A holiday in Bhutan offers a spiritual journey into a kingdom steeped in ancient legend and mythology. Blessed with outstanding natural beauty, the ‘Land of the Thunder Dragon’ combines regal monastic fortresses, glacial mountains and rolling alpine valleys, perfect for a secluded retreat or luxury honeymoon in the breathtaking Himalayan mountains.

With over 2000 sacred monasteries, Bhutan is an amazing place for avid photographers; discover the rocky terrain of the western highlands, where Paro is home to the iconic Tiger’s Nest Monastery, a magnificent fortress perched high on a mountain edge. Venture through the lush green terraces of rice paddies in Punakha to marvel at its riverside dzong, and haggle over yak tails and banana pods at the bustling weekend market in Thimphu.

The Central Region offers spectacular wildlife; catch the Himalayan bear of the Black Mountains, or the endangered migratory black-necked cranes of Phobjikha. Bumthang’s valleys are brimming with sacred temples, and the dragon-inspired fortress of Trongsa heralds the gateway between east and west.

Culture beats strongly in Bhutan; colourful festivals throughout the kingdom are crammed with traditional dress, masked dances and folk music. Monasteries and footbridges are adorned with assorted prayer flags fluttering in the wind, and auspicious mantras rotate upon elaborately-carved prayer wheels.

The quest for national happiness brings an enchanting dimension to a land that remains a largely untouched treasure to explore, and the fabled warmth of Bhutan hospitality is evident in the welcoming retreats throughout the kingdom. Call an Exsus expert today to plan your unforgettable journey through Bhutan’s uplifting kingdom. 

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HIGHLIGHTS OF BHUTAN

Journey to the iconic Tiger’s Nest Monastery, wrapped in mystique and surrounded by strings of prayer flags fluttering in the breeze. Perched precariously on a cliff-face, the spiritual – albeit lung-busting – 900m climb is well worth the effort, affording magnificent views of snow-capped peaks and blue pine forests every step of the way.
 
In a land crammed with ancient fortresses and sacred temples, Bhutan’s splendid architecture is everywhere you look. Marvel at the carvings of the Punakha Dzong, flecked in red, gold and black, or the Trongsa Dzong in the Central region, its regal layered structure reminiscent of a flying dragon.
 
Haggle over local produce and handicrafts at Thimphu’s Centenary Farmer’s Weekend Market; everything from the nation’s red rice and popular tsampa (roasted barley) to yak tails and prayer wheels are on offer.
 
Catch the natural phenomenon of black-necked cranes circling the Gangtey Monastery as they arrive from Tibet to roost for the winter. This auspicious event in late October/early November is celebrated with a special festival of masked dances.
 
Soak in a hot-stone bath, the kingdom’s traditional rejuvenating spa treatment, whilst absorbing the purifying minerals of the stones and serenity of the countryside.
 
Be sure to try the salted butter tea (a locally-churned Himalayan speciality), a cup of ara (Bhutanese rice wine) and the fiery Ema Datshi (an intense blend of chilli and cheese).

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