The Best Luxury Tours of Bhutan 2021
Bhutan is the last magical kingdom on our planet. The nation’s stated goal is to have a high GNH index; they measure gross national happiness, not GDP. A unique form of Buddhism is practiced here, and the ancient dzongs (Monastic Fortresses) are an architectural and cultural delight.
The government takes pains to make sure that the nation retains its unique culture and architecture. It is a country without traffic lights and the only controlled intersection, manned by a policewoman or man, is where the two major streets intersect in Thimphu’s main bazaar district.
Thimphu is the capital and has a treasure trove of attractions for a visitor, while Paro, lying just over an hour’s drive away, has the nation’s only international airport. Paro is also home to, along with many other charms, the awe-inspiring Tiger’s Nest Monastery.
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The passion and knowledge of our staff and the extreme attention to detail that we put into every aspect of your Bhutan tour is what separates us from the rest. We only offer mid-level to ultra-luxury travel, and so we never compromise on our level of service so as to compete with budget Bhutan travel agents that focus solely on price. Over a third of our guests are repeat customers and referrals because they recognize that we have the best values for the level of travel and service we provide.
The following sample itineraries exemplify our commitment to creating unique, luxurious Bhutan holidays. Travelers can use our interactive tour design tools or consult with a Bhutan Specialist to create a customized itinerary.
We also offer a unique set of pre-made Bhutan vacation itineraries for our guests to choose from. The selected itineraries can be chosen based on a guest's time of travel, duration of visit, and travel goals. These Bhutan tour packages can be customized by a Travel Specialist as needed.
The best Bhutan tours help explorers meet their travel goals and absorb the local culture while maintaining world-class levels of service. By speaking with our dedicated Travel Specialists, we can help you tailor a Bhutan holiday to your exact specifications.
Thimphu Luxury Travel Information
The first must visit place in Thimphu is the Trashichhoedzong. The centre of power of Bhutan lies in the Trashichhoedzong or ‘the fortress of the auspicious religion’. The Dzong dates back to the 13th century and was then located on a spur, northeast of the present location. Subsequently after a fire in 1772 it was rebuilt at the present location, at the bottom of the valley. The Dzong has stood the test of many fires and earthquakes went on to become the seat of the government in 1969, under the third king.
The other must visit site of Thimphu, is the Memorial Chorten (Buddhist funeral monument) with its golden spires and tinkling bells, built to honour the third king who died in 1972. The memorial chorten is an excellent eye opener into the mysteries of Tantric Buddhism. The three traditional pillars of Buddhism, the Word, the Body and the Mind of Buddha are embodied in this memorial. The word of Buddha is written in gold, the body is in the form of a 1000 statues and the mind is in the form of the Chorten.
The other attractions of Thimphu are the School of Arts and Crafts, the Weekend market, the Changlimithang Stadium, and the Traditional Medicine Hospital where you can watch the preparation of traditional medicine.
Paro Luxury Travel Information
Bhutan is the land of Dzongs (fortress), and the Paro Dzong or Rinpung Dzong built in the 16th century is the first Dzong you will see on arrival by Druk Air into Bhutan. Rinpung Dzong translates into the ‘fortress that sits on a heap of jewels’. This imposing Dzong located above the Paro River is a fine example of Bhutanese architecture with a beautifully roofed cantilever bridge leading to it. This Dzong is the administrative seat of Paro district and also houses the state monastic community.
Above the Paro Dzong is located the main attraction of Paro, the National Museum. It is housed in what was once the watch tower of the Paro Dzong and is called the Ta Dzong. The tower dates back to 1651 and it was here the first king of Bhutan Ugyen Wangchuk was imprisoned, back in 1872. Today, it is Bhutan’s only archive and contains works of art, handcrafted objects, armour, stamps, masks, silver work and an amazing collection of Bhutan’s famous fauna. A fragment of the moon’s surface got by Neil Armstrong in 1969 has also found its way into this amazing museum of Bhutanese culture!!
About 15 minutes away from Paro, perched 3000 feet above Paro Valley lies one of the most revered pilgrim sites of the Himalayan world called the Taktsang Pelphug. It is more well known as the ‘Tiger’s Lair’ in the tourist circle. The genesis of the name goes back to eighth century, when Guru Rinpoche came flying here on a Tiger’s back. Guru Rinpoche is credited with having converted Paro valley to Budhhism. The monastery virtually hangs from the cliff at an altitude of 3060 meters and the image of the monastery is the symbol of Bhutan for many travel guide books.
Punakha Luxury Travel Information
Punakha’s claim to fame is the Punakha Dzong which was known in ancient times as the Pungthang Dechhen Phrodang or “the palace of great happiness”. It dates back to 1637. It is the second Dzong to be built in Bhutan and resembles a gigantic ship and is located at the confluence of the rivers Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu. The Dzong was the coronation site of Ugyen Wangchuck, the first king of Bhutan in 1907. It was also here the historic treaty was signed with the British 1910, wherein they agreed not to interfere in the internal affairs of Bhutan. Today, the Dzong is the winter home for the clergy, who migrate from Thimphu to spend the coldest six months here.
The Punakha Dzong is one of Bhutan’s most beautiful sites, especially when the Jacaranda around it bursts into beautiful violet, in the months of March and April.
Gangtey Luxury Travel Information
The region is famous for being the winter home of the endangered black-necked cranes, who migrate here from Tibet during that time of year. The cranes are known to circle the monastery three times on arrival at, and departure from, the region. Home to the internationally famous Black-Crane Festival, the monastery also celebrates other interesting events and festivals, and a visit here is very rewarding at any time of year.