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Prayer flags flutter in the breeze at the start of the hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery, which clings precariously to the side of a cliff.

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BHUTAN - Dochula stupa

Here are just a few of the 108 stupas arranged around this viewpoint of the Dochula Stupa, at over 3000 metres above sea level. On a clear day, marvel at the snow-capped Himalayas in the distance.

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BHUTAN -  Archery

Archery is the national sport of the Kingdom of Bhutan, often played at religious and cultural festivals, and is a hugely popular pursuit for locals and tourists alike. Most afternoons you can see groups of men competing with each other, aiming at impossibly small targets about 120 metres away. Rivals taunt and tease each other mercilessly to make them lose their concentration; when they hit the target they sing and dance. A heart-warming and often hilarious spectacle!

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Lying in prime positions throughout the Himalayan Kingdom, the hot-anticipated Six Senses' Lodges were worth the wait.

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Six Senses Thimphu offers a vast outdoor terrace, complete with spacious ponds that reflect the snow-capped alpine peaks and white clouds in their mirror-still glossy surface.

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BHUTAN - Tigers nest guides

Our Bhutanese guides are great company and full of local knowledge. Here, your guides will escort you on the hike to the mystical Tiger’s Nest monastery. 

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BHUTAN - Punakha Dzong

The detail and intricacy of Bhutan's traditional architecture is mind-blowing. Take time to explore the temples and courtyards of this ochre-hued palace.

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BHUTAN - Festival  scene

Watch a religious dance take place, called a cham, in the courtyard of a Buddhist monastery during the annual Paro Teschu festival. Monks perform festival dances and act out dramas as a form of meditation to personify their deity. Masked and dressed in elaborate silk brocade costumes, dancers demonstrate the triumph of good over evil and the power of compassion.

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BHUTAN - Amankora Paro traditional Bhutanese dancing

Experience some of Bhutan’s rich cultural heritage with a cham, a traditional masked dance, at Amankora Paro.

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BHUTAN - King's Birthday Celebrations Punakha

The King’s Birthday is a national holiday in Bhutan and it is customary to dress in traditional clothing. The Bhutanese partake in parades and festivities including eating emadatse and drinking home-distilled spirits.

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BHUTAN - traditional clothing and mask

All Bhutanese are required to wear national dress everyday but at festivals, locals can be more creative with carved masks and unusual costumes that depict scenes from their rich cultural history.

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Take a traditional Bhutanese breakfast including butter tea overlooking the forested Paro Valley at Como's Uma Paro.

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BHUTAN - Uma Paro Buildings

You know you are in good hands when your hotel is part of the superb Como chain. Uma Paro is no exception with contemporary design contrasting with the natural environment of the Paro Valley. 

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BHUTAN -Uma Paro Bedrooms

Bedrooms at Uma Paro are sparkling clean and stylish, in keeping with re-knowned Como ethic.  Expect spacious terraces, Bhutanese fabrics and a butler on-call 24 hours a day.

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BHUTAN - Tiger painting

Admire this fresco of a fierce tiger at the Paro Dzong – a huge fortress and monastery in Rinpung.

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BHUTAN - Thimphu Taj Tashi

Take in the view of the misty mountains that rise above the Thimpu valley at the luxurious Taj Tashi hotel.

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BHUTAN - Mural

Be captivated by Bhutan's famous hand-drawn Buddhist murals which adorn the walls of temples and local homes. 

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BHUTAN - Gangtey Living Room View

Take in these epic views of the Phobjika Valley from Amankora Gangtey, Aman’s small-but-perfectly-formed luxury hotel.

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BHUTAN - Forest treks

Follow this track through the pine forests of the Paro Valley and breathe in the fresh Bhutan air on a trek accompanied by your guides.

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BHUTAN - Excellent guides

Let your guide shed light on the ornate murals that cover the inner walls of the Punakha Dzong.

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BHUTAN - Colourful truck in winter

This typically colourful truck makes the passage through Bhutan's high roads on a crisp winter's day.

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BHUTAN - Bumthang Courtyard Bonfire Day

Relish in the space and tranquillity of the Amankora Bumthang's bonfire courtyard, surrounded by pine-clad mountains.

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BHUTAN - Bumthang fertility wall

Open your mind to some of Bhutan’s more unusual murals. Phallic symbols, mostly seen painted on walls of homes, represent fertility.

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BHUTAN - Breakfast in the Amankora Punakha Courtyard

Enjoy a traditional Bhutanese breakfast in the courtyard of Amankora Punakha and make the most of the pristine views backed by snow-capped peaks.

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BHUTAN - Amankora Punakha views

The view from Amankora Punakha is seriously restful. Enjoy vistas of wooden valleys, the Mo Chuu River and lush paddy fields.

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BHUTAN - Amankora Gangtey Snow

Winter at Amankora Gangtey often provides a beautiful blanket of snow over the ridges and knolls of the surrounding valleys.

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BHUTAN - Amankora Gangtey Dining Room

Enjoy traditional stews and authentic cuisine in the wood-panelled dining room of the Amankora Gangtey, which overlooks the stunning valley landscape.

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There’s no better way to experience the quiet paradise of Bhutan's pristine natural landscapes than camping out overnight.

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For the ultimate nature experience, stay at the Tented Outposts in the Wild and enjoy their rustic, yet very comfortable, spacious walk-in tipi's.

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BHUTAN - Butter lamps

You’ll find rows of butter lamps a common sight in religious places and monasteries in Bhutan. Monks light a butter lamp every day to help focus the mind.

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The wonderful Six Senses Thimphu Lodge give its guests glimpses into daily Bhutanese life.

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Discover Luxury Bhutan Holidays

Mountains are blanketed with evergreen forests and dotted with Buddhist temples, valleys are sliced by glacial rivers and the piney air is delicious and clean. Bhutan’s luxury hotels and lodges are divine, but it is the Bhutanese people that make trips to Bhutan so special – they are extremely quick to laugh, and they’ve even been ranked number one in the world for Gross National Happiness!

Bhutan is perhaps the most fascinating of the Himalayan kingdoms as travel entry was forbidden to visitors until 1974, and even after that numbers were still minimal. Landlocked by the mighty Himalayan peaks, Bhutan has been doubly protected from external influences, and as a result, the traditional way of life has survived largely intact. Deep rooted Bhutanese culture means that archery is still the national sport, and the gracious, gentle people continue to wear traditional dress: elegant wraparound skirts or "kira" for the women and checked, floor-length belted robes or "Gho" for the men. Daily life is awash with fascinating local culture; villagers assemble for vibrant local festivals in the dzong or monasteries, and mask-dancing in the temples, we will happily organise a cultural tour of Bhutan around one of these festivals. Bhutan's scenery is magnificent; monasteries hang over precipitous drops, often wreathed in mist, and there are pristine pine forests, fertile valleys, and high rugged mountain passes – all of which make a varied and exhilarating destination for Bhutan trekking or an active holiday. Bhutan luxury holidays are always an enriching and unique experience. The "Land of the Thunder Dragon" is one of the last remaining strongholds of Tantric Mahayana Buddhism and its rich cultural heritage is visible in the white-walled dzongs with their communities of studying monks, the decor of peoples' homes and the ornately painted wall motifs.

The first democratic elections were in 2008, and Bhutan travel has been growing steadily and carefully over the past three decades. Bhutan hotels come in a range of luxury and comfort, there are now several stunning luxury hotels – with more to come – as well as simpler guesthouses and inns, making it the perfect destination for a luxury tailor made holiday to Bhutan. The best time to visit Bhutan is from October to December, as the air is clear and fresh with sunny skies. January and February are cooler months, and until April the climate remains dry and pleasant. In late spring the famous rhododendrons bloom spectacularly, flooding the valleys with colour.

Tours to Bhutan have something to offer all types of travellers. Whatever the type of vacation, Bhutan is perfect for a luxury tailor made tour, a trekking holiday or a spiritual break. A holiday to Bhutan will guarantee stunning landscapes, gracious hospitality and a glimpse into a lifestyle and culture long forgotten by the modern world.


Our suggested tours in Bhutan

Aman Bhutan... The Luxury Amankora Journey

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10 days from £7,800

Our most luxurious and serene Bhutan trip, staying exclusively in Amankora resorts and focusing on laid-back sightseeing with optional nature...

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From Bhutan to Thailand's Best Beach with Aman Resorts

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14 days from £7,795

Not many trips take you from summit to sea, experiencing both the majesty and mountains of Bhutan and the blazing...

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Best of Bhutan: The Ultimate Luxury Grand Tour

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13 days from £10,200

This is our most extensive and exclusive tour of Bhutan – perfect for people who want to look under every...

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A Six Senses Journey through the Kingdom of Bhutan

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10 days from £9,000

The Six Senses lodges are scattered throughout the five valleys of Thimphu, Punakha, Gangtey, Bumthang and Paro. You can visit...

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Bhutan & Thailand with Six Senses

THAILAND - Six Senses Yao Noi, Evening lanterns

12 days from £8,880

This fabulous 12-day itinerary combines an extraordinary and unique blend of culture and relaxation. You journey begin with ancient temples,...

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A Royal Visit to North India & Bhutan

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25 days from £18,200

Follow the royal connections between England and the Indian Subcontinent, which have existed since the majestic days of the Raj...

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Beyond the Sky... Uma Punakha & Uma Paro

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8 days from £4,440

Perfect for both family holidays and honeymoons, Bhutan remains an exclusive, romantic and adventurous destination. COMO Hotels, with the addition...

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Two Kingdoms... Bhutan & Thailand with COMO Resorts

BHUTAN - Uma Paro

12 days from £5,330

Explore the kingdoms of Bhutan and Thailand on a luxurious and exhilarating journey starting in the Himalayas and the spectacular...

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Bhutan & the Maldives with COMO Resorts

MALDIVES Cocoa Island Ariel View

12 days from £8,450

This bespoke itinerary combines two contrasting but equally beautiful destinations; the astonishing mountain ranges of the Himalaya and the powdery...

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An Introduction to Bhutan

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11 days from £4,200

This is a great itinerary for people who want to explore Bhutan's unique Mahayana Buddhist culture and stunning landscape of high mountain peaks,...

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A Grand Tour of Bhutan

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10 days from £4,500

A wonderfully rich and varied itinerary designed for the first time visitor who wants the full introduction with all the...

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An Insider's Tour of Bhutan

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11 days from £4,800

Journey into Bhutan’s more remote corners on this comprehensive off-the-beaten-track tour of Bhutan. Whilst exploring the major highlights this itinerary...

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Bhutan's Beautiful Black Necked Cranes

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10 days from £7,535

The best time for spotting the beautiful Black Neck Crane is from early December to mid-March. This is a great...

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East to West: A Journey Through Bhutan

East To West A Journey Though Bhutan

17 days from £6,400

If you like to be a pioneer then this itinerary will take you to places few non-Bhutanese have ever seen....

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From Bhutan to India's Andaman Islands... A Romantic Adventure from Mountain to Beach

South India Andaman Islands Havelock

14 days from £5,895

Bhutan and the Andamans could hardly be more different, a fantastic itinerary of mountain peaks and tropical reefs…

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Health in the Himalaya: a wellness adventure to Bhutan & India

VANA Malsi Estate Dehradun North India Shared Spaces Yoga Temple 2

19 days from £12,500

Mountains are synonymous with rejuvenation. The higher the altitude, the fresher the air, the brighter the outlook and the better...

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The Ancient Kingdoms of Nepal & Bhutan

NEPAL Mural

17 days from £6,280

A perfect tour for those who are looking for an exhilarating Himalayan adventure with contrasting views of two Himalayan kingdoms…

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Some of our favourite hotels in Bhutan

Tented Outposts: Punakha, Bumthang and Gangtey ,
Gangtey

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There’s no better way to experience the quiet paradise of Bhutan’s pristine natural surrounds than to camp out in the...

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Amankora Paro ,
Paro

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Amankora’s five distinct lodges, based in Thimphu, Paro, Punakha, Gangtey and Bumthang, offer a unique and unrivalled circuit through Bhutan’s valleys....

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Amankora Gangtey ,
Gangtey

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Amankora’s five distinct lodges, based in Thimphu, Paro, Punakha, Gangtey and Bumthang, offer a unique and unrivalled circuit through Bhutan’s...

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Amankora Punakha ,
Punakha

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  Amankora Punakha is one of Ampersand's Top 10 Aman Resorts in Asia. Amankora’s five distinct lodges, based in Thimphu, Paro,...

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Six Senses Thimphu ,
Thimphu

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Strategically perched on the hillside at 2,650 metres, Six Senses offers commanding views over Thimphu’s sprawling valley and the renowned...

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Amankora Bumthang ,
Bumthang

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Amankora’s five distinct lodges, based in Thimphu, Paro, Punakha, Gangtey and Bumthang, offer a unique and unrivalled circuit through Bhutan’s...

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Some of our favourite places of interest in Bhutan

Simkotra

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Simkotra Tsho is a lake at an altitude of 4,110 metres which is renowned for its large trout. It is...

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Paro

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The beautiful alpine valley of Paro, located in western Bhutan, is the gateway to the last Himalayan kingdom. Encapsulating a...

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Gangtey

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Ascend the 3,000-metre mountain pass, with breathtaking Himalayan views before descending into the seldom-visited, glacial valley of Phobjikha, located in central...

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Haa Valley

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In the neighbouring valley to the Paro district and bordering Tibet in the west is the spectacular Haa Valley. Often...

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Thimphu

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Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan, has a real frontier town feel to it and is rapidly developing, with buildings mushrooming...

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Punakha

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Punakha is a 3 hours drive east of the capital Thimpu. It is blessed with a temperate climate and is...

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