The Hermit Kingdom
Bhutan was the last of the "hermit kingdoms" to open up. Even today there is very little of the modern world in Bhutan, and the door is only cracked open. Each visitor still needs a letter from the government approving the visa. (We obtain these for you).
Bhutan offers incredible trekking opportunities. Unlike other Himalayan trekking, Bhutan's countryside is mostly wilderness, with only occasional villages or outposts. The trekking is strenuous and spectacular.
The culture and sightseeing draw many visitors to Bhutan. The entire country is a fascinating other-when. Visit schools, a nunnery, homes and the great "dzongs". Dzongs are Bhutan's great fortified monasteries, which administer the devoutly Buddhist people's religious life, civil society, and, historically, defense.
Bhutan's colorful festivals are ancient and celebrated today with all the splendor of old. Whether you are coming for a cultural program or a trek, consider scheduling your trip (well in advance) to coincide with brilliantly-colored parades, masked dances in jeweled halls, and fire ceremonies at night during Bhutan's many festivals.
The best guide book about Bhutan is the Lonely Planet's. It is titled, simply, Bhutan. (Amazon link) The author for the first editions was Stan Armington, who also wrote the Lonely Planet's Nepal trekking guide. Françoise Pommaret's Bhutan: Himalayan Mountain Kingdom is also well worth buying or taking out from the library. (Amazon link)
Come to Bhutan with Friends in High Places
Everything is included here - accommodations, meals, activities, transportation, guides and staff - everything. It's always best available.
There are a few five-star hotels in Bhutan, but outide Paro and Thumphu there are only traditional styled Bhutanese hotels, which are lovely.Rooms are large, often elaborately decorated, with modern attached baths. The service is old-fashioned; the overall effect charming. Meals in Bhutan are all included. There is no high cuisine here. Meals will be a mix of Western, Chinese, and Indian, all tasty. Meal styles will vary - sit-down one night, buffet the next. For driving days you will often have a packed lunch. You can sample Bhutanese food, though few travelers acquire a taste for it. The diet is bland and monotonous, livened up with very large amounts of hot chilli. For the brave . . .
Bhutan is served by Druk Air, the national airline. The best places to connect to these flights are Kathmandu and Bangkok. Druk also flies to Calcutta and Delhi regularly, but they are both terrible airports. Unless you are visiting India, don't fly through there to get to Bhutan. Druk Air's flight schedule is approximate. It is best to let us arrange Druk Air flights for you.
We can assist with other flights too, especially for guests departing the United States. Please write to us about your needs.