Bhutan tailor-made holidays
Eccentric, exclusive and expensive, Bhutan is like no other country. Bhutan travel is all-inclusive and all tourists on Bhutan holidays or tours to Bhutan must travel on a pre-planned itinerary as this is the only way to explore the fascinating, medieval kingdom, whose name translates as ‘Land of the Thunder Dragon'.
The pretty capital Thimpu has an ancient feel and a pleasing atmosphere. Dominating the brightly coloured buildings is the imposing fortress monastery Trashi Chhoe Dzong.
The country's spiritual centre is Bumthang. Home to many precious Buddhist sites, dzongs, temples and palaces, it is a spectacular place to visit.
Dramatic scenery is everywhere, but some of the most striking can be seen on the flight into Paro from neighbouring Nepal, when you'll pass eight of the world's ten highest peaks before touching down.
700m above the Paro Valley precariously perches the Taktshang monastery, also known as the Tiger's Nest monastery, one of Bhutan's best-known sights. In this mountainous country there's plenty of options for trekking; tackle the Jhomolhari or Snowman Trek to spot spectacular views.
There are several wildlife reserves; head to Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary for a chance to see the wilderness where the yeti, known locally as the migoi, might live.
At a glance
Top itineraries in Bhutan
A land of gilded temples, mysterious monasteries, mist-shrouded valleys and soaring peaks, Bhutan has been beguiling holidaymakers since it opened its doors to the world in 1974. And, on this tailor-made adventure, you'll take in its highlights with private touring and transfers throughout.
There can be few other places on earth with such rich history and awe-inspiring landscapes as Nepal and Bhutan. Explore it all on this twin-country tour that takes in ancient cities, hidden temples and soaring Himalayan peaks.
On this adventurous tour of Bhutan, you'll visit the capital, Thimphu, before traversing mountain passes to reach the charms of its valley towns – Punakha and Paro – after enjoying a slice of village life in Gangtey. Expert-led tours and excursions bring it all to life.
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Top places to stay in Bhutan
Showcasing architect-designed interiors and stunning valley views, this remote lodge pairs traditional farm-house charm with modern boutique luxuries in freestanding bathtubs and log burning fires. It's the ideal base for exploring Gangtey Valley on everything from included walks to temple visits.
Amankora Gangtey offers an off-the-beaten-track, relaxing retreat with sweeping views of the verdant Phobjkha Valley
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When to go to Bhutan
Bhutan has two high seasons: March to May, and September to November. The autumn, post-monsoon, offers the best Himalayan views, while the spring brings mild weather and spectacular rhododendron blooms. Fewer tourists and lower prices also make winter a viable option, although it can get quite cold during December and January, especially in the mountains. The humid summer months (June-August), when heavy monsoon rains make trekking all but impossible, are best avoided.
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