Bhutan

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Bhutan

Bhutan, or Druk Yul (Land of the Dragon) as it is known by its inhabitants, is a mountainous country slightly smaller than Switzerland, located in the eastern part of the Himalaya range. It borders on Tibet (China) in the north, on India and Sikkim in the south and southwest. Tantric Mahayana Buddhism (similar to Tibetan Buddhism) is the official state religion of Bhutan, and plays a very important role in everyday life of all Bhutanese. Being a sparsely populated country, nature is omnipresent. Up to 70 percent of the country is covered in forest, ranging from subtropical broadleaf to sub-alpine conifers and Rhododendron. Towards the north the snowy peaks of the Himalaya reach up highest, well over 7000 m.

Until 1962 paved roads were non-existent and Bhutan could only be reached by horse, mule or on foot! It would take six days to trek to the capital Thimphu from the border town Jaigaon in West Bengal, India. Now there is an airport in Paro, and national highways connect all major valleys. Yet many settlements up in the higher reaches of the Himalaya all along the north of Bhutan, and in remote areas further south, today are still connected by mule tracks only.

With so many footpaths and tracks still in use, opportunities for trekking and hiking are numerous, with several trails leading across passes higher than 5000 m. You will need to plan and book your trek in advance with a local agency though, because self-guided trekking or hiking is not allowed in Bhutan. You will be provided with a guide, cook, pack animals, tents, food, water etc., and at considerable cost (rates fixed by the government). But in return you can explore one of most isolated and untouched parts of the Himalaya, enjoy stunning views and scenery, and ever so many friendly people living a traditional life. You will be well taken care of, but don't be mistaken: to trek high altitude trails like the Snowman Trek, Jomolhari Trek, Wild East Rodung La Trek, Laya Gasa Trek or Duer Hot Spring Trek, you need to be fit and hardy!

Best months for trekking are April and October. Some lower altitude treks can be done in other months as well, but not in July and August because of the monsoon rains turning tracks very muddy (and teeming with leeches).

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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2012
  • Fotoboek Bhutan – The Land of Serenity | Thames & Hudson Ltd
  • Fotoboek in pocketformaat, daardoor zeer betaalbaar. Kwaliteit van de foto's blijft goed. Tucked away between China and India in the heart of the Himalayas,Bhutan remains a uniquely distinct country. Few photographers havebeen granted permission to reside in this long-inaccessible kingdom,now a democracy, where life quietly unfolds to the... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2009
  • Reisgids Bhutan | Odyssey
  • Mooie algemene reisgids over het land met veel thematische hoofdstukken. Weinig praktische info, des te meer achtergrondverhalen, reisgids en veel illustraties. Engels. On the rooftop of the world, shoe-horned into the Grand Himalayas, Bhutan - or Thunder Dragon - is a fiercely independent kingdom. Isolated, charming, peaceful and religious,... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2008
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Cicerone Press
United Kingdom
2012
  • Bhutan
  • A guidebook for 27 multi-day treks throughout the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan, including the Jhomolhari, Druk Path and Dagala treks. The trails are very clear and vary from 2 to 24 days long. The routes are mostly in western and central Bhutan, and range from easy to strenuous depending on the length, altitude and difficulty. Read more
The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2012
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
  • Reisgids Insight Pocket Guide Bhutan | Insight Guides
  • De pocket guide serie van Insight Guides is een zeer compacte reisgids die makkelijk in een jas- of broekzak past. Veel informatie over bezienswaardigheden, maar ook praktische zaken als vervoer, accommodaties etc. The extraordinary Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan is one of the world's most exciting new travel frontiers, a picture-book-beautiful... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2015
  • Vogelgids A Naturalist's Guide to the Birds of India | John Beaufoy
  • This easy-to-use identification guide to the 280 bird species most commonly seen in India is perfect for resident and visitor alike. High quality photographs from one of India's top nature photographers are accompanied by detailed species descriptions which include nomenclature, size, distribution, habits and habitat. The user-friendly... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2012
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
  • Reisgids Bhutan | Lonely Planet
  • De perfecte reisgids voor zowel de georganiseerde als de zelfstandige reiziger. Naast een algemene inleiding van het land / streek vol met praktische informatie over hoe je er het beste kunt reizen: slapen, eten, vervoer, excursies ... alles kun je er in vinden. Engelstalig. Bhutan is no ordinary place. It is the last great Himalayan kingdom,... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2012
  • Reisgids Te gast in Bhutan | Informatie Verre Reizen
  • De landenserie TE GAST IN is uitgebreid met een uitgave over Bhutan. Het is de eerste Nederlandstalige reisuitgave over het Himalaya koninkrijk. De eerste exemplaren van deze uitgave zijn zaterdag 26 februari j.l. in ontvangst genomen door de heer Sonam Tobden Rabgye, ambassadeur van Bhutan in Brussel, en Erica Terpstra, overtuigd boeddhist en... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2015
  • Reisgids Bhutan | Edition Erde
  • Mooie, kleurrijke en volledige reisgids van Bhutan. Duitstalig. Met veel fotomateriaal en informatie over de cultuur, kunst en religie. Bhutan? Wo ist denn das? Dies ist eine übliche Reaktion im Zusammenhang mit einem Land, von dem die meisten Europäer noch nie gehört haben. Das zu den am wenigsten erschlossenen Reiseländern der Welt zählende... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
Bol.com
Netherlands
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Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Bhutan - West
  • Reis naar het laatste Himalaya koninkrijk. Ontdek de mystieke kloosters van Bhutan, bezoek de imposante eeuwenoude Dzongs, wandel door de mooiste valleien en bossen. Bezoek kleurrijke festivals in sprookjesachtig Bhutan. Een land doordrenkt met cultuur en tradities, een land waar alles in het teken staat van het Tibetaans boeddhisme, en bovenal... Read more
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