Introducing Bhutan

Awe inspiring and intriguing in equal measure, Bhutan charms all those who visit. And while it’s impossible not to fall in love with its snow-capped peaks and lush forested hills, this Himalayan mountain kingdom is about so much more than its incredible landscape.

Indeed, its ancient Buddhist culture has been beautifully preserved. From fluttering prayer flags adorning mountain passes to impossibly perched temples on cliff faces, Bhutan has retained its character by embracing Gross National Happiness, a philosophy based on Buddhist rather than western values that not only protects its landscape and monuments, but ensures that tourism is done responsibly.

These Bhutan holiday ideas are crafted by destination experts from trusted local travel companies.

Highlights

  • Discovering the cliff-side Tiger’s Nest temple complex
  • Exploring Punakha Dzong, the ‘Palace of Great Happiness’
  • Meeting monks at spectacular hillside monasteries
  • Witnessing Bhutan’s living heritage in the kingdom’s villages
  • Travelling over the Chele La or Dochula mountain passes

When to go

  • High: Sep to Nov, Mar to May
  • Shoulder: Dec to Feb
  • Low: Jun to Aug

Bhutan Heritage Trail

  • When to go: March – December
  • Duration: 9 nights

With its flourishing age-old Buddhist culture – one that’s largely protected from the influences of globalisation – Bhutan’s unique heritage is very much ‘living’. This culturally orientated trip will introduce you to magnificent monasteries, terrific temples and delightful dzongs – all of which represent key parts of daily Bhutanese life – in addition to discovering this Himalayan mountain kingdom’s incomparable natural beauty.

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Spiritual Bhutan

  • When to go: March – December
  • Duration: 10 nights

Indulge in morning meditation sessions surrounded by the heavenly Himalayas, learn about Lamaism from student monks and visit a range of magnificent monasteries on this spiritually minded journey through the world’s most tranquil mountain kingdom. Crossing from central to western Bhutan via the prayer flags of Pele La pass – taking in iconic sights like the Tiger’s Nest temple complex along the way – this unique trip combines complete peace and quiet with a spirit of adventure.

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Bhutan for Adventurers

  • When to go: March – December
  • Duration: 7 nights

Combining thrilling Himalayan excursions with exploring traditional Buddhist culture, this adventurous introduction to Bhutan’s spellbinding highlights takes in heavenly hikes to mountain-dwelling monasteries, visits to precariously placed temples and white-water trips down rapid-packed rivers. Packing as much as possible into just a week, this all-encompassing trip can only be described as an adventure of a lifetime.

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