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Bhutan Tours & Trips

Perched high in the Himalayas sits the mountain kingdom of Bhutan – sounds a bit like the beginning of a fairytale, and magical it is. Cultural junkies can visit ancient castles, temples and attend traditional religious festivals, whilst ardent trekkers can follow remote trails with ponies.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Bhutan Tours

  • Is Bhutan good for tourists?
    Bhutan isn't a typical tourist destination. Indeed, unless you're from a small number of countries such as India or Bangladesh, then it's not possible to travel to Bhutan independently, and you can only visit as part of a guided tour. But don't let that put you off, as Bhutan is a wonderful place to explore - if you do visit, it's sure to instantly become one of your favourite destinations.
  • How many days is enough for Bhutan?
    It depends how much you want to see and do. If you're limited on time, then you can get a good taster of Bhutan in just five days. However, we recommend at least seven days to make the most of your trip to this remarkable country.
  • What is the best month to visit Bhutan?
    The weather in Bhutan is at its driest and brightest during October to December, making these the perfect months to visit. Spring can be rainy, winter can be very cold, and the summer is monsoon season in Bhutan, so it's best to plan your trip between October and December if you can.
  • How much does a trip to Bhutan cost?
    Because Bhutan is an exclusive destination, only open to visitors as part of a guided tour, it can be quite an expensive place to visit. You should budget to spend at least $300 per day on your trip.

Highlights

  • Marvel at the way the Tiger’s Nest Monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 2,952 ft. into the valley below.
  • Take a break and go biking with a local farming family. Take a peek inside their home and have a cup of tea.
  • Raise a glass at the Bumthang Brewery, famous for its Red Panda Weiss Beer.
  • Hike to the Lhakhang Temple, believed to bless women who seek fertility.
  • Enjoy the masked dances and cultural songs of the Black Necked Crane Festival.
  • Relax in a traditional hot stone bath, believed to be medicinal and healing for the bones.
  • Admire the artwork at the Dungtse Lhakhang temple. Built in 1433, it has three floors representing hell, earth and heaven.
  • Spend a day at the Punakha festival before taking a quiet evening stroll around the ancient market.

Tips

  • The national language of Bhutan is Dzongkha. Getting by in English won’t be a problem.
  • The currency in Bhutan is the Ngultrum. Credit is not widely accepted and there are no ATM’s that accept foreign cards.
  • Tipping while not expected, is appreciated. Between 10-20% is appropriate.
  • Don’t leave Bhutan without a Buddhist painting, carved masks and mala beads.
  • Dressing modestly (long pants and long sleeved tops) is important at religious sites and anywhere that the national flag is raised.
  • Be sure to try the national dish of Ema Datshi (chilli/cheese). Water in Bhutan is not considered safe to drink.
  • Bhutan is called “The Land of Thunder Dragons” because of the violent thunderstorms that sweep through.
  • The capital city of Thimphu has no traffic lights! White-gloved officers direct the traffic.

Bhutan Trip Reviews

  • "On my recent Bhutan trip, I used the services of Bhutan Swallowtrail and I was delighted by their excellent professional service. They offer competitive prices and a very friendly personal touch service which is highly reccommended."
    8 Days Happiness Bhutan Tour
  • "We experienced an amazing trip that exceeded our expectations. The tour guide was accommodating, friendly and enthusiastic. I highly recommend this trip to anyone who wants to experience Bhutan."
    East Himalayan Kingdoms
  • "The family adventure we had was very memorable. We enjoyed the outdoors, knowing the culture of Bhutan and the pacing of the tour was perfect. Since some of the meals are not incuded, we got to experience eating at local restaurants and it was lots of fun."
    Best of Bhutan Multi-Active Adventure