Cheap Flights to Bhutan

Cheap Flights to Bhutan

This mountainous kingdom set among Eastern Himalayan peaks beckons travelers in search of pristine countrysides and authentic Himalayan culture. Ancient monasteries, like the sacred Taktsang Monastery, cling to craggy mountaintops. Biking or trekking historic roads is a wonderful way to take in the scenery. Paro International Airport (PBH) is the main airport servicing the country. Its proximity to the destination of Paro makes the city a convenient gateway for traveling the country. Paro is a historic city with several atmospheric fortresses, like Drukgyel Dzong, perched on jagged cliffs. The city also boasts cafes, restaurants, and handicraft shops for a fitting introduction to Bhutanese culture.

Flights to Bhutan

Those who fly to Bhutan will likely land at Paro Airport, which is the only international airport in the country. Located just over an hour from the capital, Thimphu, the airport has one terminal with ATMs, cafes, shops, and a post office.

Rental cars and the local bus system are available for transport from the airport. A taxi ride into nearby Paro will cost a few dollars. The fare to Thimphu will cost $37 for the 30-mile journey.

Attractions in Bhutan

Paro is the natural starting point for touring Bhutan. Paro's historic monasteries provide a fascinating and beautiful way to take in Bhutanese culture as does the educational National Museum of Bhutan. Trekking through the incomparable countryside is a popular pastime, and the Druk Path is a well-traveled path. Lush forests and pretty lakes dot the jade-green landscape. In Thimphu, the 600-year-old Changangkha Lhakhang Temple commands sweeping views of the valley below. There's a farmers market on weekends with local produce and handicrafts. A few miles from the city, the Botanical Gardens provide a peaceful respite in which to view indigenous plants and flowers. The city of Jakar is located in a delightfully pretty valley and features Wangdicholing Palace, the former home of Bhutanese royalty.

Travel Tips for Bhutan

The climate of Bhutan varies according to elevation. Temperatures in the southern valleys can reach the high 80s throughout the year while temperatures remain below freezing on the mountain peaks. The monsoon season occurs June through September. Thimphu's winter temperatures hover in the 50s while summer temperatures rise to the 70s. Those who fly to Bhutan during the month of March can enjoy the spectacle of Paro's Tshechu, a festival with colorful costumes, dancing, and performances.

Bhutanese cuisine is characterized by red rice, which can grow and be harvested at very high altitudes. Deliciously nutty in taste, it's often paired with curries and dishes like Ema Datshi, a cheese-based sauce with spicy peppers. The Bhutanese love their meals extremely spicy, and their desserts make for a lovely contrast. You’ll likely end your meals with fresh fruits like mangoes, bananas, or watermelons. Butter tea, or black tea mixed well with yak butter and milk, is a national favorite. A meal of several courses served in a fine restaurant will cost around $10 for two people.

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