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Bhutan

  • Getting there: Fly into Paro International Airport (PBH) from several airports in India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Thailand.
  • Capital city: Thimphu.
  • Population: 785,256.
  • Religion: Buddhism.
  • Language: Dzongkha.
  • Currency: Bhutanese ngultrum (BTN).
  • Climate: The climate is very varied due to the huge differences in altitude through the country and the north Indian monsoon. Southern Bhutan has a hot, humid subtropical climate. Central Bhutan is cooler and temperate with warm summers and cool dry winters. Northern Bhutan is cold during winter with mountain peaks perpetually covered in snow — its lower regions are cool during summer as well, due to their high altitude.
  • Transport: There are no trains or domestic flights. Travellers can get around the kingdom using a car & driver service which is included in the charge for a tourist visa or as a very poor second, take local buses which are cheap but quite uncomfortable and stop frequently.
  • Best time to travel: Autumn, which falls between September and November is the best time to visit this destination as it offers the most pleasant temperatures and some wonderful festivals including the renowned Thimphu Tsechu. It is also the perfect time to see the endangered black neck cranes.
  • What to wear: Dress modestly and respectfully. Trousers for men and longer length skirts for women. Shoulders must always be covered when in religious buildings.
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