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Steeped in Buddhist tradition, Bhutan is Asia's real-life Shangri-La, a kingdom of dramatic Himalayan landscapes, mystical dzongs, and unique wildlife.    

Nestled between Tibet and India in the Himalayas, Bhutan is a nation who measures its population's gross national happiness, taking the care to preserve its unique culture and traditions. Characterised by its forested mountain peaks, rainbow prayer flags and traditional fortresses, Bhutan’s strong focus on sustainable, low-volume tourism means a luxury holiday here promises tranquility and authentic experiences, its luxury lodges and hotels paying homage to the country’s well-preserved heritage.  

Our luxury Bhutan holidays could see you trekking to the renowned ‘Tiger’s Nest’ with a private guide, visiting Punakha Dzong, open to visitors during the Punakha Festival in the early spring and summer months, and Gagyel Lhundrup Weaving Centre, a privately-owned weaving center that regularly produces ceremonial textiles for the Bhutanese royal family. With only one international airport in Paro, you’ll most likely begin your holiday here, a beautiful valley town surrounded by striking mountains and glassy rivers, before visiting Thimphu, the capital city that hosts many of the country’s prominent religious festivals, and Punakha, a historical centre cradled by sweeping mountains. 

Your private tour could take you anywhere, from Chelela Pass, the highest motorable point at 3,810 meters above sea level in Bhutan to the quaint village of Talo, set on a ridge above the Punakha Valley, with Talo Monastery and Nalanda University providing an insight into the religious and spiritual side of the country. Go on a trekking holiday and hike some of the country’s ancient trails, or spot the region’s elusive wildlife, including snow leopards, Himalayan black bears, and elephants. 

Our Top Bhutan Experiences

  • Trek to the sacred 'Tiger's Nest' with a private guide.  
  • Experience one of the country's many brightly-coloured festivals with masked dancers.  
  • Spot snow leopards in the wild in Jomolhari Mountain Area.  
  • Visit Buddha Dordenma a 51.5-meter golden statue offering unobstructed views of Thimphu Valley

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Bhutan is between the cooler months of October and December when the skies are clear and blue, ideal for mountain trekking. Visit between the Spring months of March and May to witness the spectacular bloom of flowers on the mountain valleys.

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COMO Uma Paro
Paro, Bhutan
COMO Uma Paro, Bhutan is an exclusive five-star luxury resort located in the incredible Paro Valley in Bhutan, and spanning 38 acres. There are a total of just 29 rooms, suites and villas, and each combines contemporary and traditional Bhutanese
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Bhutan Spirit Sanctuary
Asia, Bhutan
The Bhutan Spirit Sanctuary is an all-immersive wellness retreat focused on healing the body, mind and spirit. Located within the beautiful Neyphu Valley, this is the perfect place to get away from the everyday pressures of the modern world and
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Taj Tashi Bhutan
Asia, Bhutan
The Taj Tashi Bhutan is located in the heart of Thimphu and the Thimphu Valley, and is a great place to experience Bhutan’s rich culture and beautiful natural landscapes. With a combination of Dzong architecture and modern design, this luxury
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Best Time to travel to
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The best time to visit Bhutan is between the cooler months of October and December when the skies are clear and blue, ideal for mountain trekking. Visit between the Spring months of March and May to witness the spectacular bloom of flowers on the mountain valleys.

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Things to do in
Bhutan
Trek to the Tigers Nest

Paro Taktsang, commonly known as the Tiger's Nest and considered to be the cultural icon of Bhutan, is a sacred Buddhist monastery nestled on a cliff side in the Paro Valley. 

Accessed through beautiful trails, the Tiger's Nest is a collection of ethereal buildings built in the 1600s. With an expert guide, you can hike up to the Paro Taktsang and be met with stunning views across the valley as you climb further and further uphill. You'll cross a bridge of brightly-coloured prayer flags before hiking your final stretch to the monastery; once there, you'll have a guided tour of the monastery and learn about the history of this incredible structure - this really is a must-see on your first visit to Bhutan!

Royal Manas National Park

The Royal Manas National Park, located in the south of Bhutan, is classed as one of the world’s most biologically outstanding parks. 

Rich in astounding wildlife, Bhutan's oldest national park is the home to many endangered species, such as the Royal Bengal tiger, the Asian elephant, the Himalayan black bear and the rare golden langur. Once in the park, there is plenty for you to see and do; hike through eco-trails and enjoy the diverse tropical and subtropical flora; go wildlife watching and try to glimpse the elusive animals in the national park; book a boat ride on the Manas river and glide through the lush foliage - you may even be lucky enough to see a pod Gangetic river Dolphins!

Paro Tshechu Festival

The best way to immerse yourself in Bhutan's rich culture and history is by attending the Paro Tscechu Festival, held yearly since the 17th century on the 10th day of the 2nd Bhutanese lunar month.

One of the biggest religious dance festivals in Bhutan, this vivid display of masks and costumes is truly mesmerising and definitely worth seeing on your holiday to Bhutan. You can watch a variety of thousand-year-old religious rituals and dances that perform good triumphing over evil with an eerie musical accompaniment of cymbals and flutes. Whilst admiring the silk brocade costumes of the monks, make sure to try the unique butter tea with its distinctive salty taste or the potent barley spirit that is popular in the Himalayan region. 

Haa Valley

The Haa Valley, west of Thimphu, is a breathtaking paradise carved out between the mountains. With the glistening Haa Chhu river weaving its way through the valley, this is an incredible place to explore.  

Great for hiking trips, the Haa Valley has many Buddhist temples that are accessible by foot for different walking abilities. As you walk further into the valley, you'll be able to experience rural Bhutan with its verdant paddy fields and traditional wooden houses adorned with large phalluses - a protective symbol! The valley is best experienced walking alongside the river; there is nothing more rejuvenating for your mind than to hear the water trickle as you inhale the crisp mountain air. 

Punakha Dzong

A visit to Bhutan is not complete until you have visited a fortress, locally known as a dzong, and marvelled at the distinctive architecture only to be found in the Himalayan region. 

There is no finer dzong in Bhutan than the Punakha Dzong. Tranquilly set alongside the Mo Chhu River and surrounded by green hills and lilac jacaranda trees that bloom in the spring, the fortress looks simply heavenly; it is no surprise that is often termed as Bhutan's most beautiful dzong. Used as the seat of government until the 1950s and having crowned all of Bhutan's kings, the Punakha Dzong remains a prestigious site of cultural importance in the country. With an amazing assembly hall that charts Buddha's life in paintings and carefully-maintained temples, the Punakha Dzong is a great place to learn about Bhutan's history and the religious influences within the country. 

Thimphu

Modernity is slowly seeping into Thimphu, but Bhutan's capital city still retains its authentic Buddhist charm. 

Located in a beautiful valley, Thimphu is a great place to explore Bhutan's unique history and architecture whilst indulging in modern restaurants and nightclubs. To experience Thimphu's local culture, Thimpu's Weekend Market is definitely worth a visit. On the banks of the Wang Chu River, you can try local produce such as wild honey or purchase handcrafted souvenirs as a keepsake for your Bhutan holiday. Make sure to visit the Tashichho Dzong on the edge of the city - you'll be blown away by the ornate three-tiered golden roofs! 

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Language:

Dzongkha

Currency:

Bhutanese ngultrum, Indian rupee

Timezone:

GMT+6

Best Time To Travel:

Oct-May

Flight Time:

12hrs

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Country Combinations::

India, China

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