Bhutan

​Isolated from the outside world for centuries, the Kingdom of Bhutan is one of the most untouched nations on earth.

Nestled among mountains and dense jungle in the heart of the eastern Himalaya, it abuts Sikkim and West Bengal to the south and Tibet to the north and is the most revered place of pilgrimage in the Himalayas. It was only in 1974 that it opened its pristine doors to just a few thousand tourists each year. A totally Buddhist kingdom, the people are a proud and happy race and the scenery and architecture overwhelming. In Bhutan A&K works with well respected partners who ensure guests are privy to all that this mysterious country has to offer. Guests will be introduced to this unique way of life which has been protected from the influences of the 21st century, where age-old fortresses guard mountain passes and colourful prayer flags flutter over Buddhist shrines and monasteries. Local communities wear their national costume like a uniform, there are few traffic lights and an innate reverence exists both inside and out of the palatial monk-filled dzongs.

Climb to see magnificent views from the Tiger’s Nest monastery above Paro Valley. Sip yak butter tea. Buy beautiful hand-made woven fabrics and textiles. Admire the unique architecture of the many magnificent dzongs. Watch local archery contests. Trek in the mountains with views of the Himalayas. Indulge in a traditional hot stone bath. Visit communities of monks. Drive to the rarely visited Tang Valley for off the beaten track palaces and monasteries and thriving cottage industries.

BEST TIME TO TRAVEL

Bhutan is a nation of festivals with regular events throughout the year. January: The Winter solstice is celebrated widely in western Bhutan. February: Losar (New Year) is celebrated nationally. March: The Paro Tshechu is a series of dances honouring Guru Rinpoche, the most important of Bhutan’s religious figures. September: The Thimphu Tshechu honours Guru Rinpoche with dance. Weatherwise: Whenever you go, it is likely to rain, but generally the climate is best in autumn (late September to late November) with clear skies and snow-capped peaks and again in spring (March to May) when flowers are in bloom and there is plenty of birdlife. Summer (June to August) is the monsoon season.

Featured Bhutan Journeys

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The Land of the Thunder Dragon

The tiny Buddhist Kingdom of Bhutan awaits.

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Luxury Small Group Journeys: Bhutan & Nepal: Heart of the Himalaya (2018)

Discover the rich artistic and cultural heritage of Bhutan and Nepal on this journey through the heart of the Himalaya

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Around the World with Geoffrey Kent: An Inspiring Expedition by Private Jet (2017)

Join Geoffrey Kent and a group of 50 privileged guests on an epic around-the-world adventure.

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Luxury Small Group Journeys - Bhutan & Nepal: Heart of the Himalaya (2017)

Discover Bhutan and Nepal, seeing Tiger's Nest Monastery; embarking on an elephant-back safari in Chitwan National Park; and taking a rickshaw ride to Durbar Square.

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