Bhutan Travel just got easier with the launch of domestic air services from Paro to Bumthang and to Tashigang

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Drukair, the national airline of Bhutan, and Tashi Air, also known as Bhutan Airlines, Bhutan’s first private airlines, will now fly to Batpalathang airport in Bumthang, the stunning valley of pick buckwheat fields, and Yonphula in Tashigang, which may be declared the most stunning airport yet.

The valley of Paro

Paro Airport

"Its tough to take out 2 weeks to travel Bhutan from West to east as it takes many hours by road to reach East, & come back again by road to take a flight back. Now they can choose to fly back from east,", says Karma Tshering of BhutanTravelAgency.com

The mysterious east of Bhutan has never been more accessible. With the launch of domestic air services to two of the most beautiful regions of the country, Bhutan travel has become simple like never before says Karma Tshering of BhutanTravelAgency.com

Drukair, the national airline of Bhutan, and Tashi Air, also known as Bhutan Airlines, the country’s first private airlines, will now fly to Batpalathang airport in Bumthang, the stunning valley of pick buckwheat fields, and Yonphula in Tashigang, which may be declared the most stunning airport yet.
The journey, which would otherwise take one day by road to Bumthang from the capital Thimphu or the international airport at Paro, will now take a mere 25 minutes, and the journey to Tashigang, the remote and even more mysterious far east of the exotic travel destination that is Bhutan, which would take two days by road from the capital, is now only 30 minutes away.

Bhutan Airlines also offers chartered flights and long mountain flights to make travel Bhutan luxurious, which promises to be exceptionally beautiful airplane rides, thanks to the stunning white peaks and emerald mountains of Bhutan, with glistening ribbons of rivers running through them, dotted with rural homes and an occasional enormous red roofed dzong or monastery high up in the mountains.
Bhutan Airlines charges 350 USD for a flight to Yonphula, and 600 USD for a return flight, while a flight to Bumthang from Paro costs 250 USD or 400 USD for return. Promotional introductory fares are offered till the end of February 2012 and can also be combined with various Bhutan tour packages.

Bumthang in the north of Bhutan is already a traveller’s paradise, with broad expanses of valleys, and a strong presence of local businesses famous for naturally produced honey and cheese. It is also a well known religious and cultural destination, with Jampay Lhakhang, a venerated monastery known as the place where the 8th century saint Guru Padmasambhava performed miracles to secure the land, subduing malicious deities and converting them into protectors of the land and the people. This is also where the famous sacred naked dance is performed at midnight during the Jampay Lhakhang Festival in October-November.

The valley is also well known as the birthplace of the treasure-hunter or Tertoen Pema Lingpa who discovered many religious artifacts left behind by Guru Rinpoche. Lake Mebartsho, or the Burning Lake, is one of the most holy sites in Bhutan, and was the place where Tertoen Pema Lingpa is said to have dived into the rushing waters with a lit butter lamp, and emerged with religious artifacts and the lamp still burning, giving the lake its name.

Tashigang is a quaint town located close to a number of major well known locations of interest to Bhutan travelers. Settlement is higher up in the mountains in the eastern parts of the country, where the valleys are narrow and deep, just perfect to fit various tours of Bhutan

The villages of Merak and Sakteng, now opened to a limited number of tourists, are unique, undisturbed settlement of the Brokpa (highland) people with a distinct cultural heritage. Merak and Sakteng is well known for its stunning treks as well as for being the land of the elusive Yeti, the abominable snowman of the orient.

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