Bhutan Tours and Holidays

Experience Bhutan with On The Go Tours

Since opening its doors to the western world in 1974, Bhutan’s spectacular scenery and hospitable charm has been luring travellers hungry for adventure. In many ways Bhutan remains untouched by modern civilisation, with an ethos of preserving its ancient culture and natural environment. The Bhutanese culture is deeply rooted in its Buddhist beliefs, where fluttering prayer flags, chortens and white washed fortresses abound.

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We offer a couple of different tours of Bhutan, one of which combines Bhutan with neighbouring Nepal, so you get to discover the best of these two stunning Himalayan Kingdoms. If you would like to tailor a trip to Bhutan specifically to your requirements, we'd be happy to organise this for you as well.

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Bhutan Breakaway

7 days | FROM USD $2,575

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Nepal & Bhutan

10 days | FROM USD $3,925

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Discover the best of Bhutan with a private journey that can depart on any day of the year with your choice of accommodation. With the services of a private guide visit sites including the famed Tiger's Nest Monastery in Paro or consider combining your once-in-a-lifetime visit to Bhutan with neighbouring Nepal for better international flight connections via Kathmandu.

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Tiger's Nest Monastery
The sacred mountain-side temple complex

Located on a cliff-side of the upper Paro valley, the Tiger's Nest Monastery is one of Bhutan's most sacred spiritual sites and a miraculous sight for visitors to the Himalayan kingdom. Built in the 17th century, the monastery has become Bhutan's cultural icon and provides an unforgettable experience with a steep ascent leading to the complex of four temples that can often be partially obscured by mist and clouds for a dramatic vision through the trees that line the path there.

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Recommended places to visit in Bhutan

The Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan is a treasure trove of magnificent Buddhist temples and monasteries, mighty forts and palaces, and untouched mountainous scenery. To get you started we've rounded up our favourite spots:

Bumthang

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Jazar Dzong and it's beautiful backdrop - photo courtesy of Tourism Council of Bhutan

Bumthang is known to be the religious epicentre of Bhutan and boasts some of the country’s oldest places of worship. The region is nestled in valleys surrounded by dramatic mountains covered in rich green foliage. Imbued with centuries of religious legend, the spiritual Bumthang has a number of interesting temples and monasteries worthy of attention including Jambay Lhakhang which originally dates back to the 7th century, although it has been renovated over the past few hundred years.

Gangtey

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The lush Gangtey Valley - photo courtesy of Tourism Council of Bhutan

The expansive Gangtey valley is one of Bhutan's most beautiful places and something of a rarity in the mountainous kingdom. Of interest in the region is the elaborate Gangteng monastery, the only one west of the Black Mountains and an important centre for Nyingmapa Buddhism. Gangtey and the surrounding valley are also the home of the endangered black-necked crane and many fortunate bird-watchers have spotted the creature from the local information centre, using its powerful telescopes.

Punakha

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With the spectacular Himalayas in the background, Punakha is a picturesque city brimming with history, sitting at the confluence of the powerful Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu rivers and filled with beautiful white and terracotta buildings. Every year the town transforms into a hub of activity as the Punakha festival takes place, commemorating the country’s victory against the Tibetan army through re-enactments of the battle. It is an incredibly important showcase of Bhutanese culture.

Thimphu

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Bhutan’s capital city Thimpu is a thriving, modern region and is the perfect place for tourists to wholly absorb Bhutanese culture. The general way of life there consists of a fascinating mix of contemporary and antique elements, allowing its population to modernise without forsaking its cultural heritage and identity. Some unusual features of this city are its traffic-light-free streets and its dry Tuesday, when the sale of alcohol is prohibited.

Wangdue

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Crowds gather at the Wangdue Tsechu Festival in Wangdiphodrang Dzong. Photo courtesy of Tourist Coun

Wangdue spreads itself across nearly 4,500 square kilometres, making it among the largest districts in Bhutan. The region also ranges dramatically in altitude allowing for a wonderfully diverse collection of wildlife with red pandas and spotted eagles among some of the creatures lucky visitors might spot during their trip. Wangdue also hosts an annual festival in celebration of the black-necked crane, designed to spread awareness of their rare and endangered status.

Bhutan Travel Guide

Take a read through our travel guide resources with details on visas, money, food and shopping in Bhutan.

Trongsa Dzong monastery | Bhutan

Best Places to Visit

Our guide on the must-see destinations in Bhutan

Best Time to Visit

Information on climatic and weather conditions in Bhutan

Top Travel Tips

Money, shopping, transport, food, health advice & more

Tourist Visas

Visa requirements for Bhutan and info on getting your visa

Get to know Bhutan

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Facts about Bhutan

  • Thimpu is the only capital city in the world without traffic lights - cars are instead controlled by white-gloved officers.
  • The Bhutanese call their country Druk Yul, 'Land of the Thunder Dragon', because of the regular, violent storms.
  • Birthdays are not celebrated in Bhutan, instead all citizens turn one year older on New Year's Day.

Bhutan Travel Advice:

We keep abreast of the latest travel advice to Bhutan and follow advice as set out by the British Foreign Office. Safety of our travellers is paramount and we recommend that you check the latest travel updates from the relevant advisory body in your country.

Online travel resources for Bhutan:

REFER TO: Fodors, Bradt, Footprints, CN Traveller and World Travel Guide.

ALSO SEE: The official Bhutan Tourist Organisation site and the latest Bhutan Weather Updates from the BBC.

Highlights of our Bhutan Tours

Surrounded by a patchwork of rice paddies, scattered settlements and mountain streams, ancient Paro is a picturesque town in one of Bhutan’s most beautiful valleys. Highlights visited on our tours here include Rinpung Dzong for the National Museum and the spectacular Tiger’s Nest Monastery, precariously perched on a cliff face towering above the Paro Valley. The former capital of Bhutan, Punakha, features some of the most impressive architecture in all of Bhutan, while Trongsa, home to Bhutan’s first monastery, is also well worth exploring. This small, but historic town is easy to cover on foot and boasts a wealth of colourfuul statues, temples, towers and spectacular Himalayan scenery.

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