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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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Places of Interest

If you venture to this enigmatic Himalayan Kingdom you will find a unique country still steeped in ancient Buddhist customs and traditions, little influenced by modern life. You will also undoubtedly meet some of the friendliest locals you will have encountered anywhere on your travels. The scenery is truly soul stirring – mountains are blanketed in evergreen forests and dotted with Buddhist temples; monasteries cling to cliffs (the Tiger’s Nest Monastery does so most dramatically); valleys are sliced by glacial rivers and the air is delicious and clean. Bhutan is somewhat like Switzerland, but with dzongs and prayer wheels in place of churches!

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Bumthang

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Located just to the east of the centre of Bhutan, Bumthang is the general name given to a complex of...

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Gangtey

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Gangtey is the name commonly given to the scenic Phobjikha Valley, which is located in central Bhutan, and is one of...

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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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Mongar

Mongar Bhutan

The journey from Bumthang to Mongar, crossing over the 4,000m high Thrumsing-la pass, is scenically spectacular. Mongar marks the beginning...

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Paro

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The beautiful alpine valley of Paro located in western Bhutan encapsulates a rich culture, scenic beauty and hundreds of myths...

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Phuentsholing

Phuentsholing Bhutan

Phuentsholing, located in the southwest of the country, is the gateway to the Kingdom of Bhutan and lies in a...

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Punakha

BHUTAN Punakha Valley

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

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Samdrup Jongkhar

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The road from Trashigang to Samdrup Jongkhar, completed in the 1960s, enables the eastern half of the country to access...

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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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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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Trashigang

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Trashigang lies in the far east of Bhutan, and is the country's largest district. Trashigang town, on the hillside above...

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Trongsa

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The dramatic town of Trongsa is situated right in the centre of Bhutan. In the past, its strategic location made...

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