One of the last remaining great Himalayan kingdoms, Bhutan is filled with magnificent mountain scenery, incredible architecture and colourful culture. A diverse natural Shangri-La, the country boasts a staggering variety of landscapes, as well as an incredible array of fauna and flora. Set within one of the world’s most breathtaking mountain chains, Bhutan is famed for its high mountain peaks and range of trekking opportunities.
Enigmatic and shrouded in myth, Bhutan is filled with tangible examples of its extraordinary culture, from the striking architecture of its mountain forts and monasteries to the images of Buddhist religious figures painted or carved onto the craggy cliffs. Frayed prayer flags flutter in spectacular mountain passes and prayer wheels turn slowly with the current of clear mountain streams. Grand examples of traditional design and architecture, Bhutan’s famous monasteries and temples cling to sheer cliff tops or majestically stand guard in its picturesque towns.
Blessed with an extraordinary range of natural habitats, from subtropical valleys to alpine peaks, Bhutan is also home to some exceptional wildlife, including the magnificent Bengal tiger and the elusive snow leopard, as well as the Asian elephant and the one-horned rhino.
- With only around 14 800 square miles (38 400 square kilometres) of territory, Bhutan is roughly half the size of Indiana -just slightly smaller than Switzerland.
- The population of Bhutan is 750 000
- Druk Yul - the local name for Bhutan - means "Land of the Thunder Dragon."
- Bhutan is the only country in the world to measure national happiness by way of an index known as Gross National Happiness. Rather than place emphasis solely on productivity and Gross Domestic Product.
- The King of Bhutan handed the crown to his eldest son in 2008. At the age of 28, King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck became the youngest reigning monarch in the world.
- The state religion of Bhutan is Vajrayana Buddhism
Summer (June - August)
Winter (December - February)
The days are usually sunny yet cool but once the sun sets the evenings can be very cold so be sure to pack warm clothing
- Best time to travelBhutan is an exceptional year round destination.
- Traveling with childrenBhutan is a wonderful destination for the entire family to experience. Please be advised that the country’s many attractions include a fair amount of walking.
- Guest SafetyBhutan is an extremely safe destination, the hospitality offered by the Bhutanes is exceptional. However, as with travelling to any foreign destination, it is wise to keep your belongings close and guarded at all times.
- Flying to BhutanBhutan has one International Airport at Paro which is serviced by flights from Bangkok, Singapore, Kathmandu, New Delhi and Calcutta by the National Carrier Druk Air.
- LanguageThe national language is Dzongkha while English is spoken widely in all the urban and tourist areas.
- CurrencyBhutanese ngultrum and Indian rupees are also accepted.
- WildlifeBengal tiger, snow leopard, Asian elephant, one-horned rhino, excellent birdwatching.
The historical town of Paro lies at the centre of a valley rich in sacred sites and ancient buildings and forms part of the Golden Triangle.
The Gangtey Valley is one of the most beautiful spots in Bhutan, and is the Winter home to Black Necked Cranes.
From scheduled flights to private transfers, find out more on how to travel around Bhutan.
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