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Reach­ing Bhutan in­volves first fly­ing to Bangkok, Delhi, Kath­mandu, Kolkata or Sin­ga­pore (Lon­don to Delhi from £370; airindia.in), and then fly­ing on to Paro with na­tional air­line Druk Air or pri­vate car­rier Bhutan Air­lines (Delhi to Paro from £270; drukair.com.bt).

All visi­tors must book via a li­censed lo­cal or for­eign tour op­er­a­tor in order to be ap­proved for a visa, which costs £30 and must be ar­ranged be­fore ar­rival, via the op­er­a­tor. For more de­tails, see tourism.gov.bt. Wild Fron­tiers’ eight-day High­lights of Bhutan trip in­cludes vis­its to the for­mer cap­i­tal Pu­nakha, plus Paro and Thim­phu, and Paro Val­ley’s Tiger’s Nest Monastery (from £2,095 excl flights; wild­fron­tier­stravel.com). Be aware that there is a min­i­mum daily tar­iff for all visi­tors to Bhutan, which cov­ers three-star ac­com­mo­da­tion, meals, trans­port (in­clud­ing in­ter­nal flights), ser­vices of li­censed guides and porters, and a sus­tain­able devel­op­ment fee. The tar­iff for a vis­i­tor trav­el­ling in a group of three or more is £150 per night in low sea­son (Jan­uary, Fe­bru­ary, June–Au­gust and De­cem­ber), and £190 at other times.

The spring and au­tumn high sea­sons of­fer ideal weather, with Hi­malayan views at their best in Oc­to­ber; prices are cheaper in the low sea­son, though win­ter can be cold and sum­mer brings mon­soons. Many visi­tors plan their dates around Bhutan’s fes­ti­vals, with the big­gest in Fe­bru­ary and Septem­ber – see tourism.gov.bt for more de­tails.

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