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Bhutan

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

Flying time from UK
10 hours

Time Zone
GMT +6

Currency
Ngultrum (NU) = 100 chetrum (Ch)

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Dzongkha

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Please check the FCO for latest advice

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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.

Top itineraries in Bhutan

Best of Bhutan

11-day tailor-made journey from £3,395 pp incl. flights

A land of gilded temples, mysterious monasteries, mist-shrouded valleys and soaring peaks, Bhutan has been beguiling and bewitching holidaymakers since it opened its doors to the world in 1974.

The Kingdom of Dragons

12-day tailor-made journey from £5,895 pp incl. flights

This two-week tailor-made journey takes you to some of Bhutan's highlights, including Paro, Thimphu and Bumthang.

Nepal & Bhutan Discovery

16-day tailor-made journey from £3,295 pp incl. flights

There can be few other places on earth with such rich history, such welcoming people, or such awe-inspiring landscapes as Nepal and Bhutan.

Bhutan: Off the Beaten Track

11-day tailor-made holiday from £2,845 pp incl. flights

On this luxury 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 taste of village life in Gangtey.

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Top places to stay in Bhutan

Gangtey Goenpa Lodge, Gangte Valley

Small & intimate lodge

Gangtey Goenpa Lodge is well designed, and has first-rate views across the verdant Gangtey Valley, providing sweeping views of one of Bhutan's most beautiful areas.

Amankora Bumthang

Contemporary hotel

Amankora Bumthang is beautifully located with views across the Wangdicholing Palace

Amankora Gangtey

Contemporary hotel

Amankora Gangtey offers an off-the-beaten-track, relaxing retreat with sweeping views of the verdant Phobjkha Valley

Amankora Punakha

Traditional hotel

Amankora Punakha is located around a traditional farmhouse, and offers a relaxing mountain retreat

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