Watch out for peak periods
March and Octobers are the peak period in Bhutan. If you are thinking of visiting Bhutan during these particular months, you should book your air tickets and hotels 3 months in advance. In 2010, we have experienced Druk Air tickets being sold out for 3 consecutive weeks.
Know the seasons
October and February will be the best months for a trek. Though it is slightly colder, the sky will be blue and it will not be muddy. Monsoon seasons will start in July till August. From our experience, monsoon season include 2 - 3 hour rain once every two to three days.
Time your arrival with a festival
There are numerous festivals taking place across Bhutan over the year. Festivals in Bhutan are usually a display of colourful dances and Bhutanese in their best traditional dress. Certain festivals such as Paro Tsechu attract a large number of tourists. For a more intimate experience, you can consider attending the less well-known festivals. The smaller festivals also give better photo taking opportunities. You can view Festival Calendar on our site.
Consider a home stay
This is probably the tip with the most mixed response. Some travellers love the experience of having a stay with a Bhutanese family while others would prefer the comfort of hotels given the amount of money that they have splurged. Having a homestay will give you a first experience on the daily life of Bhutanese family. However, be prepared that certain families may not have a hot shower and may have to boil the water using firewood while others may not have electricity. Of course, there are more established families with modern facilities.
End it in luxury
After the drive through the beautiful country and a stay with the local family, you may want to end your trip with a stay in luxurious 5 star hotel such as Uma Paro. Uma Paro was also the hotel where the actor Tony Leung and actress Carina Lau were married.
Luxury hotels include:
-- Uma Paro
-- Taj Tashi
-- Terma Linca
Nothing is like experiencing the real thing. Drop our travel specialist a note and we will help you in planning the trip of a lifetime.