhutan an ideal tourist destination.

How To Reach ?
» Flights : Bhutan has an airport at a place called Paro. From New Delhi or Kolkata, tourists can take a flight to Paro in Bhutan's national carrier- Druk Air.

» Buses : The main two lane highways run from west to east connecting all the major towns and villages of Bhutan. As the terrain is mountainous, vehicles can move at very slow speed. From India, tourists can enter Bhutan by road through the southern border town of Phuentsholing which borders Indian state of West Bengal.

When To Visit ?
Ritco ToursFebruary-May and September-November are the best time to visit Bhutan.

Where To Stay ?
Accommodation facilities in Bhutan are limited . Although accommodation is not a problem in capital Thimphu, only limited accommodation is available in other parts of Bhutan. As the tourism sector is growing in the country, accommodation infrastructure is also looking up.

What To Do ?
» Sightseeing : Bhutan is difficult to access. If one really wants to see and know Bhutan thoroughly then walking through the alleys is the best option. Nestled in the lap of breathtaking Himalayas, Bhutan is one must see destination in the for its spectacular surroundings. There are amazing valleys and peaceful monasteries, which will make your trip to Bhutan absolutely complete.

» Shopping : Tourists can pick up plenty of items in Bhutan like masks, carpets, jewellery, Bhutanese wooden products and stamps. Bhutan has a world-wide reputation for printing colorful stamps on various themes and personalities.

» Eating-Out : Chilli peppers are a favorite ingredient in Bhutanese cuisine. Dried pork may be regarded as a staple in Bhutan. Though the restaurants of Bhutan do not specialise much in continental cuisine, local delicacies and alcoholic drinks like Chang and Temka are readily available. They are a big hit among tourists.

» Adventure Sports : Trekking would be ideal in Bhutan, as Bhutan is trekker's paradise. The breathtaking environment will make the trip absolutely soothing. But the terrain is only suitable for the expert trekkers.

What To See ?
Ritco Tours» Paro Valley : This beautiful valley is home to some of Bhutan's oldest temples & monasteries as well as the kingdom's only airport. Paro is also one of the most fertile valleys in the Kingdom and produces the bulk of Bhutan's agricultural needs.

» Thimphu Valley : Thimphu is the capital of Bhutan and lies at an altitude of 2,300 meters.It is a majestic sight to watch the Thimphu river flowing down the mountains. Taschichho Dzong, the main secretariat building, houses the office of the King and is the summer residence of central monk body.

» Tongsa : Tongsa forms the central hub of the nation. This place is historically important as attempts at unifying the country were launched from the place. The landscape around Tongsa is spectacular.

» Bumthang Valley : To the east of Tongsa lies Bumthang valley at an altitude of 2,600 meters above the sea level. This valley may be regarded as the religious heartland of the nation. The place has some of the oldest Buddhist temples of Bhutan.

» Mongar : Mongar is the place where Bhutan's newest dzongs have been built. In simple terms, Dzongs may be described as resting places of Buddhist monks. there. It is interesting to note that no drawings and nails have been used in building the dzongs. A visit to the dzong gives visitors an impression of how traditional Bhutanese architecture has continued to thrive through the centuries.

» Tashigang : Tashigang lies in the far east of Bhutan on the bank of the Gamri river. Tashigang is the largest district of the country. The beauty of the place is simply breathtaking. The place also has a few old dzongs and small Buddhist temples.

Trekking in Bhutan
Ritco Tours The mountainous terrain and cold weather conditions makes Bhutan a paradise for trekkers. Trekkers from all over the world come to Bhutan to take part in the various Himalayan trekking expeditions. Authorities also extend all facilities to trekkers to attract them in larger numbers. From the plains and valleys to the steep mountains, trekkers snake through the varied Bhutanese landscape to reach high altitudes. Some of the famous trekking expeditions are Chomolhari trek, The Laya / Gasa trek, Bumthang cultural trek, Lhuntse trek, Lunana trek and Druk Path trek.

Due to lack of publicity and inferior infrastructure, Bhutan was not able to capitalise on her immense tourism potential till a few years back. However, tourists are coming to Bhutan in large numbers in present times.

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