Bhutanese Unique Experiences
Experience the fusion of ancient and modern in Thimpu
Thimpu is Bhutan’s capital and most modern city, where bustling markets, cafes and bars are juxtaposed against historic monasteries and landmarks, like the prominent National Memorial Chorten. Get a glimpse into the country’s traditional cultures at the National Folk Heritage Museum and Royal Textile Academy, and take in the magnificent views over the Thimphu Valley from the Statue of Sakyamuni Buddha.
Witness the traditional wooden architecture of Paro
Situated on the banks of the Paro Chhu and home to Bhutan’s only international airport, Paro is most visitor’s first impression of the country. Wander its main street, lined with vibrantly painted wooden buildings, admire the sacred masks and costumes in the Paro Dzong, and take in the views from the ancient Ta Dzong watchtower that towers above.
Join the celebrations of the Punakha Drubchen
Situated within the rice-growing landscapes of the Punakha Valley, this former capital is home to the magnificent Punakha Dzong and Chimi Lhakhang Monastery. Experience the colour and traditional culture of the annual Punakha Drubchen festival and hike to the beautiful mud-stone hamlet of Ritsha.
Embark on a meditation and retreat tour
Visited by monks and Buddhist devotees, Bhutan’s meditation retreats are open to all seeking a respite from daily life. Find spiritual solace within beautiful mountainous locations and adjacent to some of the country’s most impressive temples and monasteries.
Embark on a cultural trek through the Bumthang Valley
Explore Bhutan’s cultural heart while hiking through the beautiful Bumthang Valley, which is home to ancient temples and monasteries, a diversity of flora and fauna, and views of Mt. Gangkar Puensum. Visit the Kurje Lhakhang Monastery where Guru Rinpoche is believed to have meditated and features richly ornamented temples and a wall of 108 chortens.
Explore the immense Trongsa Dzong
Dominated by its magnificent Dzong, the largest of its kind in Bhutan, the small town of Trongsa sits perched above and offers fantastic views over the surrounding valleys. Explore the interior of its multi-levelled, 17th-century fortress and immerse yourself in the history of the region at the Ta Dzong museum.
Travel along the Thrumsing-La Pass to Mongar
Drive along the highest road in Bhutan over the Thrumsing-La Pass, which leads towards the hilltop settlement of Mongar. Admire its modern Dzong, built without nails using traditional construction methods, and experience East Bhutan's cultural diversity on hikes through the surrounding region.
Take a spring botanical tour to discover Bhutan’s unique flora
Embark on a specialist-led spring botanical tour to gain a better understanding of the country’s harmonious approach to living with the natural world. Discover the biological diversity of Bhutan’s unique flora, including more than 300 orchid species and 50 rhododendron species.
Meet the nomadic communities of the Haa Valley
Explore the magnificent hiking and biking trails of the little-visited Haa Valley, with sweeping views of the sacred Mount Jhomolhari from Chele La Pass. Immerse yourself in the ancient lifestyle of the nomadic Bhutanese herders that call its slopes home and join in the festivities of the annual Haa Summer Festival.
Shop for traditional crafts in Trashiyangtse
Situated in a picturesque river valley, the small town of Trashiyangtse is renowned for its traditional wooden bowls and containers that are exhibited in the Institute of Zorig Chusum. Wander Tashiyangtse’s 8th-century Dongdi Dzong and visit the spectacular white stupa of Chorten Kora that lies on the riverbank below.
Visit Bhutan’s healing hot springs
Indulge at one of Bhutan’s hot springs, known as 'tshachus', which are revered by locals for their medicinal properties. Trek through pine-covered hills to the popular Gasa hot springs, located on the banks of the Mo Chu River.