Distance from Nepal to Bhutan-
Distance between Nepal and Bhutan is 433 KM / 269.3 miles via road journey.
How much time is needed to reach Bhutan from Nepal by road?
If you travel at the consistent speed of 50 km per hour you can reach Bhutan in 8.67 hours with car hire in Bhutan. You can avail the same car service for your return to Nepal from Bhutan via road trip.
Why visit Bhutan?
1. Bhutan is the most mysterious and diverse of all the kingdoms in the Himalayas.
2. Bhutan treasures the centuries-old traditional Buddhist culture, which has thrived in isolation devoid from the influence of the rest of the world.
3. It is a country that puts its people and environment first, which means, it’s a place where development is scaled in gross national happiness, not GDP.
4. Bhutan is not just carbon neutral, but carbon negative country.
5. It’s a country where spirituality is the way of life; in fact, it is the last Buddhist kingdom in the world.
6. It is a kingdom of lush forested valleys, sacred mountains, fortified monasteries, and exquisite art and architecture rare and unique to the world.
Where to stay?
1. Taj Tashi at Thimphu
Special highlight: The Bhutanese Hot Stone Bath at the Jiva Spa, delicious Bhutanese cuisine at Chig-ja-gye, and the jaw-dropping view of the prayer wheels from the Thongsal
Tariff: INR 38,000 onwards per night
2. Uma by COMO at Punakha
Special highlight: A revitalizing spa treatment at the Shambhala Spa and the tongue-tingling Bhutanese cuisine at Bukhari restaurant
Tariff: INR 26,000 onwards per night
3. Dhensa Boutique Resort at Punakha
Special highlight: Rice harvesting and in the paddy fields, trekking, river rafting, and the traditional Bhutanese art and craft workshops
Tariff: INR 22,000 onwards per night
4. Le Meridien at Thimphu
Special features: Mouthwatering Bhutanese and other Pan-Asian cuisines at Latest Recipe and Sese Shamu, and a revitalizing spa at the Explore Spa
Tariff: INR 21,000 onwards per night
5. Zhiwa Ling at Paro
Special features: The charming and serene tea-house near the Meditation house, Yoga Retreats that are conducted all year round, Sip the “Ara” or the “Dragon warmer” at the Madman Bar
Tariff: INR 21,000 onwards per night
6. Terma Linca Resort and Spa at Thimphu
Special features: Cooking classes conducted for Bhutanese dishes, rafting, try your hand at a national game of Bhutan that is traditional archery. Rejuvenate at its well-equipped spa
Tariff: INR 17, 000 onwards per night
7. Amankora at Thimphu, Paro, Punakha, Bumthang, and Gangtey
Special features: Bhutanese oil massages, multi-cuisine restaurant ranging from Bhutanese to Continental, and customized hikes into the five valleys of Bhutan
Tariff: INR 13,000 onwards per night with all meals inclusive
8. RKPO Green resort at Punakha
What’s special: Amusing traditional archery, Bhutanese dart sport, traditional Bhutanese dances including the mask dance.
Tariff: INR 9,000 onwards per night
9. Drubchhu Resort at Punakha
Special features: Trekking tours in the valley and the paddy fields and soaking in the Drubchhu bath
Tariff: INR 4,500 onwards per night
10. Gangtey Palace Hotel at Paro
Special features: The Hot Stone Bath, engrossing backdrop of Paro town and Rinpung Dzong, and the cozy bar
Tariff: INR 3,000 onwards per night
11. Yangkhil Resort at Trongsa
Special features: The mesmerizing views and the tranquil ambiance!
Tariff: Changes as per season. Do check with the hotel.
What to do?
Hike up to Tiger’s Nest (Paro Taktsang) the most favored destination and a sacred pilgrimage site in Paro Bhutan. The mysteriously built monastery at the steep cliff at an elevation of 900 meters can be accessed with a hike uphill. If you’re not acquainted with trekking or hiking to elevations, you can opt for mules or horses to reach the monastery.
Attend the Tshechus. The most anticipated moments in Bhutan are the annual Tshechus or Bhutanese festivals. The celebrations are deeply associated with religious and traditional beliefs. Tshechus like- Paro Tshechus, Punakha Tshechus, Rhododendron festival are celebrated with great joy and people from the corners of the country gather for the celebration. The traditional mask dance, archery, delicious Bhutanese cuisine, local wine, are some of the features that you’d love to enjoy.
Indulge in adventure activities- such as Trekking, hiking, wildlife camping, white water rafting, angling, and rock climbing. Some of the major treks in Bhutan are- Jhomolhari Trek, Bumthang Owl Trek, Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek, Snowman Trek, etc. Special permits are required if you’re planning for angling in Bhutan.
Visit Dzongs and monasteries. The kingdom of culture and traditions has a number of magnificent Dzongs and monasteries built in every part of the country. Dzongs and monasteries treasure the ancient facts and myths about Bhutan. They can even provide a better insight into Bhutan, its culture, and its traditions. Exploring Dzongs and monasteries can be made easy and hassle-free with car hire in Bhutan.
Shopping and dining. Bhutan is known for its traditionally handcrafted goods and antiques. The country offers promising shopping experiences for the shopaholics. The prices of goods may seem a bit costly, but you can do the bargaining for getting excellent goods at decent prices. Not forgetting the cuisines of Bhutan, you shouldn’t miss the national dish of Bhutan-Ema Datshi and the local wine-Ara. Besides, the country also offers the alternative for Indian and continental cuisines.
Explore the major sightseeing places. Known for the aesthetic beauty, the sightseeing places in Bhutan can be explored with great convenience with car rental in Bhutan. Due to the considerable location of sightseeing places and diversity in the landscapes, it is crucial for you to hire a car for exploring the sightseeing places in Bhutan.
Where to eat?
If you’re looking for some of the best places to eat in Bhutan, check below the names of the places listed below that serve tongue-tingling traditional, Indian, and continental cuisines.
1. Bukhari at Uma by COMO, +975-8-271597, Paro Valley, Paro, Bhutan
2. Folk Heritage Museum Restaurant, +975-1-7600736, Pedzoe Lam, Kawang Jangsa, Thimphu, Bhutan
3. Swiss Guest House, +975-3-631145, Kharsumphe, Jakar, Chokor, Bumthang, Bhutan
4. Ambient Café, +975-1-7116661, R Penjor Building, Norzin Lam, Thimphu, Bhutan
5. Olive, +975-8-272992, Ngoba Village, Lango Gewog, Paro, Bhutan
6. Baan Thai, +975-2-339966, Karma Khangzang Building, Norzin Lam, Thimphu, Bhutan
7. Chig-ja-gye, +975-2-336699, Samten Lam, Chubachu, Thimphu, Bhutan
8. Hotel Ghasel, +975-2-324002, Norzin Lam, Thimphu, Bhutan
9. Galingkha, +975-2-325387, Norzin Lam, Thimphu, Bhutan
Bhutan offers the two modes of entry, but the best travel experiences are based on the journey that is extended with twists and turns along both bumpy drive. Car hire in Bhutan promises you the safe and convenient journey o Bhutan from Nepal, offering the joy of traveling by road.