Distinctive. Wondrous. Otherworldly. Bhutan is the world’s last remaining Shangri-La.
Lofty and remote, Bhutan’s commitment to preserving their rich ancient culture and traditions is marvellous. Squished between the great giants, China and India, this fascinating, magical kingdom high in the Himalayas is drenched in legend, isolated by the surrounding sheer cliffs and plunging chasms, and decorated with precarious mountainside temples. The people’s love of dance, colour and festivities is woven into the fabric of their unique dress and their daily lives.
Soar in a helicopter over the beautiful Punakha Valley, where dramatic landscapes are dotted with precarious villages and majestic fortress-like dzongs and monasteries; visit the Punakha Dzong, one of the most important religious and cultural sites in Bhutan, where the young King of Bhutan was married. Master the art of the national sport, archery, aided by some helpful Bhutanese locals; journey to Gangtey Valley, a beautiful region for hiking and home to the infamous Hanuman Langurs - massive monkeys that raid the villagers’ crops; talk with locals about the challenges of developing their farms and industries whilst trying to protect their local fauna; ride on elephants with a professional guide in search of tigers; take a heli flight up to Jangothan, the base camp for Bhutan’s most sacred peak, Mount Jomo Lhari; enjoy lunch at high altitude with dizzying vistas; river raft along fierce rivers; feast on local delicacies by the campfire.
Where to Stay
Astonishing world-class hotels in misty valleys and forested hillsides; traditional dzong styled resorts with no sacrifice on style.
Where to Go
Bhutan is a year round destination, however October to December is clear, fresh and sunny.