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Our Bhutan

Experience...

A country that places importance on the Gross National Happiness of its people.

Must try...

Chilies and cheese, the ubiquitous dish in Bhutan. Fiery and delicious, it’s typically served with red rice.

What’s a dzong?

Common throughout Bhutan, dzongs are fortified monasteries that serve administrative and religious functions.

Must do...

A day hike to breathtaking Tiger’s Nest, a monastery that seems to hang from the face of a cliff.

Consider...

An overnight hike through the mountains accompanied by ponies.

Meet an astrologer

Many Bhutanese rely on traditional astrologers to divine auspicious dates for weddings and other life choices.

Try your hand at...

Archery, the national pastime. Take a private lesson with one of Bhutan’s top archers, or just watch a local archery competition, lively affairs that typically include cheerleaders and a celebration for the winners.

Did you know?

Bhutan is famous for its beautiful and innovative stamps, which you can peruse in a special philatelic center in Thimphu, the capital.

Typical scenes...

Prayer flags flapping in the wind. The dim light of yak butter lamps illuminating the interiors of a monastery.

Traditional clothing...

Many Bhutanese still wear traditional, robe-like garments known as gho (for men) or kira (for women).

Start the day...

With a morning yoga session on the terrace of your luxury hotel, enjoying views of rice fields and forest-clad peaks.

End the day...

With a hot stone bath in the hotel spa.

Must stay...

In a private villa at Uma Paro, where your personal butler serves meals on your patio.

To buy...

Traditional Buddhist items such as thangka religious paintings, meditation bowls and prayer wheels.

Visit during a festival

Buddhist festivals occur throughout the year and typically include traditional music and lively dance.

When to go

In spring, rhododendrons and other flowers add color to the hills. Autumn skies are clear and offer a chance to see the peaks of the Himalayas.

Consider...

Combining a private tour of Bhutan with travel in Nepal, Tibet, India or Thailand.

Experience Our Bhutan.

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Bhutan on Our Blog

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