An integral part of Bhutanese culture are the festivals conveniently spaced throughout the year. These exotic and mysterious commemorations are calculated using the (highly complicated) Bhutanese lunar calendar.

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Best Time To Visit

Dec - Jan

Flight from London London

9:15 hrs

Time Difference

GMT +6 hrs

With over 50 annual festivals to choose from every year, and with each having its own idiosyncratic spirituality, custom and tradition, you should always be lucky enough to catch one.

All corners of the country host different events, where participants don multi-coloured masks and bright costumes, inspired from ancient times, and take part in ritualistic dances. As with so much in this beguiling country, it's also all impossibly photogenic.

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Festivals in Bhutan are a great opportunity to see highly skilled archers doing their best Robin Hood impressions.

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Where to stay

Taj Tashi

Taj Tashi

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

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 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 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 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.

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 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.

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.

Gangtey Lodge exterior and mountain view

Gangtey Lodge

Discover the ancient Kingdom of Bhutan in the eastern Himalayas, which remains greatly undiscovered due to its secluded location, and begin the adventure with a stay at Gangtey Lodge. The authentic wood and stone lodge provides visitors with a homely retreat, overlooking the striking Gangtey Valley and its 17th century monastery.

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Six Senses Bhutan

The Happiest Place on Earth, otherwise known as Bhutan’s colourful Kingdom, is soon to be playing host to Six Senses latest venture. Under the umbrella title of Six Senses Bhutan five separate and equally luxurious resorts are being created in Thimphu, Punakha, Gangtey, Bumthang and Paro – all set to open late in 2018.

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