The unique Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, is the only country in the world where governmental policy is guided not by its GDP, but by its citizens happiness. Known not only for its medieval monasteries and fortresses (Dzongs) but also its impressive landscapes, the kingdom of Bhutan is a magical place. Bhutan is considered the last great Himalayan kingdom, its authenticity making it a favoured destination of the cultured and well-travelled.
The bedrock of Bhutanese culture is Buddhism, and Bhutan is the only country in the world to retain and practise the Tantric form of Mahayana Buddhism.
The seasons and what you wish to experience should be considered when planning a visit to Bhutan. Autumn and Spring will suit those wishing to hike through the many stunning trails Bhutan has to offer, it is a little cooler, and the skies are always clear blue. It is also the best time to view Bhutan’s scenery, verdant rice paddies, snow-capped peaks, and magnificent panoramas, are all best seen in Autumn and Spring. Monsoon season in Bhutan is between July and August, and though heavy rainfall is rare, a light rain each morning at this time of year is to be expected. Hiking is not recommended at this time of year. The morning rain during the summer months makes conditions ideal for mushroom picking, but if bird watching is more your thing, then winter is the best time to spot the endangered Black-necked crane.
Follow up for a a list with Bhutanese festivals in 2019.
Bhutan is well known for its varied and distinct festivals, offering travellers an intimate experience of Bhutanese traditions. Bhutan’s striking natural scenery, pristine surroundings, and harmonious communities, all contribute to the kingdoms uniqueness.
Trips to Bhutan must be prepared for and planned in advance, as there are a limited number of flights in and out of the Kingdom. We organise luxury, private, and bespoke tours tailored to your specific needs and requirements.
Best time to visit - March & April, October & November
National sport - Archery
National tree - Cypress
National flower - Blue Poppy
Official language - Dzongkha
National animal - Takin
National Butterfly - Ludlow's Bhutan Swallowtail