Bhutan is one of those countries that have a firm grasp on tradition and culture even during the modern times. Travellers can experience not only the taste of Buddhist culture but also stunning natural sceneries. Bhutan is the only remaining Vajrayana Buddhist nation in the world, and the profound teachings of this tradition wield a very strong weight on the everyday lives of the people.
Bhutan is geographically and culturally divided into three regions: Central, Eastern and Western. These are then divided into 20 different districts for administrative purposes.
December - March is the best time to visit Bhutan
Bhutan is best visited during Spring from March to May and Autumn from September – November. Due to its location, Bhutan is prone to varying climatic and altitude differences. It has distinct seasons of spring, summer, rainfall, autumn and winter. In spring, which falls from March-May the weather is beautiful and pleasant. The flowers are in full bloom, and the scenery of the land is brilliant. The country also hosts various festivals during the spring such as the Paro and Punakha Tshechu. Autumn, on the other hand, is from September – November which also boasts of affable and genial weather. Summers are from June to August where temperatures reach 24-25 degree Celsius. From July onwards the southwest monsoons set in offsetting the heat but one has to carry a raincoat if out on sightseeing. Similarly the winter months of December – February witness the spell of the northeast monsoons. Snowfall is expected in late January and early February when the temperatures drop to the lowest.
Amazing weather at all times. Picturesque surroundings. Rich cultural history.
Roads can be unsafe. A threat of natural hazards landslides and earthquakes.
Nature lovers. Pilgrims. People fascinated by cultural history.
Traditional hotels, cottages and guest houses are easily available with all the essential amenities and facilities. There are a few luxury hotels, but these are very expensive. You can also enjoy a stay amidst the calm and serene environment of the Buddhist monasteries. You might not find a lot of smaller hotels listed online.
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The Buddhist history of Bhutan is known with certainty as a written history was maintained after Mahayana Buddhism was introduced into the country in the 7th century by the King Songtsen Gampo. Widespread conversion to Buddhism was witnessed during this period. For the next thousand years, Bhutan existed as a series of rival monarchies in separate mountain valleys, but Buddhism remains, to date, the integrating factor.
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