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I am going to do snowmans trek in september/October and to start of easy I asked my bank for Indian rupees. They gave me some 500 rupees which I read you cannot use. Does anyone have any exerience with this?
Seeking tour operator recommendations for a short (3 nights max) trip to Bhutan from India or Nepal. I know that's quick, but that's what I've got.
Any recommendations from experience are most appreciated. I'm not looking for the most luxurious travel company, just one that is reliable.
Is the Chomolhari trek possible in August? I realize that there are problems with roads then, lots of rain, and obscured vistas; however, many years ago, I hiked the Annapurna circuit during th monsoon, and we had the whole thing to ourselves, and it was definitely worth it. What do people think about Bhutan?
Also are there any areas further north, closer to Tibet that might be drier that time of year, and worth visiting? Also, any areas in more remote areas that see fewer tourists that might be interesting for trekking or a cultural experience?
I am an Indian and would like to travel to bhutan in later part of october this year.
I had many questions as I will be going from mumbai to darjeeling. so, how to I get to thimpu from darjeeling.
Do I have to book hotel before hand or I can get it there.
About me : I am a budget traveler, solo and would like to explore thimpu, punakha, paro and back to bagdogra.
Please suggest me the options for accomodation and how to go from
Dajeeling to thimpu and thimpu to punakha thimpu to paro and paro to bagdogra
I am interested in visiting Bhutan this summer in July or August. I have heard the monsoon is not ideal due to heavy rains, lack of views, and lack of festivals.
However, it should also be less touristy right? Also, I spent a summer in Nepal and Tibet about 20 years ago, during the summer monsoon, and still had a wonderful time. Also in Tibet, the monsoon was a non-issue, being in the rainshadow.
1) Is it still worth going during the summer season if it is the only time I can go? Which month would be better July or August?
2) Is it drier and clearer further north in Bhutan (closer to Tibet)? If so, are there good trekking options in these areas?
3) How much time do people recommend in Bhutan. I would like to do some trekking, or at least day hikes and see some diversity in terms of diferent parts of the country. Will 4 weeks be too much time? I'm thinking more like 2-3 wee... more »
We are an active family of 4 (kids 6 and 10) who will be in Nepal and/or Bhutan for the month of September. We tend to avoid resorts, tours, and we strive to immerse ourselves in the local culture and search out more rural areas with outdoor activities like trekking and mt. biking.
My wife and I spent 5 weeks in Nepal trekking about 10 years ago and look forward to returning with our kids. We plan to do a trek in Nepal but haven't finalized the location. I was originally drawn to Bhutan with the desire to get a glimpse into the unique Buddhist kingdom that is trying hard to maintain its culture and to develop responsibly.
Now I am on the fence about Bhutan. It seems like the tours that are available are a little contrived. They all seem very similar and they also seem to encompass a lot of driving and visiting the typical tourist sites with less time/opportunity to ge... more »
We are planning to spend 21 nights in Bhutan in September. Based on the tourism council website advise I assumed the royalty would be halved after 8 nights and waived after the 14th night. Our travel agent however says that the royalty applies for the whole trip in peak season and is charging us the same daily fee of $280 for the full 21 nights. Does anyone know whether this is correct?
Does anyone have more info. on the visa fee waiver. I would like to actually lecture at a university does anyone have contacts? I also own a small travel agency and in the LoPla book I believe it talks about a fee waiver to tour agents if they are planning on setting up trips to Bhutan. Any info. on this? Thanks
I am a volueer English teacher here in Trongsa, Bhutan. A recent lightening storm blew up my MacBook 85w MagSafe power adaptor. It cannot be fixed and finding a replacement here is almost impossible.
Is anyone coming this way who may be able to bring one my way?
Thanks in advance -
My name is Lee Carlton, and I just wanted to share a little insight into our school's recent trip to Bhutan. The high school that I work for, THINK Global School, holds classes in three different countries each year, and this year a visit to Bhutan for our two week intersession was one of them. For those who have had the privilege to visit, or for those who are wondering whether they should, I can safely say that this was one of our students' favorite trips to date.
Bhutan's simple way of life and gorgeous landscapes definitely struck a chord with everyone that went. The concept of Gross National Happiness (GNH) was a focus of the trip, and the students definitely gained a deeper understanding of it by the end. The trip began in the capital city of Thimphu. From there we progressed throughout the country, visiting the Phobjika Valley and the Bhumtang region.
For those w... more »
They say that they can get my visa by providing a personal guarantee to the government. Is this true?
I'm very anxious and am flying on the 21st April.
How long do bank transfers take?
thanks in advance
I am looking for a good 6 or 10 day tour of Bhutan with an emphasis on the cultural aspects of the country in late May. I don't care so much for hiking/camping. Are there any tours that people have taken that have been really good and worthwhile? In addition, are there are any tour operators that I should avoid and why?
Is there any way I can book a ticket with Druk air from Delhi to Paro with a layover in Kathmandu?
I remember looking on the Bhutan Tourism website a while back, but it has since changed. If I remember correctly it said that you could travel by land both into and out of the country now, even as a foreigner. Now the website doesn't say anything about that. Does anyone know?
We are travelling from Calcutta (India) to Paro (Bhutan) and would like to visit the Jigme Dorji National Park. What would be the best travel plan to get there and also any reasonable accommodation.
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