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Private Day Tour in Xining
"At 9:00am your guide will meet you at your hotel lobby. Then you will be driven to Kumbum Monastery which is 16 miles (25 kilometers) from Xining. Kumbum is one of the six biggest Tibetan Monasteries. The founder of Yellow Hat Sect Tsongkhapa was born and grew up here before he went to Lhasa. You will view the Stupas Teaching Hall...etc. The amazing Butter sculpture exhibition in the monastery will definitely impress you. Afterwards you will be transferred to a local restaurant for lunch. Then you will be transferred to Dongguan Mosque in Xining that is the biggest mosque in Xining with traditional Chinese architecture and very different from Arabic style. You guide will take you for a visit at a local market near the mosque where you can see
From $89.00
 
Half- Day Potala Palace Tour from Lhasa
"Your local guide will meet you in your hotel lobby then take a taxi with you to the Potala Palace.On this half day tour you will spend half day on exploring the highlights of the Tibetan capitol the Potala Palace. The exotic structure stands 13-stories-high and contains more than 1000 rooms. The palace is divided into two sections. The White Palace which was built in the mid-17th century provided living quarters for the fifth through the fourteenth Dalai Lamas. From the White Palace pilgrims climb to the central Red Palace
From $102.00
 
Full-Day Tour of Ulaanbaatar With Museum and Black-market
"This full-day tour of Ulaanbaatar showcases the best of the city known as the “Da Huree - Big Town.” You will kick off their morning with a stop at Chinggis Khaan Square where they will get an up-close look at the statue of the former leader on you will journey to Gandan Monastery which was constructed as an homage to the Buddhism in Mongolia. Travelers can wander the grounds of the Bogd Khan's summer palace which dates all the way back to 1770-1920! The historic halls are lined with decorative turtle shell inscribed with the names of the queens and his followers. Five impressive courtyards with paths once reserved for the Emperor of the palac the black-market is closed on Tuesday you will tour the Kharkhorin market instead. Enjoy a traditional Mongolia lunch
From $75.00

More Warnings and Dangers in Bhutan

Malaria in Bhutan

While much of Bhutan is above 2000m / 6500ft, the country is in the malarial zone at lower altitudes. If you are traveling through central and eastern Bhutan, you will likely get into lower altitude...
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GrumpyDiver
Jan 02, 2015

Altitude related issues

Bhutan is in the Himalayas, and there will certainly be times where you are "at altitude"; generally viewed as being higher than 2400m / 8000ft above sea level.That being said, some people will...
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GrumpyDiver
Jan 02, 2015

DOGS!

How cute they are during daytime - the worse they get at night! See this lovely dog family slleeping like dead? They just recover from a complete night barking like crazy! So dont forget your earplugs...
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tremendopunto
Sep 07, 2006

Smoker's Beware

Smoking is very much discouraged in Bhutan. Any tobacco materials (even the ones you bought duty free at the airport prior to your flight to Bhutan) are very heavily taxed. See what the Bhutanese...
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GrumpyDiver
Jan 01, 2015

Don't drink the tap water

Like many developing countries, the tap water cannot be used to drink or brush your teeth because of bacteria or parasites. All of our hotel rooms had bottled water and our guide ensured that we had...
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GrumpyDiver
Jan 02, 2015

Why does it always rain on me?

We visited Bhutan after the monsoon period, in September. It must be a dry weather but we had rain occasionally. Also we heard that some local people were blaming the climate changing because of these...
ozalp
Feb 20, 2009
 
 
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A festival to avoid? Thangbi Mani

I have posted much of this material under things to do, but feel that it should be covered under the warnings too. The Thanbi Mani Festival was the third festival we attended while in Bhutan, and of...
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Jan 04, 2015

Photography prohibited

If you are planning to take pictures of temple and museum interiors, forget about it. Photography is strictly forbidden, and cameras (including tablets and cell phones) are not allowed into some of...
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GrumpyDiver
Dec 29, 2014

Mobile phones

Our mobile phones were not functioning in Bhutan. This country does not have many technologic opportunities, they even resisted the technology and this makes Bhutan so special. TV broadcast started in...
ozalp
Jul 09, 2009

Entering a Dzong

When you enter a Dzong (literally it means a Bastion. Now it's half temple and half municipal offices), make sure you are dressed properly. Not that you cannot wear jeans (Well, Bhutanese would...
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Aug 29, 2004

Watch out for entitled tourists

The one thing that really bothered us in Bhutan were some of the other travelers.The high minimum per diem rate means that generally people that travel here tend to be reasonably well off middle aged...
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GrumpyDiver
Dec 29, 2014

Bhutan. Beware Travel Operators

Do NOT use Bhutan Norphel Tours & Treks as your tour operator in Bhutan. Their service is entirely unsatisfactory. They have hidden charges, charge above the government rate without justification,...
Dntfckwitme
Mar 16, 2009

Bhutan and the Phallus Obsession

Just a warning for the conservative prudish folks and easily offended folks out there.Bhutanese society, at least to us Westerners, has a phallus obsession. They decorate their houses with them, there...
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GrumpyDiver
Jan 14, 2015

Street Dogs

Every street in Bhutan seems to have 4-5 street dogs. Not menacing, and many appear healthy and well fed. Some are kind of mangy. This group of characters were playing kind of the sand hill in...
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Roadquill
May 17, 2015

Popular Cities in Bhutan

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Thimphu

Thimphu Dzongkhag
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Paro

Paro Dzongkhag
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Top Hotels in Bhutan

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, PO Box 524, Thimphu, Bhutan
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Valley View Drive, paro, Bhutan, 1000, BT
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P.O.Box 236, Thimphu, Bhutan
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PARO, Paro, PA 999999
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Phenday Lam downtown 11001
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Balakha Chento Geog, Near Drugyal Dzong Paro, PARO
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Top Things to Do in Bhutan

Things to Do

Hike to the Tiger's Nest also called the Taktshang Monastery

The Tiger's Nest, locally known as the Taktshang Monastery, stands on a vertical cliff-face in Paro, Bhutan. A trip to Bhutan could be considered incomplete if you don’t visit this monastery, which...
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ozalp

"Falling in love with a country"
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"BHUTAN - the last true illusion of the Himalaya"
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"Bhutan"
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"Land of the Thunder Dragon"
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"Into the Last Himalayan Buddhist Kingdom"
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