Bhutan is about as unusual a country as you could hope to find. Tucked away between Tibet and India in the eastern Himalayas, the geography of this small, landlocked kingdom ensured its isolation from the rest of the world for centuries, in the process preserving the country’s Buddhist culture and traditional lifestyle very much intact.

Why we think you’ll love it

  • Bhutan is also the country that famously values Gross National Happiness above Gross National Product, and a few days in the fresh air and majestic scenery here should enhance your general net happiness
  • The food is amazing - try delicious cheese and pork-filled momo dumplings. Farmers fatten up their pigs on the plentiful Bhutanese marijuana, but that might be coincidence
  • Bhutan is so wonderfully unspoilt by the outside world, and they stick by their traditions and beliefs. To go to Bhutan and not climb up to Tigers Nest is like going to India and not seeing the Taj Mahal. We can arrange a wonderful overnight camping experience where you stay overnight high up the mountain on a sheltered plateau and then descend down in the morning - a very special experience
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From the moment you start your descent into the Paro Valley the excitement begins; as the plane weaves down through the foothills, occasionally you feel that you are so close to the mountains that the tips of the wings might just touch the valley side - amazing, but perhaps not for nervous flyers.

Miranda, Original Traveller

A note on price

A two week tour of Bhutan including international flights starts from £3,950 per person. Learn more about our pricing

Where to stay in Bhutan

Taj Tashi

Taj Tashi

This seven-story structure is a welcome addition to the emerging kingdom's small capital city.

Taj Tashi
Amankora Bumthang

Amankora Bumthang

Amankora Bumthang is in exalted company, sharing the Choekhor Valley with 29 ancient temples and monasteries and sitting pretty next to the first two King of Bhutan’s Wangdichholing Palace in Jakar town.

Amankora Bumthang
Amankora Gangtey

Amankora Gangtey

Named after nearby Gangtey village, this is probably the most remote of the Aman properties, situated in the Phobjikha Valley area of the Black Mountains National Park.

Amankora Gangtey
Amankora Paro

Amankora Paro

Amankora Paro, Aman Resorts’ first venture into Bhutan, is a 30-minute drive from the kingdom's only international airport and is the largest of the five Aman lodges, sitting in a pine forest nearly 9,000ft above sea level.

Amankora Paro
Amankora Punakha

Amankora Punakha

While some of the other Aman properties are based on designs from dzong fortress monasteries, Amankora Punakha is a lovingly converted Bhutanese farmhouse, with a correspondingly intimate feel, and set in orange orchards and farmland with the ever-present mountains as a backdrop.

Amankora Punakha
Uma by COMO, Punakha (Uma Punakha)

Uma by COMO, Punakha (Uma Punakha)

COMO Hotels have recently opened Uma by COMO, Punakha, a sister property to Uma Paro (or Uma by COMO, Paro as it’s now supposed to be called. Catchy, no?)

Uma by COMO, Punakha (Uma Punakha)
Uma Paro

Uma Paro

An excellent five-star hotel on a 38-acre site on a forested mountainside, close to the town of Paro, designed to respect local aesthetics while including modern comforts.

Uma Paro
Amankora Thimpu

Amankora Thimpu

Within easy reach of the Bhutanese capital of Thimpu (population 80,000 – think Weston-super-Mare. Actually, don’t) Amankora Thimpu is designed to resemble a dzong or fortress monastery.

Amankora Thimpu

Details for Bhutan

A little more info

Inevitably, outside influences cannot be held at bay and Bhutan is slowly changing, but the nation's government - recently transformed from an absolute to a constitutional monarchy - does its best to manage the transition. Hefty daily tariffs to visit the country keep tourist numbers low and help safeguard the nation's culture, identity and the pristine natural environment.

The modern world is beginning to filter in to this Himalayan kingdom - a ban on TV was lifted in 1999, for example - but it remains a wonderfully unspoilt corner of the world.

Bhutan is also the country that famously values Gross National Happiness above Gross National Product, and a few days in the fresh air and majestic scenery here should enhance your general net happiness - as long as you can overcome the guilt of contributing to the country's GNP.

Journeys to Bhutan generally begin and end at Paro, where the country's only international airport is located. Aside from simple immersion in a thoroughly alien but fascinating culture, trekking is one of the main activities, and keen walkers will be in their element here. Other activities include white-water rafting (from September to May), instruction in archery using traditional bamboo bows, and trout fishing in the many mountain streams and rivers, thanks to a British army officer who introduced trout as he missed the fishing of his homeland.

Most of Bhutan's population still wears the traditional national dress of knee or ankle-length robes and is occupied in agriculture of making traditional handicrafts which can be bought at the markets of the capital, Thimphu.

Original Travel consultants know Bhutan well and can arrange for participation in archery tournaments, dancing at religious tsechus (festivals), trekking to fantastic monasteries, mountain-biking along 12,000 ft mountain passes or, between March and May, walks on hillsides ablaze with wildflowers.

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  • Average Temp. — 10°C / 50°F
  • Rainfall — 1cm / 0.4 inches
Flight from London

9:15 hrs

Time Difference

GMT +6 hrs

Miranda and Rosie are our Bhutan experts and as seasoned travellers they have the inside track on the most memorable adventures.

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