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Food in Bhutan

Bhutan, a very unique country in the world, its food culture and history is one of a kind. A typical Bhutanese food contains lot of chilly and cheese, the combination of which is called ‘Ema Datshi’, Ema meaning chilly and Datshi meaning cheese in Bhutanese national language. Likewise, cheese is added in almost all kinds of vegetables and the dish gets the name accordingly. For example a combination of cheese with potatoes is called ‘Kewa Datshi’ , Kewa meaning potatoes. Along with this kind of curry dishes, goes rice which is consumed heavily in every household in Bhutan, the red one being more common.
Another typical Bhutanese food culture is consumption of dried vegetables and dried meat. If you visit the weekends vegetable market in Thimphu or any other district, you will notice that the local farmers sell a lot of dried vegetables. This culture goes long way with Bhutan’s history. Bhutan is a landlocked country and it did not open up to the outside world until 1970s because of which green vegetables in winter were not available specially in higher altitude areas. Hence, Bhutanese dried vegetables to sustain during cold winter days and hence it is now in the habit of every Bhutanese to consume a lot of dried vegetables.

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Festival in Bhutan

“Tshechu”, meaning festival occurs in every district of Bhutan and among the 20 districts that we have, each of the festival takes place once a year to honor Guru Rinpoche who bought tantric form of Buddhism in Bhutan in the 8th century.
People from different part of the world and locals gather to witness and get blessing
It is also the time for the locals to showcase their colourful dresses that time and commonly men wear “Gho” and women wear “kira”.
Families members staying at different places also take a break from their usual work and get together until the festival ends
There are 20 districts in Bhutan and each Festival taking place in respective districts has its own significance

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Hike to Tiger’s Nest Paro

 

It is usually around 30 to 40 minutes drive from Paro town to the base camp of Tiger’s nest
Starting early around 6 or 7 am is suggested as hike itself takes around 5 hours to complete for a normal hikers and even more for others
From the base camp, one can see a small view of the monastery on top of the mountain and almost looks impossible for some to reach there.

Cafeteria on halfway

Of course there is a cafeteria on half way after an hour and half hike to relax and rehydrate yourself and also it has an amazing view of the Tiger’s nest monastery above it from the cafe
Amedewa Tours And Trek also arrange take away pack lunch from farmstay and may be one can have your lunch before or after the hike. Most of the spots on the way to the monastery has a good spot to spend some time and enjoy the view.

First view of the Monastery

After another hike of 2 hours from the café, we can finally see the monastery very close to us though it takes a little while as we have to climb up and down the stairs to reach the entrance point the monastery but before that it also has the right spot to take good picture of the monastery
The view of the monastery is just breath taking and also gives a great satisfaction that we have made it to the monastery

You are not allowed to take photograph inside the monastery so all your photo equipment are kept outside in the locker with the security guard

Taktsang Monastery, also known as Taktsang Palphug Monastery and the Tiger’s Monastery was built in 1692 where Guru Rinpoche meditated for three years, three months, three weeks, three days and three hours in the 8th century.

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Drukair Royal Bhutan Airlines And Bhutan Airlines – Amedewa Tours And Trek

Fly to Bhutan with Amedewa Tours And Trek, we are registered travel and tour operator under Tourism council of Bhutan and representatives of Drukair and Bhutan Airlines.

We offer free consultation, any day departures, block flight seats, guaranteed Bhutan Visas and memorable trip with tailored made packages to our valued clients

For any queries kindly mail us at travelamedewa@gmail.com or Contact us at Amedewa Tours.

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Home Stays/Farm House in Bhutan | Amedewa Tours and Trek

Travel  Bhutan, the last Shangri La with Amedewa Tours and experience the local culture and traditions.

If you are one of those who is curious about local lifestyles, this experience will offer you to explore the local cultural like no other and mingle with local families and see their daily routines.

A night or two stays offers a good time to bond with the locals and enjoy authentic Bhutanese cuisine meals.

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HOTSONE BATH

Hotstone Bath - Amedewa Tours

Most of the homestays in Bhutan offers Hotstone Bath which is considered as natural healing process for ailments like joint pains and stomach disorders.

Selected stones from the river bank are baked in fire till red and then dipped in the wooden tub of cold water with addition of some medicinal herbs to enhance the experience.

 

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Best time to visit Bhutan

Bhutan has four season, Summer, Winter, Spring and Autumn.

Summer (June, July And August)
Winter (December, January and February)
Autumn (September, October and November)
Spring (March, April and May)

The late spring has Rhododendron blooming the valleys with festival in Paro and other districts of Bhutan.

The temperature gets favorable by May until from June to September when monsoon hits and can expect some rainfall.

During October to November , the sky is clear and fresh with Thimphu festival around in the capital and in the month of January and February, we can expect snowfall.

Check the tentative festival dates of Bhutan 2019. Amedewa Tours & Trek will always happy to help you while you are traveling to Bhutan.

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Government to allow more entry point for visitors to Enter in Bhutan

The entry point for most of the regional tourist is Phuentsholing, Bhutan which is around 167km from Bagdogra airport, India.
On 18th January, the house of National Assembly endorsed entry and exit point for the regional tourist through the border of Samdrup Jongkhar, Gelephu, Samste, Nganglam and Pangbang with the condition that visitors use Bhutanese vehicles and guides for their security.
The House also proposed to open direct flight between Guwahati to Bumthang, Youngphula and Gelephu.
Get the best Bhutan Tour Packages with Amedewa – Bhutan Travel Agency

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Exploring Chele La Pass – Little Bhutan

Located at 3810m (13000 ft), Chelela pass is the highest road pass in the country.

The pass is on the way to Haa valley and it has a magnificent view of the mountains, waterfall and Yaks grazing depending on the season.

The secret mountain, Mt Jumolhari at over 22000 ft along with JIchu Drake can also be seen on a clear weather day.

If you want to explore Bhutan, Contact to Amedewa Tours & Trek, best tour operator in Bhutan.

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Thing to Do in Paro, Bhutan for Amazing Experience

Paro Market

Paro Market

It is the first town you will see when you land in Bhutan. Unlike the capital, Paro is relatively small but it’s filled with handicraft shops and restaurants/cafes.

Having a quick glance and strolling the town would be refreshing.

Nyamai Zam/Bridge

Nyamai Zam Bridge

This traditional wooden bridge (zam) is situated below Paro Rinpung Dzong/Fort and with a short hike, visit the Fortress of Paro which is not very far from the town itself.

Rinpung Dzong

Rinpung Dzong

Rinpung Dzong, Fortress on Heaps of Jewels was formerly the meeting hall for National Assembly and now houses a monastic body and various government office.

With its stunning view and unique architecture, it’s absolutely worth a visit.

National Museum

National Museum

Ta Dzong (Watch Tower) was built in 1649 and renovated in 1968 to house the national museum.

Due to earthquake in 2011, it suffered some damages and it’s on due to reopen, until then the sample of the exhibits are on display on the adjacent structure.

Archery Match

Archery Match

Wandering down from Paro town to the archery ground is a worth a visit if its falls on weekends or on public holidays as locals gathers to enjoy their time for a friendly archery match.

Check out Hotstone Bath if you had a hike to Tiger’s Nest which is natural healing process for joint pains and stomach disorders.

Cafes/Pubs in Paro

Cafes Pubs in Paro

Take a break from your sightseeing and refill with a espresso or some delicious sandwiches or visit restaurants for buffet lunches.

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In the evening enjoy your time with live music performances and Bhutanese beer or hard drinks at any of the pubs in Paro.

Kyichu Lhakhang

Kyichu Lhakhang

Kyichu Lhakhang is one of the oldest temple in Paro. It was built in 659 by King Songtsen Gampo of Tibet,

The temple is not very far from Paro town and it is one of the most charming spots in the valley.

Drugyel Dzong

Drugyel Dzong

Drugyel Dzong or the Fortress of the victorious Bhutanese was built by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel in 1646 to commemorate his victory over the Tibetan armies.

The Fortress was destroyed by fire in 1951 but the ruins remain an impressive sight to visit. If you want to explore more in Bhutan, then contact Amedewa Tours & Trek.

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Explore Dochula Pass with Amedewa Tours & Trek

Dochula Pass offers a 360-degree view of the Himalayan Mountains and it is more scenic during the winter with snow-capped mountains.

It is one of the favourite spots for tourist which is on the way to Punakha.

Whenever you plan to trip Bhutan, make Dochula Pass your first priority. You can also explore more information about Dochula Pass with Amedewa Tours & trek.

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Bhutanese Traditional Bath – Hot Stone Bath

Hot Stone Bath

It is one of the unique experiences that Bhutan has to offer. The Hot Stone Bath takes place in a wooden tub after collection of selected stones from the river bank which is then heated and mixed with water in the tub.

It is believed that the minerals from rock, and herbs all combined together produce benefit for joint pains, stomach disorders, hypertension, and arthritis.

Apart from landscape & Dzongs architecture Bhutan also has a Best Hot Stone Bath that you would love to take. Experience Bhutanese best Ancient Traditional Hot Stone Bath with Amedewa Tours & Trek.

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Travel Tips And Guide to Bhutan | Amedewa Tours & Trek | Local Bhutan Travel Agency

How to get to Bhutan?

Flying to Paro International Airport.

Druk Air, Royal Bhutan Airlines and Bhutan Airlines connects to Paro international airport from sectors like Singapore, Bangkok, Kathmandu, Delhi, Calcutta, Mumbai, Dhaka, Guwahati.

The Paro International Airport is just 10 to 15 minutes drive from Paro city and an hour drive to Thimphu, capital of Bhutan.

Things to do in Bhutan before you leave:

Paro Tiger’s Nest HikeParo Tiger’s Nest Hike - Amedewa Tours & Trek

Hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery is one of the treks not to be missed, with breath taking view of along the trek, Monastery itself is one of the important pilgrimage sight in Bhutan.

The Hike takes 5 to 6 hours in total and with pony ride till the cafeteria to the half way of the monastery might help some of the hikers.

The café also has a great view for selfies and offer buffet lunches and tea/coffees.

River Rafting in PunakhaRiver Rafting in Punakha - Amedewa Tours & Trek

Rafting is usually done along the Mo Chu (Female River) in Punakha which has steady rapids and is safe.

With majestic view of the Punakha fort, it is one of the best things to do in Punakha.

Gears to Carry

Hiking/Trekking gears

Warm clothes if travelling in winter and light jackets on summer

Rain coats during the monsoon season

Changangkha LhakhangChangangkha Lhakhang - Amedewa Tours & Trek

The Monastery is perched on a ridge above central Thimphu.

People come here to get auspicious name for the new born babies and get blessed from the local deity.

Mail us at travelamedewa@gmail.com or visit www.amedewa.com for any Bhutan Tours & Travel Services.

 

 

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Changangkha Lhakhang | Thimphu Attractions | Amedewa Tours And Trek

Changangkha temple was established in the 12th century by Phajo Drukgom Zhigpo.

The temple perches like a fortress on a ridge above the Thimphu city and offers an amazing panoramic view of the Thimphu valley.

Traditionally parents come here to get blessings and names for the new born from the local protector deity, “Tamdrin”.

The temple also houses amazing figurine of Chenresig in its 11 headed and thousand armed manifestation along with Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel, the unifier of Bhutan.

Planning a visit, Explore more with Amedewa Tours  And Trek – Local Bhutan Tour Operator.

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Simtokha Dzong | Thimphu Attractions | Amedewa Tours And Trek

In the outskirts of Thimphu, Simtokha Dzong is considered to be the first dzong built by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel in 1629.

It guards a demon which had vanished in the rock nearby, therefore named Simtokha, from Simmo (demoness) and dho (stone).

It was the first structure to incorporate both administrative and monastic body in the country.

Today the Dzong houses the head of the Lama’s chamber, monastic school, above the dzong one can see the ruins of the watchtower.

Explore more with us at Amedewa Tours And Trek | Local Bhutan Tour Operator

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Tango Monastery | Bhutan Tour | Amedewa Tours And Trek

Located 14 km in the north of capital of Thimphu, near Cheri mountain, Tango Monastery was founded by Phajo Drugom Zhigpo in the 12th century and built to its present form by Gyelsey Tenzn rabgye in 1688.

The monastery serves as the highest center for religious studies and majority of religious leaders locally known as “Je Khenpo” and other practitioners has to undergo nine years of training program.

Upon completion of their training, they spend another 3 years, 3 months, 3 days at near Cheri Goenpa retreat.

An hour of hike reaches the monastery and it is one of the spots one shouldn’t miss on your trip to Bhutan.

Know more about this trip at Amedewa Tours And Trek.

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Royal Highlander Festival | Bhutan Festival Tour | Amedewa Tours & Trek

The Royal Highlander Festival takes place in Laya, a remote village in Bhutan with no motorable road and the only way to reach there is by trekking for 2 days.

This festival is initiated to mark the birth celebration of HRH Gyalsey and also highlander from different part of Bhutan gather to share different ideas on farming with other entertaining events for the day.

Get in touch with us for more info at Amedewa Tours or mail us at travelamedewa@gmail.com

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Buddha Point Thimphu | Amedewa Tours and Trek | Bhutan Tour Package

Buddha Dordenma statue or commonly known as Buddha Point sits at the top of the hill overlooking the entire valley of Thimphu.

Construction of Buddha Point began in 2006 and concluded until 25th September 2015.

The completed structure is one of the largest Buddha statues in the world which is 169 feet (52m) and contains 125,000 miniature buddhas inside.

Various religious ceremonies are held every year by the monastic body of Bhutan which last for months.

it gives an amazing 360 panoramic view of Thimphu valley and watch sunrise if you hike early in the morning from your hotel.

There is an easy hiking trail from Kuensel phodrang park for people looking for easy normal day hikes.

Want to Explore more! Contact us at Amedewa Tours or mail us at travelamedewa@gmail.com

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National Memorial Chorten | Bhutan Tour | Amedewa Tours And Trek

National Memorial Chorten was built in memory of the third king of Bhutan, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck.

Located near the city of Thimphu, It is filled with elderly people who circumambulate around the Chorten the entire day.

The Flower Exhibition is also held here which attract lots of people from different part of Bhutan and visitors from outside the country.

The Flower Exhibition - Amedewa Tours & Trek

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Thimphu Tashichodzong | Bhutan Trip | Amedewa Tours and Trek

Located outside of Thimphu city near the river bank of wang chhu, Tashichodzong serves as office of the king, various government officials and monastic body of Bhutan.

The annual grand Thimphu festival is celebrated at Tashichodzong.

It is a fortress and Buddhist monastery where the spiritual leaders and monastic body reside here during the summer and in Punakha during the winter.

If you want to explore more in Bhutan, then contact Amedewa Tours & Trek.

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Phuntsholing | Bhutan Tour | Amedewa Tours And Trek

Phuntsholing is located in the southern part of Bhutan and one of the busiest town in the country. Just opposite to the Phuntsholing gate of Bhutan is the India border town and is not very far from Bagdogra airport and NGP station/ Ali puar station.

Most of the regional tourists make their visit through this entry point and then get their entry permit done at the immigration office in Phunsholing.

It is recommended to start processing your route permit early as there will be queue and takes some time to get the route permit.

Things to do in Phuntsholing

Crocodile Breeding Centre

Crocodile Breeding Centre - Amedewa Tours and Trek

It is located near the riverbank of Amo chu. The breeding center has endangered mugger crocodiles and few of the ponds are also filled with fishes and tortoises.

Timing: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Zangdo Pelri Lhakhang

Zangdo Pelri Lhakhang - Amedewa Tours and Trek

It is located in the middle of the town and therefore can be reached easily on foot from most of the hotels in phuntsholing.

It is pleasant to visit in the evening as weather cools down and is less crowded.

Karbandi Goenpa

Karbandi Goenpa - Amedewa Tours & Trek

Driving uphills on your way to Thimphu, shortstop to Karbandi monastery gives an amazing panoramic view of Phuntsholing town and Bengal plain.

Timing: 7:00 am to 6:00 pm

Waterfall on Phuntsholing Thimphu Highway

Waterfall on Phuntsholing Thimphu Highway - Amedewa Tours & Trek

Drive to Thimphu takes around 5-6 hours from Phuntsholing. Since it’s a long drive through winding roads of the Himalayas, taking a short stop at points like this is refreshing.

Restaurants on the way to Thimphu

Restaurants on the way to Thimphu - Amedewa Tours & Trek

The restaurant has local Bhutanese dishes and delicious dumplings with few Indian cuisines. It gives amazing view of Chukha Dam with a VIP room.

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Phuntsholing Tshechu | Bhutan Festival Tour | Bhutan Tour Agent

Phuntsholing Festival takes place in Chukha Dzongkhag. Mask dances and cultural programs are performed by students from different schools of Phuntsholing and people from different dzongkhags of Bhutan gather to witness the occasion.

Mask Dance

Mask Dance - Amedewa Tours and Travel

The masks are made from wood, painted and designed colourfully. It takes place in temples and monasteries annually.

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Dechenphug Tshechu | Bhutan Festival Tour | Amedewa Tours and Trek

Dechenphug Tshechu is located in the outskirts of Thimphu, approximately 30 mins drive from hotels in Thimphu city.

The festival is of great importance as it is dedicated to Gay Ngyen Jakpa Melen, the guardian deity of Bhutan.

The sacred dances performed includes Genyen Kunchaam, Shazam Cham, Nga Cham followed by other cultural and classical program.

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Black Necked Crane Festival | Bhutan Tour | Amedewa Tours and Trek

The annual Black Necked Crane Festival creates awareness and importance of conserving the endangered species of Black Necked Crane.

The bird migrates to Phobjikha valley during the winter month and the festival is also celebrated in the month of November.

The festival includes folk dances and songs based on Black Necked Crane themes and other mask dances and cultural program.

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Bho Yak Festival Haa Bhutan | Amedewa Tours & Trek

Bho Yak Festival in Haa is of great significance as it celebrates the victory over the border with the help of Ap Chungdu, a local deity of Bhutan and the celebration honours the deity. It starts as early as 2:30 am where the monastic body recites prayers to appease the deity until 5:30 am. It is then followed by Ap Chundhu’s ride, a well-decorated horse bought to the Lhakhang and then led in Chipdrel procession with singing melodious traditional songs of praises and wishes for the well-being of sentient beings to Janka Kha where the actual event takes place.

The procession is then welcomed by the locals in their best colourful attire.

Event: Buddhist Festival

Venue: Haa

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Tour Payment to Bhutan | Amedewa Tours And Trek

Ever wondered how to make your tour payment to Bhutan? It’s pretty simple!

After confirming the tour with your agent like our self, we will send our bank detail maintained with Bhutan National Bank.

You can make your payment with the below detail:

Bank AddressStandard Chartered Bank Ltd (Correspondent Bank) One Madison Avenue, New York
NY 10010-3603
Swift Code: SCBLUS33
CHIPS ABA:0256
FED ABA: 026002561
Beneficiary Bank account: 358-202-171-9001 (USD A/C)
Beneficiary Bank: Bhutan National Bank, P.O BOX 439, GPO Building, Chang Lam, Thimphu Bhutan
Swift Code: BNBTBTBT

Beneficiary/Ultimate Beneficiary: Amedewa Tours and Trek maintained with BNBL (Bhutan National Bank limited)

 

Is it possible to use other banks to transfer payment to Bhutan?

Yes, it is possible but Standard Charted Bank takes less time to process and bank fees are also minimal.

Is my payment transfer safe and how long does it take to reach Bhutan?

It is safe to transfer tour payment to your tour operator through Bhutan National Bank as the payment directly goes to Tourism council of Bhutan which then process your visa upon receiving full tour payment.

The payment is released to the tour operator only after the departure of the guest.

Tour Cancellation Policy:

The tours booked and subsequently cancelled will be subject to cancellation charges as follows:

  • Within 30 days or more before the arrival date in Bhutan – No charges
  • Within 21 days before the arrival date in Bhutan – 10% of the rate
  • Within 14 days before the arrival date in Bhutan – 15% of the rate
  • Within 07 days before the arrival date in Bhutan – 30 % of the rate
  • Within 04 days before the arrival date in Bhutan – 50 % of the rate
  • Less than 03 days or without notice – 100% of the rate
  • After arrival in Bhutan – 100%
  • An administration fee of USD 50/- will be applicable for all cancelled tours, once we issue the VISA.

Airline Cancellation Policy

Airline tickets will be subject to cancellation charges as follows:

  • 100 % refund permitted for the tickets cancelled more than 30 days from the date of travel.
  • 50 % refund permitted for the tickets cancelled between 30 – last 10 days from the date of travel.
  • Cancellation made less than 10 days from the date of travel, no refund.
  • No cancellation charges will apply on infant fares.
  • An administration fee of USD 25/- per ticket will be applicable for all cancelled tickets, once we issue the ticket.
    In the high tourism season, we have to buy the tickets before 2 –3 months the date of travel. But in the low tourism season, we have to buy before 2-3 weeks, prior to the date of travel.

Delayed Arrival or Departure

  • There are no charges/fees for delays in arrival and departure because of weather conditions disrupting flights or roadblocks. However, the tourist must bear the cost of food, accommodation, transportation, and other services required.