Unlike in most countries, where visas are issued from embassies abroad and stamped into your passport before you travel, visas for Bhutan are issued only when you arrive in the country, either at Paro airport or if entering by road, at Phuentsholing, Gelephu or Samdrup Jongkhar. You must apply in advance through a tour operator and receive visa approval before you travel to Bhutan.
Time to visit Bhutan: by months
Visiting Bhutan in December - February
From December to February Bhutan is at its coldest; especially in the mountains, but clear skies reward those who brave the low temperatures. The valleys are warmer and sunny with clear views of the incredible Himalayas. Due to colder temperatures, visitor numbers will be lower.
Visiting Bhutan in March - April
March and April are among the most popular times to travel as temperatures are pleasant and the valleys are abundant in nature; especially as all the flowers start to bloom. Early April witnesses the Paro Tshechu, so book ahead to get the best accommodation and flights.
Visiting Bhutan in May
Temperatures increase in May, bringing humidity as well as cloud over the mountains. However, fewer visitors and lower prices can make it a perfectly viable time to visit. The rhododendrons should also still be in bloom - ideal for photographers and nature lovers.
Visiting Bhutan in June - August
June to August (and sometimes into September) is monsoon season in Bhutan. Although showers can occur at night without spoiling daytime explorations, conditions aren't ideal for trekking. Sightseeing is still possible - just be prepared with a raincoat! It’s also ideal for retreating to a spa. Views are best in the mornings following night-time downpours.
Visiting Bhutan in September
September, October and November are ideal for hiking, seeing festivals (particularly the popular Thimphu Tshechu) and enjoying stunning views and pleasant temperatures. Expect it to be around 25C in the sun, but there will be cooler temperatures in the evenings and at higher altitudes.
Visiting Bhutan in October
The majority of travellers (around 80% of all international visitors) want to visit Bhutan in October, so plan well in advance to ensure you get your preferred accommodation and good value flights.
Visiting Bhutan in November
Black-necked cranes migrate from the Tibetan Plateau to the protected Phobjikha Valley each year. They remain in the region from late October to early February. In Gangtey, a special festival is held every November to celebrate the arrival of the birds. Plan ahead if you want to be a part of it
Places and Attractions:
Tashi Chhodzong, National Memorial Chorten, National Library, Takin Preserve Centre, The Buddha Point, Painting School, Folk Heritage Museum, Textile Academy, Paper making factory, Royal Silver Smiths, Changgangkha Temple, Vegetable Market, Craft Bazar, Dochula Pass,Bhutan Post Office Museum, Coronation Park, Weaving Centre.
Tigers Nest Monastery, Drugyel Dzong, National Museum, Kyichu Lhakhang, Rinpung Dzong, Paro Town
Punakha Dzong, Khamsum Yuelley Chorten, Limbukha Suspension Bridge, Chimi Lhakhang( Temple of Fertility), Nalanda Buddhist College,
Chele la Pass, Lhakhang Karpo and Nagpo
Gangtey Monastery, Black Necked Crane Centre, Explore Lawog Valley, Tractor Tour to Gogona Village and Khaebithang Village