Tucked away in the foothills of the Himalayas, Kingdom of Bhutan is a land of supreme natural beauty. Fierce guardians of their remarkable culture and colorful ancient traditions. Bhutan's rulers have also shown commendable foresight in protecting the environment and promoting sustainable tourism. Holidays to Bhutan must be booked prior to your arrival, through a local travel agency in Bhutan. Bhutan Tourism regulations not only preserve the unique culture of Bhutan, they also allow each visitor to immerse themselves in a truly ancient way of life .
Bhutan is often referred to as the 'last Shangri La'.
Living in harmony with nature is a way of life in Bhutan. Bhutan even regulates tourism in the country so as to safeguard its pristine beauty and way of life. Visitors are only allowed to travel as part of prearranged package tours and are charged a minimum fee of $250 a day - the fee though is all inclusive and takes care of your Hotels, food, sightseeing, government taxes and transport. Backpackers and independent travelers are discouraged. Today Bhutan is considered a biodiversity hotspot and aspires to be 100% carbon neutral by 2020. It still remains elusive & exclusive with not more than 100,000 tourists in a year. Planning a trip to Bhutan requires considerable research, we encourage you to scroll through our pages for insights into this unique destination.
Buddhism is the predominant religion and its influence is apparent everywhere. Even from the way people dress - men in ‘gho' (knee length wrap around dress) and women in ‘kira' (traditional ankle length dress), it is evident that traditions are important to the Bhutanese.
This small, secluded country, known locally as Druk Yul or the ‘Land of the Thunder Dragon', is bordered by China to the north and India on the other sides. Surprisingly for a small country, Bhutan's landscape, vegetation, and climatic conditions are very diverse. You have a tropical climate and thick forests in the south, temperate climate and deciduous vegetation in the central regions, and snow covered Himalayan peaks reaching heights of 7000 m or more in the north. Take a look at our Bhutan weather guide for current temperatures and more information about the best time to travel in Bhutan.
Bhutan has incredible trekking trails and with 72% of its area under forest cover, is home to an amazing array of flora and fauna. Tiger, langur monkey, snow leopard, deer, bear, and boar are some of the wildlife commonly found. Many species of wild orchids thrive in Bhutan and paint the countryside a vibrant hue particularly in spring (March to May) when flowers are in full bloom. The peak tourist season, though, is autumn (September to November) when the weather is most pleasant and traditional festivals, the Thimphu festival in particularly, enthrall visitors. There are an incredible wealth of things to see and do . Our Map shows the location of many of these Bhutan highlights in relation to hotels that are booked through our site.
Ruled by the Wangchuck dynasty since 1907, Bhutan became a parliamentary democracy in 2008. The country's guiding philosophy, ‘Gross National Happiness' was famously promoted by His Majesty, the King Jigme Singye Wangchuck, father of the present king. It rejects the notion of economic success as the sole means to happiness and strives for modernisation which is in tune with the culture and traditions of the land.
The country is renowned for its colorful textiles and shawls which make excellent souvenirs and gift items. Shopping is a real thrill. Bhutan's love affair with chilies, an important ingredient in most dishes, is quite interesting, though the hot and spicy local dishes that are served up in Bhutanese restaurants might not go down well with all visitors.
Bhutan is unquestionably one of a kind and in many ways a role model for others to follow. A visit to this gorgeous land that straddles the ancient and the modern will surely stay in the mind long after you return from your stay.
Trophel Tours & Treks is accredited by Tourism Council of Bhutan (License No: 1030972) and member of Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) and Global Sustainable Tourism Council.