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Backpacking in Bhutan: A
Thrilling Adventure
Embarking on a backpacking journey in Bhutan promises a
holistic experience for travelers, often found atop many bucket lists.
This adventure not only offers budget-friendly options but also a
plethora of experiences waiting to be discovered across the Land of the
Thunder Dragon.
Reaching Bhutan:
Travelers can reach Bhutan by air, with flights from major cities like
Delhi, Singapore, Bangkok, and Kathmandu landing at the country’s
international airport. Alternatively, entry via road through
Phuentsholing, the main border town, or by train to nearby stations
like New Jalpaiguri and Hasimara is also possible.
Best Time to Visit:
Choosing the right time to visit Bhutan depends on your preferences.
June and July are ideal for those averse to winter, while October to
December offers excellent hiking opportunities and breathtaking
photography spots. Festival seasons, particularly in Punakha and
Thimphu, provide a cultural immersion worth experiencing.
Places to Explore:
1. Phuentsholing: As the gateway to Bhutan, Phuentsholing
introduces travelers to its serene landscapes and cultural richness. The
Kharbandi Gompa stands out with its exquisite Buddha paintings and
Guru Rinpoche statues, offering a glimpse into Bhutanese spirituality.
2. Paro: Renowned for the iconic Tiger’s Nest or Paro Taktsang, Paro
is a must-visit on any Bhutan backpacking itinerary. Explore ancient
dzongs, monasteries, and the picturesque Chele La Pass, immersing
yourself in Bhutan’s traditional attire and cultural heritage.
3. Thimphu: Bhutan’s capital, Thimphu, presents a blend of
modernity and tradition. Visit museums like the Folk Heritage
Museum and the Royal Textile Academy to delve into Bhutanese
history and craftsmanship while enjoying panoramic views of the city.
4. Punakha: Known for the majestic Punakha Dzong nestled along
the Pho and Mo Chhu rivers, Punakha offers a unique festival
atmosphere and breathtaking valley vistas, making it a captivating stop
for backpackers.
Cuisine Exploration:
Delight your taste buds with Bhutanese delicacies like Ema Datshi
(spicy cheese and chili dish), momos (dumplings), Phaksha Paa (pork
dish), and Jasha Maroo (spicy chicken stew). Satisfy your sweet tooth
with Hoentay (sweet dumplings) and Khabzey (deep-fried biscuits)
while enjoying meals in Restaurants of Bhutan.
Cost of Backpacking:
Despite Bhutan’s unique tourism policy requiring a daily tariff covering
accommodation, meals, transportation, and guides, backpacking in
bhutan remains affordable. With careful planning, travelers can
manage their daily expenses within INR 1500, ensuring a memorable
and budget-friendly adventure in Bhutan.
Embark on a journey like never before, immersing yourself in Bhutan’s
natural beauty, cultural heritage, and culinary delights as you backpack
through this enchanting Himalayan kingdom.

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Backpacking in Bhutan: A Thrilling Adventure

  • 1. Backpacking in Bhutan: A Thrilling Adventure Embarking on a backpacking journey in Bhutan promises a holistic experience for travelers, often found atop many bucket lists. This adventure not only offers budget-friendly options but also a plethora of experiences waiting to be discovered across the Land of the Thunder Dragon.
  • 2. Reaching Bhutan: Travelers can reach Bhutan by air, with flights from major cities like Delhi, Singapore, Bangkok, and Kathmandu landing at the country’s international airport. Alternatively, entry via road through Phuentsholing, the main border town, or by train to nearby stations like New Jalpaiguri and Hasimara is also possible. Best Time to Visit: Choosing the right time to visit Bhutan depends on your preferences. June and July are ideal for those averse to winter, while October to December offers excellent hiking opportunities and breathtaking photography spots. Festival seasons, particularly in Punakha and Thimphu, provide a cultural immersion worth experiencing.
  • 3. Places to Explore: 1. Phuentsholing: As the gateway to Bhutan, Phuentsholing introduces travelers to its serene landscapes and cultural richness. The Kharbandi Gompa stands out with its exquisite Buddha paintings and Guru Rinpoche statues, offering a glimpse into Bhutanese spirituality. 2. Paro: Renowned for the iconic Tiger’s Nest or Paro Taktsang, Paro is a must-visit on any Bhutan backpacking itinerary. Explore ancient dzongs, monasteries, and the picturesque Chele La Pass, immersing yourself in Bhutan’s traditional attire and cultural heritage.
  • 4. 3. Thimphu: Bhutan’s capital, Thimphu, presents a blend of modernity and tradition. Visit museums like the Folk Heritage Museum and the Royal Textile Academy to delve into Bhutanese history and craftsmanship while enjoying panoramic views of the city. 4. Punakha: Known for the majestic Punakha Dzong nestled along the Pho and Mo Chhu rivers, Punakha offers a unique festival atmosphere and breathtaking valley vistas, making it a captivating stop for backpackers.
  • 5. Cuisine Exploration: Delight your taste buds with Bhutanese delicacies like Ema Datshi (spicy cheese and chili dish), momos (dumplings), Phaksha Paa (pork dish), and Jasha Maroo (spicy chicken stew). Satisfy your sweet tooth with Hoentay (sweet dumplings) and Khabzey (deep-fried biscuits) while enjoying meals in Restaurants of Bhutan.
  • 6. Cost of Backpacking: Despite Bhutan’s unique tourism policy requiring a daily tariff covering accommodation, meals, transportation, and guides, backpacking in bhutan remains affordable. With careful planning, travelers can manage their daily expenses within INR 1500, ensuring a memorable and budget-friendly adventure in Bhutan. Embark on a journey like never before, immersing yourself in Bhutan’s natural beauty, cultural heritage, and culinary delights as you backpack through this enchanting Himalayan kingdom.