The best way to explore Bhutan, the land of happiness is to back-pack through its interiors. Hike to offbeat trails, visit its monasteries and splendid Dzongs and come back with a refreshed soul. Only India, Bangladesh and Maldives citizens are allowed to travel Bhutan on their own (by getting an Entry permit). Citizens from other countries are charges a minimum daily budget of $250 per person.
So, if you are from one of these countries, use this opportunity to back-pack through this beautiful land of happiness and smiles. Here are the blogs from our 9- Day Bhutan Backpacking Trip. Please click on each place to read about respective blog.
Planning your Bhutan Trip
P.S. – Bhutan Permit Office remains closed on Saturdays, Sundays and Bhutan Public Holidays. A good number of our readers commit this mistake of reaching Phuentsholing over weekend and then get stuck there. Please plan your trip judiciously.
- 6 ways to explore Bhutan under INR 1000 ($15) a day (Applicable only for Indian/Bangladesh/Maldives Citizens)
- 9 day itinerary for Bhutan Backpacking Trip
- Taste of Bhutan: Ema Datshi Recipe
- Watch an Archery Match in Bhutan
Where to go in Bhutan
- Thimphu: i) Things to do in and around Thimphu ii) Watch an Archery Match in Thimphu iii) Tashichho Dzong Thimphu: Splendid & Beautiful iv) Bhutan Postal Museum v) Bhutan Textile Museum vi) Folk Heritage Museum vi) Changangkha Lhakhang: Oldest Temple in Thimphu vii) Pangri Zampa Monastery viii) Tango & Cheri Monastery: A day hike from Thimphu
- Thimphu to Punakha/Khuruthang: Dochula Pass, Bhutan: Tribute to Martyrs
- Punakha/Khuruthang: i) Chimi Lhakhang : Best of Bhutan Temples ii) Punakha Dzong: Most beautiful Dzong in Bhutan iii) Khuruthang: Township near Punakha Dzong
- Haa Valley: i) Things to do in Haa Valley ii) Hikes around Haa Valley
- Haa Valley to Paro: Chele La Pass: Wind and Prayer Flags
- Paro: i) Things to do in and around Paro ii) Hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery iii) Tips for Hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery iv) Paro Dzong: Best of Bhutanese Architecture
- Hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery, Bhutan
- Tango & Cheri Monastery: A day hike from Thimphu
- Hikes around Haa Valley, Bhutan
Bhutan Hotel Booking
Hotel Update for getting Bhutan Permit: While applying for Entry Permit, you also need to show a confirmation of your hotel booking for initial days of stay in Bhutan. You have to carry the print out of email confirmation/online booking. For booking your hotel in Bhutan, you may consider using Booking.com. They do not require any upfront payment or card details for booking you stay.
Bhutan Travel Guide
Internet accessibility in Bhutan is an issue and there are good chances that you would not be having good internet connectivity beyond Thimphu and Paro. Also, most of Bhutan places are not marked on Google maps. So, we suggest to carry a physical copy of Bhutan Travel Guide. We usually prefer Lonely Planet guides.
ATM Cash Withdrawal in Bhutan
Indian Bank ATM cards no longer work in Bhutan. You can check at the back of your ATM card also as it is clearly written – Not valid for payment in Foreign Exchange in Nepal and Bhutan. So, please call your bank and confirm upfront to avoid inconvenience during your trip. This was not the scenario few years ago but there have been recent changes with respect to ATM withdrawal using Indian Bank cards.
We hope that this helps you plan your Bhutan trip better. Backpack through its interiors, go for hiking to its monasteries and please drop us comments in case you need any help or want to share more information with fellow travellers. We usually respond in a day or two unless we are out on an offbeat trip 🙂