LOCAL LEGENDS COLOR A MOUNTAIN KINGDOM
The only country in the world to measure Gross National Happiness, it is evident before you step off the plane that a Bhutan holiday is unlike anything you’ve experienced before.
Bhutan is a land shrouded in mystery, with soaring mountain peaks, picturesque valleys and delightful people. The nation has long resisted outside influence, including television until recent times.
Bhutan's breathtaking mountain scenery, charming people and ancient relics and temples make discovering more about this little-known destination a richly rewarding experience. A stay in a Bhutanese-style lodge provides an insight into the local way of life and offers the opportunity for meaningful cultural exchange. Uncover ancient fortresses, monasteries, fascinating markets and stunning scenery evoking Shangri-La.
Spread throughout one of the most beautiful valleys in Bhutan, Paro is a quiet and historic town. It is home to many sacred sites and is the base for anyone wanting to climb to Taktsang, known as the Tigers Nest monastery. Paro is also home to Bhutan's international airport.
The old capital of Bhutan is home to one of the most compelling monasteries in the country. It has a warmer climate than elsewhere in the country, and its location by the rivers Pho Chu and Mo Chu gives the city a fertile feel.
The capital, and largest city in Bhutan, is the political and economic centre of the country. Housing the official residence of the King, it has some of the most impressive architecture in Bhutan.
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Attend a traditional festival
Bhutan’s religious festivals are alive with colour and atmosphere as locals gather to dance, pray, celebrate and socialise.
Climb to Tiger’s Nest near Paro
Ascend the path to Taktsang Goemba, known as the ‘Tiger’s Nest’ monastery. This cliff-side monastery perched high above the Paro Valley is Bhutan’s most famous and the trek is richly rewarded with spectacular views and a historic temple complex.
Discover the dzongs
First built in the 12th century, dzongs have played an important part in the history of Bhutan, originally used as monasteries, they later became defensive positions as well as being used for religious and cultural activities. Dzongs have also stored national treasures, books and records, as well as weapons. These days they house local government offices and host important ceremonies.
Sweeping views of Himalayas
As you travel through mountain passes like the Dochu La, incredible mountain vistas unfold revealing the mountain valleys and forested peaks.
Explore one of Asia's most unusual capitals, Thimpu, still dominated by traditional architecture and ringed by pine-covered hills.
See an archery competition
Archery is Bhutan’s national sport and the skills on display at an archery competition are as amazing as the fine costumes.
Be entranced by the ever-changing mountain valleys and forested peaks as you travel one of Asia's most natural environments.
Colourful weekend market in Thimpu
Wander the stalls of the colourful weekend farmers’ market in Thimpu, with local produce and incense on one side, and handicrafts across the small footbridge.
Be immersed in one of Asia's most devout and isolated ancient cultures.
Walk through welcoming villages
Setting off on foot down cobbled lanes, pass white-washed houses where locals go about their daily activities much as they have for decades.
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