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The Pros and Cons of Visiting Bhutan

5 Dec , 2016  

This tiny Himalayan kingdom seems to be still in the 18th century. It is untouched by modernity. Bhutanese prefers to be like that. Travel to Bhutan will give you altogether a different experience. It is at a height of 7,218 ft (2,200 meters) which you must take into account before planning a visit to Bhutan. Mostly people living at sea level have difficulty in adjusting to high altitude climate.

Here are a few pros and cons that you should take into account before opting for Bhutan tour packages.

Pros:

The People: Bhutanese are genuinely nice people. They are calm and quiet; might be due to their religious beliefs. Their genuineness will touch you. Even kids are kind and playful. You will find the guides and drivers very knowledgeable, gracious, talented and fun to be with.

Buddhism: Bhutanese are true believers of Buddhism. It is reflected in their life everywhere. You will get to hear a number of folklores and stories about how the things came into being. Even atheists turn to inward for a few moments. Buddhism teaches non-violence and detachment from worldly things if practiced even in a lower percentage, will surely make the world a better place to live.

The Himalayas: You can get a unique view of Himalayan peaks. There are many other places from where you can seem the Himalayas, but they are not as captivating as this view. There are rhododendrons in abundance, magnolia trees and grand downhill and uphill walks. Adventurous ones will find a number of trekking options.

Cons:

Infrastructure: This tiny country has poor infrastructure. You will face difficulty in moving around. There is one national highway which extremely twisty, unpaved, dusty and mainly traveled by old-age trucks.  Traveling is sure to give you nausea. Mind it; toilet will be a problem; there are hardly any bushes around the highway to help you with.

Medical Remedies: Do keep some medicines with you for common diseases and your health conditions. You can’t buy drugs at a chemist store. Locals get their medicines at hospitals. You will be required to take a lot of efforts for outdoor treatment. You might get home made remedies, but their effectiveness can’t be guaranteed.

Food: You will very limited options for food. Mostly vegetarian dishes are served with rice, veggies, and baked beans. Bhutan’s national dish is ema dates which are prepared with red or green chilli and cheese – sometimes it is spicy.  Bhutanese don’t kill animals; it is a Buddhists country that preaches non-violence. Meat is brought here from India or Nepal; even most in unrefrigerated conditions. It appears to be hacked and separated. You will hardly find a tasty non-vegetarian dish.

Alcohol: There are very limited options. Better keep some with you if you are fond of. Bhutanese do produce a few wines (sweet) and beers. You have to settle for them if you don’t have any with you. It is hard to find any imported brand.  There is a Wi-Fi signal which is often promised.

Altitude: It is situated at high altitude; 7,218 ft (2,200 meters). Get your health checked before traveling to Bhutan.

We have two Bhutan holiday packages to suit your needs. Select any of them. We will take care of all your needs.

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2 Responses

  1. Bharti Kara says:

    Please advise if OCI holders can visit Bhutan as your website states indian nationals only

  2. Nirvana Trip says:

    Nice post thanks for share such kinds of useful details

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