Bhutan Tailor-made Holidays
Bespoke journeys to the Land of the Thunder Dragon in 2019
Practically untouched by modernity and left alone to maintain its ancient traditions and deeply Buddhist way of life, Bhutan is one of the world's most enigmatic and captivating destinations. Set in the Himalayas, it's a land of immense beauty with dramatic mountains and wide valleys that under Bhutanese law will be protected for generations to come. A visit to Bhutan can easily be combined with a trip to neighbouring Nepal for a more diverse Himalayan adventure though with magical monasteries, sublime trekking and fascinating culture, Bhutan has more than enough attractions to stand on its own. Let us know your perfect Bhutan trip and we'll make it a reality.
See the best of Bhutan on a tailormade holiday
From the spectacular monastery of Paro Taktsang that hugs a dramatic cliff face to the imposing fortress of Punakha, Bhutan has many architectural marvels to entice travellers and here are some of our favourite destinations that should not be missed.
Bhutan tailor-made holiday inspirations
Many travellers have heard of the beauty of Bhutan’s monasteries and the majesty of the its forts and palaces but what if you're looking for something a little different? Check out our list of inspirational ideas to make your trip to Bhutan even more unforgettable and unique.
It might look easy in films when brave knights send arrows flying inconceivable distances into enemy ranks, but becoming a talented archer takes time, effort and practice. Take that first step with a local guide teaching you how to handle a traditional bamboo bow and arrow with a briefing on how archery games work in Bhutan, including the rather complicated scoring system. Once you’ve got to grips with the basics, spend some time on the range practising until you feel confident that you can plant your arrow right into the bull’s eye.
Private Cultural Show
Bhutan has many cultural tradtions, including singing and dancing. Incorporating bright colours and a variety of stories and legends, both religious and secular, a Bhutanese cultural show is a real spectacle. In Thimphu and Paro you can watch a private cultural show, put on by some of the region’s most talented performers. Mask dances – enactments through dance of religious events or Buddhist teachings – are popular features of these sorts of shows as are traditional folk song and dance performances, called Zhungdra.
Hang out the Prayer Flags (Lung Dhar)
When visiting Bhutan you will quickly notice the numerous prayer flags that flutter in the wind. Consisting of five different colours, one for each of the five elements, these flags are blessed by a local monk before being hung out. It is believed that the wind that moves them is an expression of the mind and mental energy and that when the flags start to flutter, the blessings have been activated. The process of hanging out the flags is considered to be meditative as you focus on the different senses as you do it.
Cooking Demonstration and Tasting
Interested to know more about Bhutanese food? Well, why not learn by watching a local in action. Observe as they expertly craft some of the most popular regional delicacies and then settle down to feast on the products of their labour. Enjoy yak-butter tea or homemade liquor followed by ema datsi (cheese chilli), pancakes with red rice and a selection of curries. Once you’ve digested, help the family out with their chores by attending to livestock and caring for their crops. This is the perfect insight into the traditional Bhutanese way of life.
Rafting on the Mo Chhu River
There are few things more relaxing than a leisurely float down the Mo Chhu River, taking in the sights and sounds as you go. Keep your eyes open for the legendary Mahseer fish that live in the water and can grow up to 3m in length and for the beautiful Gangetic Dolphin. It is said that these animals come to this river because the Bhutanese water is less polluted. As you get near the Punakha Dzong, you will see the old house of Changi-bum Galem (the setting for the Bhutanese version of Romeo and Juliet) and the Punakha High School.
Rustic Hot Stone Bath
Blow off some steam in a traditional hot stone bath at a Bhutanese farmhouse. If you're planning on climbing the arduous path to the Tiger’s Nest Monastery, this is the perfect way to soothe your burning muscles at the end of the hike. River rocks are heated and placed in a wooden tub to heat the water whilst simultaneously releasing the natural minerals in the rocks. Native herbs with healing properties are also added to the water. The facilities are very basic but provide an excellent insight into the traditional methods of the practice.
Suggested Tailor-made Holiday itineraries for the sub-continent:
Bhutan's star attractions can be seen in as little as a week but if you have longer to spare, consider combining with a visit to another Himalayan kingdom - Nepal. Here's a few itineraries to inspire your holiday planning but don't forget we can tailor a trip to your individual preferences.