Travelling Bhutan - Tours and Holiday Packages in Bhutan
Sprawling Himalayan mountains, steep cliffs and dramatic landscapes have caused travelers to flock to Bhutan for decades. Trekking and hiking tours are particularly popular thanks to incredible sights like the Tiger’s Nest Monastery, just north of Paro. Meanwhile, the capital of Thimpu has many Buddhist sites, offering great city sightseeing and day tours and excursions for the whole family.
“We had a wonderful and memorable time due to your planning and organisation. Peerless Inn -Kolkata - comfortable and well organised especially for the time we arrived. Guide in Kolkata (have forgotten his name) was great. Nawang was welcoming, organised, generous, knowledgeable and always thoughtful. Couldn't have asked for more, his love for the mountains evident. Such a good ambassador for World Expeditions!Tibetan Refugee Centre - we walked there which was a great way to visit the area. We took a large duffel bag of assorted clothing and equipment to give away, Nawang took some bits with us, including the glasses I threw in last minute. The refugees are desperate for all kinds of reading, distance and sunglasses. We purchased some reading glasses in old Delhi which we left with Dorjay to give to Nawang to take to them later in the year. The drivers at all times made us feel safe and were very skilled! All our guides, cooks, porters and horsemen were great and we were spoiled. Because of the team we had a truly once in a lifetime trek. We had no injuries, lots of chatter and laughter. Thank you all, will always recommend World Expeditions.”
“I loved my trip to Bhutan. Tashi was an excellent leader throughout the trip. He was very knowledgeable, communicated well with all clients and had excellent inter-personal skills. He built a good rapport with other staff also.”
Bhutan is a hiker’s paradise, perhaps best known for its dramatic landscapes, steep cliffs and Himalayan peaks. Sometimes referred to as ‘the last great Himalayan kingdom’, the country maintains a mysterious, sacred history that you simply won’t find anywhere else, even in its neighbouring countries. Enriched with Buddhist culture, Bhutan is great for travellers looking to take a mindful holiday with a spiritual connection. Unique cultural experiences abound in Bhutan, from incredible monasteries to dozens of year-round festivals.
Trek to Taktshang Goemba (Tiger’s Nest Monastery), an impressive 7,000 feet above sea level
Attend Thimphu Tshechu, a three-day festival starting the 10th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar
Visit Punakha Dzong, the crowning place of Bhutan’s kings
Snap a photo of a Takin, Bhutan’s national animal
Cross the iron chain bridge at Tachog Lhakhang
Don’t expect to do much swimming on your visit to Bhutan. The country of Bhutan is completely landlocked, and its lakes are considered sacred.
Be courteous and respectful when visiting monasteries, temples and other religious places. Be sure to remove your shoes and hat before entering. Many of these sites also forbid photography, so never take photos without first asking permission.
No, you’re not seeing things - those certainly are paintings of penises you see everywhere in Bhutan. These paintings are meant to dispel evil and act as a protection against malice. They’re also meant to encourage fertility and were originally encouraged by Drukpa Kunley, or the “Madman from Kyishodruk”, Bhutan’s fertility saint.
The Bhutanese love spicy food. Red and green chilis can be found in nearly every local dish. In fact, the national dish, ema datse, not only contains chillies, it is also served with dried chillies on top!
If you come across the royal family during your trip to Bhutan (which is likely to happen, given the country’s small population of about 800,000 people), do not take their photo without permission. Be sure to show respect as the Bhutanese truly love their monarchy.
Bhutan has seasonal weather so please do check up on the best time to visit Bhutan before planning your tour to the country. And if you’re still hunting for more things to do and places to explore in the country, do check out our Bhutan Travel Guide for more information.