With incredible Himalayan scenery, colourful festivals, and an abundance of historic monasteries and temples, Bhutan is a truly fascinating kingdom waiting to be explored. From hiking across mountain trails in Thimphu, to white-water rafting down the Mo Chhu in Punakha, there are plenty of ways to explore the hidden treasures of Bhutan.
For a country that measures wealth in happiness, the stunning landscapes, exhilarating treks and bustling traditional markets are just the start of it.
Described as the last surviving refuge of traditional Himalayan Buddhist culture, the Kingdom of Bhutan is one of the most isolated nations in the world. Landlocked between India and China by the vast Himalayan mountain range, Bhutan has been able to carefully preserve its unique culture and traditions. With incredibly friendly people, some of the world’s best hiking opportunities and monasteries situated high up on cliffs with views over the spectacular valleys, Bhutan offers a travelling experience like no other.
As the capital city and the most modern in Bhutan, Thimphu offers a brilliant combination of spectacular monasteries, panoramic views and traditional Bhutanese markets. Visit the impressive Thrashi Chhoe Dzong and the largest domestic market in the country where you can discover real Bhutanese culture.
For pure peace and culture, visit the pleasant town of Paro. Lying on the banks of the Paro Chhu, the town boasts some of Bhutan’s most iconic sites, including the Tiger’s Nest Monastery, and a huge collection of fantastic trekking opportunities.
As the former capital of Bhutan, Punakha has plenty to offer. Find new and exciting ways to explore the valleys, from mountain biking across Samdingkha, to white-water rafting down Mo Chhu and Po Chhu, this is the perfect place for those looking for adventurous and unique ways to discover the kingdom.
On the periphery of the Black Mountains lies Gangtey, one of the most beautiful spots in Bhutan. Offering stunning panoramic views, the Phobjikha valley is home to the rare and endangered Black-necked Cranes, Bhutan’s ‘heavenly birds’, as well as the country’s biggest Nyingmapa monastery.
As Bhutan’s most sacred valley, Bumthang is one of the most peaceful and spiritual places in the kingdom. Made up of four valleys, Bumthang boasts rich culture, spectacular scenery and fascinating temples and palaces, all surrounded by hundreds of myths and legends.
This 8-night itinerary lets you take in one of the world’s most inspiring countries in comfort and style combining the must-see highlights with some of the country’s finest hotels and lodges.