Explore the majesty and magnificence of Bhutan and traverse through a spectacular fiercely protected country that remains flawless and completely authentic in its natural beauty, spirituality, culture, revered temples and places of worship. Bhutan is the last Himalayan kingdom and the only carbon-negative country in the world, with 70% of the land covered in forest.
The capital of the tiny Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, Thimphu is a stronghold of traditional Bhutanese art, architecture and culture. Considered the country’s most modern city, it has retained the unique character of a charming Bhutanese town. Here, an array of restaurants and internet cafés sit alongside old fortresses, monasteries and forests. Thimphu is also the only national capital city in the world to not have any traffic lights. Visitors can embark on beautiful scenic hikes, travel along adventure-filled cycling routes, explore the grand Thimphu Dzong that houses the throne room of the King and venture to the General Post Office, where personalised stamps can be commissioned.
Beautiful Punakha has been linked with momentous occasions in Bhutanese history, and two of Bhutan’s most significant rivers converge here. At their confluence is the majestic Punakha Dzong, an absolute marvel. The route from Thimphu to Punakha is quite spectacular and takes travellers over the renowned Dochula Pass, which showcases interesting monuments along its course and offers the awe-inspiring opportunity to view the great Himalayan Mountain Range.
Set close to the centre of Bhutan, Gangtey is in a remarkably attractive glacial valley called Phobjikha. One of the most beautiful destinations in Bhutan, it is the winter home to a group of globally endangered black-necked cranes that arrive every year from the Tibetan Plateau. The region boasts various nature trails as well as a Crane Information Centre to educate visitors. Gangtey boasts its own important religious sites such as the Gangtey Goempa Monastery, situated at the head of the valley, from where you can take in exceptional views.
The historical town of Paro lies at the centre of a valley rich in sacred sites and ancient buildings and forms part of the core of exceptional destinations in Bhutan. This pretty destination is covered with terraced paddy fields and quaint farmhouses scattered throughout the valley in the lower areas. In the upper reaches, coniferous forests look down onto the beautiful Paro Chhu River, which snakes its way below. Among the many temples in the area, Paro is most famous for the iconic Taktsang Lakhang (also known as the Tiger’s Nest), situated at the northern end of the valley. It is also home to the National Museum, which displays hundreds of ancient Bhutanese artefacts and artwork.