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a guide to holiday in Bhutan

Travel guide

Discover Bhutan, a country rich in culture and unspoiled sceneries.

From magnificent landscapes to mystical temples, the last Himalayan Buddhist kingdom awaits.

'National Geographic'

Bhutan is one of those remote destination that enchants even the most well-traveled

'Travel and Leisure'

Fiercely independant and vibrant land

'Forbes'

a place of ancient monasteries, fluttering prayer flags and staggering natural beauty

'The Guardian'

About Bhutan

A remote Buddhist kingdom

Bhutan is a small remote kingdom nestled in the Himalayas between its powerful neighbors, India and China. Almost completely cut off for centuries, it is now letting in some aspect of the outside modern world while fiercely guarding its ancient traditions.

Festivals

Bhutan has a rich and unique cultural heritage, that has been developed since the introduction of Buddhism in the 8th century. Festivals enhance this culture and are the best opportunities to witness how much Bhutan is deeply steeped into its heritage. During the festivals, you can observe mask dancers performed energetic dance dramas in colorful and stylized costumes. The festivals preserve ancients folks, believes and religious customs by passing on the history and legends of the country. It also help perpetuating the ancient lore and art of mask-making.

Top attractions

Despite its rather small size, Bhutan is packed with things to do and things to see. From its natural splendors, stunning snow-capped mountains, green meadows with blossoming flowers and grazing yaks,  to its  rich and unique cultural heritage, magnificent monasteries and fortresses, temples and stupas,  monks dress in red robes; there are a lot to see, do and explore. Here is our handpick selections of sightseeing, activities and adventures.

Visa and Rates

To travel to Bhutan, you must book through an officially licensed tour operator, like us, and pay a daily tariff of minimum $200 per person per day, this rate includes your accommodation, transfers, guide, meals and taxes. Generally, when using the better hotels, you always exceed that amount. Keep in mind that most hotels include all your meals, and some like the Amans, all your drinks so when you are travelling through Bhutan you don’t have to spend any more that the cost of the holiday.

When to visit

The weather is ideal in spring and autumn, bringing a higher number of tourist in the country and a higher daily tariff (US$ 250/day). Autumn being the most popular time due to the high number of festivals, and spring being the most delightful with its warmer weather and wildflowers blossom. Winter is a photographer’s dream with thick blankets of snow, but road closures are common, and temperatures can drop below zero at night.

How to get there ?

The best option is to land in Paro airport, surrounded by high peaks up to 5,500 meters, it is rated as one of the world’s most challenging airports for landings, and offers spectacular views to its passengers. There are only two airlines landing here,the main flag carrier is Druk Airways and Bhutan Airlines. The main hub airports you can fly from are Mumbai, Delhi, Calcutta, Bangkok and Singapore. There are also flights from Bagdogra in India, Kathmandu in Nepal and Dhaka in Bangladesh, giving the opportunity to combine your trip with one of these countries.

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  • This cultural tour through the mystical Western valleys of Bhutan is an ideal introduction to the Dragon Kingdom. Experience Bhutanese hospitality, admire the ever-changing landscapes, and immerse yourself in Bhutan’s rich buddhist culture. Highlights include Ta Dzong Museum, Rimpong Dzong with its wooden cantilevered bridge and the infamous Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest) in the beautiful Paro Valley, The National Memorial Chorten, 12th century Changangkha Temple and the National Library exhibiting ancient scriptures in Bhutan’s capital Thimphu, and after crossing the 3050m Dochula Pass with spectacular Himalayan views, a journey into the sub-tropical Punakha Valley featuring the incredible the Punakha Dzong and Chimi Lhakang, temple of the ‘Divine Madman’.

  • Its takes you on a short but complete journey of the country. It may not have everything that the country has to offer but we have done our best to make sure you get see the most beautiful glimpse, from traditional paper making to seeing the national animal, more modern Tashichhoe Dzong to the rustic Wangdue Phodrang Dzong, magnificent views of the majestic Himalayan Range to the grandeur of Punakha Dzong. With this package you can rest assured that you will get to see more than just a glimpse.

  • This cultural tour explores the heritage and traditions of Bhutan’s timeless culture that still thrive today. This tour is specially tailored to provide a deeper insight into the lives of the diverse people of Bhutan. Based in the western valleys, you will be immersed the daily lives of Bhutanese, with exclusive activities including farmhouse visits, interaction with northern nomad tribes and participation in special Buddhist ceremonies. It also includes visits to Bhutan’s many cultural highlights including Ta Dzong Museum, Rimpong Dzong with its wooden cantilevered bridge and the infamous Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest) in the Paro Valley, The National Memorial Chorten, 12th century Changangkha Temple and the National Library exhibiting ancient scriptures in Bhutan’s capital Thimphu, and the Punakha Dzong and Chimi Lhakang in the sub-tropical Punakha Valley. The best time to do this tour is during the months of December to late March when the nomadic Laya people migrate south to Punakha for winter.

  • Discover the highlights of Bhutan’s popular western and spiritual central valleys in luxury. Visit Dzongs, temples, monasteries, palaces, and witness Bhutan’s ever-changing scenic beauty of forests and himalayan peaks from the comfort of a luxury 4WD. For those with a little less time or are interested in a birds-eye view, we can easily organise helicopter transfers. At the end of the day you will unwind at your luxurious accommodation, options including Taj Tashi, Uma Punakha, Amankora, Gangtey Goenpa Lodge, Um Paro and Zhiwa Ling Paro resorts, experiencing their first class service and facilities including massage, spa, well-being therapies and fine dining. This tour included a night in the stunning Phobjikha Valley, winter home of the endangered Black-Necked Crane. We can also organise a range of add-on options to you provide the most luxurious and unforgettable experience of the Dragon Kingdom.

  • Ideal for those who want to discover the true Bhutan, this ultimate cultural tour explores the cultural valleys of the west, spiritual central Bhutan & the rugged east. Journey Across Bhutan traverses incredible landscapes of high mountain passes with incredible Himalayan views, mixed forests, beautiful countryside and Alpine meadows rich with diverse flora and fauna. Beginning in the gentle valley of Paro, home to the infamous Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest), you will visit ancient fortresses, sacred monasteries, remote temples, farm houses, palaces and monastic schools across the country to the eastern border town of Samdrup Jongkhar. This is a special and unique tour is designed for the enthusiastic traveller with a longer holiday program in mind and a desire to discover the true Bhutan. Journey Across Bhutan can also operate Paro – Trashigang – Paro.

  • The Tsechu / festival are a religious festival in honor of Guru Rinpoche, who brought the Buddhism to this country in 8th century. The scared mask dances trace their origin in Nyingmpa School, dating from the 12th or 13th century and later by the middle of the 15th century, Bhutan had developed its own sacred dance traditions associated with the Great Saint Pema Lingpa. Trongsa Tsechu is one the oldest Tsechu in Bhutan. It is believed the Tsechus in Bhutan was spread from Trongsa. Most of the Champoen, the mask dance teacher, learned in Trongsa. On the last day of the Trongsa Tsechu, they unfurl the Thongdrel (liberation and blessings at the sight) every time, which is the highlight of the Trongsa Tsechu. It takes place always in winter.

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