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Punakha
Washington
Day 8
05:00 pm
17h 16m
Estimate time
10:16 am
Plane
12,435 km
Day 9
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Travel Tips

Absolutely! Visiting Paro, Thimphu, and Punakha offers you a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in Bhutanese culture and breathtaking scenery. Here are some tips to assist you:

Best Time to Visit:
The best time to visit these Bhutanese destinations is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons when the weather is at its most pleasant.

Route and Accessibility:
All international flights land at Paro, which is also the gateway of Bhutan. Therefore, it's a good idea to start your trip with Paro, then proceed to Thimphu (which is 1.5 hours from Paro) and then to Punakha (approximately 3 hours from Thimphu).

Altitude and Acclimatization:
While the altitude in these places isn't extreme, they are still situated at over 2,000 meters above sea level, so it might cause mild altitude sickness. Accordingly, take time to acclimatize, drink plenty of water, and avoid strenuous activities on your first day.

Accommodation and Booking:
Accommodations in Bhutan must be arranged through a licensed Bhutanese travel agency or international partner. You can find a range of hotels to choose depending on your budget, and it's wise to book a few months in advance.

Clothing and Essentials:
The weather can be unpredictable, so pack layers. Essential items include comfortable walking shoes, a water bottle, sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat. During winter, you will require heavy woolens and thermal wear.

Health and Safety:
It's best to take out travel insurance ahead of your trip that covers medical expenses, trip cancellation, and lost luggage. Follow your guide's advice on food and water safety to avoid illnesses.

Local Etiquette and Respect:
While visiting temples, Dzongs and other religious places, dress modestly (no shorts or revealing clothes) and remember to remove your shoes and hat before entering. As always, respect local customs and traditions and ask for permission before taking photos of people.