Punakha Dzong, Bhutan

Destination

Bhutan Holidays

The Land of the Thunder Dragons

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
Essential Information
See Practical Information
  • Time Zone GMT+6
  • 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.
  • Flight Time Approx. 10–12 hours indirect flight
  • 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.

Top Tips from our Experts

Damon

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.”

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