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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! A trip to Bhutan's magical cities of Thimphu, Paro, and Punakha can be an exceptional experience.

Best Time to Visit:
The best time to visit these cities in Bhutan is during Spring and Autumn, which usually lasts from March to May and September to November, respectively. The annual festivals are held around these times, offering rich and unique cultural experiences.

Route and Accessibility:
Flights are available to Bhutan’s only international airport at Paro. From Paro, it's about an hour drive to Thimphu and 3 hours to Punakha. Car rentals and taxis are easily available for this journey.

Altitude and Acclimatization:
The altitude in Bhutan varies from city to city. Thimphu is around 2,300 meters while Punakha is 1,200 meters. Take things slow to begin with and drink plenty of water to avoid Altitude Mountain Sickness.

Accommodation and Booking:
Accommodations can be booked online and range from affordable guest houses to luxury hotels. It's recommended to book in advance, especially during the peak tourist and festival seasons.

Clothing and Essentials:
Bhutan's climate can be unpredictable so it's advisable to pack layers. Also, wear comfortable walking shoes because you'll be doing a lot of walking or trekking. Remember to pack essentials like a hat, sunscreen, and a water bottle.

Health and Safety:
Due to the altitude, it's recommended to carry basic medications for headaches, dizziness, and common cold. While trekking, avoid exerting yourself and stay hydrated. Moreover, it's always good to have travel insurance that covers medical evacuation.

Local Etiquette and Respect:
Bhutanese people are very particular about their customs and traditions. Respect the local culture, refrain from touching or climbing on religious monuments, and dress modestly. Remember, Bhutanese people believe in 'Gross National Happiness' so always carry a smile on your face.