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Discover the cultural and natural wonders of the last remaining Mahayana Buddhist kingdom of the Himalayas. Visit some of Bhutan's most sacred temples and monasteries. Enjoy scenic hikes and breathtaking views of the valleys
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About Bhutan

Bhutan lies in the eastern Himalayas. It is a landlocked country nestled between Tibet (to the north) and India (to the south, east, and west). It's about 47,000 square kilometers in area. Bhutan can be divided into three geographic regions. The highest mountains in the country, the Great Himalayas, are near the northern and western borders, and they reach heights of approximately 7,550 meters. As the mountains gradually decrease in height, they extend southward and become the high forested hills and valleys of the Inner Himalayas. The districts in this central region contain Bhutan's largest towns, and altitudes in this area range from about 1,100 meters to 3,750 meters. The altitude of Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan, is about 2,300 meters. The foothills of the Himalayas lie in southern Bhutan. This region is mostly semitropical forest and bamboo jungle, and the altitudes range from about 300 meters to 1,350 meters.

Bhutan has four distinct seasons. Spring is probably the most beautiful time of year because of the blooming rhododendron. The summer months are rainy and warm. After the summer monsoon, the skies become brilliant blue and clear and will stay this way through November. The most popular season for travel to Bhutan tends to be the fall. Fall is a great time of year to trek and to view the Himalaya mountain range. The weather is cold and clear during the winter months, and it often snows in Thimphu. The temperature in Thimphu ranges from about 0 degrees celcius in January to 25 degrees celcius in July. It is warmer and more tropical in the southern plains near the Indian border than it is in the higher central regions, thus the winters tend to be warmer. It snows year-round in the Great Himalaya areas at the western and northern borders.

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