About Bhutan

A Bhutan holiday or group tour showcases nature at its best - pristine and stunningly beautiful.  While it is nowhere near as isolated from the world as it used to be, the country certainly comes closer to the old ‘Shangri-La’ myth than any other. Buttressed on three sides by high peaks, this small, thinly-populated mountain kingdom the size of Switzerland has maintained its traditional way of life to a degree that’s unique in the eastern Himalayas – and in a style that’s fabulously idiosyncratic and shrouded in myths and legends.

Where else can you travel to where men obliged by law to wear Argyll socks and knee-length, cross-buttoned tunics? And which other country can claim as its national symbol an animal that looks like a cross between a cow and a goat (the ‘takin’)? Or which has archery as its national sport, has banned foreign television and tobacco, and measures its success not merely in terms of economic growth, but GNH (Gross National Happiness)? A scale on which Bhutan scores highly.

When on a Bhutan holiday or small group tour, many appreciate that the country is truly a place most people feel privileged to have experienced.

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Suggested Group Tours & Holidays to Bhutan

Bhutan Highlights

Bhutan Highlights

12 days from £3595 per person

Discover the magic and mystery of Bhutan on this short tour of the country’s highlights, covering the sights of Paro and Thimphu, and taking in…

Eastern Bhutan

Eastern Bhutan

17 days from £4765 per person

Explore the more remote, rural east of the country on this two-week tour starting in Delhi. Grandiose, forested valleys ringed by shining ice peaks, pretty,…

The Bhutan Journey

The Bhutan Journey

16 days from £4434 per person

Bhutan is perhaps the last bastion of Mahayana Buddhism in the Himalaya and retains its age-old traditions and unspoilt culture. Colourful festivals with mask dances…

Mountain Kingdoms of Nepal & Bhutan

Mountain Kingdoms of Nepal & Bhutan

16 days from £5245 per person

The Himalayan kingdoms of Bhutan and Nepal share a great deal in common – not least their astounding mountain landscapes and Tibetan-Buddhist heritage. They are…

Essential Bhutan

Essential Bhutan

10 days from £2145 per person

Discover the magic and mystery of Bhutan on this interesting tour covering the sights of Paro and Thimphu, and taking in the astonishing fortified monastic…

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Bhutan Best Time To Go

Best time to Visit Bhutan

Bhutan's climate ranges from tropical in the south, to temperate in the centre of the country, to cold in the north. The best time to go to Bhutan is in the Spring or Autumn. Mid December to early January can be a beautifully clear and a dry time in western Bhutan. Late December through mid February is the period of heaviest snowfall in the higher elevations. The autumn season, late September through November, is usually mild and the sky is at its clearest affording magnificent views of the Himalayas.

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Bhutan Places and Experiences

Paro

Paro

Shops, restaurants and offices in richly carved traditional buildings line the main street of Paro, a couple of hours’ drive from Thimpu, where two of eastern Bhutan’s main rivers meet. Approached by a spectacular flight path, which only a…

Taktsang Monastery

Taktsang Monastery

Several other sights lie in and around town but further up the valley (towards Tibet) lies what is arguably Bhutan’s iconic picture-postcard monument – the Taktsang Monastery. Commonly known as the ‘Tiger’s Nest’, it is wedged into a lofty…

Thimphu

Thimphu

Thimphu became the capital of Bhutan in 1961, since when it has swollen to a town of around 80,000 people. TransIndus tours typically pause a couple of nights here – long enough to take in its impressive dzongs (fortress-monasteries), the K…

Tshechus

Tshechus

Bhutan’s religious festivals form a particularly important part of the local and tourist calendar. The best known are tshechus, typically three- to five-day events staged at different times of the year by every village in honour of Guru Rin…

Punakha

Punakha

Around 15.5 miles (25 km) east of Thimphu, Punakha and its gorgeous valley typically offers visitors their first real taste of rural Bhutan. Built in around 1638 and beautifully sited at the confluence of two rivers, its dzong ranks among t…

Dochu La Pass

Dochu La Pass

On the road to Punakha from Thimpu lies the Dochu La Pass, at 3,100m (10,170ft). 108 memorial stupas adorn the pass, arranged in three concentric circles. The vast expanse of the snow-clad mountain peaks of the Himalayas lies to the east, a…

Bumthang Valley

Bumthang Valley

Situated in the heart of the country, a crossroads-like alignment of four valleys is collectively known as Bumthang. Until the 1970s, when a road was finally constructed through it, this region remained isolated and relatively undeveloped. …

Trekking in Bhutan

Trekking in Bhutan

Bhutan’s thickly forested valleys, open ridges and often remote high-mountain country offer some of the best trekking in the Himalayas. Surprisingly few visitors to the country actually come to walk; those that do are often delighted to fin…

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