July, 2010 Paro, Bhutan
Bhutan has many places which would interest people with different tastes. There are lots of monasteries, temples, stupas, dzongs etc. However, all these places are restricted to tourists and one needs a permit to visit such places. It should also be noted that traveling within Bhutan is restricted and for those who want to see other places while in Bhutan would need a special permit.
The Weather in Thimphu
Thimphu is located at an altitude of about 2300 meters above sea level. Though most visitors do not have a problem adjusting to the high altitude, however if you are not used to it, then you might want to take the necessary steps. Although SANOG is going to be held during the summer season, it should be noted that during windy and rainy days, the temperature can be as low as 15 C.
The mode of exchange in Bhutan is Ngultrums. However, the Indian Rupee (at par with the Ngultrum) is also a legal tender. Dollars and other foreign currencies can be exchanged at the local banks at the existing exchange rate. VISA, Mastercard and other forms of credit cards are not accepted widely. But the major hotels will accept them.
One can enter Bhutan only through Druk Air, The Royal Bhutan Airlines, which have flights from Kathmandu, New Delhi, Calcutta and Bangkok. However there are no daily flights to Bhutan from the above mentioned cities- therefore it would be advisable to plan your trip well. For a complete flight schedule, please refer to the Druk Air flight schedule. (www.drukair.com.bt)
Main Places of Attractions
Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan lies at an elevation of 7,600 feet in a valley transversed by the Thimphu River. The city of Thimphu is nothing like what a capital city is imagined to be. Nevertheless, for Bhutan it is a fitting and lively place. While in Thimphu, one can visit the National Memorial Chorten, a monument dedicated to the Third King of Bhutan or the Handicrafts Emporium, which boasts of a wide assortment of beautiful hand woven and crafted products. Another fitting past time would be a walk through the streets of Thimphu, where modern technology blends in with traditional Bhutanese architectural style.
If ever there was a place where nature and man conjured to create their dearest image, it must be the Paro Valley. To the north Mount Jhomolhari (mountain of the Goddess) reigns in white glory and the glacier waters from its five sister peaks plunge torrentially through deep gorges finally converging to form the Paro River that nourishes the rice fields and fruit orchards of Paro valley.
Paro valley has monasteries and dzongs galore. One should however make it a point to visit the National Museum and Taktsang (The Tiger's Nest), both of which are tourist hot spots!
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