Bhutan, officially the Kingdom of Bhutan, in South Asia is a landlocked country bordered by China to the north and India to the south, east, and west. The country is situated at the eastern end of the Himalayas. It is characterised by subtropical plains in the south and sub-alpine Himalayan heights in the north. Bhutan’s capital and largest city is Thimphu.
Where to go
Most of the villages in Bhutan offer a picturesque surrounding, which is one of the main tourism attractions of the country. Those on cultural tours can first visit Jakar, a town in the north that is the birthplace of Buddhism in Bhutan. Other important cultural destinations also include Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, and Wangdue. Some of the notable areas include the monasteries of Taktsang and Kurje Lhakhang and the fortresses in Thimpu and the countryside. There are also ecotourism sites in Bhutan, especially in in the unexplored region of Zhemgang and Eastern Bhutan. Zhemgang is a paradise for birdwatchers; wildlife viewing is excellent here, too. Trekking is an extremely popular recreation activity in Bhutan, with an abundance of trails to choose from.
Through Bhutan’s only international airport, Paro Airport, some of the international short haul destinations include Bangkok, Thailand; Delhi and Mumbai, India; and Singapore. When within Mumbai, India, be sure to visit the Gateway of India, Siddhivinayak Temple, Mahalakshmi Temple, Global Vipassana Pagoda, Mount Mary Church, Kanheri Caves, Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Elephanta Caves, Sanjay Gandhi, in addition to many more. Gateway of India is a sizable monument that was built during the British Raj in Mumbai City of Maharashtra state in Western India. Made out of a basalt material, the monument measures at around 26 metres or 85 feet in height, and is located on the waterfront within the Apollo Bunder area in South Mumbai, overlooking the Arabian Sea. As Mumbai’s top attraction, it has also been considered as the Taj Mahal of the city.
With no long haul flights available from Paro Airport, it is recommended to fly via Singapore Changi Airport and from there reach Tokyo, Japan via Delta Air Lines; Brisbane, Australia via Emirates; and Moscow, Russia via Singapore Airlines, to name a few. Singapore Changi Airport serves all continents except Antarctica.
Brisbane, Australia offers tourist attractions such as the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, City Botanic Gardens, Roma Street Parkland, Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, South Park Parklands, Sea World Gold Coast, Museum of Brisbane, Wheel of Brisbane, St. Helena Island National Park, and State Library of Queensland, in addition to many more. Visit Queensland Museum, with its operations divided into four campuses located within South Brisbane, Ipswich, Toowoomba, and Townsville. Established in the early 1860s, the museums feature travelling shows, exhibitions that show Queensland’s story, in addition to a research facility, and more.
How to get out
As the only international airport within Bhutan, Paro Airport has scheduled and chartered flights to Kathmandu, Jakar, Bagdogra, Delhi, Dhaka, Gaya, Guwahati, Kolkata, Karachi, Mumbai, Singapore, and Bangkok. When getting to these destinations the only airlines that operate flights out of the airport are Buddha Air, Druk Air, and Tashi Air.
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