Do you wish to discover more of Bhutan at cheaper rates, lesser crowds, and more extraordinary experiences? July is the best month to visit if you seek just more than a vacation in a backpacking budget. This month is considered monsoon and the country experience warmer climate and showers that will immensely contribute to the agriculture sustaining 70% of the country’s population. During July when you can expect infrequent late afternoon downpours and drizzles that even last throughout the day. Those who are looking for adventure will be delighted to know that the alpine Jhomolhari, Lunana, and Snowman Trek would be opened from July. Monsoon in Bhutan is mostly about fascinating landscapes with luxuriant greens, vast terraced vales with rice plantations, low cloud cover, and sun-kissed rainbows every day.
So, if you wish to reap the benefits of a cheaper package trip to Bhutan, then get your bags packed and prepare for the surprise!
How to go to Bhutan? Bhutan has only two modes of accessibility, one is via road and other is via air. We recommend road trip, it’s cheaper, adventurous, fun, and ensures the best backdrops as you enter Bhutan. You need permits to enter into Bhutan, which is available at the border town of Phuentsholing, and if you fly to Paro, you will have to obtain it in Paro or will be handed over to you by your tour operator.
Day1: Arrival in Phuentsholing and transfer to Thimphu-
Once you cross the Indo-Bhutan border, get awestruck with Phuentsholing sightseeing. After a short drive from Phuentsholing, you will notice striking changes in the landscapes as compared to what you have seen along the way. You will witness the exceptional scenic beauty of majestic Himalayan range, where clouds cover the peaks, allowing only partial sunrays to penetrate through. The enchanting dense woodlands, uncertain drizzles, quiet road, fresher misty air, and peacefulness contradicting with metropolis are what you will discover along a 6 hours drive to Thimphu. You will be transferred to your hotel to rest, and you will be briefed about your next day schedule. Dinner served at the hotel.
Day2: Sightseeing, Shopping, Cuisines in Thimphu-
After breakfast, you will be picked up from your hotel and will be taken for sightseeing in the Capital city Thimphu. It holds the ambiance with a blend of traditions with that of the modernity. It is a great place to explore, observe the culture, and to try authentic Bhutanese cuisines. You can even be a part of Bhutanese nightlife that is unique and the city sleeps as 9 pm during weekdays and remains open till 1a.m during weekends. After sightseeing, you will be dropped to your hotel and dinner will be served at the hotel, and one of the staff will brief you about your schedule next day.
Major attractions in Thimphu: National Library, Memorial Chorten, Traditional Medicine Institute, Simtokha Dzong, Weekend Market, Institute of Zorig Chusum, The Folk Heritage Museum, National Textile Museum, Trashichhoedzong, Handicrafts Shops, Craft Bazaar, Junghi Handmade Paper Factory, Zangthopelri Lhakhang, Buddha Point, , Changangkha Lhakhang, Simply Bhutan Museum, and Zilukha Nunnery.
Day3: Punakha, the ancient and the winter capital of Bhutan-
After early morning breakfast, you will be transferred to Punakha, which is the former capital and current winter capital of Bhutan. As natural allure is concerned, Punakha is much ahead of Thimphu and Paro, which are more populated and urbanized towns. You will be taken to major attractions in Punakha, where you will get awestruck with the village walls painted with flying Phalluses-symbolizing fertility. Once sightseeing is done, you will be transferred to hotel, and after dinner, you will be briefed about your next day itinerary. Dinner is served at the hotel.
Major attractions in Punakha: Sangchen Lhuendrup Lhakhang Nunnery, Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten, Punakha Dzong, Chimi Lhakhang, Limbukha, Talo, Nalanda Buddhist College, Punakha Ritsha Village, and Punakha Suspension Bridge.
Day4: Paro, mystery, and everlasting grandeur-
Once you’re done with the early morning breakfast, you will be transferred to Paro. It is a most sought-after destination in Bhutan due to its mysterious and appealing Paro Taktsang a 17th-century monastery built on top of a cliff. It is a famous Buddhist pilgrimage hub. Ancient monasteries, Dzongs, temples, museums, comprise some of the top attractions in Paro.
Major attractions in Paro: Traditional Farm House, Ta Dzong, Kyichu Lhakhang, Ringpung Dzong, Drukgyel Dzong, Druk Choeding, Taktsang Lhakhang, Dungtse Lhakhang, Ugyen Pelri Palace, Jangsarbu Lhakhang, etc.
Day 5. Departure
On the 5th day, after the early morning breakfast, you will be transferred to Paro Airport or Phuentsholing; you can employ few hours to indulge in local sightseeing and shopping in Paro/ Phuentsholing. It is advised that you should begin early on the day of departure to avoid hassles.
Bonus point: Festivals in July 2018
Annual Tshechu Kadam Goenpa, Mongar at the town of Mongar- starts from July 23, 2018, and ends on July 25, 2018.
Summers and monsoons are considered the offseason in Bhutan due to rainfall. However, it is the best time to avail the great discounts on best Bhutan Packages that is fit for backpacking budgets. Not only that it is the best time to explore Bhutan as the country will be sparsely crowded with tourist and thus you can avail your every need without having to worry about being pre-booked or taken. So, this holiday season, do the Dragon Kingdom.