Solo Female Travel in Bhutan

Nestled within the formidable ranges of the Eastern Himalayas, Bhutan is a small, landlocked kingdom famous for its spectacular landscapes and rich, mesmerizing culture. Surrounded by India and China, Bhutan is the last great Himalayan kingdom, renowned for its impressive monasteries, fortresses, and the remarkable philosophy of Gross National Happiness. Known as the Land of the Thunder Dragon, Bhutan is also home to a wealth of biodiversity, diverse and exotic wildlife, and protected national parks. The capital city, Thimphu, juxtaposes ancient tradition with modern living, providing visitors a unique blend of old and new. Its majestic monasteries, like the famous Tiger's Nest, stunning landscapes, colourful festivals like Tshechu, and preserved traditions make Bhutan an intriguing destination for spiritual seekers and nature enthusiasts alike.

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Safety:Very safe

Bhutan stands out as a safe choice for solo female travelers due to its strong cultural respect towards women, low crime rates and a friendly, hospitable population. The locals are always willing to help, and the peacefulness of the country creates a safe and secure environment for all travelers. Please remember that respect towards their customs is always highly appreciated.

Transport:Moderate

Moving around Bhutan can be somewhat challenging for a solo female traveler. While the place is absolutely safe and has trustworthy locals, the mountainous terrain and lack of public transportation can make it difficult to travel independently. It's advisable to hire a local guide or join a tour, as the government requires foreigners to have guides for certain areas.

Things to do:Interesting

Bhutan is filled with opportunities for adventure and exploration. It is renowned for its untouched beauty and serene landscapes. Nature lovers can marvel at its mountainous terrains, deep valleys, and lush forests. Historical enthusiasts can delve into the country's rich history by visiting ancient monasteries and museums. Additionally, there are plenty of activities such as archery, trekking, and river rafting to keep you engaged. Though it's not the most bustling destination in terms of city attractions or nightlife, its charm lies in peaceful tranquility and engaging cultural experiences.

Food:Above average

Bhutan offers a remarkable diversity of cuisines, defined by spicy red and green chilies as the main ingredient. Staples like 'datshi' (cheese) paired with a variety of ingredients are a must-try. They also incorporate a lot of fresh organic produce, meat, and rice in their dishes. While the food in Bhutan is extraordinarily flavorful and unique, it might be too spicy for some. The diversity is good in terms of ingredients but not style, as most of the dishes have a similar taste profile, including a high level of spiciness. Also, keep in mind that, due to the country's remote location, western or familiar international dishes may not be easily accessible everywhere.

Budget:Expensive

Bhutan has a unique approach to tourism where visitors must pay a minimum daily tariff that ranges from $200 to $250 per day, depending on the season. This fee includes accommodation, meals, guide service, and transportation. Although this ensures a degree of exclusivity and quality of service, it makes Bhutan a less budget-friendly option compared to other countries in Asia.

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We travelled as two women travellers. We had hired an taxi and we felt completely safe in the country. We never felt threatened or unsafe The food was yummy . all the yummy Datshi(Food made with Yak cheese) especially Emma Datshi which is made with chillies and cheese is my favourite. Of all the places , my favourite was our punakha stay away from the chaos . It's a beautiful place.

Posted: January 7, 2024Experienced: March, 2018
Things to do: 4/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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