• Punakha Dzong, Bhutan

Bhutan Holidays

The magical mountains of Bhutan contains more mystery and inspires more marvel than almost anywhere else on Earth.

This unspoiled paradise is covered 90 percent by forests, making it one of the world’s only carbon positive countries. Even the main airport in Paro is so nestled away in the mountains that less than 10 pilots in the world are qualified to land there. The Bhutanese Government make a conscious effort to keep it this way by limiting the number of tourists allowed in each year.

Hiking in Bhutan is a great way to get around, he intricate beautiful Monasteries are often nestled high in the mountains, making it a great hike with an unbelievable view at the end, and many sites are only accessible when you hike.

Perhaps the best known site, as well as being one of the most striking, is the Taktshang Goemba (better known as the Tiger’s Nest). This Monastery sits on the side of a cliff with a shear drop of over 900 metres stretching beyond it. It’s known as the most sacred site in Bhutan and rightfully sits at the top of any itinerary.

Bhutan works great as part of a tour. Due to its small size we think about five days is ideal for a Bhutan holiday, meaning you have plenty of time to incorporate another adventure.

Destination Highlights
  • Visit the tigers nest
  • Magical mountain scenery

Time Zone

GMT+6

Flight Time

Approx. 10–12 hours indirect flight

Currency

Bhutan's official currency is Ngultrum. You can exchange major currencies like the UK Pound, US Dollars, Euros and Indian Rupees at Paro Airport, most banks and large hotels.

Visa Information

You will need a passport and visa to enter and exit Bhutan. Keep a photocopy of your passport visa pages and flight ticket separate from the originals when travelling. All visas are approved from Thimphu and are only issued to tourists booked with a local licensed tour operator, either directly or through a foreign travel agent. Applications for tourist visas are submitted by the tour operator.

Language

Dzongkha and English are widely spoken.

Health Information

We recommend that you get vaccinated against Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Typhoid and Polio prior to departure, and that you take malaria tablets while visiting rural areas. All travellers should also be up-to-date with routine vaccinations.Drinking tap water in Bhutan should be avoided but you'll find bottled mineral water readily available. Also be aware that many of Bhutan's sights are situated at high altitude and you are likely to experience mild altitude sickness for a short period. If you suffer from high blood pressure or a heart condition, consult your doctor before travelling.

Bhutan is vast becoming a popular tourist destination, it can be difficult to know the best places to visit, and how to go about it. This is why a Hayes & Jarvis tour is a great way to ensure you don’t miss anything in this wonderful country.

  • This is a picture of Prayer Flags in Bhutan

    Trekking

    There’s no better way to truly comprehend Bhutan’s remoteness than a trek through the country’s incredible countryside.

  • Thimphu

    Taktsang Monastery

    Precariously perched on the side of a cliff face, the Taktsang Monastery is steeped in legend. Nicknamed the Tiger’s Nest.

  • Punakha Dzong, Bhutan

    Punakha Dzong

    Punakha Dzong is arguably the most beautiful due to its picturesque location where two rivers meet.

  • Punakha Dzong prayer flags

    Festivals in Bhutan

    Festivals, locally known as Tshechu, are colourful affairs, where people dressed in bright clothing and traditional masks tell age-old stories through energetic dance.

  • Market in Thimphu

    Weekend market

    A wonderful place to spend a leisurely morning while trying some local delicacies.

  • George, Destination Specialist

    George

    Destination Specialist

    “No trip to Bhutan is complete without a hike to see the Tiger’s Nest. This is the most sacred site in Bhutan and probably its most iconic landmark. Breath-taking doesn’t come close to describing it.”

Types of Bhutan holidays

Frequently Asked Questions

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