Bhutan       

Nestled between Tibet, China and India, at the eastern end of the Himalayas, one finds the Land of the Thunder Dragon:  Bhutan, the last great kingdom remaining in these mountains.  A rich and unique culture steeped in its Buddhist heritage. Here, environmental conservation is at the core of it's forward movement and where "Gross National Happiness", a holistic measurement of the quality of life, is fundamental to its development.  It's a small country of geographic extremes and of immense beauty; a hidden paradise that one should definitely include on their "bucket list".

One must travel overland on rough roads throughout Bhutan. The going is slow but steady.  For this reason, our trips to Bhutan currently focus on only the Western Region.

 

Important Destinations

Paro -  The location of the country's only airport;  home to the National Museum, dzongs (forts),  and the Takshang Monastery (Tiger's Nest), good shopping

Phobjikha Valley - A remote valley of spectacular beauty; wintering site of the endangered Black-Necked Crane

Punakha - Former capital; location of second oldest and second largest dzong in Bhutan

Thimphu - The capital and largest city; home to excellent museums and important trade schools; many beautiful dzongs and monasteries found within and nearby; excellent shopping; good restaurants

 

Best Times to Visit

The best times to travel to Bhutan are April, May and late November.